My adventures with Fedora 10

When Fedora 9 was released, I wrote a couple of posts about my upgrade experiences. As most readers of this blog probably already know, Fedora 10 was released last week, so I decided to write something about my upgrades to it as well.

In general I’ve had very few actual problems. I upgraded my three systems all with Preupgrade. For some reason on at least two systems Preupgrade couldn’t find the Kickstart file, because the text based UI had it wrong even though the grub configuration seemed to be alright. It was looking for something like < drive uuid and path here >ks.c when the correct path was < drive uuid and path here>ks.cfg and so I had to correct the path before it would start the upgrade. I can’t remember the actual details and I didn’t take screenshots so I can’t really make a productive bug report about this.

Glitch-free Pulseaudio seems to actually be a bit more glitchy than the Fedora 9 version was. Otherwise it works well, but if I switch songs or start a new song on pretty much any audio player, the first five seconds or so tend to have a lot of glitches. I haven’t yet tried to turn off the timer based scheduling, maybe I should. This issue doesn’t really bother me that much, though.

I noticed some fixed width fonts such as LucidaTypewriter aren’t working in KDE. I have no idea why and it’s quite annoying. Then again I have been upgrading my system since at least Fedora Core 6, so maybe some of the configurations are just broken…

In general Fedora 10 seems like a great release. Fedora 9 had lots of new, leading edge stuff such as KDE4 and PackageKit, Firefox 3 and the new X.org. In Fedora 10 it seems like most of those things have been polished and the distribution is really nice to use. Fedora 10 seems to mostly Just Work 🙂 .

I haven’t really gotten to use many of the official new features since I already have my printer installed and working, all the multimedia support I need and I had already configured the remote of my VDR box 😉 . It seems Eclipse 3.4 and better webcam support will be the most interesting new features for my use. Plymouth with kernel modesetting looks great but none of my Intel and nVidia (nouveau) hardware has KMS support yet so I’m still seeing the dull blue bar or the traditional init messages. I’m keeping my hopes up though, especially for the intel driver.

By the way, thanks to the RPM Fusion people for setting up the new repository!

2 Responses to “My adventures with Fedora 10”

  1. Luca Botti says:

    Hi,

    regarding plymouth, you can try setting the vga=0xXXX on the boot line. If you put vga=ask, you will receive a list of available modes to try on your video card.

    My notebook is actually using plymouth booting set at 1440×900 – works great, although (obviously) is not flicker free due to no KMS support – the card is an nVidia one.

  2. Hi,

    I knew about the vga=0x trick, but I actually didn’t know about the “ask” method, thanks. I haven’t tried those yet since they’re actually not using KMS. My laptop has Intel video, they’ll probably eventually get the KMS support working 🙂

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