I first installed Fedora Core 1 test X on my computer and then always just upgraded to FC1, FC2-test, FC2, FC3-test and finally to FC3. I also installed some self-compiled packages. So yesterday I decided that now the mess I created is big enough to re-install linux and downloaded NLD 9:
The installation was easy and it took me about 30 mins to get into GNOME (sad enough only 2.6) the frist time. I was hoping that I could use red-carpet for package managment and that there are some channels out there for all the cool mono stuff like tomboy, beagle and f-spot. But I got really furstrated:
- I couldn't install the some packages from nat.org due to some mono package conflicts.
- Beagle wouldn't work because dbus-launch wouldn't run.
- No packages for GNOME 2.9 nore 2.8
So because the idea behind installing NLD 9 was that I no longer would have to build mono on my own but just use the cool packages from Nat I wasn't so sure about if installing NLD was the right idea. I played a bit with the distribution and soon got very annoyed of seeing more and more kde/Qt dialogs. Yast, dialogs asking me if I wanna burn a CD with k3b, the kdesu dialog. To be honest I didn't like yast/SuSEConfig too much in the past and it hasn't changed much so i decided to download and install Ubuntu:
Here the frustration began very early:
- Kernel crash due to ACPI problems (work-a-round with acpi=off)
- No graphical installer! C'mon its 2004! I DON'T wanna see any ncurses stuff anymore!
- I get some modprob warnings during boot and again no graphical bootscreen (that really feels like the 31337-geek-unix for 199x)
- No firefox 1.0 packages only 0.9.x so the firefox industrial theme didn't work and the new find-stuff isn't there
- Due to the kernel ACPI problems NO sound, NO wlan, NO cpuspeed scalix, NO battary information
- I really miss something like NetworkManager
Ok I couldn't get used to that sudo stuff and I am still not so sure if this is a good idea but to be fair I have to say that the GNOME they ship looks really good! Using Gnome System Tools for system administration is a great idea. I also could install f-spot, tomboy and monodevelop (no bealge though). So I think its really a nice distribution but I think it could use some more work. For me it's still to ugly (I love fancy graphical stuff) and to complicated to install/use (the easy plug-and-play of my usb-hdd didn't work). To sum it up: It doesn't give me that "easy to use warm and fuzzy desktop feeling" NLD/Fedora gave me. So I am now downloading the Fedora Core 3
DVD iso and I think I will stick to it for the next few month. It also has some problems like no mp3 without extra packages and no mono packages but You can't always get what you want!