I decided to give Fedora a(nother) try and I wanted to introduce my self a bit and try to get a feel for the community surrounding Fedora a bit. I also wanted to jot down some notes of things I've liked and disliked in my experiences thus far. And this is by no means the final word on the subject, nor am I attempting to troll, I'm just jotting down my experiences so I can learn and get better with Fedora. (I will compare a lot against Ubuntu, simply because that is what I'm most recently and most abundantly familiar with, nothing more).
Anyway, I welcome feedback or hellos or anything. Don't mind me otherwise.
* RPMFusion -- Essentially combine all the worthwhile PPA's in Ubuntu land down into one single entity (with a few exceptions like libdvdcss).
* Schedule hourly updates of all packages (not just security). -- A huge plus in my book, makes it much easier for me to setup on less technically inclined people's systems and one less thing for them to muck with.
* Yum -- apt-get and apt-cache all rolled into one. Automatic repository updates? Easy to use, nothing I'm not liking so far.
* SABnzbd+ and XBMC in RPMFusion -- This was a deal maker for me even testing Fedora.
* Can add third party repositories at install with non-Live installation. -- I normally add on a few to several PPA's with Ubuntu, so being able to do this with RPMFusion will be nice instead of having to wait post install to update/install additional stuff.
* i686 instead of i386 (at least for Live?) -- My systems are both x64 but my fiancee is still stuck on an x86 only laptop. So, this is a nice step up from the generalized i386 builds Ubuntu offers.
* More powerful (graphical) installer.
* Yumex -- Maybe not for novices, but I'm liking it as a wannabe power user.
* Disk Utility -- Love this tool. SMART monitoring, easy disk/volume management, what's not to like?
* The Preferences / Administration menus are well organized, and have some handy tools.
* More Freedom focus
* No mono (I don't currently care, but I'm a fan of being safe rather than sorry).
* Firewal and SELinux -- Firewall was a breeze to configure, and SELinux has only given me once false positive so far, and I dig added security that doesn't get in my way.
* Root instead of sudo -- think this is more secure (it seems like it would be) also a boon for setups for novice users since I can give them their user password which wont give them admin access concurrently.
* More up-to-date than Ubuntu 10.04 -- So long as stability doesn't suffer I'm happy to have newer packages.
* Get a better handle on how to use Enterprise level Red Hat (hopefully).
* More community focus?
* Less people who think GNU/Linux is something they're entitled too?
* Back-up tool installed by default.
* Pulse Audio by default (but, going to try a non-live install on my next system and not install this). I'm not opposed to Pulse Audio but in my HTPC setup it's a bad thing.
* No integrated support for closed proprietary drivers. -- It'll be easy enough for me to use RPMFusion for Nvidia drivers, but for novice users this would be a possible hassle.
* Less guides / 3rd party support compared to Ubuntu (but maybe quality over quantity)? -- This seems to be a fairly accurate assessment. The guides I've found are generally well done (sometimes outdated, or partially complete) but there's less noise to contend with so it's easier to find these, but if they're aren't there they aren't there.
* Possible Server orientation instead of Desktop orientation? -- But are there any tangible negatives to this in Fedora?
* Less novice user friendly -- May not be a concern once the initial install and setup has been done though.
* I was hoping for a quick and easy pulse free install using a Net Installation, but this was not achieved. Casually browsing through the package lists I was unable to find a simple pulse or alsa meta package that would do the bulk of the work for me. I was hoping for some moderate step between a minimal cli system which I add on everything I want and something I have to go in and gut out post install. I may have missed something (and I'm hoping this is the case), but it exceeded the time I wanted to invest in this currently.
* No Dvorak classic in the install GUI.
* gpk-application -- Kinda the worst of all worlds compared to the Ubuntu Software Center and the Synaptic Package Manager. Trying Yumex to see if it's more to my liking.
* No OpenOffice by default in Live disk installation
* Empathy and Evolution instead of Pidgin and Thunderbird (nit picking I know, see comments RE: Pulse Audio).
* No LTS type release. -- Can skip a release, which I may make a habbit of doing, but there's no long term release which I can focus on or decide to support novice users with.
* No ability to update the installer before installing with the Live disk.
* Was unable to get a functional USB boot stick working (no live, no net install, no nothing). This could be a user or hardware issues but I've been using USB install media exclusively under Ubuntu.
* RPMFusion has a slightly older version of Nvidia drivers compared to the Nvidia PPA (which is maintained directly by Nvidia). This can be worked around downloading directly from Nvidia, but I prefer to use repositories as much as possible.
* No WLAN support during netinstall (not a big deal, and probably no better anywhere else, but still would be nice).