Two months after my Fedora Core 6 install, I am giving the last test version of Fedora 7 a go.
“Don’t you mean Fedora Core 7?”
Nope. The Fedora folks have finally removed the distiction between Fedora Core and Fedora Extras (which I never entirely understood). That should make it easier to add non-standard packages into the install…
The first obvious change is the splash screen on the initial boot screen. I’m not sure what the clouds and balloon represent, but it looks somewhat nice.
Although I ran into weird graphical problems with Fedora Core 6 (due to the fact that it defaults to 24-bit color, which is not supported by Virtual PC 2007), I had to install in text mode. Did Fedora 7 improve in this realm?
Nope… Anaconda starts, detects the correct video card, and then attempts to fire off the X Server. At that point, HD activity ceases, CD activity ceases, and I am left with a completely black screen.
<sigh…> That sucks.
Hitting Ctrl+Alt+F1 drops me to the text mode installer, and I am able to continue installing (in text mode). I tell you what… I am getting nostalgic for my OpenSuse install. Graphics worked from beginning to end. I selected the “Desktop” install, and 794 packages are on their way. Good thing the Bean Scripting Framework is being installed! I don’t know where I’d be without it 😉
Rebooting after the install completes, and I am greeted with… you guessed it… more screwed up graphics! Fedora really is my favorite distro (when running on hardware), but this install experience is pretty frustrating.
Alright… finished booting and video was still messed up. I could see in the background that I was supposed to provide some sort of input, but I could not see what. Hitting “Enter” repeatedly did not get me very far.
I left for a while, came back, and could see a login prompt. I logged in as root, and tried my SED trick to change the xorg.conf file to 16 bit color. I then typed startx to fire up the X Server, and…
Looks like something within X11 needs to be fixed before Fedora 7 RTMs. Right now it is not useable. Ubuntu had its own blocking bug (an unmoveable mouse) during my install last week.
<sigh…> Enough experimentation for one night. Off to bed… Any recommendations on my next install? I could go with Gentoo (although that tends to be a multi-hour-experience). OpenSuse works great, Ubuntu 6 worked with workarounds (but I don’t like the UI), Fedora Core 6 works with workarounds…
I’m ready for my next challenge!