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Fedora Core 3: Cruising The Bleeding Edge - page 2

Life in the Fast Lane

  • December 9, 2004
  • By Carla Schroder
  • A heavily-patched 2.6.9 kernel (currently 2.6.9-1.667). Note that Red Hat always modifies kernels extensively; this is not unusual.
  • udev replaces the old devfs filesystem. udev is a good thing; it operates dynamically in userspace, so larding the /dev directory with zillions of hard-coded device nodes is no longer necessary. With udev, the only devices in /dev are those that are actually present on your system. Both are still present in Fedora, so if you cannot live without devfs you may still have it.
  • Gnome 2.8
  • KDE 3.3
  • XFce
  • X.org, replacing XFree86
  • SELinux (Security-enhanced Linux)
  • gcc 3.4

I have a motley four-PC test lab: three desktop PCs of various vintages, and a newish Thinkpad R32. A perfect mish-mash of random hardware suitable for torture-testing distributions under varying conditions. I downloaded the Fedora ISOs and burned the installation CDs, checked the md5sums, and verified the data after the disk were written. Yes, all the things you do to ensure good installation disks. Yet the media checker flunked all of my disks. The media checker has flunked all of my disks since Red Hat 8. Usually I ignore it, but this time I did a bit of research. Alan Cox posted an explanation, but not a fix. After Googling a bit, I found several posts recommending adding this parameter at the installation disk's boot prompt:

ide=nodma

I tried it and it made no difference. Eh whatever, the installation worked fine. A nice thing is you can also download a DVD image, and have it all on one disk.

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