Fedora is the consumer-oriented (i.e., free) flavor of . Throughout the years it has been (on and off) my distribution of choice for desktop purposes, since it is extremely well organized and easy to maintain.

It is not, however, perfect, and I am a bit weary of its semi-annual release cycles, which are more prone to breakage than .


Category Date Link Notes
Variants 2023 Bazzite

A gaming-oriented distribution that aims to be a SteamOS replacement.

Legacy Notes

Legacy content follows.

  • Fedora Core 5

  • Fedora Core 4:

    • Updated Core 3 install on two desktops flawlessly
    • All the package manager’s prompts to insert a CD are named “untitled window”. And it asked me for the same CD time and time again. Is this dumb or what?
    • still crashes around 30 seconds into normal use (and the connector still doesn’t work.)
    • 2.10, sure, but without the clever bits: , TomBoy, wireless-applet, etc.
    • [Toshiba/M100]:
      • CPU speed scaling worked (but no hibernation or suspend options visible, or enabled on the default install)
      • Built-in support sucks (the ipw2100 card is listed but as a standard interface, and cannot be configured via the GUI). Had to download the card’s firmware, install it manually, edit the relevant ifcfg-ethX file to set the interface type to Wireless and reboot. For how long are we going to put up with this idiotic nonsense?
      • Inserting a second battery freezes the machine – hard. A major bug that I had come across earlier on other distros, and the kind that some kernel developer ought to be flogged over.

Codec Notes

To get support in Fedora Core 4, install gstreamer-plugins-mp3 from the following repository:

$ cat /etc/yum.repos.d/livna.repo
name=Livna.org Fedora Compatible Packages

Core 3/4 and Apache‘s UserDir:

  • Symptom: getting 403 Forbidden errors on ~user pages.
  • Cause: mod_userdir will not work out of the box due to SELinux paranoia.
  • Cure: do chcon -R -t httpd_user_content_t public_html/, or, if you’re running a development box, use system-config-securitylevel to disable SELinux on httpd and reboot. Yes, welcome to the wonderful world of runtime paranoia.
  • Stupidity Rating: 20/20. It should at least be mentioned in the default httpd.conf.

Core 1 and

Fedora Legacy repositories require manual updates to your yum.conf.

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