Howto: Fedora 12 slow kickoff solution

There are several files available from the following server for the fix related to “Slow” kickoff application launcher response.

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After installing the necessary files, my symptoms with this issue abated. This was not an issue when using the default nouveau driver. I am using the nvidia driver via the methods suggested by leigh123linux at the Fedora Forums.
The nouveau driver does not provide glx direct rendering support. The nvidia driver does.
After the latest versions were installed and I rebooted my screen response became exceptionally quick.

Fedora 12 officially released. Not ready for prime time.

Fedora 12 officially released a few days ago. Today I downloaded the latest bits and installed it. Then I went through the typical process of installing the programs I use and updating all the packages.

If you want to use the Nvidia or Fusion Nvidia drivers there are some new steps involved with installing the driver. For details visit the Fedora Forum
I found that with the Fusion driver my system was very sluggish compared to Fedora 11. When I use the Fedora Nouveau driver I lose GLX direct rendering.

My first impression is that Fedora 12 did not obtain thorough testing for this release.

For now, I will continue to use Fedora 11. Your mileage may vary.

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit edition VS. Fedora 11 64 bit edition

To keep it simple I’m referring only to the versions in the title of the post unless otherwise noted.

Initial Cost (retail and otherwise)
Windows $99-349
Fedora $0-$59

Speed about equivalent for both. Minor variances on this or that but overall not significantly different for everyday tasks.

Security Risks:
Windows – connected to Internet 18 minutes without Anti-virus and firewall – INFECTED
Fedora – connected to Internet 18 months without Anti-virus and firewall – CLEAN

Total Cost of Ownership – primarily cost of ongoing updates and various other maintenance per workstation, or desk top. Laptops slightly higher.
Windows $300 per year on average
Fedora $100 per year on average

Costs for additional software
Windows $750
Fedora $0

Stability
After cost, this is the most significant factor:

Windows7 – Stable 10-12 days between critical errors over a period of 3 months.

Fedora 11 – Stable for the entire 3 months. No critical errors during the same 3 month period.

Security and time spent securing windows is a significant factor in the Total cost of ownership. All figures projected from actual figures compiled from multiple clients of various residential and business demographics in Southern California. Your mileage will vary, especially in different regions of the country.

GRUB2 Ongoing …. and Outta there!

I was wholly unable to get GRUB2 (v1.96) to perform everything I needed at the same time.  I have spent a good portion of the last two days trying.

I needed it to be able to boot to ext4 partitions directly. This it performed with ease.

I need it to boot to three operating systems. This failed in various ways.
I wanted to use Kubuntu 9.10 x64 with ext4, Fedora 11×64 with ext4, and Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit on this computer by invoking GRUB2 as the primary boot loader, without chain loading (except Windows) or chaining to GRUB Legacy. I was able to modify my grub.cfg file on Kubuntu. It was able to boot to Kubuntu or Windows 7. Then I went another step further and installed GRUB2 for Fedora. When editing the file under Fedora I was able to boot to Fedora or to Kubuntu, but not Windows 7. This resulted in a requirement to load GRUB legacy. Then I was able to select Windows 7 or Fedora, and GRUB2. GRUB2 allowed access to Fedora and Kubuntu but not Windows7. After many hours of copying configuration stanzas, pasting scripts from various files and so on, I gave up. I would prefer to have Fedora 11 and Windows7 sharing well than 3 with a chain loaded boot loader MESS.

The documentation for GRUB2 is next to non-existent at this point, at least at the Wiki for GRUB.
Fedora developers are expressing interest in making GRUB2 available with Fedora 13. When that time comes I will probably try the Tri-boot, Windows 7, Fedora on ext4 and Kubuntu on ext4.

For now I have Fedora and Windows7. To be honest there are many things I do not like about Kubuntu anyway. Kubuntu 9.10 was reasonably stable on this system.

Reasons Fedora may be of interest.

1. Security. You will not need to worry about 20 new viruses, worms, trojans or malware programs every day for Fedora. There are very few of these to worry about with Linux.

2. Price. Free for the Download. You do not have to pay for Fedora, EVER. Visit Fedora’s Site. This is also true for most other flavors of Linux.

3. Stability. I had a system running Fedora that did not require a reboot for over a year. No other OS I’ve tried has been able to do that.

