I’ve always wondered what it would be like to run a virgin install of Fedora Core 6 to see how well I could get along in my daily computing needs.
This will be, for me, a test of how well F/OSS software can impact my life without resorting to third party yum repositories for software unavailable from Fedora.
That being said there is one area where I cannot avoid using non-free software. WiFi drivers. I can do without most anything requiring non-free software. However connectivity is currently not one of them because of the limited connectivity nature of my profession.
Had I only needed connectivity from home this would be no problem.
I will be using the ipw3945 rpms from Freshrpms. In fact I am really unsure if this non-F/OSS from reading the license for these WiFi drivers. Either way these ipw3945 rpms are not part of the Fedora Core distribution so this disclaimer is still valid. If you are interested you may read the ipw3945 software license for yourself.
So. I’ve formatted my laptop and reinstalled Fedora Core 6 without all the third party addons. I’m only using software from the core, updates, and extras repositories (except for the ipw3945 software I mentioned earlier). I’ll post back periodically to report my successes and challenges and what I did about them.