Linux Misc. Technology

Fedora Core 2 Experience

I just finished my download of Fedora Core 2 after 4 days of trying and funny enough, using Bittorrent from Europe was faster than using the torrent for the US ( I’m located in the US). Go figure.

I did the following upgrades/installs:

  • Installed FC2 on a new partition on a Dell desktop with FC1 already installed along with Windoze XP
  • Installed FC2 from scratch a Thinkpad T40 where FC2 Test 3 was already installed
  • Upgraded FC1 on my Dell desktop to FC2

Here are my initial impressions:

  1. Install of FC2 on new partition
    • The install went fine. I wrote down the partition that I wanted to do the install on, and away the installer went.
    • Upon completion of the install, the Bootloader was updated. Unfortunately, the boot configuration did not pick up my previously installed version of FC1 on a different partition. I booted up into the new minimal installation of FC2, mounted the boot drive partition of FC1 and added the Grub information back to /boot/grub/grub.conf.
  2. Install of FC2 on a Thinkpad T40 with FC2 Test 3 already installed
    • No problems with the install
    • No other extensive tests done yet.
    • Wireless LAN card was not picked up by the 2.6 kernel so I installed the Prism54 drivers for the Netgear WG511 manually. Though not an ideal situation, since apparently the drivers should be included in the 2.6 kernel, the card works nonetheless.
  3. Upgrading FC1 to FC2 on a Dell Desktop
    • The installation process worked as it should
    • The boot configuration again messed up and did not pick up that I had installed FC2 from scratch on a different partition. It blew away the settings for the minimal install of FC2 so I have to add the entry back in manually. It would be nice if the Fedora Installer was as smart as the SuSE installed and pick up all other distros installed. Oh well, maybe FC3!
    • I had a little Postgresql database that will have to be upgraded to the new version of the DB format for Postgresql. Not a big deal, done it before for Postgresql.
    • On my first boot into the upgraded installation, XMMS and the Gnome-Sound Preferences wouldn’t play any sound. I went into the Sound config utility and probed the Turtle Beach soundcard and I got sound. Let’s see what happens on subsequent boots.
    • The infamous XKB error is now appearing. Here’s the resolution.

More to come as the testing continues…..