Fedora 19 Schrodinger's Cat (Meow!) Reviews
Today in Open Source: A roundup of of Fedora 19 (Schrodinger's Cat) reviews
Fedora 19 Reviews
LinuxBSDos has a review of Fedora 19 Schrodinger's Cat. Fedora has never been one of my favorite desktop distros since it seems to tend more toward enterprise level usage. That's not to say that there's anything wrong with it, but it's just never wowed me enough to really consider it versus Linux Mint Debian Edition or vanilla Debian.
As noted in the review, the software management tool in Fedora 19 seems to lag behind Ubuntu and Linux Mint. I've been waiting for the Fedora developers to fix this for ages, but it seems like it's still just what it is in this release. That's too bad as other distros have plowed ahead and could be used as templates for improving Fedora's software management tools.
Like previous releases before it, Fedora 19, code-named Schrodinger’s Cat, comes with many, many new features and feature enhancements, and, of course, its own share of bugs.
Installation images are available as Live CD/DVD ISO images. The main edition uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment, with an unmodified GNOME Shell. Installation images for other popular desktop environments are also available for download. These other flavors, known as Spins, run the KDE, LXDE, Xfce, and MATE Compiz desktops.
There are also specialty flavors designed for specific computing tasks (Design-suite, Electronic-Lab, Games, Jam-KDE – for the musician in you, Robotics, Security, and SoaS), and ready-to-run images for Cloud platforms. Installation images for ARM, PPC, and s390 architectures are also available.
Muktware gives it a 4/5, a pretty good score for Fedora. As noted in the review, you won't find media codecs to play MP3, MKV or AVI files though. Fedora's commitment to free software precludes that, though nothing is stopping you from installing them yourself. Still, the lack of codecs on a desktop distro might be a turn off to some users who don't want to be bothered installing them manually.
Traditionally, Fedora has been used more as a server distro but their live desktop offerings seem a good fit for average Linux users as well. Although most would still prefer to use Mint, Mageia or PCLinuxOS, that have everything ready-to-use (including certain non-free codecs and drivers), users who have a knack for 100% free OSes—Ubuntu, Debian, Arch—will find Fedora 19 a pretty solid offering. With F19, I'm looking forward to giving GNOME 3 another go.
Hectic Geek also notes the lack of codecs in its review, though it focuses more on resource usage and hardware performance. It's interesting to note from this review that Fedora 19 seems to take longer to boot up than Ubuntu 13.04, and it uses more more memory (roughly 16% more).
That doesn't surprise me though, Fedora has always seemed a bit more hungry for system resources than Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Given the power of today's computers, I doubt it will be much a hurdle for users who still want to run Fedora, but if you're on an older computer or a netbook, you might want to take that into consideration before installing Fedora 19 on your system.
If you are looking for a GNU/Linux distribution that puts a very strong empathize on ‘GNU’ philosophy, that gives a beautiful, virgin, GnomeShell desktop (it has other desktops based separate disc images) and willing to go through a slight hassle while installing ‘proprietary codecs’, then Fedora 19, unlike its predecessors, is a very stable and a responsive OS that is well worth trying.
Overall, the review buzz about Fedora 19 seems fairly positive. I don't see anything in this release though that would shift users away from Linux Mint, Ubuntu or even Debian and over to Fedora. But Fedora devotees will probably want to upgrade to Schrodinger's Cat.