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Yum upgrade from FC3 to FC4 - a long story

I just completed "yum upgrading" my Sony Picturebook 
(C1VFK with 660MHz Crusoe cpu and 128MB RAM)
following the advice given in

[I edited the /etc/yum.repos.d/*.rep files
supplied by fedora-release-4-2.noarch.rpm
to use a local FC-4 site.]

The upgrade took 26 hours, and installed 1423 packages,
amounting to 1.1GB.
There were no problems at all, except boredom.

I had to take this route because anaconda bombed out
when "Reading package information".
I reported this to the anaconda bugzilla,
but I might as well have written to President Bush.

I've actually had very bad experience installing FC-4.
Although I have managed to install it on my 4 computers,
I had great difficulties on 3 of the 4 (as reported elsewhere),
and had to follow unusual routes, such as the above.

This doesn't seem to be a general view,
but in my experience installing or upgrading Fedora
is getting more and more difficult.
I think this is due to a wrong approach
on the part of the anaconda team,
whose general reaction to problems seems to be
"What do you expect with non-standard hardware?".
[I don't think my hardware is particularly non-standard.]

I wonder if the anaconda people ever look at Knoppix,
to see why that gets the boot process right
so much more often?

Timothy Murphy  
e-mail (<80k only): tim /at/ birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie
tel: +353-86-2336090, +353-1-2842366
s-mail: School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

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