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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Problems? What problems?
by seraph on Thu 13th Nov 2003 04:09 UTC

This is a free distro. Unfortunately, US patents disallow MP3 support as well as xine from being distributed. Fedora is still associated with Redhat, and therefore follows their policy (which has good reason: we don't need to give people excuses to kill Linux companies).

When I installed fedora, the first thing I did was add the third party repositories to my yum.conf. Then yum update. I used yum to install *everything* on my box, except for Mozilla Thunderbird/Firebird ( of which there are third party RPMs that don't need a repo - they're not dependent on anything at install time ).

( btw, right at this moment yum update is running, and fetching new updates:
Dependencies resolved
I will do the following:
[update: libexif 0.5.12-0.fdr.2.1.i386]
[update: perl-DateManip 5.42-0.fdr.2.a.1.noarch]
[update: irssi 0.8.6-0.fdr.13.1.i386]
[update: apt 0.5.15cnc1-0.fdr.3.1.i386]
Is this ok [y/N]: mmmmm yes go ahead my eager slave. )

I have JAVA running Azureus, but not in my browser; I didn't bother. From the last time I installed it though, the instructions on the site are more than adequate (literally copy and paste, or almost). I just don't use JAVA in my browser.

As for the reasoning that this distro is not a new release ... you're all wrong. It is *just* beggining. The fact is that the community isn't, or rather wasn't large enough: Everyone has started rebuilding their repo's for Fedora, and will continue to do so from now. *Now* we have the community needed to make Release 2 good. The MLs are literally exploding now.

We are having several repo's merging into our unofficial solutions. That should solve the shortage of packages. Aside from that, the official Extras and Alternatives repo's are going to rock.

I have to admit though, Release 1 was premature, but they were faced with a problem: There was no community, or not much of one to speak of.

How to solve that? Release 1. Now, our MLs are freakishly active, and we are solving problems quite fast. We even have a (rather extensive) list of packages waiting QA testing.

Btw, most of the redhat-specific config tools will probably be undergoing an overhaul from what i hear: much has changed ( kernel 2.6 etc. ). Perhaps the much awaited GNOME-tools can replace them? ( speculation and preference of my own ).

Oh joy! :
Completing update for libexif - 5/8
Completing update for perl-DateManip - 6/8
Completing update for irssi - 7/8
Completing update for apt - 8/8
Updated: libexif 0.5.12-0.fdr.2.1.i386 perl-DateManip 5.42-0.fdr.2.a.1.noarch irssi 0.8.6-0.fdr.13.1.i386 apt 0.5.15cnc1-0.fdr.3.1.i386
Transaction(s) Complete
[root@aerie kevin]#

Now ... that wasn't so hard was it? And who ever heard of irssi being in Core fedora releases ... And that was the way I upgraded from test 1 -> test 3 -> Core 1. each upgrade was 20 minutes or so. No issues. Just reboot, select new kernel. That was it. Gaim is ... something of a sore point though. I don't find anything new in 72 that i need though, and if i do ... I'll make RPMs and submit it ;) (fedora spec of course)

As for that RPM freeze ... afaik it was fixed. never bothered me. Then again ... i use yum, not the ugly hack that is apt-rpm. yum is clean, and purpose built for rpm. try using it.

A tip: yum -C <operation> will be significantly faster as it relies on local cache; no need to check servers.