What distros have you installed lately?
No, this isn't a repeat blog posting... as I continually download and install various distros. Since I'm very Red Hat centric, I'm all excited about the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 release... that is coming out... maybe in March?!?
[Update: Looks like next week... March 14th.]
Fedora 7 Beta 2
Downloaded and installed Fedora 7 Test 2. Notice that Core is no longer part of the name because Core and Extras are in the process of being merged. I downloaded the LiveCD and it worked great. I was very impressed by the artwork. I did an install from the LiveCD and it worked well... and seemed faster than the boot-install method. The only things broken that I noticed were some warning messages during shutdown after doing the install... about not being able to unmount something... but it was of no consequence... and a few of the desktop apps didn't work... like Abiword for example. Other than that, it recognized the onboard Intel video chipset of my wife's Gateway branded box and worked with accelerated video... rotating cube and all.
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CentOS hasn't publicly released a beta for the upcoming CentOS 5 yet... so I settled for Scientific Linux 5 alpha on LiveDVD. My DVD drive was pretty slow compared to my CD drive so the distro took a while to boot and load apps but generally, it worked well... and yes, the accelerated desktop was there with the rotating cube, etc. RHEL 4 is based on Fedora Core 3... whereas RHEL 5 (from which these things all are derived) is/will be based on Fedora Core 6 so there is quite a bit of difference in version numbers.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
I actually installed RHEL 5 beta 2 on a computer at work and it looked and worked pretty well... but of course I didn't try out any of the new, compelling features (Xen, etc).
Speaking of RHEL, supposedly Red Hat has released a beta version of RHEL 4 Update 5 that includes Xen support BUT the focus on the Xen support is to make it easier to migrate RHEL 4 machines into Xen virtual machines running under RHEL 5.