Upgrading Fedora 7 to Fedora 8

Another Fedora upgrade later, and my system is back up and running. Hopefully this version will fix some of the problems from the previous Fedora 6 to 7 upgrade. When will I ever learn?

  1. System won’t boot. GRUB complains of Error 15: File not found when attempting to load kernel.
    • Something bizarre happened to the IDE / SATA ordering in this release? Boot the system from the DVD again, and select ‘rescue an install system’.
    • Open up ‘nano /boot/grub/grub.conf’
    • Change this line, ‘root (hd1,0)’ to root ‘(hd0,0)’
  2. Wireless card won’t start.
    • Plug in Ethernet cable.
    • Make sure livna repository is enabled.
    • Upgrade the kernel to the latest: ‘yum -y upgrade kernel’
    • Reboot into new kernel.
    • Install madwifi drivers. Why does this have to be done for EVERY upgrade? ‘yum install madwifi’
    • Restart the network ‘/etc/rc.d/init.d/network restart’
  3. Cyrus imapd won’t start. Complaining of libdb-4.5 library missing.
    • Upgrade Cyrus, and make sure it installs the db4-utils package, this time. ‘yum upgrade -y cyrus’

One of these days I’ll move to a real Linux distribution, rather than the current hobbyist affair provided by Fedora. One of these days.

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One Comment

  1. As embarrassed as I am to admit that I am supporting the Microsoft-Novell partnership by proxy, I must admit that I have been impressed with openSUSE. I had Fedora on my laptop, but I was less than pleased with the wireless configuration. As a network tech for a school district with several sites, I would switch access points regularly. I began looking at some of the different distributions and decided to try openSUSE. The wireless configuration made it very simple to switch access points quickly. It definitely took some getting used to openSUSE, but I adopted it on my server and my desktop for consistency.

    Anyway, Cassie and I had kid number three. Are you going to make it back to the States sometime?

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