Initial hiccups in Fedora 10

Reading the rave reviews Fedora 10 garnered, it was but natural to expect nothing but a mountain from  the new distro.. having been a Fedora user since last 16 months also added a sense of curiosity over the newly born OS..

Well… curiosity is good.. over-curiosity kills!! Learnt this lesson the hard way.. The initial bugs in FC10 almost drove me to a point where I seriously was contemplating re-installing the old & by now reliable FC9.. However, further quest of FC10 have resulted in solution to almost all my problems.. Am listing here few of the problems I faced along with their solution.. Further Bug list with the solutions will be updated frequently. Read ON..

  • Install time error : when prompted for Reboot upon successful install, the system just hangs!! No solution yet to the issue.
  • The system JUST DOESNT reboot/goes into suspend mode/Hibernate : seems as though it gets stuck in some infinite loop, and to scare away the new Linux users, the Caps Lock LED almost ominously keeps on blinking!! I havent been able to solve this issue myself yet.
  • Network Manager fails to detect Connections : The solution turned out to be quite easy in the end and seems is an extra security feature rather than a bug. Follow the procedure mentioned below –

Click on : System > Administration > Network > Double CLICK on the interface > check the options saying

1) Controlled by NetworkManager

2)Activate When computer starts

3)Allow all users to enable/disable services.

  • Audio output is crackly in VLC : This also turned out to be simple .. Actually, i referred a friend’s post for this problem.. kindly click on this link for redirection to the post “VLC NOT PLAYING win32 codec based FILES ” DO remember, to restart VLC after making the changes mentioned in the redirected blog entry.
  • SELinux is HyperActive : Even a small click on text file invokes SELinux.. Hence, DO remember to set the Enforcing mode as PERMISSIVE.
  • Network¬† Activity applet is MISSING : God knows why, but this applet is missing in the GNOME taskbar applets. The problem can be fixed by downloading few packages using yum as under:

1) yum install gnome-applet-netspeed

2) yum install gnome-netstatus

As of now, my experience of 20-22 hrs of Fedora testing have revealed the above problems.All said and done, improvements are plenty (no doubt about that), though all majorly seem to be under the hood of the GUI.The sound system is much better than FC9 and is much more stable. PackageKit has shown a large amount of improvement w.r.t the version in FC9, and is a welcome change!

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