When a new OS distribution is released, it is often best to do a clean install and start from scratch, right? Well, apparently not.
This past weekend, I shredded my hard drive (via
shred). It literally took a day.
I downloaded the DVD ISO of Fedora Core 6 the morning of the release at work without much trouble, and burned it on a DVD. When I went home, I popped the DVD onto my machine, and to my dismay, it could not be read! So now what do I do?
I went to my half-broken iBook to download the CD ISOs for FC6. It took about 45 minutes to download the ISO of the first disc. Another 10 minutes to burn it onto a CD. I put in the first disc onto my desktop and the followed the steps. To install the general and developer workstation stuff required only the first three CDs. Okay, better than I thought.
About two hours later, I made the second and third FC6 CDs, and finished installing FC6 onto my desktop. On first boot, I saw a
cpuspeed error. Worst of all, I had no networking! I rebooted my machine with an Ubuntu live CD, and there was no problem with networking. Rebooted with FC6, no networking at all. I turned off a number of services including
SELinux, and still no networking.
Alas, I decided to reinstall FC5 (overwriting FC6), which I still had the DVD for. After successful installation of FC5, I turned off all the services I deemed unnecessary, including
cpuspeed. Then, I ran
yum, and there were problems with the repositories due to the release of FC6.
The next morning (yesterday), I re-burned the FC6 CDs. I put in the first CD and chose the upgrade option. What surprised me was that although only the first three CDs were necessary for a clean install, all five CDs were necessary for the upgrade.
The upgrade took a long time: over an hour-and-a-half. It took 30 minutes to just check the dependencies.
This time around, everything works. No
cpuspeed error at startup (because I turned off the service in FC5). Most importantly, networking worked. But that annoying system beep! Quickly, I turned off system beep under Preferences > Sound.
I noticed a slight performance improvement. Sizewize with the install, not too much of a difference with FC5 (3 - 5 GB required for installation of general and developer workstation stuff).
But I do have to say, this is absolutely the prettiest Fedora Core: look-and-feel.
Despite the one day delay in getting hands-on with FC6, the good thing was that I didn’t have to go through
yum hell like a lot of people were chattering about.
I performed an update of the system via
yum without any problems.
Next, I used
yum to install all the additional packages I needed:
All the packages were installed successfully.
Then I downloaded and installed the following packages:
John the Ripper
All the packages were installed successfully with the exception of
/usr/bin/vmware-config.pl failed. Using
vmware-any-any (http://ftp.cvut.cz/vmware/) didn’t help. I read that
config.h is not in the
kernel-devel package. Apparently, touching
/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6-i686/include/linux/ solves the problem (see http://www.vmware.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=59513&tstart=0), but it didn’t work for me.
Finally, the goodies, namely Java and Flash. Here is a great post: http://www.linux-noob.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=2533. I decided to be adventurous and installed the media packages as well (e.g.
mplayer). That document worked very well, and everything installed with a snap (many thanks).
It was surely a run-around to get Fedora Core 6 installed, but other than that, a lot of things that I have been accustomed to, work. Again, this is absolutely the prettiest Fedora Core.