Laptop: upgraded from FC10 to FC11. Thoughts and notes most likely very boring to non-geeks:
The normal checklist was applied:
- 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- A newer version of the snd_hda_intel module failed to figure out the exact kind of sound controller my laptop has and as a result my laptop's speakers didn't work but the earphones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.
- Disable SELinux
- Disable the firewall
- Apply updates
- Remove mono
- Install windowmaker, scim, gnumeric, abiword, perl modules, mplayer