Friday, 19 December 2008

Fedora 8 and FireFox 3

Fedora 8 comes with FireFox 2.x.x out the box. It seems policy of whoever decides these things is that yum should be restricted to the same major version of software as first installed. So it's FireFox 2 only on FC8.

Unless... Some kind sole creates a repo for FC8 that includes FireFox 3.

So.... as root...
wget rpm -Uvh remi-release-8.rpm yum whatprovides firefox

At this point I get a list containing only FireFox 2.x.x versions. Quick check in /etc/yum.repos.d/remi.repo and set enabled=1 instead of 0.

Retry yum whatprovides firefox this time it picks up both ver2 and 3.

Now I can install Firefox 3.x.x from this remi.repo:

yum install firefox-3.0.5-1.fc8.remi.i386

A quick restart and add-on check and we're away, all FF3'd up :)

Monday, 8 December 2008

Upgrading FedoraCore8

My Linux distro is Fedora.
I am currently running 8 on my main machine which, now that 10 is out, is coming to end of supported life.

I've been running FC9 on my experimental machine (laptop) for a while and quite happy with the stability, so have decided that the main machine can be moved to FC9. FC10 is still a bit young yet to go on my main machine!

So I get hold of the handy preUpgrade GUI thingy that should allow me to select a Fedora version and auto magically install a new version. Unfortunately it seems that tool only gives the option to move to the newest and shiniest version (10) not any version you want.

So back to the drawing board and find another way to upgrade while specifying I want FC9 not 10.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

As per previous post, Banshee wasn't showing my USB thumb drives properly (well, at all really!).

Added a file called .is_audio_player to the root of the drive, unmount it. Re-insert it in the USB slot and presto, like magic I can now drag/drop tunes in Banshee between my library and the thumb drive :)