Tip O’ The Fedora

Tuesday, 2006-December-19 at 16:57

I’m heavily into the Fedora and Ubuntu / Kubuntu / Xubuntu Linux distributions.  This year, I have converted more of our computers away from Windows XP.  It is often because of the Windows Genuine (Dis)Advantage program.  If your major-brand computer, purchased from the world's largest retailer, gets locked by WGD, why should you buy another copy of XP?  Slap Fedora or Ubuntu Linux on that puppy, so you no longer have to deal with the anti-theft technologies.
Technological Usage Restrictions (TUR), often euphemized as Digital Rights Management (DRM), are technologies designed to limit or restrict what you can do with software, music, or video files that you have purchased.  TUR is often positioned as an anti-theft (often called "anti-piracy") program, but the truth is, the thieves can easily get around it.  In essence, TUR affects and hinders the honest purchaser who wants to listen to his music on multiple devices, rather than the person who wants to illegally distribute the files without having to remit payment to the copyright owner.
To its credit, Fedora does not (in its default install) read or write file formats that tend to be locked up by TUR.  This includes the MP3, WMA, and RAM file formats.  I believe there are players available for those who wish to use those formats, but they are not in the standard installation.
Fedora Core comes with the GNOME desktop environment (KDE & XFCE are available), which is simple and relatively responsive.  It does not install certain proprietary drivers by default, so some video cards will lack hardware acceleration.  For most systems, it is not a problem.  I have been using Fedora as my regular desktop for some time.  The only thing that I have had problems with is WiFi card drivers.
If you want to try it out first, you can get an idea of what you'll experience by going to the VMWare.com site and getting the free VMWare Player and a couple of free VMs.

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