I’ve decided, after going back and forth over this for a while, that I’m dropping Fedora on my work machine. I’ve gotten to where I just can’t be bothered with yum and the limited (in comparison to Debian based distros) package selection anymore. Those are my main reasons, but there are others, the amount of time it took for the Fedora team to fix the ATA kernel problems following the release of Core 6 for instance.
I’m not happy about forsaking Fedora, I would prefer to have some level of experience with an RPM based distro. I just can’t justify the time it’s taking to become a knowledgeable user with Fedora. Maybe some day, when I’m more familiar with the internals of more Linux applications and more experienced with compiling what I need from source I can go back.
I’ll be installing Feisty on the machine some time this week or next and will be strictly a Debian (or its derivatives) user for a while. I’ve had almost no problem installing whatever applications I want on a Debian machine. There have been a few times when I needed to compile from source and on Debian I’ve been able to get the job done (my success rate on Fedora is abysmal).
So to me, this feels like a failure. Disappointing but necessary.