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FC5 to FC6 success story

I just thought I would report this, for anybody who is looking for it
in the future.  I just upgraded my FC5 installation to FC6 on my
Compaq Presario 2100 laptop.

First of all, I had some difficulty reading the installation DVD so I
booted with

linux ide=nodma

and was able to perform the upgrade from there.  After I booted, I attempted a

$ sudo yum update

but that failed due to a conflict with kmod-ntfs, so I removed the
(old, FC5) package and was able to run the yum update.  Following the
update, I tried to (re)install kmod-ntfs, but that failed due to a
known bug in which anaconda installed the 586 version of the kernel on
my laptop instead of the 686 version.  I corrected that, following the
instructions Google found for me on

$ sudo yum install yum-utils
$ yumdownloader kernel-2.6.18-1.2869.fc6.i686
$ sudo rpm -Uvh --replacefiles --replacepkgs kernel-2.6.18-1.2869.fc6.i686.rpm

(BTW, what is with the preference for "su -c" over "sudo" amongst
Fedora users, anyway?)

For future reference, it would appear that, if I'd read the release
notes and known bugs pages more carefully (i.e. at all) before I
started this process, I would have tried booting with something like:

i686 ide=nodma

and probably would have avoided that whole unpleasantness.  Oh well,
lesson learned.

The only other issue I ran into was an error message I spotted during boot:

Starting system message bus: Unknown group "netdev" in message bus
configuration file

Google pointed me to
which described this as a known bug
(https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=219218) and
suggested changing the text 'group="netdev"' to 'at_console="true"' in
"/etc/dbus-1/system.d/avahi-dbus.conf", which I did.

Anyway, the point of this email was to report a success story and to
document this for the next person who finds it via some random Google

Oh yeah,
thanks for all the hard work that has gone into FC6.


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