My first Fedora Post: A few usb persistency questions?
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My first Fedora Post: A few usb persistency questions?
Alright, so I finally downloaded Fedora 11, just the Live cd iso
OK, so dreading burning it to cd, as I've seen many psots here
where fed11 fails to boot due to video issues, etc
I have a old nVidia Geforce mx4000
anyway, everything worked Great!
cd burning via k3b at 8x, slow
and to cd-r
ok, so booted up and at desktop I
opened pkg manager and installed
inserted my 4gb ext3 stick and let it roll
( I thought it would just install from the cd to the usb
but it wanted the iso, so I had to mount the partition holding it and do it that way)
I did'n't know it would not make a grub folder
it made a extlinux.conf and a syslinux folder
anyway, I converted the extlinux.conf, which is really just a syslinux.cfg,
into a menu.lst
I've always been lazy with the USB sticks, just using unetbootin to put the CD on a USB.
Your other questions. Fedora has joined "Let's put in training wheels" family, sad to say, and it's disabled by default if you take the default installation that boots into a GUI and uses Gnome. In F10 it can be fixed by editing a line somewhere, the info is all over the Fedora forum. I'm not sure about F11, it's probably in the release notes, Rahul works very very hard to make them useful.
The canonical (as in the accepted, no reference to the Ubuntu people) way to do it is to open a gnome-terminal once logged in, and do an su - (note the space and dash), then type in root's password. You can also leave the GUI with ctl+alt+F2-Fsomething. (F1 is now for the GUI--it used to be that F1-F6 were console and F7 was the GUI.)
Once out of the GUI you can log in as root. You can also set the machine to boot into textmode by editing /etc/inittab, but the majority of people seem to want to boot into a GUI these days. <shrug>.
The mjmwired.net site has many useful tutorials about Fedora, including multimedia. There are various articles on the Fedora project page about using flash, but if it's 64 bit, Leigh at Fedora Forums has a 64 bit rpm that is the easiest to use.
If using 32 bit, then the mjmwired site should have it somewhere. It's pretty easy, you can either download the Adobe tarball and just copy it in /usr/lib/mozilla/firefox/plugins or use their (Adobe's) repo to install it with yum.
Unfortunately, I can't help with the USB stuff, as work is basically CentOS and Fedora, I don't put them on USBs, I install them to hard drive. Fedora forums probably have many posts about it though.
The LXDE spin is mentioned on the forums, it's by Rahul, I think, one of the main developers who respects the users.
Yes, like Ubuntu, uninstalling Gnome will try to uninstall everything--most of what I call the Ubundora distros are like that--like MS and Apple, they try to tie the system to the desktop, but that's a rant for another time.
Some of the dependencies are quite odd, but in a peculiar way, will make sense, for example, X needs Y, which requires a library from A, so if you uninstall X, you wind up uninstalling A. For example, uninstalling wireless tools uninstalled almost all of the KDE stuff.
What I do with a Fedora installation is to just take the first CD, and during select packages, uncheck everything, including base system. For example, F11, even if you uncheck everything but base, will still install KDE because in base, there's polkit, which now requires either Gnome or KDE, and KDE is apparently shorter. (I am not sure how it works, it's not alphabetical, obviously.)
F11, IMHO, has actually started off better than F10 in many ways. I have it on my workstation at work, and it's given me fewer problems than 10 did.
I have done the debian/ubuntu minimal thing before, so fed is maybe the same.
However, I'm trying to run from ext3 4gb usb, and so I can't even update the bugger
cause I made a bigger 360mb casper-rw and the updates want a minimum of 900MB!
so, no updates
But, can I use the livecd-tools, etc to make a custom spin right?
How to remove cups, etc though without removing lxde?
You can use livecd-tools and edit the .ks file to add/delete packages. You can also use rpmfusion .ks files to create custom images with "extras" from their repo. Fedora has the ability to create an encrypted/unencrypted persistent home that will remain even if you reinstall and also your "casper" I believe is called the "persistent overlay" in Fedora.
I have made quite a few LiveUSBs with Gnome,KDE, LXDE etc and forgot to mention that you can use generic branding in lieu of Fedoras if you are using packages of a dubious nature for redistribution.
I hardly ever write live images to cdr's just usb and they are installable. Have used Liveusb-creator and Unetbootin to write the images to usb in Windows to see how and if they worked but usually use "livecd-iso-to-disk" from a terminal in Fedora.