Fedora 9 add/remove software griping about "no network connection" but firefox works
As do various other networking functions.
Admittedly, my setup is perhaps a bit unusual ... I've installed Fedora9 inside of a VirtualBox (1.6) which in turn runs on OpenSolaris.
The system is an aged Pentium4 @ 2ghz. However, it otherwise works satisfactorily, albeit slowly.
The add/remove software utility runs slowly for gathering information (more so than I'd expected, slower than ubuntu in a vbox as well); but when I select "install" it quickly decides that there's no networking. Very annoying, as I wanted to install the appropriate kernel-devel package to finish off the VirtualBox integration.
I suppose I can scrounge up the RPMs directly and install manually ... but I'm hoping that this is either a well known (to everyone but me) issue with a trivial workaround, or there's some legitimate bug that I ought to file (admittedly unclear whose bug it really is, but since ubuntu, windows and Solaris are happy, I'm guessing it's something unique to Fedora's interaction with Vbox ;>
Try using smart
I had a similar problem running Fedora 9 (guest) with VirtualBox on my os x macbook (host). I think it is an issue with the limitations of NAT networking- read the docs on why ping doesn't work and you may be enlightened.
I ended up working around this by opening a terminal and installing smart with
> yum install smart
and then using the smart gui
> smart --gui
smart works fine in VirtualBox, and I think is just as nice as the add/remove programs utility.
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