First Panther, then Fedora

In order to burn-in a new battery I miraculously obtained for an aging Toshiba Tecra 8000, I wiped the temporary FreeBSD install I had done to have a working X11 terminal and left the thing installing a "Personal Workstation" configuration of Fedora Core 1.

Looking at it now - on the verge of being replaced by XP, since that is what I need for the next long(ish) round of tests - I can say that Fedora is definetly not the end of RedHat on the desktop (as the Slashdot crowd rambled a few days back).

In fact, it looks to be just the beginning. It has an even cleaner desktop environment, more coherent menus, OpenOffice 1.1 (very usable, but a bit bloated like most similar suites) and pretty much everything a "regular" user needs, on top of a coherent RedHat-based structure.

Sure, it still feels a bit patchy. It's still not quite as easy to set up as Windows, and is light-years away from Mac OS X. It's gotten a bit bloated (especially when compared to the bare-bones FreeBSD setup I had a few minutes before).

But it seems to be the best (and easier to install, update and actually use) Linux distro out there right now, no matter what the anti-RedHat zealots say.

My hat's off to the project team - I'll definetly be running this on a permanent basis after the dust settles.