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Lexar ThumbDrive not detected on FC1->FC2 upgrade

This is a strange one. My 128MB Lexar Thumbdrive gets detected and mounted automatically on my Thinkpad T40 but on my Dell desktop, FC2 isn’t even detecting it.

FC2 on the Dell is detecting my Palm Tungsten T and a USB Bluetooth dongle, and a USB multi-card reader but not the Thumbdrive. Again, odd but it’ll require some poking around on the net.

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Gnome-Blogger

I just installed gnome-blogger on my FC2 Dell desktop. Looks very simple and powerful with decent editing features. What would be nice is to have a blog plugin for emacs…something to look around for 🙂

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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…..

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Creating your own bootable Linux CD

There’s a great article on linuxdevcenter on how to create your own bootable Linux CD based on Knoppix.

Using and Customizing Knoppix by Robert Bernier — Several Linux distributions boot directly from CD-ROMs. How many are usable in that state? How many are customizable in that state? Klaus Knopper’s Knoppix is perhaps the best known of these distributions. Robert Bernier explains how to use Knoppix and how to customize your own self-booting distribution CD.

The Linux Journal also has a great article on how to create your own bootable Linux CD based on any distribution of your choice.

I’m going to try creating one based on Fedora Core 2 as soon as I can finish downloading it. I’ll post the details of my endeavor.

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Fedora Core 2 Test 3

I’m far from being a tech guru. I’m just a tech enthusiast who really likes the freedom, flexibility, and tinkering nature of the *NIX world. I’ve been running Fedora Core 2 Test 2 for about a month and a half on a IBM Thinkpad T40 without any problems. I kept the system updated with all the recent RPMs without any serious breakage.

When Test 3 was released on April 26th, I started my download of the DVD ISO using BitTorrent ( see an article about BitTorrent). It took a few days to get the DVD ISO but once I got it, burnt the image on to a DVD, popped it into the laptop, rebooted and did an upgrade from FCT2 to FC2T3 without any issues. Funny thing was that the upgrade took a whole 3 minutes. Probably because I had very few non-Redhat packages on the system and I had all the Redhat packages updated from the Development YUM repo.

So far, the system has been behaving quite well. SELinux is going to require quite a bit of time ( something I don’t have much of ) to understand but I was even able to have my wireless Netgear WG511 card running using the Prism54 drivers on both T2 and T3 along with the Gigabit Ethernet card.

My next step is going to be to get the Centrino driver working. Intel recently released the driver on SourceForge so I’m going to try getting it running. I’ve been looking for some good wireless tools to run my WG511 with different APs but so far, I’ve found switching APs in Fedora to be quite difficult. I’ve also found that having multiple network “Profiles” doesn’t quite work in Fedora. I haven’t yet filed a bug report b/c I’m not sure if I just have something wacky going on or it is in fact a real bug. I need to do some more testing here.

For the most part, FC2T3 looks pretty good in terms of stability. No major issues anywhere. The only thing I’m not too crazy about is that Fedora requires quite a bit of technical knowledge. Hence, it’s not something I can roll out to my dad on his old Thinkpad 600E and still allow him to use his fairly new iPAQ and hotsync. We’ll see, if he feels brave, maybe I’ll do it.

One last thing to the wonderful Linux gurus out there…to be able to get folks like my non-technical Dad on Linux, we HAVE to be able to get AOL for Linux ( or some kind of AOL clone ) out there.

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