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My 2nd Fedora 10 installation this week…

… on the same machine!

I was enjoying my newly discovered Yumex Thursday night, and chose to let it do a bunch of upgrades. Additionally, I thought I’d try downloading the newest Nvidia driver for my GeForce 6150 SE onboard video. Unfortunately, that little mistake “borked” my Fedora 10 installation. I tried copying my xorg.conf file over from Mepis 8 to Fedora, but no joy. I tried doing another yum update by booting up Fedora into runlevel 3 (command-line mode), but that didn’t do it either. Then I tried removing all nvidia related packages from the command line, but that didn’t help either. (Somewhere I saw an error message saying “nvidia.ko for kernel was not found.”)

The bottom line is, since I’m not much of a command line hacker, I reinstalled Fedora 10, updated 140 packages with yum from runlevel 3 (KDE was going to be updated from 4.1.2 to 4.1.3), and now I’m back in business with yumex, etc.

I think I’ll read up on the nvidia issue before trying that again. I really seem to need the proprietary drivers, as the desktop seems a little slow to respond to mouse clicks, etc.

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Posted by on December 13, 2008 in Uncategorized


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Fedora 10 looking better to me now…

… now that I have discovered Yumex!

I was searching all over for how to make Synaptic work. Knowing that Synaptic needed some direction as to where to go to fetch software packages, normally supplied via /etc/apt/sources.list, I found that Fedora 10’s sources.list is empty, likely due to their preference for Kpackagekit or Yum. Kpackagekit, as I have described previously, simply wasn’t working for me. I like to be able to browse, and it either doesn’t provide that option, or I was missing it somehow. Yum didn’t cut it for me for the same reason, being that it is a command-line program.

Enter: Yumex! (Yum Extender). This looks to me as though it will do the job. Actually, it IS currently doing the job… downloading 135 packages, that is… everything from Blender to GIMP to VLC… you know… the stuff I like to play with. Yumex gives a pretty nice interface somewhat similar to Synaptic in that it gives you several ways to sort and browse available packages, gives a description of each, and gives continuous visual feedback to what is happening in the download/installation process.


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Posted by on December 12, 2008 in Uncategorized


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Attempting to install Fedora 10 KDE 64bit version…

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,, 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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Posted by on December 9, 2008 in Uncategorized


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