Here's my take on installing Fedora 11, which was released June 9, 2009. I chose not to do an upgrade as I often do. Instead, I did backup, followed by a fresh install, preserving my /home partition, but wiping out the other partitions. Then I used
meld to restore my configuration files in /etc -- such as ssh server keys, printer settings and file system mounts. I found that I had to use the kernel boot option
nomodeset in order to avoid system lockups. Overall, I've been pleased with my Fedora 11 experience, despite the bumps.
Fedora 11 useful resources:
- Release Notes
- Common Bugs, with workarounds.
- Fedora Guide, explaining how to configure a Fedora system.
cp -a /etc /home/backup/etc
cp -a /root /home/backup/etc
- backup /home
- booted the LiveCD to make sure it would detect my hardware and run
- I decided to preserve my partition layout, which isn't the default option upon fresh install
- Didn't delete my
- Reformatted all other partitions, with "/" as ext4
- Had to enable eth0 in NetworkManager, and make "enabled" the default.
yum install -y meld nautilus-actions nautilus-open-terminal vim-X11 zsh screen mc rdesktop
meld /home/backup/etc /etc
- Restored /etc/ssh settings
- Restored /etc/cups printer settings
- Checked /etc/fstab differences
- Installed NX Server
- Bootup is very pleasant, and seems faster. 30 seconds boot. 17 seconds login. 14 second shutdown. This is on an AMD Athlon 2400 Mhz Sempron with an ATI video card.
- Artwork is top notch (backgrounds on login screen and default wallpaper)
- Unavailable extensions for Thunderbird 3.0 -- Enigmail
- Unavailable extensions for Firefox 3.5 -- Aardvark -- QuickProxy
- Computer locked up every few hours until I added
nomodesetto my kernel settings in /etc/grub.conf.