Installation is in graphical mode so no difficulties.
No problem of incompatibility made by the wifi (solved with the ndiswrapper utility suite).
The configuration is not too complex for the beginner user, but it can be pushed to Confirms users.
ADQUATION / PERFORMANCE
I'm running Fedora (currently version 8) on a portable mount (so no mark): 2x2 Ghz Intel Core Duo and 2GB RAM.
The OS works, some crashes with the touchpad time to time (solution: use a mouse) and WiFi is not super stable (Linux black point).
Except it's a very stable.
Loading is a little long to boot the OS but reveals very quickly thereafter.
I use it for a little over a year now.
I tried many distributions, Fedora remains my prefers.
If you are beginner, however, I suggest you to refer you to a simpler distribution like Ubuntu. That said, if you are ready to put their hands in a little bit dirty, Fedora turns very strong and stable as long as we know a little bit Linux.
Update: Since version 10, Stability of problems are recurring ...
By consquent I pass Debian. More complex, but it is no longer stable and fast
A priori, if we want to install only FEDORA, do not worry, we follow the menu and everything is moving. In my case, I want to multiboot to test various systems, keep my windows7 or 8 and enjoy the best of both worlds. So, the specific parameters are more difficult to implement side formatting and partitions in the disk. Can be tested with a live CD or download the DVD to install everything. I rather regret that the DVD is not live yet.
No major incompatibilities, but the updates were a little slow in version 14, here we are at 20, and between the two I planted because the version 14 was no longer sustainable and the SHIFT n ' not result. In fact we must ensure track versions, or disconnect updates if you want peace and a computer that rolls.
Sony VAIO laptop, 4 GB, medium perfs.
Working properly, a little longer to start than others ubuntus but less than Windows XP present on the same computer.
Stability: apart from the concern of frequent updates, no other.
I added the packages and configuration CCRMA dedicated to music: there are the usual music software on Linux, plus some others not present as standard on Ubuntu or tango, a low-latency kernel configured and no problems equipment.
I've left running for days on returning from time to time and do not worry, it awakens and it works on, no crash.
It has been 3 years since I use it, I tried and I always try different systems because I like it.
I like, as on others, the side dedicated to music with CCRMA packages, just under the feeling of always being in beta testing for Red Hat, although in fact it did not crash, but the stroke versions succeed a little fast for my taste.
Price / no competition for free!
With experience, this choice I would if I had a dedicated computer, but not too much because multidémarrage cohabitation seems not his thing.
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Black-raven's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Who said linux was complicated to install?? Frankly, the installation of Fedora (and all Red Hat) is a cinch. It's very intuitive.
The hardware is supported directly and installation of nvidia drivers is done in 2 commands. To install proprietary codecs is a bit more complicated (and more!) But reading the doc, no worries. The advantage, unlike Windows, is that all codecs are installed at once and all formats can be played with mplayer. No need for quick-time, real-player and others ...
As for performance I think Fedora is long to boot, even turning off a lot of services. However, in use is very fast! On the same machine Open Office opens 2 times faster than a newly installed windows. Let alone for gimp ... I have not tested the CCRMA packages for Mao, but if the same quality as the rest, it must give a high-performance distrib mao!
I blame Gnome just not be as responsive as kde, but I chipotte.
I am not 10 because of the boot a long-haired ...
I use linux for many years particularly in the context of my work. I have a strong preference for red-hat system that I find easier to administer than debian (which are excellent this way). Fedora often offers the latest technology available and provides the basis for Red Hat Enterprise. Moreover, a site not to be missed: https://www.fedora-fr.org
Is this choice I would do: definitely yes, and re-yes! Windows has no advantage in my eyes ...