I like Fedora GNU/Linux since it's split from Red Hat. It appears to be moving in Debian's direction, i.e. it's a community-driven distribution. The key difference between it and Debian, though, is that it will likely have more/better commercial support since it's the baseline for Red Hat's commercial distribution.
Installation requires downloading a bunch of CD images, but the installer is very well done. It figured out almost all of the hardware on a state-of-the-art laptop; the only item it missed was the strange screen resolution, and it got pretty close.
The first thing you'll want to do is disable the extremely annoying console bell. Edit
and uncomment the line
set bell-style none
. It's right at the top of the file - I guess a lot of people want to do that so they make it easy.
You'll want to install
, which is a front-end to rpm. It makes it very easy to download and install packages because it knows what other packages each package depends on. http://fedoranews.org/jorge/howto/howto02.shtml
Fedora Core 2 by default will hard-wire network interface
to the MAC address of your network card, which seems unneccessary, and makes cloning system disks difficult. You can change this behavior using the
tool. Choose "Ethernet" then "Edit" then on the "Hardware" tab you can un-check the box that tells it to use a specific MAC address. Don't do this if you've got more than one ethernet card, though.
- tips on how to upgrade Fedora from one version to another using yum.
indicates that in some cases if RPM indicates that its db is corrupted it's really just some cache files that are corrupt. You can recover by
Fedy (stuff that can't ship with Fedora for legal reasons): http://folkswithhats.org/
# dnf groupinstall "C Development Tools and Libraries" "Development Tools" "LibreOffice" "Sound and Video" "RPM Development Tools"
Disable SELinux: https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/11/html/Security-Enhanced_Linux/sect-Security-Enhanced_Linux-Working_with_SELinux-Enabling_and_Disabling_SELinux.html
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