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FC11 upgrade

Laptop: upgraded from FC10 to FC11. Thoughts and notes most likely very boring to non-geeks:

  • Overall, the system has a lot more polish. The paved path that redhat provides is a lot more paved, to a degree that closely approaches Ubuntu (although Fedora aims to be more straightlaced and artsy, themewise).
  • RPM dependencies are still stupid. I don't want any of evolution-data-server on my system, and I can't do it without removing all of GNOME.
  • The development libraries are more generous. Hooray.
  • A newer version of the snd_hda_intel module failed to figure out the exact kind of sound controller my laptop has and as a result my laptop's speakers didn't work but the earphones did - thanks to a lengthy debugging session with Redhat's Adam Williamson, adding "options snd_hda_intel model=hp-m4" to /etc/modprobe.d/snd_hda_intel.conf made the module properly do everything it should.
  • The "nouveau" opensource video driver for NVIDIA cards seems to be a lot faster and nicer.
  • I am not comfortable using the fingerprint reader as a password device.
  • There's now an interface for the pulse network audio features, which is really nice. Now I can use the graphical tools to toggle where my audio goes, and presumably once I upgrade my other systems to FC11 this will all be very easy.
  • Firefox 3.5beta was an interesting choice. Unfortunately, this broke half of py add-ons. Firefox 3.5 is a lot nicer though.
  • Another strike in the battle over Xresources was struck and I need to figure out how to get my fonts reliably the way I like them again.
The normal checklist was applied:
  • Disable SELinux
  • Disable the firewall
  • Apply updates
  • Remove mono
  • Install windowmaker, scim, gnumeric, abiword, perl modules, mplayer
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