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Re: Does Fedora 8 deserve intellectual welfare



Op vrijdag 09-11-2007 om 18:29 uur [tijdzone -0600], schreef Juan M.
Rodriguez:
> hymno wrote: 
> > Op zaterdag 10-11-2007 om 09:00 uur [tijdzone +0900], schreef Marc
> > Wiriadisastra:
> >   
> > > "Fedora 8 came out today and quite frankly, it sucks. I’m a Fedora user
> > > and I run Fedora on about 10 servers right now, including this one that
> > > hosts Dvorak Uncensored. But even though I’m a fan I think that it’s
> > > time to end the intellectual welfare that all the Linux reviewers give
> > > it and raise the bar to the same standards that commercial software is
> > > judged by. What is that standard you ask? It’s the standard of “does it
> > > work”. My conclusion - no - it doesn’t. Fedora 8 is broken."
> > > 
> > > It seems like a rant more than anything from my point of view. Some
> > > valid points but overall a rant.
> > > 
> > > http://www.dvorak.org/blog/?p=14453
> > > 
> > > http://www.digg.com/linux_unix/Dvorak_Uncensored_Fedora_8_Sucks
> > > 
> > > Cheers
> > > 
> > > Marc
> > > 
> > >     
> > 
> > Parts of the 'review' are not very credible:
> > 
> > "Being an expert, I (...)
> > 
> > (...) Since I had a 1280×1024 screen, I wanted to see it in the
> > resolution that the screen supports. So I ran the display configuration
> > and set the Monitor to Samsung 712n which was on their list. (...) 
> > 
> > After selecting the correct monitor, I returned to select the resolution
> > and even though I had selected a 1280×1024 monitor I still couldn’t
> > (...)
> > 
> > I could have started trying to edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file but
> > decided f*ck it. Why should I spend several more hours on Fedora 8 just
> > trying to get it to work with a standard size screen? I have better
> > things to do. (...) "
> > 
> > Excuse me, is editing xorg.conf "several more hours" of work, and for an
> > "expert" at that?
> > 
> > 
> >   
> Lets pretend for a second he said instead he was an old granny,
> there's no excuse as to why someone should need to edit the xorg.conf,
> the system-display-conf is there for a reason. If it didn't work as
> intended, his point is perfectly valid. 
> (Though it shouldn't take him more than a pair of minutes to tweak a
> string... ;) )


Point taken, but frankly, "old grannies" are not supposed to need to
install an operating system. Most people never will. I've installed
Fedora and CentOS for a couple of people that are now happily using it,
but it would have scared the hell out of them if they had to *install
and configure* the OS by themselves, even if it turned out to be not
that hard after the fact. Also, adding some repositories and w32/dvd
codecs and the like was just not something they were going to do.



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