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Hi,

Setup

I installed the new Fedora Core last night, and was immediatley impressed. The setup went flawlessly and was suprisingly fast. It took only 35 minutes to install this linux distro - a fraction of the time for XP .

Booting

Booting FC5 is fast and responsive. From machine on to working desktop took approx. 35\\40 seconds - which I consider to be fast. Once booted I was greeted with a good looking theme and background to match on the Gnome Desktop Environment. This can be changed during the setup to Gnome, KDE and XFCE; other front ends are compatible too.

Multimedia Support

Out of the box, the system had everything I needed, apart from MP3 support. This can be added quickly and painlessly by following the guide on this site:

Xmms MP3 Installation & Support

Installing Software

Installing Software is as easy as typing a command into the terminal. For example, install xmms was as easy as logging into root and typing:

Code:
yum install xmms
Seconds later xmms was ready to go. Very impressive when taking into consideration some of the hassle's of installing on other distro's. Of course FC5 comes with a package manager, which is very powerful and comes with a handy system update tool. Once again, this save's time at the terminal. Something that every linux user will find advantagous.

Internet

FC5 comes with Firefox 1.5 pre installed (sorry IE people) and is raring to go. I must make note, Firefox in linux uses IPv6, if your router doesnt like it you can disable it by doing the following:

Code:
In the address bar, type: about:config and scrolling down to network.dns.disableIPv6 and setting it to true
Restart Firefox and your problem is fixed. Disabling IPv6 in general is just as easy. I found this a problem in ubuntu as I had to trail through config files. In FC5 you merely have to go to the network config and tick a single box.

If your router does have a tendancy to mess up if you use IPv6, then the gaim instant messenger is not for you. In every linux distro I have tried, gaim always fails me. I am currently looking into the problem, but for now I would recommend using aMSN or a similar client.

Conclusion

Fedora Core 5 has impressed me...alot. I have tried nearly 10 different distrobutions from Gentoo to Ubuntu to Mandriva, and I have to say, This is my favourite so far. Ideal for someone who wants to dabble in linux or for the linux guru; it suits all needs.

I give this Five Flames!

Any other question or comments, leave a post and I'll get back to you
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LOL..I installed it and it formatted all my drives...oh well I've been looking for an excuse to do this for while. After all that I got "Error loading operating system" when trying to boot. I give:

So i formatted again re-partitioned and installed good ol' xp...which is much faster now that the drives are cleaned up. Thanks linux for forcing me to format!
     
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People find partitioning in linux quite a *****. I hope it hasnt put you off linux for good, lol
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I always use a third party app to partition and format......partition magic will format in ext2, ext3 and linux swap formats, then I just point the distro to the right partition in the setup process.
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I use partiton magic most of the time too.
Nice review Jester. I also give it
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Does FC5 support wireless because the last time I installed FC4 it didn't support my motorola wireless card.
    
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FC5 should support wireless. If your Wireless NIC is supported in windows with out any 3rd party drivers, then chances are it will be. You can go to the Motorola site and see if they have any Drivers for linux. 97% of hardware will be supported in FC5 and most other Linux Distro's; the other three are the no name POS stuff that you buy when your in desperation
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