A couple of points about Fedora, YUM, and RPM. 1) Fedora was the outgrowth of RHL. However, Red Hat blundered when they stopped selling RHL as an entry level product with by far the largest mindshare in the Linux and business community. If Fedora was to be equivalent to or a replacement for RHL, it should have been stable, usable, fast, and have a longer lifecycle. Customers were confused and confused customers look elsewhere for solutions, hence the growth of Gentoo, Ubuntu, SuSE, etc. Fedora has become the Red Hat beta (alpha) for RHEL. It has become far more difficult to support, update, upgrade, etc. than it should be based on its RHL ancestry. This has really cost Red Hat mindshare, but not their bottom line which is supported by the Enterprise and RHEL. 2) Since Red Hat 8 or 9, RPM has had issues with Berkeley DB including lockups and __db* files that have to be manually deleted if updates crash or you CTRL-C while doing an RPM. This has apparently never been fixed. 3) Fedora supports upgrades, but this is difficult and often does not work. It took me nearly 20 HOURS to upgrade from FC5 x86_64 to FC6 x86_64 on my laptop. 4) Doing a query for packages shows ONE version of a program, but if you try to remove it, you find you have TWO. How many packages on an x86_64 platform do you need that support both architectures? Can this be minimized? Can the the tools better support multiple packages instead of a default "fail" mode.... 5) Yum is a good updater, but has become slow and has many issues. My FC6 x86_64 boxes fail nearly every time I do an update because of missing packages. - 1 missing package, the entire update fails by default - updates fail, but the packages are found on the update sites - I have had yum crash with a core dump leaving a mess to clean up - if you run low on disk space updates are a real pain My wife and kids use Fedora and now Knoppix. They like Linux, but I have to maintain over 6 computers (PII/366 to x86_64 Athlons) at home, two which are dual boot with XP. Weekly manually fixing yum on each becomes a real pain. I understand ESR's frustration with Fedora as I often share it as well. I had a manager who said "perception is reality". I think this is the case with Fedora. It is getting a bad rap due to the perception of problems, mainly difficulty with MP3/multimedia and updates. Fedora is losing mindshare and marketshare (remember it WAS RHL at one time and to many, Red Hat Linux WAS Linux). This has been a good thread. I hope it serves as a wake up call to the Fedora developers and their sponsors, especially Red Hat.