Originally Posted by Teckng778
Well i think he needs Fedora Core 3...
I was slightly dissatisfied with Ubuntu due to my need to run multiple UML instances (User-Mode Linux, basically running linux on top of Linux). I ran into some weirdness/bugginess with the latest kernel panicking on me due to gam_somethingorother, and the whole Gnome-focus on all the utilities blew.
Particularly printing. Ubuntu cripples the CUPS GUI so you have to use their utility in order to do printer settings, and it just irritates the hell out of me that I couldn't use the KDE printer dialog (which, IMHO, is light-years ahead of the printconf gui in Ubuntu or Redhat).
So I blew away Ubuntu and tried FC3.
Never again. Here's a tip: SELinux is BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH if you want to run FC3 and aren't running it specifically to get experience with SELinux. You can turn the option off, and things clear up, but man, is it annoying getting there. I'm thinking I want to install it on an old desktop just to learn the ins and outs of SELinux.
Hardware support on FC3 blows.
It wouldn't let me set native resolution on my 1920x1200 screen with the generic driver, and the "nv" that comes with it for X didn't believe my Geforce Go 6800 is an Nvidia card. So I downloaded the Nvidia driver, to discover that they don't include a compiler in the workstation install. You'd think with over 3GB of disk space taken, they'd have gcc. But nope.
Sound card worked. Woot.
Unlike Ubuntu, they don't include ipw2200 in their kernel sources, so you're SOL on wireless cards until you roll your own kernel.
And the gnome-focus on all their little administrative widgets, along with the library dependencies, when I'm a KDE person, made me just gag on the install. I've only allocated about 10GB of my drive, including swap, to Linux, and Fedora Core 3 will easily suck up half of that or more.
My one-day experiment with Fedora Core 3 reminded me of why I put up with having a system that doesn't work right for the first 3 days running Gentoo. I don't want to lose gobs of disk space to crap I won't use.
Then again, I've just tried installing Gentoo on this box, and it's no picnic either. gentoo-sources doesn't include ipw2200 either (though, bizarrely, the live CD does, though it doesn't actually make it a usable network interface), and following the usual "out of the box" instructions using Gentoo makes for a kernel that panics because it can't find /dev/sda6. I think it's a problem with a udev vs. devfsd setting, but I haven't looked at it closely enough.
On the plus side, recent kernels ostensibly include support for the SD card reader on my laptop. So I'm hopeful
Ubuntu was a breeze to install on a Dell 9300. If you're into Gnome, and can stand to do things the "way it wants it done", it's probably the perfect distro at the moment for an i9300.
But some old-timers just like doing stuff the hard way