Should you be worried about upgrading to FC1 [was various other threads]

Karl DeBisschop kdebisschop at
Fri Dec 5 16:44:46 UTC 2003

> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2003 16:20:54 +0100
> From: antonio montagnani <anto.montagnani at>
> To: fedora-list at
> Subject: Re: Please Add Nvidia install info to FAQ [WAS Re: FC1 &      NVIDIAaccelerated
>  drivers.]
> Reply-To: fedora-list at
> Benjamin J. Weiss ha scritto:

> >I run a RH9 server at home for email and a bunch of other stuff.  At work
> >(where I am right now) I am not allowed to install mozilla mail.  The only
> >client that I'm allowed to use is either Outlook or Outlook Express.  I use
> >Outlook for work email, and have configured Outlook Express to use both
> >imaps and TLS/smtp-auth so that I have encrypted email sessions.
> >
> >I haven't upgraded from RH9 to FC1 at home, because for every "FC1 worked
> >just fine for me!" post, I see a bunch of "Has anybody gotten this to work?"
> >or "This worked on RH9, but not on FC1" or such posts.  If this list didn't
> >have around 400 posts a day, I'd go back through the archives for the last
> >two months and compile a list of the things that just aren't working, so I
> >could guage it against FC2 when it comes out.
> >
> >I have a friend who's really happy with Mac OS X, but it seems like software
> >doesn't come out for it as much. :(
> >
> >I'm just depressed 'cause RH9 just WORKED for me, right off of the CD.
> >*sigh*
> >

> I have this experience:
> 1) upgraded from RH8 to FC1 at office with no major problems, two hours 
> of server out of operation
> 2) fresh install at home due to problem with RH9 that I wanted to wipe 
> out: no major problem.
> I do not have problems wit h FC1 tha are greater than the RH9's problems 
> at installation (and operation) upgrade and stay happy!!!
> But RH9 didn't work for me,as you say, just out of the box  ;-)
> Antonio

I have upgraded 3 desktop systems, all with no problems. 2 of the 3 were
done remotely, for even more fun. In my experience, things are nowhere
near as bad as the synopsis above would suggest.

Keep in mind that:

1) because people are worried about the transition, rh9 -> FC1 is
probably getting a lot more attention than rh8 -> rh9 did.

2) The people who post to the list almost by definition have a problem.
Most other users will be silent.

My only caution, if you upgrade instead of doing a clean install, list
your RPMs chronologically by installtime and make sure you address any
stale RPMs by removing or manually upgrading as appropriate. A useful
command is:

  rpm -qa --qf "${INSTALLTIME} %{NAME} %{VERSION} %{RELEASE}\n" \
  | sort -r

Karl DeBisschop <kdebisschop at>
Pearson Education/Information Please

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