In a moment of weakness, I decided to see what distributions were out there that came with KDE 4.1.x. I’d prefer KDE 4.2, but the only distro I saw that had 4.2 was OpenSuse, and I’m not comfortable going there. After hunting around a bit, I decided to give Fedora a home on my hard drive.
My hard drive is laid out like so:
sda1: Windows Vista (NTFS)
sda2: Mepis 8 rc2 (fully updated) (ext3)
sda3: /home (ext3)
sda5: Fedora 10 (ext3)
Once Fedora was installed, I could not boot in as a normal user until I disabled selinux.
Then there were no packages shown in KPackagekit, so to add Firefox or synaptic I had to “yum install firefox” in a terminal (after su command and password). Then I did “yum install synaptic.” Synaptic, however fails to start. Fishing around a bit told me that there were no repositories listed in /etc/apt.conf. Where am I going to find out what repositories to use? Going to have to look into that.
My next issue was that Fedora made Mepis unbootable, and I had to restore grub with Mepis 8. Once grub was restored, I could not write to Mepis 8’s /home/les, making it unusable. Then, restoring write permissions to /home/les/ in Mepis 8 with the chown and chmod commands made Fedora 10 unbootable, due to “no write access to knotifyrc” or something like that.
I think I need to install Fedora on a partition that is big enough to contain its own /home. I’d really like to give it a chance… it looks great, but without the ability to add and remove software with either Kpackagekit or Synaptic, what good is it? I can’t get to OpenOffice (yum reports no such package: openoffice, openoffice.org, etc.)
Well, I have to work two twelve hour shifts between now and 6am Thursday. I probably won’t be playing with Fedora 10 before Thursday night.
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