I upgraded to the Fedora Core 9 Alias Sulphur distribution, more than a year ago. The one I had at that time (werewolf), was so buggy that I told some one to download the FC9, within the first week of it’s release. Everything you see in this blog, and many other up to 200 programs which were not the standard distribution of the DVD were tested on Fedora 9.
So it’s like loosing an old faithful friend to me. I learned FOSS up to this level from Fedora 9, Although I was using FC8 and FC7 before, they somewhat did not give me the feeling to experiment. And talking about fedora, it’s the best distro to experiment… bit harder than ubuntu, I know.. but that’s what pure Linux is.
Other than trying to be new, there’s some major improvements in utility programs I expect from FC11. As almost a year has passed by now, the new versions of the programs and compleately fresh programs came this year, seemed too mush to be handled by old FC9.
- Qt 4.3 to 4.5 – This has caused me to stop installing about 20 programs. People these days need Qt for GUI as they need coke
- Mono 1.9 – 2.x – C# happy people tends to right code in newest way possible to them. So until now, I was unable to install mono 2.0 !
- Boost libraries – Try installing some stastics programs without old versions. It gives hell.
- Gnome 2.26 – Always easy to do things when you have new GUI !
- Xulrunner – FC9 came with a beta, and it did give hell.
Other reasons are bugs:
- Sleeping problem – FC9 system couldn’t sleep, it shuts down !
- The authentic driver for 945GZ failed. So I used an experimental one.
- GDM had a bug, so I can’t logout and loggin with another user, using GUI.
- So many more
Anyway, of those 200 programs, many of them were compiled from source. So the RPM does not know about them and if the FC11 has the .rpm for those, it will overwrite the files, and this could cause problems. And above programs were compiled for kernel year ago, so I expect many programs to fail at the new OS. So I have listed all the manually installed programs, current list of RPM’s , bins and includes. This is hoe I did it.
rpm -qa >> filename ‘saves all RPM to a file
ls /usr/bin >> filename ‘saves list of binaries
ls /usr/include >> filename ‘saves list of source files
In case neede to search for something,
cat filename | grep <search string>
Ok i’m going to start it now. I hope current won’t go off.
Special thanks for Isuru Udana for providing me the FC9 DVD.