Switching from Fedora Core 4 to Fedora Core 5 turns out to be not as straight forward as I have expected it to be.
On first installation, here are the few glitches that I didn't managed to resolve within the first couple of weeks. And it does look silly what I didn't do right previously, now that I found the fixes or solutions. Here are some of them:
1. The previous way of mounting FAT32 partitions for read/write access in Fedora Core 4 no longer work. After weeks of trial & error. Here is how it finally worked my case(not exactly sure what I did right this time, but it sure works):
/dev/hda1 /home/coyote/cdrive vfat rw,nouser,auto,uid=500,gid=500,umask=0000 0 0
/dev/hda5 /home/coyote/ddrive vfat rw,nouser,auto,uid=500,gid=500,umask=0000 0 0
/dev/hda6 /home/coyote/edrive vfat rw,nouser,auto,uid=500,gid=500,umask=0000 0 0
2. FC4 used to remember my desktop on every shutdown & now it no longer does in FC5. It took me weeks to figure out that, actually the options are present in 'System.Preferences.More Prefrences.Sessions'. Just enable saving of current session & also, add Azureus to the list of startup programs. Now, it will automatically starts Azureus, Gaim & Skype when the system bootsup.
3. The most teething problem it seemed, is getting ICA Client 9 to work with FC5. I need this to connect to my office network to do my work from home. Apparently ICA Client 9 needs libXm.so.3 while FC5 uses libXm.so.4. I have downloaded the following 'stud rpm' that make a symbolic link libXm.so.3 to libXm.so.4. That allows ICA client 9 to proceed & complete installation in FC5. http://co-lo.night-shade.org.uk/packages/fedora/5/i386/libXm3-stub-1-0.i386.rpm
I have also downloaded the following 'stud rpm' that supposed sets the selinux context on all the ICA Clients libs, according to
Apparently, it still won't work for my case, until I set selinux enforcing = disable. Hopefully, this will be fixed in future releases of ICA Client.
4. Last but not least, FC5 allows the coexistence of multiple java platform by switching between them. It is unfortunate that Sun's java is not the defacto java that came with FC5 as it's not open source. And yet, most java applications like Azureus works well with Sun's Java. Following Stanon-Finley's guide for FC5 at
Here is what needed to enabled Sun's java support in FC5:
Downloading jre from Sun & do
chmod a+x on the *-rpm.bin
will install java the usual way.
Linking of java's plugin for Firefox 188.8.131.52 is done the usual ways as follow:
ln -s /usr/java/jre1.5.0_06/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so
To enable switching between java different java plotforms, do the followings:
and add th following two lines into java.sh
be sure to enter a carriage return after these lines.
Enter at terminal
The output should read
Enter at termianl
/usr/sbin/alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/java/jre1.5.0_06/bin/java 2
/usr/sbin/altermatoves --config java
The output should read
There are 2 programs which provide 'java'.
* 1 /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.4.2-gcj/bin/java
+ 2 /usr/java/jre1.5.0_06/bin/java
Enter to keep the current selection[+], or type selection number:
to verify the current java platform selected, do
/usr/sbin/alternatives --display java
The output should reads:
java - status is manual.
link currently points to /opt/jre1.5.0_06/bin/java
/usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.4.2-gcj/bin/java - priority 1420
slave rmiregistry: /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.4.2-gcj/bin/rmiregistry
slave jre_exports: /usr/lib/jvm-exports/jre-1.4.2-gcj
slave jre: /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.4.2-gcj
/opt/jre1.5.0_06/bin/java - priority 2
slave rmiregistry: (null)
slave jre_exports: (null)
slave jre: (null)
Current `best' version is /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.4.2-gcj/bin/java.
Now, you are ready to use Sun's java for applications like Azureus.