Taking a leap of faith - erasing Ubuntu with Fedora 8
This might seem a bit foolish to some, but I'm doing it.. actually I've done it, nevertheless. Ubuntu Gutsy upgrade may have been successful from some point of view, but ever since I've upgraded there have been certain annoyances that kept me thinking "gosh, this isn't what I signed up for, this is starting to look more like freedom-less windows".. What am I talking about? Well, for one, not being able to switch to a tty console without getting the screen jumbled up! Or how about being forced to boot with neither a splash screen nor the text messages because it apparently has a problem with my monitor. Come on, this is so stupid I just wont take it!
Ubuntu is a beautiful system when it comes to installing software you want, anything you want, and it is extremely easy to use, but I've never found it to be glitch-less after a dist-upgrade.
So I'm thinking, Fedora 8 is all rage now, and I'm eager. As my Ubuntu kept glitching away, I've had enough.. and took the leap, got the LiveCD (actually in 64bit version a LiveDVD) and installed it..
But.. woops.. first I encounter a bug that crashes an installation because I wanted it to mount a windows partition. Took a while to figure that out. Credit the guys at #fedora8 channel on freenode. Oh kay, I guess I can forgive that for it is a windows related thing and it's a sin enough I have that thing on my PC at all.. Moving on... no mounting of FAT partitions, everything installs very fast.
After a reboot, all looks great.. until.. I try compiz (desktop effects) and my windows wouldn't maximize to my full resolution (which is 1280x1024), but to 1024x768. And playing with it, it ends up freezing my computer. And guess what? I couldn't just hit ctrl-alt-delete to get over it. It actually froze everything, making me hit the force reset button on my box!!! If you ask me, in this day and age and considering that numerous times compiz froze on me at Ubuntu ctrl-alt-delete was all I needed to do.. Only X froze, not the whole system..
That's bad if you ask me.
Now.. I'm just on the tips of my toes hoping I don't hit some other issue. I'll keep you updated.. and perhaps make it a full review.
That said, I gotta say I'm impressed by the way Fedora 8 looks, by its detection skills (it detected everything right down to the model of my monitor) and some configuration tools. It's "add/remove" utility leaves much to be desired compared to synaptic, but it's simple enough and seems fairly fast compared to what I remember (oh perhaps it's cause I have a real DSL these days, who knows).. It's a beautiful system for sure, but I have a feeling that Fedora and "rough edges" go hand in hand. The fact that they still have an unfixed bug (which they actually think is fixed) yet their final release is tomorrow, speaks in that favor very much.