Hmmm, I don't use the Add/Remove programs thing. I have always used apt (thanks Debian). I also don't use Samba (no need since I don't use any Windows garbage). I liked FC5 but I think FC6 kicks it's butt. Having said that there is certainly nothing wrong with switching to Debian. If Fedora ever does anything as dumb as SUSE just did I would be 100% Debian instead of just a fraction. I have been threatening to move 100% to Debian for a long time now and it really is a better fit for my "philosophy". Fedora is probably right behind it as far as "Free" goes though. That was again apparent when I did the upgrade and still no sign of MP3 or DVD playing capabilities. This is only available via software found in places other than the "Official Fedora" repositories.JoeDude wrote:Well, my experience with FC5 has been less than grand. I didn't mind the installation hastles, but useability (probably because of the system it's on) is worthless. I installed it, turned of SELinux, and it's still very slow and sluggish. When I try to set up Samba, it took me forever and was not layed out in an easily to follow manner, but I did get it. If I try add/remove programs function, as well as that updater, they just go into limbo, ie...they start and the gui comes up. then disappears. It is still running in the background as system monitor shows me, but I can't use any admin finction after that, because they are tyoing it up. Or, even worse, when everything seems to go right, but it stalls on updating dependencies or downloading packages...annoying. I think I'll try Debian on this next.
I also don't mean for it to sound like FC6 was/is issue free. It's not. After having evolution-exchange working perfectly out of the box (base FC6 with no updates) evolution-exchange updates are badly broken. I have to exclude evolution from being updated in the apt.conf and yum.conf. I also had a difficult time getting WPA working with ndiswrapper for the Broadcom wireless on the new laptop I picked up on Sunday. I think the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/network-functions has a typo in that it will never call the ifup-wireless script. It calls the ifup-eth script even if you have your card configuration type set to the "Wireless". I modified that and still couldn't get it to work the way it is "supposed" to work. That is using the wpa_client service.
I had to actually disable the service and call wpa_client and dhclient at the end of the ifup-wireless script to get it to work. The wpa_client service actually did seem to be working in that it would bring up wpa_client, associate with the access point but when the "ifup wlan0" was called dhclient would not get an address and just time out. The only way I could get it to work is by forcing wpa_client to reassociate while dhclient tried to get an address. I don't know if it's a timing issue or maybe even a wpa_client.conf setting that is causing the problem but I worked on it a long time before coming up with a solution that would actually work with "ifup/ifdown".
I guess those were the major issues I had, compiz is hit and miss depending on what video hardware you have. Other than that I would say FC6 has been pretty solid and has a lot of new touches that I really like.