Archives For Fedora

I am happy with default bash configs that come in the distros I use, so that means Ubuntu and Fedora. But it is empty on SDF. Which makes me happy, because I’ve always wanted to look at my bash config in more detail.

Do you have a favorite setup? I am going to look at some basics, but I like to see what other people do, and why. ^_^

I didn’t get to install the OS on my new laptop… oh yeah, I got a new laptop! It is awesome, and I will write about it somewhere.

Anyhow, I opted for Fedora 18, and the ZaReason folks installed it for me. It is nice having it ready to go, although it was funny to see some wierd name at the login…

I don’t have complex hard drive setups, so the only thing that I needed to set correctly was the hostname for this new machine. A bit harder than normal, since there were changes to how it works from Fedora 17. However, it is pretty easy to fix with a tool called hostnamectl.

Checking the status shows what the hostnames are set as:

[maiki@localhost ~]$ hostnamectl status
   Static hostname: localhost.localdomain
   Pretty hostname: n/a
         Icon name: computer-laptop
           Chassis: laptop
        Machine ID: 69d27b356a94476da859461d3a3bc6fd
           Boot ID: 1da3adf2786146f681afd9f9983c9f8d
  Operating System: Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow)
       CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora:18
            Kernel: Linux 3.7.9-205.fc18.x86_64
      Architecture: x86_64

My laptop designation is orenji, so I use:

[maiki@localhost ~]$ hostnamectl set-hostname orenji

Then another status shows:

[maiki@localhost ~]$ hostnamectl status
   Static hostname: orenji
   Pretty hostname: orenji
         Icon name: computer-laptop
           Chassis: laptop
        Machine ID: 69d27b356a94476da859461d3a3bc6fd
           Boot ID: 1da3adf2786146f681afd9f9983c9f8d
  Operating System: Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow)
       CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora:18
            Kernel: Linux 3.7.9-205.fc18.x86_64
      Architecture: x86_64

And of course if you open a new terminal, you will see your new hostname in the default prompt:

[maiki@orenji ~]$ 

I am going to stick with it a bit longer (mostly because I just set it up), but I’ve come to the conclusion that Gnome 3 isn’t mature enough for me. About once an hour I try to do something, and when I look it up I find an email archive, blog post or doc page that says that element of Gnome isn’t done yet. I just bought this monster of a machine, in part because I realized that I don’t live in a web browser. If I did, I would be happy with a Chromebook.

The problem this creates for me is that I like the Fedora Project, and that is their default flavor. I know there are alternative Fedora spins, but I am not interested in being a second-class citizen, and that is how using those feel to me. I don’t think it is a problem with Fedora, I just don’t think Gnome is in a state upstream that I can appreciate.

I am going to document all the problems I have, though. If there are obvious bugs, I will file them. But I am hitting a wall of the software just not being ready.

Since I am rocking # now I’ve decided to try it out as a web server as well. It is really hard, because it is a lot more secure out of the box. I have to punch a hole in iptables for Apache, which makes me cringe when I think of, oh, every other webserver I’ve set up… ^_^

Okay, this is mind-numbing. I can’t figure out how to get spell-check working in # I am running # 17, and when I try to select a language there are none for me to select. #Help, please.

Okay, for the world of me I can’t figure out how to install a custom GTK+ theme in # Am I not supposed to install it from yum?

Heya # folks: are there any packages I should avoid uninstalling? I normally remove Evolution and Epiphany, and then anything that I find that I don’t use. I imagine I can navigate okay, but running # 3 in # has made me wary (as well as weary).

#‘ a USB drive with #

I was thinking of Fedora, as an umbrella for folks new to a free OS. If we go over Gnome 3, then I would stay away from Ubuntu, since it is a pain in the ass to get it working the way it does out of the box in Fedora (acknowledging that it is still bumpy!). @jewelfox, @judytuna and I are in the SF Bay Area. Which region of the world are you in?

I would be down with a # workshop, or maybe even distro-specific. I would personally like to take one for #