Posted by: duskfire | November 12, 2011

Fedora 16 review

Help, Tips, and Tricks:

As I mentioned, to get the best use of Fedora most people will want to go to the RPMFusion page and follow the easy instructions to add two extra repositories.

You can register at the Fedora forums to get help with most issues. Also, GNOME’s website features a library section to help you learn the ins and outs of this not-yet-familiar desktop. GNOME also has a Gnome Tweak Tool you can install (apparently official, since it has a page at the GNOME developers’ website). You will find it by searching for “gnome-tweak-tool” in the add/remove software tool. There were about 12 extra themes available, of which I found 7 to be quite pretty. You can also use the tool to add the minimize and maximize buttons to the window titlebars. Unlike Autoplus, gnome-tweak-tool must be started from the command line (spelled exactly like that, including the dashes).

Here is one page of “tips and tricks” for Fedora 16, and I’m sure many more will be forthcoming soon. I myself use the Autoplus tool mentioned on that site; it seems useful and creates an icon for the applications list.

There are quite a few useful tips for the yum software installation command, but one of the best is using “yum groupinstall” to install a set of related packages with one simple command. In order to see the currently installed sets, as well as language packs and the sets you have not yet installed, use the “yum grouplist” command.

sets of packages that you can install


Fedora doesn’t have quite the extensive collection of games that the Debian-based distributions do, but it certainly has more than enough to satisfy most people. The repositories include most of the popular first-person shooters, puzzle games, strategy games, and platform games that I have discussed in previous articles on this blog.

DOSbox is available (although I still prefer DBGL), and so is Wine, but in some cases Wine didn’t seem to function as smoothly as it does for other systems. When I tried to run the Steam client, it would crash. This could be because I didn’t add some extra Wine files that I needed (not knowing exactly which ones I use).

KDE, Xfce, and LXDE

I mentioned at the beginning of this review that GNOME 3 is controversial. Many people who loved GNOME 2 are unwilling to try it in its current form. Fair enough. Fedora supplies 3 additional desktop environments (KDE, Xfce, and LXDE) as well as at least 8 window mangers. You can download the alternative versions (“Spins”) at their Get Fedora page, but you could also simply install a whole desktop’s set of packages using the “groupinstall” option with yum as I mentioned earlier (KDE is known as “KDE Software Compilation”). I actually tend to install at least GNOME and KDE on any Linux distribution that I use for more than a week.

Xfce and LXDE are quite easy to pick up and get accustomed to using (although adjusting the LXDE clock on the taskbar does involve an unfamiliar “code”).

Fedora features the latest versions of each desktop (currently KDE 4.7, Xfce 4.8, and LXDE

typical KDE desktop

default Xfce Desktop

LXDE desktop

For further information on each, visit their websites at: KDE, Xfce, or LXDE.

Final notes:

I have only found one serious bug, which I’m not sure how to fix – Firefox will occasionally crash badly enough to force a logout. This has happened about 6 times over 4 days, and only with Firefox (only since I added codecs I think).

I did not install the ATI graphics drivers during testing.  My understanding from some threads on the forums is that the catalyst driver may have problems with GNOME 3 that haven’t yet been resolved.

I didn’t test Virtualbox, and Fedora apparently prefers that people use KVM for their virtualization needs. I’m not at all familiar with KVM.

Before installing the 32-bit final release version, I used a test candidate that was 64-bit for 2 weeks and had no issues with it whatsoever. Fedora is definitely in my top 5 favorite Linux distributions at this point. It has been quite stable for me, and the disadvantages have not been sufficient as to crimp my accustomed daily uses. I have interests in music creation, graphics, programming, and of course games – and Fedora supplies nearly all the applications that I have wanted to install.


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  1. I like Gnome three also. Fedora is sweet and I’ve been using Ubuntu for yrs.

  2. I have to admit that the two distributions of choice I have use are fedora and ubuntu – I have a lot of respect for them both.

    However in regards to your review – I think Fedora 16 is the first distro I know that uses the nouveau open source 3d driver well (It seems to work better for me on my rig than the nvidia ones when I tried them – although always before that would not be the case).

    I think Unity and Gnome 3 have still a long way to go but I feel the first principles are there (that does n’t help us who just wish to click on a mouse!) for cross platform (tablet, mobile and desktop interfaces).

    Certainly all the old songs about Linux being stuck in the past are being proved very much wrong – and I think as a comparative newbie / want things to work – that is a good thing,

    Thanks for the review

  3. Unity & Gnome 3 are not for netbooks.
    On my Samsung NC10 I first installed Ubuntu 11.10 and then decided to give Fedora Core 16 a try .. I decided to use the LXDE spin (+ Cairo-Dock) because Gnome3 and Unity are taking too much CPU/memory on netbooks.

    My first impressions is that Fedora Core is less polished than Ubuntu.
    Clearly the by-default font rendering is really something to be improved d by the Fedora folks. Compare an Ubuntu default installation to a Fedora Core default installation and you’ll notice a pretty difference.
    I found some links to fix it but clearly I feel it should be improved/made easier :

    I spent a lot of time adding repositories after Fedora Core 16 installation and then discovered Autoplus :
    Clearly it’s a must use program ..

    PS : it’s sad that there is no J-downloader package nor any voria packages for Samsung laptop users – they exist just for Ubuntu : – so we get hotkeys working easily.
    I will continue to use Fedora Core 16 for a while but I will likely move to Pinguy OS – – next year.

    • that’s odd ’cause unity and gnome 3 really fly on my 2 yr old G – meso

  4. I have used Fedora 15, its amazing! I’m looking for any kind of review to decide change to Fedora 16 or to CentOS 6.

    Ubuntu is out of mind because Unity is ridiculous…. Expensive use of memory and also Ubuntu is for users that don’t know how to use command line.

    Long life for YUM!

  5. The Fedora Core 16 distribution is my favoured Linux distribution due to the inclusion of older software like Xmms & Xv. Ubuntu does not seem to include this software by default at all. The Gnome Shell 3.2.1 desktop is much better to use than the Unity example that does not make any sense on a desktop.

    If you install Gnome-Shell-Frippery, then you can make Gnome 3 look like Gnome 2.

  6. Fedora 15 and 16 DVDs do not provide a means to connect to a telephone modem. I therefore found them both useless. I will soon have to leave Fedora 14 and find a DVD distribution that does provide for connecting the old fashioned way.

  7. when i go to cui in fd16 & open c++ by command vi myfile.cpp
    i then after writing program it not executed gives error of file not found of header file cpp.
    another problem is it has no softwarfe center like ubunto so software likes dragon player r not found easily so provide me a link easily download c++
    project & another necessary softwares.

  8. I have been using Fedora 13 since its release, and go back to pre 7 release with Fedora. I have never had problems with 13. Never a crash, never a hickup. I’ve tried the 16 release from the .iso only, and my opinion is that Fedora should have dropped anchor around release 13 like VW should have done in the 60’s. Sometimes it just pays to keep the same look and feel without trying to out-do everyone else. I’d settle for stability and reliability over novelty.

    • The problem was, changing Fedora’s look and feel wasn’t something they had much choice about. I use Mint and we got a lot of the same complaints. When GNOME developers decided that GNOME 3 was going to have a radically different appearance, there wasn’t much the distributions could do. GNOME 2 is not going to be supported going forward, like it or not.
      What you might want to do is to look for the Cinnamon desktop RPM, which has been released for Fedora. It was created to look as much like GNOME 2 as possible while being compatible with GNOME 3.

  9. yah itz realy a grt exprnce………..

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