Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 13th Nov 2003 05:19 UTC
Fedora Core Fedora Core 1 has been out now for a few days now and many faithful Linux fans have already installed it. Red Hat's Linux is still one of my favorite distributions because of one main reason: compatibility with Linux software. Red Hat is a market leader and following the market leader assures the least trouble for most users. But is this the case with Fedora Core?
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Poor old Eugenia...I didn't have any of her probs!
by Anonymous on Wed 12th Nov 2003 21:38 UTC

Sounds like Eugenia had a torrid time with Fedora Core 1 - with my 2.0Ghz P4 with an Nvidia card, I had no problems at all :-)

Some things I did different to Eugenia:

* I updated to mozilla 1.5 (can't understand why 1.4.1 was shipped with Fedora Core 1) very easily - just downloaded the official RPM from

* I searched for Fedora Core Flash RPM (no double quotes) on Google and the second link returned took me to:
which had a nice downloadable RPM. It has a dependency on compat-libstdc++-7.3-2.96.118.i386.rpm though, so I had to install that from the FC1 CDs (that should really be installed as part of any FC1 install !).

* I downloaded the Sun Java 1.4.2_02 SDK (big !) and JRE from (you have to run a shell script to unpack an RPM, which then install).
The only "nasty" with Java is that to get it enabled with Mozilla 1.5, you've got to put a crazily-obscure soft-link in (not surprising that Eugenia didn't work this one out):

ln -s /usr/java/j2re1.4.2_02/plugin/i386/ns610-gcc32/ /usr/lib/mozilla-1.5/plugins/

* I then downloaded the xine RPMs (following the instructions) from here:
and DVDs were playing pretty soon after that (I run them from an icon with the command "xine --auto-play=f --auto-scan dvd --deinterlace").

* Opera 7.21 was then downloaded from - no problems with the RPM (I hate its default layout - it's ludicrously cluttered and takes ages to get it "slimmed down").

* abiword 2.0.1 RPMs for Fedora Core worked fine from though be wary that extra dictionary ("abispell") RPMs from Sourceforge install into the old /usr/share/AbiSuite tree from abiword 1.X - you have to copy them into /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.0's equivalent directory.

* Good old Nvidia drivers from worked, but they're not RPMs, so quite fiddly to install (you've got to set something like IGNORE_CC_MISMATCH=1 before you run it, otherwise they complain, plus it's poor the installer doesn't auto-hack your XF86Config for you).

* As a final treat, I added in the Really Slick Screensavers from (where you can also get xmms 1.2.8 RPM with MP3 support compiled in, yes, the ones Eugenia moaned and groaned about).

Sort of makes Eugenia look a bit of a newbie really doesn't it? ;) I must admit though, this is all from previous RH 7.2, 8.0 or 9 experiences - if I was starting from scratch, it might take me a few more hours to sort it out.