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Fedora 9 Beta - my review

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I have been wanting to try out Fedora 9 ever since I read in an interview with the project leaders about 2 months ago that it was going with a KDE4 default desktop. Now Fedora is an interesting beast… it gets little press these days yet it has been consistently in the top ten at distrowatch for years, and high in the top ten too.

So who is using Fedora these days ? Back in the 90’s all us linux’ers pretty much used redhat… who uses Fedora today except a few die-hards and Eric Raymond ? Actually I would say Fedora has become the Haute Couture of GNU/Linux. It is constantly creating and showcasing new technologies that will be fundamental in other distro’s a year from now (remember who actually wrote NetworkManager ?).

So when the beta came out, I couldn’t wait any longer and decided to take the plunge and try it out. I had been getting tired of increasing issues with gentoo (most of them more community than technical… it’s kina falling appart), and I wanted to see what a KDE4 default desktop would behave like. I had to wait two days for the month-end so that my bandwith could roll-over but I downloaded the KDE-live ISO and booted it up. Here is my review of the experience. Note please: this is a beta, and part of my motivation is to test said beta and report bugs - so while I will mention any and every bug or annoyance I found - this is because I would love the stable release to be amazing, not because I don’t think the beta is pretty damn good. I am however more critical than normal, since that is what beta’s are for.

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