Fedora is one of the three obvious/popular/trendy choices for a person to get a free Desktop system running, with Ubuntu and Arch be the other two. Of course there are some more cool distros like Gentoo, Debian and more behind you will find OpenSUSE and the rising Mageia.
Arch is proud to have the most active community, it’s rolling release, it’s documentation, it’s about How Linux Desktop works, it’s the future. Probably the most favorite distro, even for the people that don’t use it. Arch releases are insignificant since affect mostly the installer. In theory if you install Arch once, you won’t need re-install it again.
Ubuntu is the symbol of Free Desktop for the outer world, even if isn’t so free, even if the Father of Free Software Richard Stallman calls it a spyware. Ubuntu has huge community (80-90% of the total Linux trend share?), it is well supported almost from any developer and project out there, is well tested and easy to use.
Ubuntu releases get quite the attention of all Tech Magazines and not only.
Fedora is more than a distro. Fedorians (or Redorians) are responsible for a large part of what we call Linux Desktop today. They do software from Kernel and Display Servers to GNOME Shell Extensions and in general Fedora Project features many of the super-stars developers of the Free Software Ecosystem.
However I consider Fedora final releases not really important. Don’t get me wrong but I have this feeling -that I know is wrong, but is still a feeling.
Out of 100 Fedora users
- 40 have already F19 from beta. They don’t care about the final release
- 20 are scared to use the upgrade method of Fedora to update their system. They’re waiting for version 20.
- 15 get a broken system from updating
- 5 get a broken system from clean install
- 10 install Fedora for first time and the really like it
- 10 install Fedora for first time and the really like it. After a week they will switch back to Ubuntu :)
Fedora’s community support is nowhere near to Ubuntu or Arch, Fedora testing cycle isn’t a quality one but this distro has huge potential and is rapidly becoming better and better with each release. If you won’t fall into a stupid bug, you will love F19!
Get Fedora 19 from http://fedoraproject.org/
There is a post with some of the new features in F19, but not really necessary to read that. Just go grub it and test it your selves!
First thing to do in F19
You know the typical joke about Ubuntu
- Whats the first thing to do after an Ubuntu installation?
- sudo apt-get remove *unity*!
This joke might become obsolete in the short future since Unity will be the only Desktop that you would be able to run in Ubuntu. What about Ubuntu spins? Well, we’ll see. I guess that Ubuntu spins maintainers will find a solution and Ubuntu won’t loose its not-unity community.
Hit the non-Unity flavours and Mir discussions.
For Fedora there is another joke
- Whats the first thing to do after a Fedora installation?
- sudo yum install fedora-release-rawhide
While Fedora is famous for shipping the latest and greatest software, they just included latest GNOME when GNOME 3.8 is available from March 27. Three months delay for a 6 months project is too much, specially when this project is the most significant part of Fedora -at least of a casual user point of view. GNOME is getting improved fast and Fedora doesn’t help a lot to distribute it on time. Would you wait 3 months to update your Android or Chrome?
However Rawhide (what will be next Fedora Alpha) is surprising stable and when GNOME 3.10 will be released in Sep 23 Fedora at that point will hit the Alpha 20, which it is a worth to risk try it in a dual boot.
First things to do in F19 revisited ;)
A short list of typical things to do in Fedora clean install if you just starting.
Get Fedora Utils, the program that will easily add all the non-free software you need to watch multimedia and play games. Fedora Utils can do more than this.
Install Tweak Tool that will enable you to change some aspects of your system, like switching themes and add minimize and maximize buttons back to GNOME.
$ sudo yum install gnome-tweak-tool
Install Dconf Editor that will enable you to tweak even more things in GNOME
$ sudo yum install dconf-editor
Install GNOME Classic Mode. It’s a nice alternative to GNOME Shell and you can easily switch between them
$ sudo yum install gnome-classic-session
Pay a visit to GNOME Extensions page and further customize and extend your Desktop.
The list should be longer.. much longer ;)