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My joint’s a Dell Inspiron 8600 notebook with 2GB RAM and WUXGA display. It was running Fedora Core 2. All I did to upgrade was.
- grab the DVD ISO from the
- (important step) leave the torrent on after completed download for 24 hours or so to pitch in bandwidth for other downloaders
- parallel to step (2) read the release notes
, backup important files and burn the ISO to DVD
- Insert DVD, reboot, and proceed with guided install, choosing upgrade option
It rebooted and everything looked good at first. There were a few hiccups that I ran into and quickly sorted out. Side note: I found the relase notes to be a good deal of help. After install, the notes are the default page on all Fedora-installed browsers. Give them a quick top-to-bottom skim. You’ll be glad you did.
Empty GNOME Applications menu. I noticed that my GNOME applications menu was empty. I knew the whole menu was defined in a file, but I couldn’t remember just which one. A little googling later
this posting provided the lightbulb. I had no applications.menu, but rather a applications.menu.rpmsave as a dead link to /etc/alternatives/applications.menu. Looks like a broken RPM post-install script. I just steamrolled the mess (as root) with:
mv applications.menu.rpmorig applications.menu
I don’t remember whether I had to log out and log back in for the restored menu to take effect.
RPM keys for yum. Following various discussions on the topic, I decided I was going to experiment with ditching apt-rpm and sticking to yum in FC3. I immediately did a yum upgrade and found a lot of stuff updated since FC3 release, but it refused to actually install the RPMs because no GPG key was installed for built in Fedora. Now I think this one should probably have been taken care of by Anaconda (the installer), but it’s all cool since the release notes tell you exactly what to do. As root:
rpm --import /usr/share/rhn/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora
I added all my other favorite repositories: dag, dries, and atrpms, which also required that I add the GPG key for each. In all cases the key was an easy-to-find download. So far I’m happy with yum. It still feels a bit slower than apt, but it’s hella faster than it used to be in FC2.
The last core issue I ran into was the fact that the upgrade somehow broke the recognition of my DVD-RW as such. I had to edit /etc/grub.conf and add the phrase “hdc=ide-scsi” to my kernel boot parameters, run “grub-install /dev/hda” to commit the changes, and reboot. The resulting Grub stanza looks like:
title Fedora Core (2.6.9-1.667)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-1.667 ro root=LABEL=/ noapic allowcddma apm=off acpi=on rhgb hdc=ide-scsi
I had some other upgrading adventures, but I’ll cover them in separate articles.
Did you install or upgrade FC3? If so, how did it go?