Fedora Core 6 HUGE problem

Chris Jones jonesc at hep.phy.cam.ac.uk
Tue May 29 20:58:17 UTC 2007

> Can I paraphrase your advice as: "Fedora is a system with a nice
> packaging and update mechanism. Don't use them."?

I guess it is a matter of "each to their own".

For what it is worth though, I agree with you. After many years experience 
with linux the one peace of advice I would give people now, when setting up a 
system, would be to ONLY install packages from properly maintained and 
compatible sources. I have time and again run into problems due to my 
installing packages from source, such that now I only do it if a) the package 
is ABSOLUTELY essential.
In the case of Fedora this means RPM packages and to get them via yum(or apt, 
smart) from one of the various repos available.

To take some the the examples given by Ric,

nvidia : I recommend MOST STRONGLY to not install the official installer. The 
reason being is the official installer overwrites the standard GL libraries. 
Once you have done this it is practically impossible to go back to the OSS 
driver. Luckily both atrpms and livna supply kernel module RPMS for the the 
nvidia drivers, that work around this problem.

The one issue people often quote with this is when a new kernel is released, 
you might get that kernel as an update before livna/atrpms has provided the 
rpm for your new kernel. Luckily, both sites provide yum plugins to protect 
against this (just run 'yum search yum' to find them).

firefox : I currently use the remi repo (http://remi.collet.free.fr/) which 
providesFF2 rpms. Been running these for some time now with ZERO problems.

java. http://www.jpackage.org/ provides rpms for java.

Bottom line. I am sure that someone can quote some odd esoteric package for 
which there is no rpm repo available, but for the main ones most people use, 
there are MUCH better and safer alternative than the old 'install from 
source' mantra...


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