Will you recommend fedora to a newcomer?

Tim ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au
Sun Apr 16 00:04:57 UTC 2006

>> I still don't think that makes FC5 user-unfriendly. There are dozens of
>> websites like
>> http://stanton-finley.net/fedora_core_5_installation_notes.html that
>> show people how to do things in a very simplified manner.

Jacques B:
> Simple to someone who's familiar with Linux.  But a MS Windows user is
> used to having things auto install, or install with a simple click of
> a mouse.

Though, playing devil's advocate:  How well do they cope with fixing a
Windows problem?  Even something as simple as installing a printer
sometimes brings users to a hair-pulling situation, where the install
routine doesn't work, nor bears any resemblance to the guide that came
in the box.

> Not following instructions to copy something to a particular
> folder, or unzip and untar, then rpm -ihv ...  Did you look at the
> instructions to install Java?

Yes, some are worse than others.  Good instructions can make a
three-line recipe for installing some of them quite painless to

> And if something doesn't work, then what?

Not a problem unique to Linux, though.  I've seen plenty of Windows
users who've just got used to <something> crashing while they're using
it, or they just give up using it.

(Currently running FC4, occasionally trying FC5.)

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