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Old 06-22-2005, 05:47 PM   #1
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Just a few questions on Fedora Core 4

I'm thinking of switching to Fedora Core 4 from Debian Testing, or at least dual booting it with my Debian install... but before I dive in I have a few questions...

1) Does it still require separate installation of the multimedia codecs? I really hated this when I installed FC3 a while back.

2) How stable is it? I hated how often Gnome 2.10 and KDE 3.4 crashed when I ran Ubuntu, but I did like some of the features they offered. Right now I'm pretty happy with Debian Testing's stability, and if it's close to that I'd be happy.

3) Is apt4rpm easy to set up, and does anyone have a wide database of applications (I really like how many apps Debian has)? I know it's meant to use yum, but I'm familiar with apt now and it'd be nice to use it.

4) Is it possible to use my Fedora Core 3 install discs, and then update to Fedora Core 4? I really don't want to waste another 4 discs if I'm not sure I'm going to like it.

5) Is there a net install, or something of the like? Again, using four discs is a bit much.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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Old 06-22-2005, 07:36 PM   #2
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1) Yes you have to add them seperatly but it's as simple as adding some extra repositories by editing a text file the using yum to get them. Althought i think Debian has the most packages available??

2) I have used fluxbox for the past few months but before that gnome never crashed on me. KDE had some weird startups but i hate KDE anyway :P

3) I imagine you could get the apt rpm via YUM :P yum really has serviced all my needs though, if you go for FC i'd atleast give it a shot.

4/5) i think yo ucan do a network install maybe, but if not i think you have to get the discs
Old 06-22-2005, 11:45 PM   #3
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1) Yes it does, just like FC3. It's a legal thing and will probably never change. But everything you need can be easily found in the livna repository, which is mirrored by many non-US Fedora mirrors. There is even an old HowTo ( ) that points you in the right direction.

2) Not sure yet, but at least it installs and runs. It's never a bad idea to wait a month before jumping on new FC offerings. Haven't run into anything exceptionally fatal, but lots of people are having trouble with Grub and LVMs.

3) Apt will not be supported by after FC3 (see "APT repository status" at You can use it, but you will need to make your own local apt repository, which is easy to do. You just need lots of disk space.

4) Don't know, but you can burn the 1st CD and use it to do a network installation by using:
boot: linux askmethod

If I correctly understood a post I read, you can even start the network installations with the FC4 Rescue CD, but I have never tried it.

5) Yes, network installations are covered in the FC4 Installation Guide. See Chapter 2, “Other Installation Methods” ( ).
Old 06-23-2005, 12:47 AM   #4
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Alright, thanks a lot. I'll probably give FC4 a try sometime this weekend.


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