Spotlight on Linux: Fedora 14

Fedora is the open source community driven testbed for Red Hat Enterprise Linux containing many of the technologies that will become available and commercially supported in RHEL. This means that Fedora is oftentimes considered "cutting edge." Despite its business class roots and developer appeal, many regular desktop users find Fedora just the right fit due to its general purpose nature.

The latest version was released November 2 and is still getting positive reviews. Most often highlighted were the features for the enterprise such as newly added developer tools, security auditing tools, a new virtual machine framework, and cloud and remote management software. Many are new technologies (or new to Linux) and are on their way to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. As exciting as they are, many use Fedora for their plain ole everyday email/Web/chat/multimedia desktop.

Recent versions of Fedora have shipped with lovely default desktops, your choice with the DVD image. The default one-CD live image ships with GNOME, but options are available with KDE, LXDE, and Xfce for 32- or 64-bit architectures as well as the full DVD install images. However...

One of biggest complaints with Fedora is its lack of proprietary drivers and multimedia software. Some consider it a disadvantage. Fedora has a policy of shipping almost no closed-sourced code, other than what comes in the kernel, with their distribution. It's an ideology, their philosophy that many other distributions share. There are additional and third-party repositories with much of the needed software and there's never a shortage of helpful community howtos to walk users through such operations (example). In spite of this, many consider Fedora very user-friendly and in all other aspects, it certainly is.

Probably the main advantage of using Fedora is its large and loyal community. Never underestimate the utility of such a community. They help new users, maintain interesting discussion, and can even influence certain aspects of the distribution. One of the determining factors in the popularity of distributions is the size of their community. That puts Fedora near the top of the list.

Another advantage is the level of quality found throughout the distribution. Fedora developers contribute not only to Fedora, but also to upstream projects, and cherish the highest standards of quality control. Bugs are everywhere in code and Fedora is no exception, but Fedora developers seem to rise just a bit higher than some other distributions.

Fedora's tendency toward the cutting edge is considered an advantage to some and a disadvantage to others. While Red Hat is extremely conservative, Fedora is quick to adopt and test new technologies. Many users who like to see new software first turn to Fedora. So, despite efforts, sometimes instability may creep in.

Fedora always features lots of popular software, and Fedora 14 is no exception. Their DVD is chocked full and each one-CD image ships with some of the most popular. Another advantage of Fedora is their large repository of software. Just about anything you can think of is packaged for Fedora and easily installable through the software manager.

So, if you're in the market for a new or additional Linux distribution, Fedora can most assuredly fill the bill. Many think of Fedora as a distribution for more advanced users, but it can fit into just about any routine.


Susan Linton is a Linux writer and the owner of


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Anonymous's picture

i seem to have lost my passsword and user i cant remmerb and i was wondering if fendora has any backdoors i can access to get in

Thank you...

JShuford's picture

I have been wondering about Fedora and whether I should try it :)

...I'm not just a "troll", but also a subscriber!

im using fedora os now. this

borelist's picture

im using fedora os now. this article very useful.thanks

fedora is slooowww

metin's picture

Fedora 14 is really slow compared to some other distros, including ubuntu, arch, pardus. It is very annoying.

Make sure you only start the minimum services...

dinooz's picture

I'm a RedHat junkie, learn Linux since RedHat 5.2, really like the way it works, but when I start as a newbie, I used to start every single process available in the machine services. Now with a lot more years of using the OS and a lot more experience, what I do is to tweak and make sure only the minimum services. You can check this really quick with the command:

$ /sbin/chkconfig --list |grep :on |wc -l
This will give you the number of services started on boot.

$ /sbin/chkconfig --list |grep :on
This will list the number of services started on boot.

/sbin/chkconfig service off
Will disable the service from boot, or alternative you can use:
/sbin/chkconfig --del service

Where service is the service name inteted to start or stop. For example for the Apache webserver [ httpd ]
/sbin/chkconfig httpd off
/sbin/chkconfig --del httpd

To verify your changes use:
$ /sbin/chkconfig --list |grep httpd

httpd 0:off 1:off 2:off 3:off 4:off 5:off 6:off

This way you can easily see if the service is configured to start on boot and the run level where is available.

Hope this helps !!!.

While I love the cli as much

nerdlymandingo's picture

While I love the cli as much as anyone, there are easier ways to check to see if services are starting at boot.

