Experiences with rawhide-20070502-kde-x86_64-Live

Davide Bolcioni dblistsub-fedora at yahoo.it
Mon May 14 13:16:04 UTC 2007

I put the above Live image for a spin on an Intel 965 motherboard (exact 
details available on request) and my findings are below. I plan to bugzilla 
most of what follows, and I would appreciate directions, starting from the 
appropriate components to pick.

Both "run from image" and "run image from ram" work, while "verify and run" 
does not: the symlink /dev/root -> /dev/mapper/live-rw does not get created 
and after a delay I got dropped in a shell suggesting that I create it.

While initializing services, a line like the following

  unknown username gdm in message bus configuration file

appears, but this seems harmless. The message from BZ #238688 is still there, 
but I guess it has been already fixed and this is just the DVD lagging.

In /var/log/messages a quick inspection only turned up:

  hub 7-0
  unable to load NLS charset utf8
  unable to load NLS charset utf8
  probe rtc_cmos 00:03 failed with error -16

Please note that the clock was however correctly set, although the timezone 
was wrong (I have my clock on GMT).

KDE user switching works, it did not in FC6 because apparently the i810/intel 
driver did not correctly manipulate video modes and the display got garbled. 
My Benq wide monitor is correctly detected and brought up at 60Hz, 1680x1050, 
433x271 mm, which is just about right.

Suspend and resume (to RAM, judging from speed) both work, although on resume 
the display is blurred - this is noticeable with text, which looks as if 
antialising extended two or three pixels around each character: explicitly 
turning off and back on the monitor fixes the artifact.

The host has 2 SATA disk and a Plextor on the ATA bus (found using 
pata_marvell, which works) but the MD arrays /dev/md0, /dev/md1 and /dev/md2 
on the SATA disks are not autodetected; this prevents vgscan from detecting 
the PVs on said arrays. I did not try the "install to hard drive" icon, 
because I do not plan to install rawhide.

While trying to test DVD burning, which in FC6 under the current kernel might 
lock up this machine as I found out trying to burn the DVD, I set out to 
create a junk ISO image while running off RAM, but I found upon returning 
that the filesystem had gone read-only about halfway in the process of 
creating a test.iso from the contents of /usr (I did not run out of space, 
was at about 75% of /).

Thank you for your consideration,
Davide Bolcioni
There is no place like /home.

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