[kde-linux] Fedora Core 3/4

Dan Maday danmaday at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 28 20:15:24 UTC 2005

I went from FC3 to FC4. I started from scratch. In FC3 I found the MySql was still at version 3 when every other distro was at version 4. I had to play with Apache and PHP to get them started. After that FC3 was solid. Oh yeah I did have to fool with sound cards to get a CD to play.
Thanks for the info on NTFS.
I guess my biggest complaint about FC4 is the "Kernel Panic". Okay the distro is free so why complain if you have to tweak it? Well "Kernel Panic" makes a newbie think he created the CDs wrong and discourages Linux use. Kernel panic should have been seen by the testers. My other complaints are pretty much common to all versions of FC. FC is a kit you build not a finished product so you expect so bumps in the road. 
If you have so extra $ try Novell's SUSE. It loaded on first shot. It's not cheap. Retail $90 for the desktop but I think you can get a free trial. What's the downside? The $90 version is a desktop so you have to download PHP, Perl, MySql, Apache, Ruby whatever.
Thanks for responding.

Mike Bear <scubapro.bear at gmail.com> wrote:
I just recently tried FC 3 and found it to be a good distro, loaded without incident and seemed stable.

However, my main complaint with it is that it is the only distro [to my knowledge] that does not recognize NTFS disks out of the box and I have several that I need to copy files from into Linux, so I  switched to SuSe 9.3, which does the job quite well: you can copy your NTFS files directly into Linux from a File browser, such as Nautilus or Konqueror in Suse. 

Tip: I don't recommend the so-called 'NTFS Kernel Patches' that supposedly allow FC to 'recognize' NTFS disks [read only]. If you 'google' them, you'll see that most support for them has been withdrawn from the main websites offering them [I think it's only one, I believe] and they caution you: Use at Your Own Risk, ie: you risk data loss.

Just my two cents,

Mike Bear

"Blessed are they who learn from their mistakes. For they shall make, if not necessarily fewer of them, different and more interesting ones."

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