Distro Review: Fedora 11

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Today I thought I’d report back in detail on my experiences with Fedora 11, the community distribution release from perennial Linux giants Red Hat.

Installation:

Although I downloaded a copy of Fedora 11 before leaving for Linux Tag in Berlin, I picked up a nicely packaged Gnome LiveCD from the Fedora stand at the conference. I decided to use that for the install. Back at my budget hotel (sans Internet) later that evening I set about wiping my system and installing Fedora. My test machine as always was my trusty Dell XPS m1330n, and interestingly enough I noticed the display machines on the Fedora stand were all m1330’s. This could only bode well for my the compatibility of my hardware. I booted up a live session using the CD and everything seemed to work out of the box, I was also struck by the impressive look of the system. The desktop background particularly.

Clicking the icon on the desktop I launched into the install wizard. I like the Anaconda installer, I’ve always found it works well on any of the Red Hat-based systems I’ve used. It asks you all the usual questions you’d expect: keyboard language, network hostname, time zone, yada yada and it was all straightforward, until I hit disk partitioning. This is where things got a bit more interesting.

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