Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Apr 2006 15:56 UTC, submitted by kaiwai
Fedora Core "Over all, Fedora Core 5 seems to be alot more of a solid distribution than the last time I ran it (FC3), they finally got rid of that nasty up2date that seemed to hang at the worst possibly opportunities - when you're 98% of the way there. The applications also seemed to be tested alot more than previous releases, and the speed as improved substantially, especially with GTK; whether its due to the compile, cairo or some other mystical voodoo I don't understand, what ever the case, the improvement is great. Over all, this is probably the best distribution I've tried; if you're looking for an easy to use, no fuss UNIX-like desktop, look no further than Fedora Core 5."
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no offline package management!
by Noremacam on Sat 1st Apr 2006 18:02 UTC
Noremacam
Member since:
2006-03-08

I've been a fan of fedora through my college days, using fedora core 3 for my choice linux in the school virtual machines.

However, after a horrible weekend of hair pulling, Fedora Core 5 has one massively important feature missing. I downloaded all 5 cd's, and only needed two of them to install. After the installation, I had no program whatsoever to search the other cd's for important packages. The add/remove programs software, when started, complains about no internet connection, and promptly closes.

I have no idea if fedora core 5 includes ndiswrapper in it's distribution! The distibution was also supposed to include the alpha broadcom 43xx drivers, but because I have no way of browsing the packages on the cd(except manually through nautilus), I couldn't find them. I put in each cd one at a time and browsed for "bcmw43xx" and broadcom, and they were non existant. Just how am I supposed to manage my packages without an internet connection?

I only have wireless internet, and if I can't get wireless up, the whole distribution - no matter how good it may be - is useless.

Using sneakernet, I got copies of ndiswrapper, which wouldn't compile. It complained about not having a compiler; well, lemme install that from the cd; oh wait, which cd/cds is it on?

I'm sticking with ubuntu, merely because I can get my wireless up and running.

Edited 2006-04-01 18:04

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Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

offline management is configurable for the Add/Remove programs (see http://katzj.livejournal.com/380795.html for future plans) and there is a detailed mirror guide if you want a more sophisticated setup.

http://www.city-fan.org/tips/YumRepoFromImages

http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/mirror/

ndiswrapper is the livna repository but not provided with in Fedora Core since it doesnt meet the Fedora ideals.

https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-test-list/2006-March/msg00395...

You need to get bcm43xx-fwcutter from Fedora Extras or get the firmware manually if you need broadcom connections to work as expected.

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rklrkl Member since:
2005-07-06

One tip - do what I do and only use the DVD release. DVD burners are under 30 pounds here in the UK and *rewritable* DVD media is now 50p a disc. There's really no excuse for not having a DVD writer nowadays if you're prepared to install an "alternative" (read: superior) OS on a PC really. Oh, and use the official torrent rather than an FTP/HTTP download, because a) it'll speed up the torrent overall and b) you won't run into the >2GB problems you can get trying to save a DVD ISO image.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

ndiswrapper is available via livna rpm repository.

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lsatenstein Member since:
2006-04-07

If you choose the customize now, it will provide you with a full choice of software available from the DVD or multiple CD's. If you choose to customize later, then you require an internet connection where the very latest updates will be fetched.

Wireless support is finally in Core5.

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