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Had a rather odd thing happen. I installed Fedora Core 3 for AMD64 on my laptop. I'm rather fond of apt, so I decided to fetch the rpm and install it. It installed with no trouble. So I did a apt-get update so I would have fresh sources. That ran fine. Shortly after, I found that even though I had gone with what I consider the whole hog install (the recommended one) I still did not have gcc installed, which frankly blows me away. Irritated by that, I determined my setup might be a bit outdated. So just out of curiosity, I decided to run apt-get upgrade. When I did, it said it was going to download a huge amount of files. And it gave me the warning that what I was doing might be potentially fatal. I thought that had to be an exaggeration. But knew it was a real possiblility. I thought what the heck. It's a brand new install. No critical data. So I let her rip. And sure enough, when I had come back with my cup of coffee and done a few other things it was done. Interestingly, apt no longer worked. Su didn't work. Things were not looking good at all. Decided to reboot to see what real damage I was looking at. Grub didn't even show Linux at all anymore and was getting ready to boot into windows. My install was dust. Not a big deal like I had said, but I am a bit disgusted that I was able to anihilate the thing just by trying to upgrade my packages. So now I'm doing a reinstall. Debating on if I really want to bother with Fedora since I obviously am treading into some not so calm waters.
Just curious, but what are the opinons out there? I wonder why this thing toasted my install? I did see something about partd running. I almost wonder if it screwed with grub somehow. Funny thing is when I ran the re-install, it found everything. I just wiped it anyway.
Think I may have figured it out, although I hope I am wrong. But I did another re-install. Once I did, I started playing around with yum this time. I thought perhaps my problems were caused by apt previously. And again, I did not have gcc installed, which pretty much makes me dead in the water. So, I start playing around with yum again. I'm trying to get my Nvidia driver installed and get xorg tweaked as it needs to be so I can get my touchpad working. Right now it's not working and I don't have a mouse hooked up. Just tabbing everywhere. I realized that previously when I did my apt-get update, I think the crazy thing went and removed all the X86_64 packages in some form of confusion. I think that unlike Debian, Fedora will actually let you try to install 32 bit applications. I think it will like any OS with package management, try and resolve those dependancies. And when it does, it will toast your OS. Am I wrong? Anybody out there running X86_64 Fedora Core? Right now, I'm about as unimpressed as I have ever been with a Linux distro in history. I'm hoping it gets better.