I downloaded the ISO images of FC2 from mirrors.kernel.org, which was
relatively less busy yesterday. The download took about 2 hours and 40
minutes for 5 CDs (4 Binaries + 1 Rescue).
I didn't see much change in the installer. I was really surprised to see
the slide show (release notes images) showing up only one image always
saying that "RedHat wants to thank the Fedora community for it's
woderful work last year".
My monitor "Samsung Samtron 55E" was detected as "Unknown monitor". I am
really wondering why is it so. Even RedHat 7.3 installer detects it
correctly. I found the same problem with RH9, FC1 and it continues in
FC2 also. May be my monitor has become obsolette?!
Although SELinux is there in Fedora, inorder to enable it, we have to
say "selinux" at the boot prompt of the installer. Since I didn't read
the documents related to SELinux, I didn't want to give a try to it.
Once installation completed, the system booted with Linux kernel 2.6
another major change in Fedora's release. This time, they added a new
command line 'quiet' in addition to the 'rhgb' to trim the kernel
messages showed up.
One of the major change is that XFree is replaced by Xorg. I am not sure
of the technical differences between these two. But as an end user, I
can see improved performance using Xorg. Especially, font are nicely
GDM is the default DM again. First I gave a try to GNOME 2.6. Things are
improved. But up to what I saw, nautilus is screwed up. Every folder is
opened in a separate window. I hate this (Windows NT 4) style. I am
really wondering if we can change it. To my fear, I got the answer NO
Then I tried KDE 3.2. Now a days, I am getting drifted towards KDE from
GNOME. The first application I tried in KDE was KIIIB to test my CD
burner. As the writer was not under SCSI emulation, it was not detected
by KIIIB. I tried rebooting with SCSI emulation for my CD burner with
command line 'hdc=ide-scsi'. But still the writer is not under SCSI
emulation. Since ide-scsi is deprecated for CD writing, I think Fedora
decided to remove the ide-scsi module? I am not sure anyway.
Still Fedora doesn't have capabilty for MP3, DVDs, etc. I planned to
compile the Mplayer source that I used under Debian Sarge. Hey, it
worked fine! I played the Matrix 'all in one' DVD without any pain.
I got my nVidia nForce ethernet controller, nVidia nForce audio working
properly by default. I tried installing the nVidia properiatry driver
for X to get the best out of hardware acceleration for my nVidia GeForce
2 IGP. But in vain! The installer didn't find any precompiled interface
for the kernel of FC2. I compiled one and the install was sucessful. But
when I started X, the system black out and I have to reboot to get out
of this. There was no pain in configuring the driver for Debian Sarge
runnign on kernel 2.6.4 with the same installer though. I suspect the
reason that Xorg instead of XFree is creating some problem. Googling
didn't gave me much. I have to sort this down soon.
One thing I noticed during shutdown is that console mouse services
shutdown suceeds unlike FC1.
Overall FC2 is a significant release in the Fedora's roadmap.