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My desktop OS: Fedora Core 3: Feedback



Hi

I have just read your short review[1] on Fedora Core 3. Its rather remarkable timing to be trying out Fedora Core 3 now considering the fast release lifecycle of Fedora. It might be of interest to you that Fedora Core 3 has already transitioned into maintenance mode and to Fedora Legacy - community maintenance project, recently with the release of Fedora Core 5 test 2 as per our lifecycle policy (FC X goes into maintenance when FC Z test 2 is released). Refer to our FAQ - http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAQ and especially http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/LifeCycle for more details.

You reference to the network card does not include a model number. It seems from the comments though that what you have been downloading is the firmware of the driver which is not shipped in Fedora due to redistribution restrictions incompatible with Fedora licensing guidelines imposed by many of the wireless hardware manufacturers. The drivers usually are included in the upstream and Fedora kernel though.

You have mentioned the issue of dependencies while installing software with RPM. RPM is not a typical end user tool. It is generally better to use yum to install software packages which also resolves the dependencies automatically. Yum also provides the ability to build plugins on top of it and is extensible and flexible. Many of the yum related additional features is available through yum-utils in Fedora Extras repository. This repository can be enabled manually using the instructions available in http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Extras. Fedora Core 4 enables this repository by default which contains over two thousand applications in addition to Fedora Core.

Looking forward to your review on future releases of Fedora. Refer to http://fedora.redhat.com/About/schedule/ for the project's public release schedule. Thank you for your interest in the Fedora Project.

[1]http://os.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/01/16/1659245&from=rss

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Rahul
Fedora Bug Triaging - http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers


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