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Fedora 11 Fails to Impress

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Fedora 11 was released recently, and I decided to check it out. Fedora used to be my distribution of choice between Fedora 1 – 4, but due to the problems the distribution started to have, I’ve moved away from it. I have dabbled with Fedora a bit ever since, and I remember playing with Fedora 5 and 6 for a time. I decided to check out Fedora 11 so I could get an update on what is going on with the distribution, and maybe even write a small review. Unfortunately, my time with Fedora 11 would have been better spent elsewhere.

To be honest, I didn’t even get passed the install. I tried to install Fedora on the same machine I always do my testing on. The machine in question has an AMD Athlon 64 processor, 2GB of RAM, an 80GB SATA hard drive and a 20GB IDE hard drive. Nothing amazing, but it works and it hasn’t failed me.

I downloaded the 64-bit live ISO image, burned it to a blank CD, inserted it into my testing PC and away I went. The boot process itself didn’t take too long and I was brought to the Fedora 11 live desktop. The first thing I did was click on the installer, then I set up all of the options as I always do. A few minutes after Fedora started to install, it stopped and displayed the following error:

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