Archive for the ‘Fedora’ Category

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Fedora 12 and Nokia E55 bluetooth dial-up-networking

The good news with Fedora 12 is an extremely easy dial-up-networking connection with bluetooth devices. The sad thing is, Nokia E55 doesn’t have PAN type connection via bluetooth. The good thing is, DUN type connection is almost that easy.

Create connection to your mobile through System > Preferences > Bluetooth > Set up a new device wizard. Also create connection using NetworkManagers Edit connections > Mobile Broadband > Add wizard. This should be enough for PAN, but not for DUN connection used in Nokia devices.

For dial-up-networking, you need to install Blueman application, for example by using terminal.

sudo yum install blueman

Then open System > Preferences > Bluetooth Manager, select your phone and choose Device > Serial ports > Dialup service. Now Blueman tells, there’s a connection available on NetworkManager. It’s as easy as that.

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Upgrading to Fedora 12

This site seems to be about upgrading Fedora, so we’ll make no exception here. Fedora 12 is in our doorsteps. The following different upgrade options were used with mixed results:

  • preupgrade-command. Used three times, failed once because of too small /boot partition.
  • YUM upgrade. Used once, failed once. Made complete reinstall to survive.
  • DVD image on USB. Used once, failed once. Problem installing rpm package causing rpm to fail.

YUM upgrade has been the most successful method until Fedora 12, but now the recommended preupgrade route has been used. However, if you have systems to upgrade, you’ll probably have too small /boot partition. Well, I have not too good track record for other methods.

Again, if you have ATI, and you want to use catalyst (fglrx) driver, you can’t. X is in too new version for it.

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Upgrading to Fedora 11

Well, it’s again the time of the year, when we’ll all upgrade our Fedoras. Again, I’d recommend not to, unless you don’t have to worry about the following issues:

  • ATI Radeon drivers wouldn’t work. There’s no support yet for the kernel 2.6.29/2.6.30 used in Fedora 11.
  • Firefox 3.5 is in beta stage and the following add-ons don’t work yet: Google Gears, Google Notebook, Html Validator, Mouse Gestures Redox.
  • Thunderbird 3.0 is in beta stage and some of the add-ons don’t work yet.

I’ll keep this post updated, when the situation changes.

Edit: Mouse Gestures Redox need to be changed to Firefox 3.5 compatible FireGestures.
Edit: Added Google Notebook and Html Validator, usable add-ons both.
Edit: Added Thunderbird note.
Edit: Google Notebook is discontinued.
Edit: ATI drivers became available when Ubuntu 9.10 was released with 2.6.30 kernel.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Upgrading to Fedora 10

Upgrading to Fedora 10 was a smooth job probably because of RPM Fusion.

To get the most of the new graphical bootup screen, add the vga-parameter in your boot config (/etc/grub.conf):

kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.27.[---8<---] rhgb quiet vga=0x31

The 0x31B is a Kernel VESA graphics mode in 1280×1024 resolution and in 16M colours. If it is not available in your case, check a VGA modes list. And don’t worry, you can change or remove the parameter from GRUB bootup screen.

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Welcome RPM Fusion

If you have joined either Dribble, Livna or FreshRMPS repositories, you may have noticed that you’ve got the following updates:

  • rpmfusion-free-release-9-11.noarch
  • rpmfusion-nonfree-release-9-11.noarch

You may check it by using the following command:

rpm -q rpmfusion-free-release rpmfusion-nonfree-release

RPM Fusion is a combination of the three repositories mentioned above. Their basic principles are to provide packages which are not allowed in Fedora. Those are the ones with license and patent issues, but still the free to use. Also there are some kernel modules too.

What makes the repository more appealing to the person having multiple Fedoras to be updated, is they do not provide upgrades to the existing Fedora packages. Therefore, there shouldn’t be any package conflicts.

So, the Livna, FreshRPMS and Driblle became obsolete, and you may remove those:

rpm --erase livna-release freshrpms-release dribble-release

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Upgrading to Fedora 9

The desktop has been upgraded. So far, the following problems have been found:

  • NVidia 96.43.05 drivers don’t work. Two reasons: 2.6.25 kernel and snapshot X version are not supported. Unofficial patch is available for the kernel, and X can be downgraded.
  • Firefox 3 is in beta stage. Therefore at least Google Toolbar plugin is not yet available. However, the Firefox 2 plugins can be run, by tweaking the configuration.
  • The smbclient parameter -A doesn’t work at the moment. Therefore auto.smb routines can’t be used. Modify auto.smb to use username/password in the parameters, or use fusesmb instead.
  • Picasa doesn’t work. The fix can be found though.

So, I really can’t recommend for upgrading yet. Fedora 9 seems to be stuffed too much beta and pre-release versions.

Edit: Firefox 3 is released and available.

Edit: Upgraded the nVidia Quadro4 380 XGL to nVidia GeForce6200 512MB (cost 42 €) to get the 173.14.09 drivers working (+ compiz now works with dual head too). Also 96.43.07 drivers are now available, but not tested here.

Edit: All the flaws have been worked around, and the Fedora 9 upgrade is recommended.