Fedora Core 6 Released!

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:

snapshot1.png

I enabled livna’s repository to install nvidia drivers. As root just do:

rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-6.rpm
rpm –import http://rpm.livna.org/RPM-LIVNA-GPG-KEY
yum install kmod-nvidia

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:

rpm -ivh http://ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/freshrpms/fedora/linux/6/freshrpms-release/freshrpms-release-1.1-1.fc.noarch.rpm
rpm –import http://freshrpms.net/packages/RPM-GPG-KEY.txt

And for dries repository you can add at the end of /etc/yum.conf:

[dries]
name=Extra Fedora rpms dries – $releasever – $basearch
baseurl=http://ftp.belnet.be/packages/dries.ulyssis.org/fedora/linux/$releasever/$basearch/dries/RPMS/

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.

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