Fedora 14 Linux

From MarcsHomepage

Installation notes for Fedora 14 on my AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+. As usual, you can find more complete Howtos on the Net, so I won't repeat this here.

Download

Via one of the ftp mirrors. Burn to DVD, done.

Basic install

As with my previous installation, I did not do an update but a complete reinstall. I just scraped the FC13 installation, keeping the home-directories and manually installed software.

Installation worked nice, restore of the home-dirs and setup was more or less ok except for one BIG FAT BUG:

kmod-nvidia broken

See rpmfusion Bugzilla 1469, Fedora Bugzilla 623742, 624297, and 627720. The setup script seems to be broken preventing the nvidia kernel module from loading.

This is a mess and should not happen.

Tweaking

Legacy OSS games

I like to play ut2004, which uses OSS (and OSS via ALSA), which does not play nice with pulse-audio (no sound).

Installing alsa-plugins-pulseaudio and setting alsaunmute did not solve that problem again:-(

It was also neccessary to activate the following kernel modules by uncommenting a line in /etc/modprobe.d/dist-oss.conf:

install snd-pcm /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-pcm && /sbin/modprobe snd-pcm-oss && /sbin/modprobe snd-seq-device && /sbin/modprobe snd-seq-oss

And most recently, F14 broke backwards compatibility with Unreal Tournament 2004 (which I still like -for some unfathomable reason), which required to replace the old openal.so library included with ut2004 with the current one from F14 like so:

cd ~/games/ut2004/System
mv openal.so old_openal.so
ln -s /usr/lib/libopenal.so.1 ./openal.so

Done. Well, yeah.

Cyborg R.A.T. 5 mouse

Got a new mouse recently (the old one was unsatisfactory, despite being expensive), which turned out to have issues with Linux. Doh.

The X11 desktop did not recognize mouse clicks roughly 30% of the time.

This could be fixed by Googling as per [1] (basically add
pointer = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 0 0 0
to your /etc/X11/Xmodmap).