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 http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/mozilla/yum/SeaMonkey/releas...

* I searched for Fedora Core Flash RPM (no double quotes) on Google and the second link returned took me to:
http://sluglug.ucsc.edu/macromedia/site_ucsc.html
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 http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html (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/libjavaplugin_oji.so /usr/lib/mozilla-1.5/plugins/libjavaplugin_oji.so

* I then downloaded the xine RPMs (following the instructions) from here:
http://cambuca.ldhs.cetuc.puc-rio.br/xine/
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 http://www.opera.com/ - 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 http://www.abisource.com/download/ 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 http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_ia32_1.0-4496.html 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 http://www.gurulabs.com/downloads.html (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.