I have just read your short review 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 -
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
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
for the project's public
release schedule. Thank you for your interest in the Fedora Project.
Fedora Bug Triaging - http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers