Fedora oddities, the good and the bad and the ugly
FC2 came out on May 18, and comes with a 2.6.5 kernel, Gnome 2.6
and KDE 3.x.
- nvidia: there is a 4kstack problem ?
- acpi seems to work , but apm is not in the kernel, so i can't
suspend the laptop
- why did /etc /modules.conf need to be renamed again....
now it's called /etc/modprobe.conf
- wish/tcl wasn't installed by default, in fact, i can't even find
in it in the package selection....
(package selection is still a pain in fedora, like it was in rh,
one cannot search)
- grmpfff ... firewire is NOT compiled in the kernel. that makes NO sense.
(well, they're unstable for kernel 2.6.6, so left out....)
- grmpfff... my wireless was 'detected' as a normal ethernet card
here's some blurbs i need to look into
Eliot Stock wrote:
> On Fedora Core 2, I get this on boot and when I click 'activate' in the
> system-config-network GUI for my Orinoco card, which is eth1.
> lsmod shows orinoco, used by orinoco_cs, so that looks ok.
> iwconfig only lists 'no wireless extensions' for l0, sit0 and eth0, but
> I want eth1 - is this the problem?
> ifconfig just shows l0.
I had this problem with my orinoco card in both FC1 and now FC2. For FC1
I used the network config program (system-config-network?) to remove
eth1 (my orinoco card, which it thought was not wireless) and then to
add a new wireless connection.
For FC2 that didn't work. I played around with it for a while and I
think what ended up fixing the problem was removing eth1 (or whatever
your orinoco device is), closing system-config-network, then restarting
it and adding a wireless connection. Sorry I can't be more specific, I
just fumbled with it until it worked.
also check pcmcia, if tht's the problem:
- X windows based installation went flawless again.
- there are no installation manuals yes, though it's sufficiently
close to RH9 that it didn't bother me, with one exception: the
installation of X has been simplified, but there is no more option
to NOT start at runlevel 5. I had to manually edit /etc/inittab
and set it to 3.
(or perhaps where i was surprised it worked)
- Dell I8200 w/ NVIDIA card: although version 4496 didn't install by
default, after setting the environment variable IGNORE_CC_MISMATCH, as
suggested by the failure logfile, it did finally compile a correct
module, and the i have a working X driver again. See also
- the 'Move to workspace' window button now only moves the window,
not the workspace. I actually prefer that. Perhaps it's a configuration
option in Gnome now.
- Rhythmbox looks like a nice replacement for xmms, it can also rip
(though it once crashed on me)
- hmmm, "wish" was not installed by default.... tcl/tk being deprecated?
- the top bar (menu panel) has disappeared... really annoying.
is that a gnome 2.4 feature?
cheap solution: add a normal panel,
make it thin, add the "Menu Bar" from "Add to Panel", and also
"Window Menu". it's not a menu panel, but it will look like one.
whatsnew in 2.6
- no mp3 support (rh9 already had this problem, solution: gurulabs.com
still works, but you need "rpm --nodeps"). See also
livna.org for a yum based approach.
- changing timezones using clock 2.4.0 works, but forget the timezone
itself. rh9 does this ok. there is still the bug that all new shells
are ok, but the clock itself won't change!! You have to restart X for
this to work fine. I believe cron is also confused about time when you change
timezones. They all inherit it from a parent that hasn't changed. This was
- ieck: moving objects from the panel into a drawer, makes them completely
loose their identity.... they've become cute icons and nothing more. no
- the xkill application, but also the 'Force Quit' button you can add
to menus surely used to kill only the window i would press on, but now
it kills them all... notably killing one gnome-terminal will kill them
all. xterms are safe from this. multi-threading is the culprit.
- hmm. does redhat modify mozilla. the download area from rightclicks
keep being reset to my homedirectory. i want it in /tmp, keep doing it,
but when restarting mozilla, i keep getting my home directory
- if you use auto-raise, switching a desktop won't auto-raise the
window if you happen to land on one that was below. this was working fine
- huh, no more pine? (mutt is still supported)
no xine? - see http://rpm.livna.org/ for a list of removed and why
URLs to visit:
some other i8200 user: www.isrec.isb-sib.ch/~agrosdid/fedora_dell.html
install from hd
If you have some disk partition which you don't install to,
you can do hard disk installation.
Simply, put the ISO images into some directory on that partition,
mount -o loop FC2-i386-disc1.iso /mnt/cdrom
cp -a /mnt/cdrom/isolinux/vmlinuz /boot/FC2-install
cp -a /mnt/cdrom/isolinux/initrd.img /boot/FC2-install.img
and add entry like:
title Fedora Core 2 Installation
to your /etc/grub.conf, then reboot into "Fedora Core 2 Installation".
During the install choose Hard Disk installation and point the installer
at the partition with ISOs.
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