I downloaded and installed Fedora Core 4 two nights ago. I wiped my hard disk clean (60 GB, not the 10 GB one), allocated approximately 16 GB for Windows XP, installed that first, and then I did a clean install of Fedora Core 4 using all the remaining disk space.
It took me several tries to successfully install Fedora Core 4 (using 4 CDs). Several times, the installation froze on me when I used my CD-RW drive. Then I switched to use my DVD drive and the installation was successful. I noticed nothing glaringly different with the installation process between FC4 and FC3, except the customized option to now install Java and Eclipse. I did a customized and beefed-up workstation install (no server), and I decided not to install Java and Eclipse from the CD.
The dual boot Windows XP and FC4 worked well. I booted Windows XP first –no problems. Then I booted FC4 for the first time. Again, I noticed nothing glaring different with the boot process, maybe it was slightly faster. When I was asked to configure my display, it still could not recognize that I was using a Dell FP1503 (Digital) display.
As for initial user experience, I again noticed nothing glaring different except that the “Settings” menu was now on the top horizontal menu bar. The graphics and the Gnome interface seemed to be sleeker, which I liked.
Now for the fun part –installing software packages I need. Prior to installing Windows XP and FC4, I made a CD of all the software packages I need. In short, I experienced a few problems with several packages. I installed and executed the following packages without problems:
- chkrootkit (.tar.gz)
- Eclipse 3.0.2 (.zip)
- f-prot (.rpm)
- Sun’s Java SDK and JRE 1.5.0_03 (.bin)
- John the Ripper 1.6 (.tar.gz)
- Mesa 3D 6.2.1 libraries (.tar.gz)
- EDITED (6/22/2005, 9:31 PM EST) Mono 1.1.8 (.bin) –despite popular rumors, Mono is not included in FC4. BEWARE, monodevelop is not perfect, errors on load and exit.
- Snort 2.3.3 (.tar.gz)
- Wine (.rpm)
I encountered problems with the following packages:
- Blender 2.37 (.bz2) - Installed without problems, but it could not find python installed on my machine (on opening the program).
- R 2.1.0 (.rpm) - Did not successfully install.
- VMware Workstation 5 (.rpm) - Installed without problems, but after configuring it via /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl, NAT failed. Then my machine crashed.
- xine-lib (.tar.gz) - Died on make.
ADDED (6/22/2005, 9:31 PM EST) up2date is very flaky. Normally, the up2date icon on the top would turn red every other day to notify you of updates. I found it very strange that did not turn red for days. I ran yum update (as root) and there were at least two dozen updated packages available. Hence, your best bet is to run yum update constantly.
Despite the problems and some shakiness with now using FC4, I am sure that all the problems will be resolved soon.
Any problems with your installation?