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Fedora News Updates #6

by Colin Charles

For the week of: Wednesday, February 18 2004

Available at: http://fedoranews.org/colin/fnu/issue6.shtml

Welcome to the sixth issue of Fedora News Updates, the weekly (or bi-weekly) newsletter for the Fedora community. The issue has been delayed due to other commitments; however, with this issue, we bring the launch of a nice, new test release of Fedora (and the comments that follow with it!).

Fedora Core 2 test1 released!

Bill Nottingham, the giver of "oh so flaming death!" announcements, brings the news of Fedora Core 2 test1 being released. Read those release notes for more information as to its availability, where Bugzilla bugs need to be filed, and so on. Then go ahead, and download the 4 ISOs and have a lot of fun.

This week, we also got the news that the schedule has been modified - the new schedule is at http://fedora.redhat.com/participate/schedule/.


A new site in the Fedora community has been created: Fedora Forum. In the forum styled nature of things, these are discussion groups minus the e-mail, and all entirely web-based. One of its aims is to support the Fedora Core users as a community. Thanks to Matt (a moderator there) for pointing this out.

Fedora Legacy Updates...

In a previous issue (Issue #4), we mentioned that the Fedora Legacy documentation was being written by Jonas Pasche and pointed you towards his personal site. This is not necessary any longer, as the FAQ and the end-user documentation is as the main Fedora Legacy website at http://www.fedoralegacy.org/docs/.

The legacy project now has a Wiki - http://www.fedoralegacy.org/wiki/ - for documentation creation. Hats off to Jesse Keating for setting it up.

Memory usage sky-rocketing?

Seems to be a very common question on the lists, it seems. People tend to wonder why their memory usage has sky-rocketed, and they have very little free RAM left. Rodolfo J. Paiz answers it nicely at http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-list/2004-February/msg00840.html. In short, Linux uses up all its available resources rather than wasting it sitting there idle. Mark Mielke clears up issues with regards to the swap file, and its growth. So don't worry if memory gets used up - its just an efficient usage of your resources!

Hard disk surface checks

Thinking you have a hard disk that's about to stop working? Many ways have been pointed out, from getting a boot CD, to using dd. If that's not enough, using destructive read/write bad block scans were covered, and how sometimes they don't really work as well.

Roll your own ISOs

Fedora CD ISOs not sufficient for your purposes? Want to add the updated RPMs on to them instead? Geoffrey Leach points us to several resources, including a link to a set of scripts that allow you to automate the build process. Read more at http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-list/2004-February/msg01458.html.

Spec files

Attempting to roll your own RPM? You might need some assistance in getting a good spec file - Harry Hoffman points us to one at http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2004-February/msg00342.html.

Fedora Core 2 test1 notes

Keeping in mind this is a test release, and these notes are for testers, and not end-users of the general Fedora Core 1 product. The fedora-test-list has been brimming with questions and answers, so like always, look into Bugzilla first.
If you're testing Core 2 test1, and think something was missed, please do not hesitate to e-mail me.


NTFS Support

Dag Wieers has done it again. Via his apt repository, there are NTFS kernel modules available! Read more at http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-list/2004-February/msg02780.html.

VPN Clients

In case folks were wondering, SSH can provide really useful VPN functionality. Peter Eddy points us to the VPN PPP-SSH Mini-HOWTO.


From Phoenix, to Firebird, and now Firefox; the browser that has gone through three name changes after three releases. It is now available for QA testing as Warren Togami pointed out. If you're tracking Dag Wieers' apt repository, it is also available there at http://dag.wieers.com/packages/firefox/.

OpenOffice.org dictionary installation

Sometimes, manual intervention to get the dictionary of your choice installed. Santavy Peter has written a good how-to guide at https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-list/2004-February/msg01612.html.

Desktop cluster? Go OpenMosix.

Tim Brier points us to the OpenMosix kernel, and he has it running on Fedora Core 1 without issues. He recommends reading the notes and using the RPMs.

Gimp 2

Bleeding edge software, Gimp 2 is available as RPMs as well. This version of The Gimp uses GTK2, so it is much more streamlined with the GNOME desktop. Marius Andreiana points us to http://www.gnome.org/~drc/gimp-rpms/.


What used to be known as Mr. Project is now known as Planner, and as usual, Dag Wieers has packaged it up and its available at http://dag.wieers.com/packages/planner/.


MySQL can be installed via RPMs - Wipe_Out shows us the RPM's he installs and points to a useful setup guide at http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-list/2004-February/msg02818.html.


Mitch Wiedemann has an excellent guide to installing NVU at http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-list/2004-February/msg03604.html.

Veritas NetBackup

Older Sun JVM's had a bug that prevented the Veritas NetBackup to load. Ulrich Drepper has his solution at http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-list/2004-February/msg03654.html.

Thank you for reading this issue of Fedora News Updates. Think there's some news snippet you'd like to contribute to Fedora News Updates? Send e-mail to colin@fedoranews.org.

This issue of Fedora News Updates brought to you by Colin Charles.