I have become a fan of Fedora for three reasons - stability, security and the best free applications.
I am now advocating Fedora and requesting people to try it when they are not able to pay for Windows & Office. I am able to succeed in converting some 10 SMEs at Chennai, India to go for Fedora. I have as of now made 100 People to use Fedora on their desktop and laptops.
While teaching people how to use Fedora and why Fedora is important, I have found certain things which reduces the importance or capability of Fedora. They are:
1) Live Boot Image do not have even the bare minimum applications. It would be ideal to have Libreoffice suite & Thunderbird installed on Live Boot. This would enable to the users to try Fedora and use it better.
The amount of time involved in making a live boot workable installation is more than 3 Hrs. I have to install office applications, media applications Networking and Printer related applications. Making it irritating. In fact the Debian Counter Part - Ubuntu is really best when it comes to Live CD.
2) DVD Image - this is about 3.5 GB, even after using it as the installation median, I feel I have to install some 10 applications for a normal average user to make him usable.
When I compare with Linux Mint - it has all the needed applications and is not even 2 GB in size. Hence some thing have to be done to reduce the DVD Image size and include more applications like Linux Mint or Kahel OS. Then it makes it easier
3) Kernel Upgradation of Fedora makes certain application useless for instance oracle virtual box -ose is useless after a kernel upgrade. After upgrading my system to Kernel 3.3.5-2 I found that I can't have Virtual Box at all. Hence some care is to be taken when kernel is upgraded.
4) VLC Media Player may be installed by default - it is free and most popularly used. Why to ignore it. Similarly Acrobat is used as PDF Viewer by all. Certain eforms are not read by Okular and hence is its needed by many of us. Though it is installable through RPM download and package manager - at least DVD version shall have to contain acrobat reader if not live cd.
5) Ubuntu have published a very reader friendly user manual for free, why can't fedora go with an e-Book on Fedora End User Manual instead of Fedora Documentation at Internet. This makes the job of free lancers and volunters like us to train people to use Fedora.
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It would be better to have Fedora Studio like Suse Studio - building and sharing our own OS and making a Live CD/DVD. This makes a normal user who is clear about application and functionality easier to build an OS of his choice out of fedora in a matter of hours.
Making a Fedora Remix is out of reach for a normal user and hence a fedora studio may help a lot.