I installed the Fedora 13 Community Remixhttp://fcoremix.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/lucky-13/
Here are my thoughts/criticisms/review
The installer wasn't as polished/colourful e.g. the partitioner has no colours and almost looks text based
Even though I had selected UK English (what other is there?
) for the Live CD, when I started the installer it defaulted to US English (
It put Vista in Grub as 'Other' and didn't even pick up Mint, but the GUI to add new entries and rename existing ones worked fine.
The Live CD uses the mintMenu, however, after installing the Gnome Menus were used
The Default background is nice, however, the Default theme is very 'flat' and the overall feel isn't great.
MP3s and YouTube worked straight away.
The overall first impression was that it was a bunch of odds and ends thrown together.
There didn't seem to be any decision in what application to add and there were duplicates for the same task.
e.g. includes Chromium and Firefox, includes F-Spot, GIMP and Picasa
Fedora uses yum instead of apt.
I didn't try the command line, but the GUI is via PackageKit.
This feels neither as complete as Synaptic nor as detailed as the Mint Software manager.
You can't seem to restart/shutdown directly from your session. You have to log out first.
You keep being asked for the root password to mount your internal drives.
All in all, I couldn't see anything to distinguish Fedora 13 Community Remix from any other GNOME based distro.
There is no feeling of branding, that you are using Fedora.
It feels scrappy and, to be honest, I feel like I wasted of 1.4 GB bandwidth downloading it.
EDIT: There are some Admin Tools that look quite good and have some branding.
The Add Users/Groups, Services listing and Firewall all look quite good.
I guess this makes sense as Fedora is a test-bed for Red-Hat and Red-Hat is primarily server rather than Desktop focussed.