View Full Version : Brief commentary about http instalation of FC3T3

25th October 2004, 05:36 AM
It was the very first time I try to install an OS via http. It tooks 4 hours to install Fedora Core 3 Test 3 as I selected all 3 desktop managers. The method is not recommander for narrowband connection (56K modem) users as it can take an entire day to install depending the package.
Though the installation was succesful, I had to edit the .bin I used for Windows XP (see this method (http://www.geocities.com/epark/linux/grub-w2k-HOWTO.html)), I noticed the '/dev/hdax' is missing in order to update Windows XP bootloader. It is pratically impossible to copy via floppy since none of mounting hardware was availablr in Rescue mode.

I hope the issue is fixed for the final version.

25th October 2004, 06:02 AM
If you want it ot be fixed, than https://bugzilla.redhat.com is the right place, but see, that there is not yet the same bug reported and provide as much infos as possible.

26th October 2004, 06:52 PM
I figure out to solve the issue. That was to set the grub on the MBR even though Windows XP bootloader is there. I was expecting to deal with dual boot issue, I was a little surprised to get no such problem. It appears the GRUB did not really mess with MBR which shows a good sign of maturity.

I now understand why I was not able to use the old method to manually copy the boot using dd method. 'fedora.bin' with is a virtual GRUB to use on Windows XP (see the linked method above) is obsolete and froze. Udev wasn't enabled yet which explain the absence of 'hdxx' inside the dev folder.

These issue fixed, i can give a brief impression of this test release until the final version comes.

-The installation is very as it is a matter of click. On the partition menu, I have to manually set them iin order to make it work. This is mostly my setting than the installer itself. The Firewall configuration has changed as Tellnet is no longer available to choose. The package configuration now includes XCFE which isn't availabe on FC2 other than manual installation or by choosing "install everything" option. MySQL and PostGRE have their own option which ease the configuration.

- First boot is worth to notice especially the revamped NTL configuration.

-Logging on default desktop, somethihg has changed. The gnome desktop looks very similar to MacOS(perfect to fully customise it and download any MacOS theme to really mimick it). The Helix media (a OSS version of Real Player is there), Firefox is now the default browser. However, those who missed Mozilla rest assured, it is available via yum. Evolution is slick and simple. Switching to KDE, I noticed Home folder is missing on the desktop. However, KDE is veru functional. On both desktop, FC3T3 will detect the vfat partition and allow the access to Windows files. That is really a welcome addition as manually mounting the vfat partition is no longer needed.thanks to the udev feature.

I have not install XFCE yet but I will when FC3 will be available. Overall, FC3T3 is a great improvment over FC2 thanks to udev feature that remove the need. The GUI Up2date needs some work though and I hope Red Hat will revamped it in the feature.

Edit: the USB support is greatly improved especially when it comes to detect compact flash card. No more "device is busy". For this reason, I will simply upgrade my local PC boutique to FC3. I can't imagine how RHE4 will be since FC3 is nearly set to the perfection.