Linuxblog Introduction: We took an average windows user, gave her a handful of distributions of Linux, and forced her to use each distro for one week. We gave her alsaconf, email servers, and mounted her windows partition to the fresh install. Then, we faded away and quietly watched her in her new environment. You too can join us by reading on…
Editors Note: More screenshots would accompany this review, but problems with software/hardware prevented many things from happening. Read on for more.
1) Look/Feel – as far as the look of this distro goes…everything is very nice and professional. This one is extremely easy on the eyes. I was excited at the chance to get to use the gnome desktop by default. I really like the way the menu bar is at the top instead of the bottom. I don’t like the fact that there are very few choices in the menu’s for anything. But overall, everything seems very nice. (Score – 8 )
2) Performance – Slow! With a capital “S”! During my first login, the desktop took approximately 45 seconds to login then froze. So we restarted and tried it again. It improved to 40 seconds but didn’t freeze this time. When clicking on menu’s it isn’t too bad…but whenever I open a program it takes forever and a year to open it up. This is horrible. (Score – 2)
3) Hardware/Software – This was a big issue for me as well. I don’t like the fact that there is very little choice in the menus. Also the fact that it is extremely difficult for me to download and install things (something I haven’t figured out yet in Linux) and that it doesn’t have many choices for software makes it useless for me. Fedora seemed to install all my hardware correctly though. (Score – 5)
4) Upgradeability/Security – Yet again this subject is lost on me. I have to trust that things are secure. Upgrading is a mystery for me. I’ve gotta be fair to this one so I’ll give it what I give every distro. (Score – 10)
5) Documentation – There is loads of documentation available from the Fedora website. However, none of this actually helps me at all. Being a new user this is like looking at a new language to me. I don’t understand any of it. It might be great for other people but it doesn’t help me out at all. Still, they’ve got great organization in place and a very detailed site, so they will score a bit high on this. (Score – 9)
6) Installation – Everything was very straightforward. They have an excellent graphic installation thing. Very easy to use. This might even be easier than Windows. It wasn’t a long installation either. It would be great if all of the distros installed like this. (Score – 10)
And now…once again…it is time for my criteria…
1) Mail – There is a new program I haven’t used yet called Evolution that is the only choice for mail in Fedora. After 2 attempts to get my mail configured, I gave up. This thing froze both times and wouldn’t let me do squat with mail. I’ve never had this much trouble with email in Linux and I’m really disappointed. Mr.Devnet says that evolution is quite nice from when he’s used it. Fedora really let me down here. (Score – 0)
2) Internet – I couldn’t get my website to render. Evidently, Java isn’t installed like it is in other distros. It gave me a link to click on so I did and I was able to download java. I couldn’t figure out how to install it at all though. In windows, its a double click. Here, I have no idea. I checked around at other web sites and found that most of them don’t render properly either. This was another major disappointment. Mr.Devnet told me that Fedora is put out by Red Hat who is a professional company that makes Linux. If this is the best they’ve got, they need more practice. (Score – 2)
3) Listening To Music – the default player is horrible. I couldn’t figure out how to use it at all. Took me forever to figure out how to put things into the que. I hated it all around. It is completely inferior to anything else I’ve used. Not only that, but this thing doesn’t even play mp3’s. What the heck is that all about? Well, I don’t have time nor experience to figure this one out. (Score – 1)
4) Download Music/Files – There is nothing in Fedora by default for me to do this. I couldn’t successfully download and install Limewire yet again. (Score – 0)
5) Burning CDs – It didn’t come with k3b, which I really like, so I was disappointed. But I guess the one that it has serves its purpose. (Score – 6)
So, to start out with, just booting into Fedora Core 4 looked very promising. Everything looked very nice. I was really looking forward to things. However, everything is barebones and minimal. I consider myself a very general user of computers. I think I use my computer for about the same thing that everyone else does. This did not serve my purpose. It didn’t provide me with the things I needed to even go about my every day usage with my PC. As I’ve said many times before, the idea of downloading programs on my own is something that is going to take quite a bit of time to learn, time that I and probably no one has.
I wouldn’t consider this to be user friendly at all, by any means. I wouldn’t use this unless I really knew what the heck was going on and knew the inner workings of things. Overall, this was the worst experience I’ve had with Linux.
Fedora Core 4 Test 1 Scores: 4 out of 10
(and I’m being generous on that one )
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