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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NVIDIA drivers, RPM and boot time
by Zach Anthony on Thu 13th Nov 2003 03:44 UTC

I've been running FC1 for a few days now, and love it. I have had less problems than I have had with any other distro (I've been running with the penguins since '96).

Here's my two cents, hopefully someone finds them useful.

NVIDIA driver:
- Download the latest driver from the NVIDIA site
# export IGNORE_CC_MISMATCH=Y
# sh <Nvidia driver file>
- Just go with the defaults for all the questions. By setting the IGNORE_CC_MISMATCH flag, the installer will be able to compile the kernel module.
- Update your XF86Config file per the instructions in the NVIDIA readme file.

RPMs:
- RPM dependency hell is nothing new to FC1. Except for extremely basic packages, I have found that RPMs aren't worth the time. Worse, they can make your system unstable by modifying files that are shared with other packages.
- For me, I build from source and install everything in it's own folder under '/opt'. Then I create a script or a softlink in '/usr/local/bin' that actually starts the application.

Boot time:
- I was able to speed up my boot-time considerably by turning off unneeded services. System Settings -> Server Settings -> Services will bring up the GUI to edit your services.

Hope someone finds this useful -- Zach