Fedora 10 Preview on eee pc 901 – part 1

failure!  so far i’ve been unable to install F10 preview.  i’m stuck against this bug i think.

mind you, it’s worth mentioning that the live cd boots up just fine (from the SD slot having used the livecd-tools commands on it from a working fedora) and they’ve fixed the ‘Install to hard drive’ tool so that it runs full-screen – so it fits!

RPM fusion seems to have moved out of the testing phase so it should be a bit easier to find now.

the RT2860 wireless drivers still aren’t in the main kernel so you don’t get wireless out-of-the-box just yet.

welcome to fedora 10 Beta

so, almost first impressions:

  • had to install from livecd again – no problems except that, as with f9, the window doesn’t fit until you reduce the font size from 10 to 6pt.  (the font properties window is too big too!)
  • i’ve accepted the default layout this time – no RAID weirdness.
  • like the funny little coloured  bars (white, light blue and blue) during the initial boot.
  • near the end of startup something crashes just before X starts.  i think it happened with the liveCD too.
  • starting X for firstboot takes forever but i think it did that for fedora 9 too.
  • enabling desktop effects for the first time leave a lot of the screen black – needs a redraw.  changing workspaces fixes that.
  • the adobe repo works as does flash (from that repo)
  • the wireless drivers still haven’t arrived in the kernel
  • SELinux is preventing alsactl (alsa_t) “getattr” to /usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf (usr_t).

now to try out the suspend stuff…

on AC:

selecting suspend from the battery status icon suspends (even though it looked like it was about to hibernate because it took ages and went into text mode and displayed some messages)

screen brightness Fn keys still work – there’s no OSD but ‘dim on idle’ seems to work.

suspend on idle works too just the same.

suspend on lid works fine too.  a lot faster but i think that’s just because some system stuff was busy thrashing the disk earlier.  opening the lid doesn’t wake it up – you have to press a key (same as in F9 – presumably it’s a eee thing).

on battery… (screen dims and OSD shows)

suspend from the icon works.

suspend on idle… hibernates!  (that’s probaby what was happening on F9 too) hmm.  seems to be a bit smarter than before – removes cache and “shrinks memory” before writing memory to disk – but it took a looooong time to start up again.

suspend on lid works.

so that’s still annoying – if you’re running on batteries you have to remember to shut the lid otherwise it’ll hibernate.  boo.

but they’ve fixed the screen brightness on resume – hooray!