Linux Misc. Technology

What a Pain Installing Fedora Core 3!

Wow…I have never tried 7 straight installations of any OS before.

I wound up needing to re-install Fedora Core 3 on my Dell Dimension at home and reinstalled it 7 times. Each of those seven times, the installation went fine, but the boot loader wouldn’t install. I’m presuming that FC3 has a bug and can’t properly create a boot loader. Not entirely sure how and how to even file a bugzilla for this.

I’m going back to the only other CDs I have which are for Severn Beta 1 and installing that on a different partition to build the bood loader. Let’s see what happens ….

Linux Misc. Technology

Another FC2 to FC3 upgrade

Another FC2 -> FC3 upgrade

I just upgraded my FC2 desktop to FC3 and again, absolutely smooth!! This time, I didn’t even have the problem of evolution not migrating my 1.4 data over to 2.0. Also, I like the way evolution 1.4 looked, felt, and worked. I know there are tons of RSS/ATOM feed agregators available, but I really like the “Summary” tab in Evolution 1.x

I haven’t yet tried burning any DVDs or CDs but I am not getting any sound after the upgrade unless I first run system-config-soundcard. I know other people have mentioned similar problems so I’ll have to dig through the fedora mailing list.

I’ll post more findings as I continue to use both FC3 machines …

Linux Misc. Technology

Fedora Core 3 Upgrade

After a bit more playing with my upgraded laptop, I found that not all my FC2 packages were upgraded. I tried opening OpenOffice Writer and found that it wouldn’t start. After getting various library errors and checking the RPMs, I saw that the RPMs were old FC2 RPMs.

I made sure yum was setup correctly commented out sites that didn’t yet have FC3 repos, and ran a “yum update” to force all the packages to be updated. Over 200 individual packages, including OpenOffice were upgraded using yum. Not sure why the Fedora installer didn’t upgrade them.

Most of these RPMs were standard Fedora Core 2 RPMs and not RPMs from other sources so I believe they should have been upgraded during installation. Maybe I will do an upgrade of my desktop at home before doing a fresh install. Overall, I am still very happy with FC3. I still have to find out all the nuances but a custom web application I’ve been working on had absolutely no problems running after the upgrade. That definitely made my day!!

Keep up the great work!

Linux Misc. Technology

Fedora Core 3

Fedora Core 3 was released on Monday. By early Wednesday morning I had the DVD ISO downloaded and burnt onto a shiny new DVD+R.

I popped the freshly burnt DVD into my laptop ( an IBM Thinkpad T40 ) and upgraded an existing Fedora Core 2 installation. The installation ran longer than I hoped it would but it also ran much more smoothly than I had anticipated. An hour and a half after popping the DVD in, I had Fedora Core up and running with NO, yes I said “NO” problems.

The only thing I had to do was compile the ipw2100 drivers from scratch since no RPMs exist for the 2.6.9 Kernel yet. I also had to put the ipw2100 firmware into the new location on Fedora Core 3 which is /lib/firmware from the FC2 location /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware.

It’s only been about an hour since upgrading to FC3 and so far no problems at all. Even CrossOver office with Quicken 2004 runs as smoothly as it did with FC2.

Thanks to all the great folks working on FC3. It’s been the easiest upgrade so far.

My next step will be to do a completely fresh install on my home PC …

Linux Misc. Technology

Apache 2, Tomcat 4, and mod_jk2 on Fedora Core 2

Apache 2, Tomcat 4, and mod_jk2 on Fedora Core 2

I am amazed at how cryptic the documentation for Tomcat, mod_jk2 and Apache is.

Getting these three components installed and running was pretty easy ( especially using prebuilt RPMs ). However, configuring all the components so they work together was incredibly difficult to figure out.

I spent almost 6 hours over 3 days trying to get the Manager and Admin applications shipped with Tomcat to work but to no avail. I’ve finally gotten the login page for the Admin application to work but after logging in ( having defined a user with the ‘manager’ role in /etc/tomcat/tomcat-users.xml ) I still get the famous:

“HTTP Status 403 – Access to the requested resource has been denied

type Status report

message Access to the requested resource has been denied

description Access to the specified resource (Access to the requested resource has been denied) has been forbidden.” message.

The worst part has been the meager logs that get written. It’s impossible to figure out if there’s some file system permissioning problem or if it is purely a tomcat problem.

Cleaner integration docs would be greatly beneficial!