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Old 11-19-2008, 10:17 PM   #1
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Hi, I want to download FC8 and install it on my machine but there are 2 versions: 1 is i386 and the other is x86-64. Can anyone tell me the difference between those 2? Is it true that x86-65 version is for server only? Thanks.
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64 bit will run on 64 bit computers - if you have a dual core or a quad core, then you have one of those. The other one will run on both 32 bit and 64 bit computers. For most people, there is not much of a difference between the two - the main one being that the 64 bit version can access more RAM (>4GB) without any tweaks.
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Be aware that Fedora 8 has less than two months of support left in its life. After that there will not be any updates of any kind. Fedora 10 will be released later this month(it will only have a 13 month support life as well). You might also consider Centos 5.2. It has a five year support life and is free to download/update.
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Thank you, guys. I just finished installing FC9 (version x86-64) on my HP server. The problem is that everything blurs, I can hardly read the text on the screen and the color is terrible. I guess that GNOME is somehow messed up. I know it may seem to be a trivial question but how can I switch to KDE? (I also installed KDE)
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I don't specifically know FC, but I expect that it is similar to several other distros that use a desktop environment.

If you login via a GUI screen, then there is probably an option from that screen to specify which DE you want. Poke around there before you log on to find how to choose the DE. If you have installed KDE, it will probably be on the selection list. Just select it and log on into a shiny new KDE environment.

I'm not sure you can blame GNOME for your video quality. It usually looks pretty sharp for most people. There is probably something else wrong, and you may see the same results in KDE. Also, sometimes the fonts that are initially installed are not the best and you may get better looking results if you get some more.

If you do get the same looking results in KDE, experiment with your xorg settings, especially those that deal with color and resolution. Be sure that before you do that you have a backup of your original xorg.conf file and that you know how to sign on in single user mode to restore the original.


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