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Fedora 7: They've jettisoned the Core

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As I've noted on forums in the past, the Fedora project has failed to excite me for a long time.

I wasn't really looking forward to trying out this latest iteration. As much as Fedora claims to be the "bleeding-edge" distribution they rarely if ever innovate anything, unless you count "new ways to make me want to amputate my eyeballs with a cheese grater" innovating.

That's not mentioning my spotty history with compatibility in previous versions.
I'll be up front and say the scales were not tipped in this distribution's favor from the beginning.

Install:

I downloaded the Fedora 7 i686 "Live" CD first, not the DVD. I wasn't impressed so I decided to take the time to download the DVD. You'll see comments about both interspersed throughout the rant. Unless I specify, anything I say applies to both releases (particularly bugs).

Apparently Fedora 7 uses the same kernel as Ubuntu 7.04, which meant I had to hack my Parallels VM to get it to boot. To see exactly what I had to do, look at the rant for Ubuntu "Feisty".

Even then X Windows kept trying to start up, only to subsequently crash. This went on about 6 times before an error popped up and it dumped me to the command line. Wonderful start.

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