Monday, December 3, 2007

To complete the Fodora 8 Installation

There are some repositories which I strongly recommend Fedora Users to check out. You will need them to complete your Fedora installation with required desired packages:
  1. Fedora Solved:
  2. Linva:
  3. JPackage:
  4. DAG Archive:
  5. FreshRPMS:
  6. Adobe Repository:
  7. And more unofficially made RPMS: check package list here
In my case I needed to have
  • A reliable Java Runtime and Development Kit
  • Working tweaked drivers for Video, Sound, WiFi
  • Multimedia Software, for mp3, mp4, flv, ogg ....
  • Some Web Browsers with essential plugins and add-ons
  • PDF Readers
  • Fine Farsi Fonts
1. Java Development packages

2. Drivers (Nvidia Display Adapter)

3. Multimedia Softwares (xmms, VLC Player)

4. Web Browsers (Firefox, Opera + Addons)
- Flash Player
- Video Downloader (Video Download Helper)
- Theme ( MacFoxII Graphit)
Firefox Essential Plugins:

Download and install opera from:
Don't forget Flash Player plugin

5. Acrobat Reader
Just add the adobe repository, this rpm from Adobe will do that for you:

then just use yum to install or update Adobe products:
yum install acroread

6. Farsi Fonts

7. Firefox Plugins

(It's not completed yet. I'll do it whenever I find a piece of time :) )

Fedora 8 - little tricks for installation

This time, I had to install Fedora 8 on my laptop, there were two problems in my case:
  1. Installer DVD stops and never continue when reaches "Loading /sbin/loader"
  2. I have 4 primary partitions that is full! and Fedora 8 wants a primary one for /boot
  • The first problem is very weird, it took me two days and I finally got the solution on the web:
It seems, it was a known and popular problem, to get rid of it just add this boot options to DVD Installer boot options:
floppy.allowed_drive_mask=0 clocksource=acpi_mp

  • For the second problem: The Installer has a partition tool, which allow you make a desired custom layout but it won't let you create a layout without a primary partition for boot use. It just says something weired, something "There is not enough space to create the partition".
But the solution:
As you may consider it is the problem with partition creation, so I booted by Hiren Utility CD, and did the partition stuff with Acronis Partition Director Suite, such that all of the partitions be logical, then came back to Fedora Installer, and just set the mount points, and Installer passed the partitioning step. That's all.

As a note: In conventional partition scheme, also known as "Fdisk Partiotion Scheme" just 4 primary partitions are possible. Thus, for systems which need more than 4 Partitions, one of them is used as a an extended partition which has a separate table and could include much more partitions as logical type.

To Start

Have you ever been in a situation which you find yourself loosing tricks or information your learn so often but you believe you couldn't remember in the future, and think what if others need to use them just like you? How about store it somewhere, somewhere that others, friends or not, can find and use it, just in case.

I created this blog because of that :)