Before Ubuntu started grabbing all the headlines, Fedora Linux was one of the most popular community-supported open source Linux distros around. But just because Ubuntu has been in the limelight for the past few years doesn’t mean that Fedora has gone anywhere. In fact, the group has just released Fedora 14.

The update includes MeeGo technology for an improved experience on netbooks and other devices with small screens, as well as a number of other changes including improved remote desktop features, faster image loading and saving, support for more programming languages, and a preview of new virtualization technology.

Fedora was the first Linux distribution I ever tried, and I think I probably still have a LiveCD floating around somewhere with Fedora 6 on it. Honestly, at this point, I think I could get by with any operating system with a decent web browser (although I really wish QuickBooks would run properly under WINE). But I haven’t really tested Fedora in a few years.

What’s your favorite Linux distro or other operating system for desktops or mobile computers?

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11 replies on “Fedora 14 Linux distro now available”

  1. Debian… then Arch.. then xbuntu variants. Will probably move to Debian or Tinycore. However, Fedora was the only distro that worked ootb on my mum’s laptop (including ubuntu), which surprised me as Fedora is quite zealous about non-free sources and so I expected it not to play with the wireless at all.

    1. Zealous because Fedora has to abide to laws and looks forward to bring free and open source solutions in the future. Zealous because Fedora provides free and open source wireless drivers and support of videocard for both Nvidia and ATI out of box despite limited 3D support.For non-free source, RPM Fusion repository filled the task.Next time, try to be specific about the wireless card because nobody has device can read mind yet.

  2. My Asus Eee netbook was bricked after going from 10.04 to 1010 on a dual boot with XP setup. Re-did the partition and put EasyPeasey on it as replacement.

    Never going with “pure” Ubuntu again – developers only working on bleeding-edge hardware with no backward compatibility for older netbooks.

  3. i sympathize with you re: quickbooks … here is my solution. run virtualbox and a clean/small install of xp (no internet access of course) for all of those stupid programs that require windoze. these are light to beginwith, they dont need 3d video card and can run quite nicely on a virtual machine with 700mb ram. problem solved… it eats up a bit of ram when you are using it otherwise you have the piece of mind of linux. win win

    1. Virtualbox is a great suggestion. I use it myself. I also had a similar issue with my accounting software, but I handled it by dumping the whole closed-source, proprietary package and went with a FOSS alternative. That’s not for everybody, but I don’t regret the move.

  4. I have Fedora 13 on my ASUS 1018pd netbook, which I have set up
    as a dual-boot machine. As a scientist I use it daily. I will likely
    install Fedora 14 on my Dell i1764 laptop.

  5. Started with Ubuntu, but moved to Arch linux over a year ago. Ubuntu made the switch to linux relatively easy, but Arch is easier for me to troubleshoot and customize.

  6. Using ubuntu 10.10 currently. Would love to try Fedora and/or other linux variants when I have the time.

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