Back to Ubuntu (6.06) – Fedora Core 5 sucks

I’ve gone back to Ubuntu. I’m convinced that Ubuntu is the best Linux distro in the world for desktops and laptops. After battling with Fedora Core 5 for a month or so I’m 100% convinced of this. Here’s why:

  • Suspend to RAM in Fedora Core never worked correctly, even with the Suspend 2 kernel.
  • Suspend to disk worked most of the time, but sometimes failed.
  • Fedora did not support the IPW2200 series wireless card out of the box.
  • Fedora’s installation now uses logical volumes, which caused major headaches with other distros.
  • Fedora’s configuration made it difficult to control certain things such as GDM control. Furthermore, it didn’t have any support for 915resolution or 855resolution.

There are other things as well, but most of the major pains are these. Ubuntu 6.06 flight 7 worked fine for all of these directly out of the box, with NO configuration (except 915resolution, which I’m used to now).

Ubuntu 6.06 has a great look and feel. It is snappy and responsive and just plain works. Plus, DRI is now working perfectly and I can use OpenGL again. Plus, suspend works great even with DRI enabled, this is great news.

Lastly, I did manage to get the VGA out working in Ubuntu and I’m pretty sure it will work the same in FC5, but I’m never going back again. I’ll put the directions in a separate post.

9 thoughts on “Back to Ubuntu (6.06) – Fedora Core 5 sucks

  1. Hi,

    Ubuntu is good but I am very dissappointed to say that the absence of root password is a big blunder. Let me handle my system. I want to destroy it, let me do it. Ubuntu should not force something. Doesn’t Windows allow you to have a Admin password. What sense does it make to leave all permissions with root account and then not provide it’s password to the user. Fucking, he’s lost and pissed, after the effort spent in installing the system.


  2. Ubuntu is great and Dapper Drake makes it even better!

    I upgraded to Dapper and was pleasantly surprised to find that my system is much more responsive than with Breezy. Firefox seems especially snappier. I really like the new GNOME deskbar applet too.


  3. How is Ubuntu’s mission different from debian’s? Sounds like a copykat. no?

    ubuntu: The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Philosophy: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.



  4. Ubuntu’s main mission until very recently was to provide an excellent desktop and laptop linux based operating system. The focused on the features that folks really want in those scenarios. For example, the ACPI support in Fedora Core just didn’t even get close to working. In Ubuntu, worked perfectly with no tweaks. Debian’s kinda like FreeBSD, it’s a good solid base (in fact Ubuntu uses a lot from Debian), but usually needs a lot of finishing touchs. Ubuntu puts those finishing touchs on.

    If I were a betting man, I’d say that Ubuntu will far exceed all other distributions for desktop and laptop Linux. In fact, they are also starting to compete in the server area and with their track record, I wouldn’t be surprised if they do well there also. Now we just need Dell to stand behind them and they have a real shot at making a great OS.


  5. wooow…. easy tiger….

    sudo passwd root

    the installation password you used for the default account (sudo requests it) will let you choose a new root password…


  6. GodDamN,

    Not sure what you mean here. If you have another way of setting the root password (I know there are many including some GUI methods) you should post a comment on the other post detailing the steps. I’m sure others would love the help. The method I outlined seems to me to be the easiest method of setting a new root password.



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