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Fedora Install and configure tips

I like to start by following these guides, with a few short cuts and additions:

The Perfect Desktop - Fedora i686 (GNOME)

This is a great screen by screen guide to help you download and install Fedora

easyLife

After installing Fedora 14 the big short cut is to use easyLife, download and install easyLife for Fedora here.  This provides one application that you can use to add all the "not completly opensource" stuff you really need to make Fedora useful.  Things like the following list are just a couple of clicks away:

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Which is better #Fedora 13 or #Ubuntu 10.04

The state of the Linux desktop

I'm a fan of Fedora and Ubuntu, but for different reasons. Fedora, while unpolished, is a solid distro for adventurous Linux users and developers who want to be on the bleeding edge. Power users deserve a good distro that is usable and feature-complete without a lot of polish or distraction - and that's what Fedora is.
Ubuntu is the flip side. It's very polished, closing in on Apple in terms of usability and applications. It's not quite there yet, but getting closer and certainly a persuasive distro for people switching from Windows. If you're looking to get a friend started with Linux, don't hesitate to begin with Ubuntu.

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rsync

You use rsync in the same way you use rcp. You must  specify  a  source and a destination, one of which may be remote.

rsync -avz foo:src/bar /data/tmp

rsync -av /var/samba/ server:/opt/samba  # no compression
 

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