posted by Brian Bondari on Sat 22nd May 2004 20:35 UTC

"FC2, Page 2/2"
$ su
[enter your root password]
# nano -w /etc/sudoers
[now under "User privilege specification", you should see root ALL=(ALL) ALL. In my case I'll add brian ALL=(ALL) ALL. Substitute your user name for mine.]
[press ctrl+x to exit nano]
[press y then enter to save changes]
# exit

Now when you execute a command that requires root privileges, simply add sudo in front of it and give it your user password instead of the root password.

There are at least three ways to update software packages on FC2. The obvious one is up2date, which notifies you of updated packages by changing the blue check in the bottom right of the "tray" into a red exclamation mark. A less obvious, but more powerful method of updating is through yum. Open a terminal, and type:

$ sudo yum update
[enter your user password]
$ sudo yum upgrade

Voila, your system is up to date. You should also be aware that a port of Debian's apt is also available for Fedora. One of the first things I do on a Fedora install is download and install apt.

Download the rpm, and install it with:
$ sudo rpm -Uvh apt-[package-name].rpm

Once it's installed, type:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install synaptic

Synaptic is a GUI frontend for apt that makes installing software a cinch. Both yum and apt automatically handle dependencies, helping to eliminate the dreaded "RPM Hell". From what I've read, up2date is slowly being phased out in favor of yum or apt.

For legal reasons, FC2 doesn't come with built-in MP3 support. However, this is easily remedied with synaptic (Fedora -> System Tools -> Synaptic Package Manager). Or type:

$ sudo synaptic

Use synaptic to browse the available packages, and install xmms-mp3 as seen in the picture. You now have mp3 support.

I like to use my computer as an FTP server,so I set one up using vsftpd. I've had no crashes or stability problems. One of my biggest pet peeves about FC1 was that I would occasionally have to activate my NIC (eth0) manually after a reboot. I'm pleased to say that I have not had that problem with FC2.

Conclusion:
Positives: FC2 is a stable, reliable, professional distro that will only improve in coming months. There's a plethora of help available on the web, and it's easy to find support because it's one of the more popular distros. I appreciate having the power of apt/synaptic available as well. FC2 feels noticeably faster than FC1, due in part to the nature of the 2.6 kernel. I've tried a lot of Linux distros, and for some reason I keep coming back to Fedora. Perhaps I'm just partial to the Bluecurve theme.

Negatives: FC2 does not have as much out of the box support and user-friendliness as other distros, such as Mandrake 10 Official. One has to do more installing and configuring of extra packages, such as the Flash player, and obtaining mp3/java support/3D acceleration. Thankfully, none of this is too difficult. Like its predecessors, FC2 is still only optimized for i386. Perhaps I'm out of line here, but who still uses 386s? More importantly, who would attempt to run kernel 2.6 and the latest KDE/Gnome on a 386? Even though FC2 is noticeably faster than FC1, I would really like to see FC2 optimized for at least i586!

Habibbijan's recommendation and rating:
FC2 is a fine workhorse of a distro that won't appeal too much to the Arch/Gentoo/Slackware crowd, but is stable and flexible nonetheless. However, unless you enjoy growing pains, wait a month or two to allow it to mature a bit before installing it. 8.5 out of 10.

Brian Bondari

www.habibbijan.com


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