Part of my job is developing and supporting applications running on RHEL 4. I decided to install Fedora 9 on this machine, and here are some of the reasons:
- Support out-of-the-box for whole-drive encryption (remember this is a laptop)
- VPN support out-of-the-box
- Contemporary UI (Gnome 2.22) compared to that found on RHEL 4
- It's the only Linux distribution outside of RHEL that is officially sanctioned by my employer
- Drive encryption/decryption (I could log in)
- Wired networking
- Full screen resolution (1440 by 900) with 'free and open' driver but no 3D support
- Local mouse
- Every USB device I currently have
- nVidia native driver with 3D support
- Flash version 9
- Wireless (Broadcom 4328 802.11n draft)
Fundamentally the system is functional and will probably allow me to get my core job done. But it falls a bit short as a shining light for Linux adoption.
So I wonder what excuses/flames I'll get for these problems.
Mis-identified the wireless chip set. ndiswrapper failed to solve the problem.