Update to original post...
Well, I have finally gotten back to square 1 with my machine running properly on Fedora 8. I have determined how I can image the OS in a reasonable amount of disk space so that I can recover if I again trash the system. Now, I am continuing my effort to update to a supported distribution (since Fedora 8 support is ending in January).
Thus far, I have tried to get Fedora 9 to install by updating the Fedora 8 system and also by a clean install to the disk. In both cases, I cannot get it to work properly. After the install and when attempting to configure the system, it is generating SELinux AVC error messages at most efforts to do anything with configuration. Even after updating the system, it will continue generating these errors. I have tried to relabel the system disks to clear the errors, but have not had any luck. I can't even get the system running well enough to use normal methods to update/configure the system to obtain the basics of my current configuration.
At the moment, I am seriously considering abandoning Fedora. I have been quite pleased with the Fedora 8 operation and expected similar operation out of version 9 once it was issued and stable. If I am missing something on the update process, I am needing some help to find it. I am open to any suggestions to get this update process to work. -- ken