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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Fedora

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Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Fedora
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:13:29 +0100
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On Wednesday 13 April 2011 15:07:30 Luke Taylor wrote:
> What distros are people looking forward to or find particularly
> interesting at the moment?

I'm running Fedora 14; this seems to be the best KDE distro that isn't 
Canonical or Novell. My only major issues have related to video drivers (had 
to switch to nVidia), and selinux (had to put in permissive mode, and wouldn't 
recommend all those complex error pop-ups for newbies). As soon as Free video 
drivers improve Fedora may be a good option for first time users (selinux 

> Anybody tried the debian based rolling release from
> Linux Mint?

I installed this on a friend's machine recently. It seems to work well, except 
performance is disappointing (haven't compared this to other gnome 2 distros 
on the same machine however).

I find it very hard to know what to recommend as a first time distro these 
but I'm hoping that:

1. Debian will continue to improve along recent lines and eventually become 
recommendable in its own right (I'd love to confidently hand out debian CDs to 
2. Mint will continue to invest time and resources in the debian edition, and 
basically become the "Debian repackaged for newbs / usability", though I've 
heard that they include a lot of nasty non-Free software in their software 
centre etc.
3. Fedora will continue to improve in stability and ease of use, and not make 
future decisions that will introduce a nest of new bugs and crashes


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