FC2 doubtful quality?

HaJo Schatz hajo at hajo.net
Tue Jun 22 08:01:35 UTC 2004

One more question:

I've installed the usual TTF fonts as follows:
mkdir /usr/share/fonts/ttf
cd /usr/share/fonts/ttf
cp /foo/*.ttf .
chkfontpath -a /usr/share/fonts/ttf

I can see the fonts in the apps. But Netscape 7.1, when rendering say
Arial in small font sizes, looks horrible, like not anti-aliased at all.
Mozilla doesn't have this problem though.

Any ideas?

On Tue, 2004-06-22 at 14:54, HaJo Schatz wrote:
> Hi List,
> Long story, short question: Should I fall back to FC1 instead of using
> FC2? I am somewhat very concerned about the release quality of FC2.
> Here's what happened:
> I just upgraded a laptop (Fujitsu-Siemens E2010) from RH9 to FC2. After
> that, I couldn't log on to Gnome, after username/password, X just hung
> without any error message, neither in the logs. Never mind, I did a
> fresh install instead & immediately after updated all the packages. Then
> the surprises really started:
> - Service PCMCIA doesn't load the yento-sockets module. This is known @
> bugzilla, one has to patch the pcmcia script by hand. Through this bug,
> the PCMCIA subsystem is non-functional!
> - Kernel 2.6.6-1.435 gives a "failed to bind key 255 to value..." every
> time you log in at a console, whereas kernel -358 doesn't. This appeared
> at bugzilla but was closed as "magically disappeared"
> - Hotplug calls the script ide, which in turn calls /sbin/ide_info.
> /sbin/ide_info simply doesn't exist! Had to copy it in from a FC1
> install. Through this bug, you can't mount CF-Cards in a PCMCIA adapter.
> Just found out that bugzilla also knows about this -- since FC2 test3!
> - USB updfstab doesn't work. Devices get detected in the kernel, hotplug
> @ updfstab gets executed, but /mnt & fstab entries are not created.
> Trying to debug, I realized that the issue is somehow timing-related.
> When I do some sleep at the "right" points in the updfstab scripts,
> things work sometimes. Can't resolve the issue though and have to live
> without using my Flash-Stick & Camera reliably.
> - Kernel -435 sometimes segfaults when plugging USB devices in/out,
> whereas -358 seems reliable here.
> - My console-beep (emitted through the sound card) disappeared ever
> since FC2. I don't seem to be able to find a pointer on how to trace
> this...
> This is the result after a few hours of FC2 experience and I really
> start wondering about what level of testing this release experienced
> before being released into the public -- even IMHO obvious things like
> the PCMCIA subsystem doesn't work! Seems to me that FC1 was by far the
> more reliable system. 
> My question now is whether I should give up on FC2 (I'm really tempted)
> and go back to FC1 or hang in there. 
> - Will I experience more of these surprises with FC2?
> - How fast will issues be attented to through updates? The PCMCIA issue
> is known, so is the ide_info issue (since FC2 test3), but still no fix
> today.
> - Is this what we have to expect from a "community distro" in the long
> run? As with RH9 the last consumer-distro is discontinued, my logical
> conclusion would then be to leave RH behind and move on to another
> packager, say Suse?
> A bit disappointed,
> HaJo
HaJo Schatz <hajo at hajo.net>

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