4. Hardware Compatibility. Fedora works with all the latest and greatest hardware.

5. System requirements. Fedora will work with OLD hardware too. You don’t need 11 Billion Jigawatts to run Fedora. ( It will use them effectively if you have them though. )

6. Low Maintenance. Updates occur from time to time. Fedora can be updated less frequently than others.

7. Firefox works on Fedora too. Firefox is readily available for Fedora and works quite well on Fedora 9, 10 or 11.

8. Total Cost of Ownership. Fedora costs less up front, in the middle, at the back, and overall.

9. Support. Fedora has many choices for support. You are not limited to a single vendor like Apple or Microsoft.

10. Open source. If you don’t like the way a program works, you can roll up your sleaves and fix it.

11. Common. The most common OS on the planet. There are more systems running Fedora or Redhat than any other single OS.

12. Maturity. Fedora has been around for over 15 years.

13. The Memory Factor. My memory doesn’t work as well as it used to. I am somewhat impacted by OLD Timers and CRS ( Can’t remember stuff ).  I  learned NIX Commands 20 years ago.   They still work on Fedora today.  Example “tar -xvf pictures.tar.gz” will still uncompress the pictures.tar.gz file into the current directory.  There are no commands in Windows Vista that were used in DOS 5.0.  Fedora did not rename every icon just to prove they did something.   Vista did.

14. Learning curve.  Fedora is very easy to learn.

15. Set up speed. Fedora takes about 12 minutes to install on an older system.

16. Did I mention that most applications for Fedora are FREE too? Firefox, OpenOffice.org, etc. All FREE.

17. Customization.   If you are familiar with Skins for Winamp and such, you can skin your entire OS the same way with Fedora.  You can rename, move, remove and add things anywhere and everywhere you prefer.

Microsoft made a permanent fatal error when they released Vista half baked. Windows 7 has many of the same issues Vista has.  Mac has always been more expensive for hardware, more expensive for software, and more expensive for peripherals. Linux and especially Fedora Linux is a viable alternative that has come of age.  It’s time to give it a try.

Fedora 11 Released!

After two slips in the release schedule, Fedora 11 is now released. There are still some problems if you have an Intel ICH10R or Nvidia C55 RAID controller that you formatted using the Windows driver/utilities. Nothing is perfect. Fedora 11 is considerably better than any version of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, or other versions of Linux such as Ubuntu. I personally recommend the 64 bit edition. The price is right too, it’s FREE. Learn more at Fedora’s Web site

Howto: Fedora 11 “SoftRAID”

There is now a way to install F11 x64 or i686 on a Nvidia or Intel ICH10R RAID that was initially created using Windows. Install Fedora 9 x64 or i686 from the Full install DVD. Partition as needed. Once that is complete, use a minimal install set for Fedora 9. We do this for the ability to slice the partitions safely. Next use a F11 DVD to install on the existing partition and select format the existing partition. Do NOT delete the existing partition or you will end up with a segmentation fault in Anaconda. It has been a long time coming and this is not an elegant solution but you can now have F11 installed on an NVIDIA C55 chip set RAID or INTEL ICH10R chip set RAID that was originally formatted or configured using Windows. The change is dramatic. F11 boots on my E8400 Core 2 Duo 20 seconds faster with F11 than with F10.    Fedora 10 will never get fixed for this issue.   Fedora 13 is doing a fair job without workarounds.

Fedora 10 on ICH10R not compatible

I’ve been attempting to get one of my servers upgraded to Fedora 10 64 bit.   It is occupying a considerable amount of my time of late.   I am sure I will have a few posts worth of information about that when I have it completed.

Fedora 10 X86_64 Install on an existing RAID0 ICH10.

It’s not clean and it definitely is not pretty. I was able to get F9 64 bit installed on my Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3r ICH10r based system on an existing “FakeRAID”. I initially installed XP, used the floppy driver method and created a 2X500G WDC SATA II RAID0 array. Next I partitioned it and installed Vista Ultra 64 bit to the 2nd partition. I created a 3rd partition for storage, All NTFS.

I’ll give the cliff notes version.

Install F8 using the FULL DVD, not a live image. For some reason F8 correctly identifies the “FakeRAID” and even allows you to resize partitions and such. Once F8 is online and operational, use yum or your favorite package manager to update all of your software to the latest F8 versions. Helped me to remove the packages I do not use before that.

Insert F9 FULL DVD installer. Boot to it. I was fortunate. F9 recognized the EXT3 partitions on the “FakeRAID”.
Install was smooth. The boot after was a bit nerve racking. X did NOT start. Fortunately network services did start. Yum worked. I updated the packages by letter groups to keep the buffer from overflowing on Yum.
As so:
yum -y update a*
yum -y update b*…

And so on. Lots of library and dependency errors, but as I installed the updates the issues became fewer.
Now the system is Online and operational with the latest 64 bit F9 updates. Compiz and Emerald themes are working wonderfully well, and I can boot this beast to WIndows XP SP3 32bit, Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit, or F9 64bit as I desire.

Worth it?

When my “FakeRAID” allows data reads and writes in Vista at 187MB/s, I find there is definitely some benefit.
Your mileage may vary.

I’m not feeling Foolhardy enough to try F9 to F10 yet with this. That may be a good long time away in the future.