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Re: FC2 & Dell Inspiron 7500 - newbie friendly?

Hi ,

Please, go first to http://lwn.net/Articles/86835/

there is one point they are not talking on the article on the link above. Just figure out the following scenario:
1) you have a system with WindowsXP
2) you try to install FC2
3) FC2 intallation modifies your hd geometry parameters before the installation finishes
4) for any reason your installation FC2 doesn't finish ok (for instance, for a similar reason that made me send this list a message without getting any answer until now - see messages sent by Daniel)
Since the geometry was changed, XP won't boot. Since FC2 has not finished to install, you do not have an operating system. You should not -as it's advised on the article - use other programs to repair your geometry. Following their advice, you shall have to pay someone to fix things.

I think you should think better evaluate installing FC1 or FC2 looking first for the problems that might occur in your system .


Aaron Bennett wrote:

Timothy Luoma wrote:

I am looking to install FC2 on a Dell Inspiron 7500 (to dual boot w/

Someone suggested FC2, and I was wondering if you thought that the
install/config was something that a newbie-Linux-installer could handle,
or if there was another distro that you'd recommend instead?

It's definately easy to install. You can "next, next, next" your way through the installer and have a FC2 system. However, "newbie friendly" is more then that. If you want to play mp3s, view flash applets, java applets, and real audio stuff over the web, you'll have to configure a number of third-party rpm repositories in yum.conf. However, if you are comfortable with the command line enough to not freak about about editing /etc/yum.conf, then you might be happy with FC2. Check out http://www.fedora.us , http://rpm.livna.org , and http://dag.wieers.com/home-made/apt/FAQ.php.

Also see http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Fedora-Multimedia-Installation-HOWTO/

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