Hardware: Dell Latitude C610
CPU: Mobile P3 - M 1133MHz
Video: ATI Radeon Mobility M6
Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN321G USB, Ralink chipset
LAN: 3Com 3c905c
Audio: Intel 82801CA/CAM AC97
Fedora 10 - Live CD Install
Mind-bogglingly slow. Yes, some of you are probably thinking I'd have to be insane to run the livecd from a laptop cdrom in only 256MB of Ram. But it's what I had, so that's what I used. Also, it is possible I am insane. You should probably not rule that out.
I booted from the CD. At the same time I was burning an ISO of Slackware CD1. After burning the Slackware CD, searching for the CD writing Pen (Can never find that damn thing), labelling the CD and finding a CD sleeve (Dammit, they were around here some place) I only had to wait four or five more minutes for the Fedora CD to get to the login screen.
So then I Set Fedora to logging in and went to make a cup of coffee. Finished the coffee, and I am a slow slow coffee drinker, and then sat and waited for the login to finish...
Eventually got to the desktop and clicked the Install link. This prompted a further five to ten minute wait before the installer popped up.
Aside from a few longish delays between screens while the next part loaded the install itself was smooth and efficient and probably quicker than the OpenSuse install. First install I've done to date that defaults to LVM for partitioning.
Issues found in first five minutes.
Hibernate & Suspend both failed. Actually, Hibernate succeeded but xorg crashed and restarted after resume.
Right clicking the CD-Rom drive and selecting "Eject" gives an error "Unable to mount media", exactly as in Debian and Ubuntu. Isn't this a fairly obvious bug to have persist across multiple Gnome versions? (Well, at least two versions).
What's with the ugly progress bar on a black background when booting the system. It looks, well, incomplete.
Add/Remove Software was extremely slow, and only the "All Packages" selection showed any packages - all other categories give "No results were found". Updates to Packagekit fixed this last problem. Speed is still an issue.
Sound card was detected, but no sound. Packagekit frontend hung trying to update pulseaudio and alsa. Killed all packagekit & Yum processes and attempted running Yum from the command line. Yum complained of locks on package database. Rebooted and updated pulseaudio & alsa packages. Still no sound. Time to install something else. Slackware perhaps?
Five Minute Goodness:
As expected all devices detected, although sound did not work. Connected to wireless lan. Mostly felt responsive. Like the wallpaper.
This post is way too short for conclusions, as was my testing.