Saturday, 26 January 2013

Looks like I am not the only one disturbed by the new Fedora Installer

It's the one distribution I always download the very moment it is released, big Fedora fan. But this new installer is really really eh?

For a pretty harsh review, I highly recommend http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/fedora-18-kde.html

I  agree about the issue concerning the installer, funnily enough I also have two identical disk drives and this is the first time ever I have been unsure about installing a Linux distribution on my system.

Previously, Fedora's Anaconda installer was very simple and effective. With concern to partition settings, as a user you can clearly see what is going on since everything was presented in a table like layout.

The obscure nature of the new installer concerning partition information and options makes it so awkward.

With Fedora 18, I actually spent several minutes just going back and forth trying to work out if what I was doing would work and not cause me a headache later on. At times I was hesitating to press the continue button because I feared it may start erasing / creating the partitions.

In the end I said to myself, stop!

Best be safe and take out that valuable drive I use to store important files.

Round 2 - Let's try again

After choosing your language, in my case English (GB), I noticed the keyboard layout defaults to English (US). Not much of a problem, but a common sense approach would be to match the default keyboard layout to the users chosen language.

Partition my disk, I do not like interfaces that require you to click - click - click and click, going backwards and forwards between screens. This is what made the previous anaconda so great, it was simplistic and effective.

But once you get the hang of it, it works.

Probably worth noting, I am installing from a Fedora 18 x64 KDE LiveUSB.

After the installer had successfully installed Fedora 18 to my disk I rebooted the system, I was staring at that boot menu background and thinking to myself, this is the KDE spin, why didn't they use the default KDE spin wallpaper as the background?

A little bit of consistency is always welcome. Nevermind, I can change that later on.

Now, as usual after installing Fedora the first boot setup is invoked, or in my case it just froze up at the Welcome screen. Only way out was by doing a hard reboot.

I did notice some graphical flickering whist it was frozen and that voice in the back of my head was saying "you know nouveau" has to be the problem.

3 attempts of trying to boot resulted in the same freeze at the Welcome screen but after booting with the nomodeset option it worked.

In the desktop, it is just what you would expect from Fedora's KDE spin. A fast and nippy KDE Desktop loaded with some KDE applications.

No Firefox out of the box or LibreOffice like openSUSE.


So far so good, lets use it for a few weeks and see how things go. Is Fedora 18 really the worst RedHat distribution ever?

I will follow up on my Fedora 18 experience in a few weeks.