Fedora News Updates #9
by Colin Charles
For the week of: Thursday, April 1 2004
Available at: http://fedoranews.org/colin/fnu/issue9.shtml
This is the ninth issue of the Fedora News Updates, and no, what is
written here is definitely not an April fools joke. A lot has happened
in the Fedora community in the past two weeks, having a roll-out of our
new test release which works much better, as well as having the
international Red Hat Meetup day. With great pleasure, I bring the
Fedora News Updates #9 to you.
Fedora Core 2 test2 announced
Fedora Core 2 test2 has been launched
and its spot on to schedule. SELinux in enforcing mode is recommended,
so bug squashing will happen, and in addition to that, we have the
newly released GNOME 2.6 (well, the CDs contain 2.5.x). X.org replaces
XFree86, and KDE is at version
3.2.1. As usual, firstname.lastname@example.org
is the place to discuss this test release, and when you're making a
Bugzilla entry, file it under "Fedora Core", "test2".
FedoraForum.org merges with the unofficial FAQ
As an aim to consolidate the available Fedora resources, the unofficial FAQ
has been merged
The new X.org X11 implementation unveiled
Mike Harris explains
why the XFree86 server is being replaced by X.org
issues; Paul Bender shows us other
that might be handy to read with regards to the licensing
issues. Of points to note, would be that you can't do parallel testing
of X.org and XFree86, and if you use 3rd party packages of XFree86
4.4.0, it will be completely unsupported. Fedora Core 2 test2 for
instance comes with X.org in the distribution, and all future releases
will have X.org, rather than XFree86.
While running GDM makes it very simple, as you can just select the
Languages option and change the current language, doing it via the
command line opens up a whole new bunch of steps! Christoph Wickert
points to a resource which shows you how to install
in Fedora. Tommy Reynolds explains why the steps
and error prone!
Michal Zeravik decided to post his
file and it spurred some discussion and tips about yum
usage. If you want to remove
the old headers
that yum downloads, executing yum clean
should help save disk space. If you were using
, Christoph Wickert explains that it doesn't use .hdr files, and
that there are other auto-clean methods. Tom Mitchell advises that
Michal's file should be
and made into "mirrors", rather than having heaps of
commented out extras. Satish Balay shows us that yum can install
groups of packages
, saving you copious time from installing
individual packages - this is done via yum grouplist
groups), and for example yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
A Firefox theme
Garrett LeSage has been working on a Firefox
. This is a call for help to make a Bluecurve Firefox theme.
Steven Garrity has posted a useful
list of icons/graphics
that need to be created/changed, and its an
excellent starting point.
Karsten Wade has created
which aims to serve as a resource point for all those
playing with SELinux. It contains general SELinux concepts, as well as
common questions from testers.
Tom Mitchell has some useful SELinux tips that are great during
development cycles at: http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-test-list/2004-March/msg01818.html
Stephen Smalley mentions a possible new
tool called "sestatus"
that will give the status of your systems'
If searching the mailing list archives on redhat.com isn't quite
working, the other alternative to look at would be
They have the fedora-devel and fedora-list
lists archived there, so that's another good searchable point. Are
there any other public alternatives?
Curious to know all the instructions & steps to get Java installed?
Java for Red Hat Linux HOWTO
is a most useful resource, very prompt
with step-by-step instructions. JPackage.org
is another Fedora resource that will allow you to use apt/yum to get
Brad Smith decided to start a Fedora Tracker and called
about it. It is basically something to tie together
the many apt and yum repositories into a single, simple framework.
After some comments, he made further
s, and now the useful tracker sits at: http://academy.phpwebhosting.com/cgi-bin/tracker/tracker.py
Fedora Core 2 test2 Notes
Since it just got released, most of the problems are still passing
through the lists, so they'll make their way here soon enough. Alan Cox
however has posted a rather useful report
as to how Core 2 test2 worked on his laptop - reports like this are
most favorable on the list!
Garrett LeSage points us to installing
, where you get more photos as
wallpapers (most of which were photos he's taken!) Anyone else have
packaged desktop backgrounds?
Fedora on CDs
There have been quite a few Fedora distributions that are running on
Live CDs of sorts. Ladislav Bodnar has provided quite a useful list at:
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