Fedora has a built-in service manager in the administration menu.

There is also ntsysv for the cli if you're so inclined.

Used Ubuntu for a bit; to

Anonymous's picture

Used Ubuntu for a bit; to many problems so I switched to Fedora. It's pretty good, minus the non-free firmware.

f14, a break from the norm

Anonymous's picture

I'm using F14 as my primary OS after switching from Windows 7. I have used Fedora and Redhat Linux in the past so I'm familiar with it, and I prefer it over Ubuntu due to the intermediate nature of it. It's not too point and click, but it's not just terminal either, a nice happy medium. I use a Windows environment at work all the time, so Linux gives me a chance to get away from the norm and still be able to do everything I want to do and with the Citrix Receiver, I can still work from home if necessary. I used to be a gamer, but got to the point where I was sick of the same formula in every game, and upgrading hardware every 2 yrs to keep up with the latest games, also got sick of running Windows because of the huge memory footprint of most apps, even the ones that are just for IM bring a bit of drag on the system due to the extremely high memory footprint. At least using Fedora everything runs fast, and I don't have to feel like my apps are dragging me down. Also I can use Fedora for server related functions such as SFTP, IRC, SSH, WWW, etc. I can say I have no regrets about switching, this is the second time I have moved from Windows to Linux, but this time I plan to stay...

Fedora 14

Joshua Rasnier's picture

I started with Linux with RedHat 4. Since then I've stuck with it even through the transition to Fedora and it just stays on top of things and I've never had to question if I should change to another distro.

The linux landscape will not be the same without Redhat/Fedora.

Fedora14 in Virtual Box

Bhupendra Bhatt's picture

I installed Fedora 14 in Virtual Box. Addition of Guest Additions caused it to crash. So for now I will stick with Ubuntu as my main desktop and PCLinux in Virtual Box.

Fedora and KDE

pavithran's picture

Fedora and KDE share a special relationship ,after all fedore was one of the first distributions after opensuse to ship in KDE4.x .

Having said that , I did see a lot of bugs in KDE version when compared to the gnome one . I have even reported ,blogged about them . The thing which was always a nuisance were KpackageKit and Knetwork .

I was more at home via commandline tools like yum or dhclient :)

What I did obser in the new release int he stability , mark my words its damn stable event he GUI components did work and I gave the desktop to my dad who is using it very peacefully without any complaint ( yet )

Fedora 14

Anonymous's picture

I was a loyal user of Fedora for years, until they introduced the LVM feature. I have been unable to find a way to turn that off, so I can manually control my own partitioning. Unfortunately, there have been a couple of times the LVM feature has resulted in a long day to completely reload my dual-boot machine, because it has overwritten my rarely used Windows partition, too. Until that little 'feature enhancement' is figured out, I'm using Ubuntu and am very leery of trying Fedora again.

I don't understand how this

Anonymous's picture

I don't understand how this could have happened unless you just clicked through all the defaults and warnings without bothering to read them.

The installer provides a list of various options including LVM and manual partitioning. When in manual partitioning mode you don't even need to create new partitions, you can use existing ones, which is what I did.

I have about 6 versions of Linux, and a few Windows onboard that I have spent many hours installing, configuring and using, and I most certainly don't want them all wiped out through sheer carelessness and inattention on my part.

There are clear warnings when you overwrite existing data, whether you choose to LVM the entire disk or any other option.

My policy is to always do a test install in VirtualBox of any distro I want to try out, in particular to understand exactly how the partitioning and boot loader options are presented, and if they work as advertised

lvm no problem

Hilsz's picture

No problem . . .
Since I'll have no SAN rooms for my home web farm, I install Fedora on ext3 only, lvm and sel disabled, but hard fake raid installed where Fedora may not install, for the sake of performance... with the help from Ubuntu Live USB key... that has gparted inside and not issuing invented errors

Fedora 14 Xfce

br jones's picture

Running Fedora 14 Xfce on my Dell Mini 9, 32GB SDD and 2GB RAM, and it runs great. After the typical Fedora install, I had head over to RPM Fusion with Firefox to load the Free and Nonfree Repositories, but this was very easy, just click-and-load and authorize as root. I loaded the “non-free” kmod-wl driver due to the Broadcom wireless card in the Mini 9. After a restart, we got wireless LAN!