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Re: New User | Greetings | Questions



Gerald,
Thank you very much!! Especially for the link to the XP primer. Luckily I avoided some of those sceneros by choosing not to install grub on the MBR rather by putting it on a floppy. Linux is picky about floppies I believe so I had initial problems with making a bootdisk for my new FC2 system but after using a new one, all is fine!


FC2 is great so far.

Carnal

Gerald Thompson wrote:

Carnal Ortega wrote:

New User:
I'm new to this Fedora. I am currently downloading the 4 iso's and will be attempting my first install shortly. I'm going into this confident because I have skimmed some documentation. I am more used to the old all-purpose Red Hat Linux of the past but I know one must be a cameleon in linux or I will become old and bitter.


Greetings:

Hi! My name is Carnal Ortega and I hope to become a Fedora user but I am not a programmer!


Questions:


I only have some legacy questions, please forgive if answered in past as I no look at every post on list yet.

Is Fedora Core 2 the latest stable version?


Yes, but read this before you install on your dual boot system:
http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2004-May/msg00908.html

When was Fedora Core 2 released?


Beginning of June

Has rawhide been discontinued or merged with the Fedora project?


By Rawhide I assume you mean Red Hat Linux 7, 8, 9, etc...
You can assume that Fedora moved forward from the design of Red Hat 9, but it is a totally different distro. Fedora is cutting edge Linux distro, with a fast development cycle, and all packages included in Fedora must be open source. So there are some basic multimedia closed source formats that do not work in Fedora on base install. If you read the Fedora How-To on www.tldp.org it tells you how to install components to use multimedia formats from Windows or Apple environments.


I'm installing on an xp system for dual boot. Will select to not install a bootloader and instead go with booting from floppy disk. When I upgrade a kernel, how do I update the disk?


PLEASE NOTE: Read this first before you install on a dual boot system, this will prevent lots of headaches.
http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2004-May/msg00908.html


What is difference between up2date and yum? Which should I use!


up2date is an older format that was designed to work with Red Hat Network and can be configured to work with mirrors or yum repositories.
Personally I prefer to use yum as it is easier to configure it to use a mirror. At a terminal prompt read "man yum" and "man yum.conf" to learn how to use and configure yum. I strongly suggest you set yum to use a mirror close to you otherwise updating may be a bit slow downloading from the default locations.


Is SELinux for Fedora another way of saying it's a hardened fedora? Is it any more secure on the networking side of things or is focus primarily on local? Is SELinux ready for users or only for developers?

If you are new, do not install using SELinux, SELinux is local security and can be quite complex if you don't know what you are doing.

Lastly;
- use the archives for the mailing lists to find solutions to issues. Always check the list archives before posting.
- use google to search for documentation or solutions to errors before posting to the lists.
- if you discover a new error make sure you check bugzilla and if it is not already posted post it yourself (this is where the whole community participation thing comes in).
- Don't be afraid to ask questions but just remember to always search for your answer before posting, in a lot of cases someone has already asked the same question and an answer was given. Learn how to use the list archives.


Sincerely,
Gerald Thompson






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