long wait...

Claude Jones cjones at levitjames.com
Mon Nov 12 15:20:25 UTC 2007

On Mon November 12 2007, Frank Cox wrote:
> On Sat, 10 Nov 2007 14:28:37 -0500
> Claude Jones <cjones at levitjames.com> wrote:
> > I was having the same problem. I decided to update my two
> > machines on F7 using yum. Both went off without great
> > complications overnight. They both have 'issues' this morning,
> > but they seem fairly trivial, so far.
> I decided to bite the bullet and did a scratch install of F8 x86_64 on this
> computer.  The format and initial installation took only an hour or so. 
> I've been copying data and putting Humpty Dumpty back together again ever
> since.
> The only three things that I have left to do are to compile Scribus (the
> one that's included in the F8 repository is 1.3.4 which is the development
> version and not recommended for production work),  set up LTSP so my
> terminal will work again, and figure out how to make the plugins work with
> this new Firefox. I see that I have only NPAPI Plugins Wrapper and GCJ Web
> Browser Plugin at the moment.  I did install the Livna mplayerplug-in rpm
> so I wonder what happened to that...

I'm real happy about the yum upgrade approach. It took some considerable 
number of hours (I let them run overnight, so I can't be precise), but, I 
have only had to spend under an hour to clear up post upgrade issues - a far 
cry from the usual hours spent after a clean install. You chose to go with 
64-bit so I think yum would not have functioned for your case at that point. 
My avahi problem turned out to be simple to fix, and so did the vmserver 
issue. After a couple of days, I can't say there are no other 'issues' but, 
so far so good. Upgrading does have the down-side that it doesn't result in 
installing anything that's new from the previous distro - if you don't have 
the new package/feature already, it's not going to be installed by upgrade -- 
though, I did notice that pulse-audio was installed on this system...haven't 
figured out what it does, or how to use it yet, but, it's definitely there. 
Upgrade definitely has the advantage of ending up with your machine already 
configured as it was before the process, without hours and hours of work to 
get back to your personal customizations/configuration.

Claude Jones
Levit & James, Inc.
Leesburg, VA, USA

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