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.