July 10, 2013, 1:12 PM — 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.