July 18, 2004 1:26 AM
Recently, I updated my Redhat 9 to Fedora Core 2. The upgrade in itself was a breeze though when I did first log on to gnome, I got an xkb configuration error. This bug was documented at Redhat's mailing list and at Fedora Faq, each with it's own different workaround. A symbolic link to xfree86.lst in the rules folder did the trick. Here's the fix1:

cd /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xkb/rules
ln -s xorg.lst xfree86.lst

Gnome's spatial file manager2 sent shivers down my spine reminding me of Windows 95 days. Well,

gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser true

obviated the need for me to go crazy closing all those windows.

The upgrade preserved most of my settings and didn't mess up anything as much as I thought it would. There was this annoying hiss from the speakers which was solved by muting a device named IEC9598 using alsamixer. I love the 2.6 Kernel. The system definitely runs faster. Some of the finer technical advantages of Fedora Core 2 is illustrated at GaneshSwami's site. This article at Linux.com is also worth a read.


[1] You have to be root to do this.
[2] Each folder opens in its own window.

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