I finally got around to trying Fedora last night. I downloaded the Fedora 7 Test 4 Live CD ISO, burned it to CD and booted.
I tried both the copy to ram and default run from CD options.
This is the *slowest* Linux distro I have ever tried in my life, bar none (and I've tried a bunch of them).
I saw some comments in the release announcements that test releases are normally slower because of debug code. Is this the case with Fedora 7, or is this about "as good as it gets"?
The distro looks promising, since it includes a lot of newer software I'm interested in. It also works with my wireless (rt2570 based adapter). That's another plus.
On the downside, it defaulted to 800x600 with my Nvidia FX5200 based adapter and a monitor capable of much higher resolution. But, I was able to fix that from a Live CD with no problems. The only other "quirk" I saw was that the desktop went black overnight (probably the screen saver I set kicking in), and I could not recover from it without a cold "power down" reboot. But, it is a test release. So, I can forgive those little quirks.
Any thoughts on performance? I'm running a 3.0ghz P4 with HT and 1MB L2 Cache, 800mhz FSB, using an Intel 875P based chipset in a Dell Dimension 8300, and this distro is a real "dog" (to put it politely, as it's much slower than any other OS I've ever tried before).
Is this only the debug code?