And of course I couldn’t wait a single day to install it! For the official announcement you can look at the official Fedora wiki page. I was lucky enough to find it at the UW-Madison computer science department mirror, so I had downloaded the DVD in less than an hour! I was trying to hold myself and not download it from one of the leaked mirrors… I wanted the real thing 🙂
So, last night I burned the image and started installing! At first I installed the XEN virtualization kernel (just to give it a try) but the system was too slow… So I decided to reinstall with a normal kernel. I know that I could just replace the kernel but I did something stupid (that I don’t want to talk about!) and I was too lazy to fix it. I preferred to just reinstall – I hadn’t done any config at my system yet so it seemed simpler. After the install I reboot and trying to minimize my drooling my system hangs just when the kernel starts loading! Crap! “Luckily” I had seen this before: I just modified the kernel parameters, adding “acpi=off” to the end. This fixed everything. My laptop booted the new Fedora. I never bothered even logging into Gnome. I opened KDE and started playing 🙂 🙂
First move: to install the lastest version of Opera. We are talking real bleeding edge here heheheh! Next installing fonts, color schemes etc etc… Here’s how it looks now:
I enabled livna’s repository to install nvidia drivers. As root just do:
People in general recommend NOT to use livna… it is supposed to uploading packages that tend to conflict with official releases and break stuff. So, after installing the drivers I edited the file /etc/yum.repos.d/livna.repo and changed the enabled=1 line to enabled=0. For the freshrpmsrepo just do:
And for dries repository you can add at the end of /etc/yum.conf:
name=Extra Fedora rpms dries – $releasever – $basearch
My favorite apps (ie the ones I installed first) were:
- Amarok (THE music player)
- Yakuake (KDE improvement… if you work with the terminal a lot you’ll love it!)
- komposé (provides a fullscreen view of all your tasks and/or virtual desktops where every window is represented by a scaled screenshot of it’s own – MAC-like)
Other things that I liked:
- gaim 2.0 beta3 is shipping with FC6. It is a great improvement over the previous version and really stable. I can’t understand why these guys don’t just release it. It would save them the big whining that’s going on the gaim forums.
- Fonts! Finally a decent Greek font is included!
- Speed! FC5 was okay, but this version is really faster!
- Updating isway better. The developers did some great work with the mirroring system and the updating procedure.
Of course there are some things still in need of work… I get a strange error when starting mplayer (something about my system not supporting the XShape extension) but apart from that everything’s great so far!
For most of the things mentioned above I used Stanton Finley’s FC5 Installation Notes and Mauriat Miranda’s Personal Fedora Core 6 Installation Guide.