Friday, November 14, 2003

Trying Fedora Core 1

Today I installed Fedora Core Release 1 in a VMWare session on my laptop. I was unable to using the CD-ROMs I burned and got the same error as described in this thread. I ended up installing the OS using the three .iso files on my laptop hard drive. I installed a default desktop into a 4 GB partition. Here are the daemons listening, the filesystem stats, and the uname output:
[root@localhost root]#netstat -natup

Active Internet connections (servers and established)

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address   Foreign Address  State      PID/Program name

tcp        0      0 0.0.0.0:1026    0.0.0.0:*        LISTEN     1665/rpc.statd

tcp        0      0 127.0.0.1:1027  0.0.0.0:*        LISTEN     1830/xinetd

tcp        0      0 0.0.0.0:111     0.0.0.0:*        LISTEN     1645/portmap

tcp        0      0 0.0.0.0:22      0.0.0.0:*        LISTEN     1814/sshd

tcp        0      0 127.0.0.1:631   0.0.0.0:*        LISTEN     1777/cupsd

tcp        0      0 127.0.0.1:25    0.0.0.0:*        LISTEN     1851/sendmail: acce

tcp        1      0 127.0.0.1:1034  127.0.0.1:631    CLOSE_WAIT 2103/eggcups

udp        0      0 0.0.0.0:1024    0.0.0.0:*                   1665/rpc.statd

udp        0      0 0.0.0.0:993     0.0.0.0:*                   1665/rpc.statd

udp        0      0 0.0.0.0:111     0.0.0.0:*                   1645/portmap

udp        0      0 0.0.0.0:631     0.0.0.0:*                   1777/cupsd

[root@localhost root]#df -h

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on

/dev/sda2             3.6G  1.9G  1.6G  54% /

/dev/sda1              99M  6.3M   88M   7% /boot

none                   62M     0   62M   0% /dev/shm

[root@localhost root]#uname -a

Linux localhost.localdomain 2.4.22-1.2115.nptl #1

 Wed Oct 29 15:42:51 EST 2003 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

The coolest thing in my opinion was trying the yum (Yellow dog Updater, Modified) program. When fedora.redhat.com was down this afternoon I followed these instructions to add a backup source for yum. I then used yum to add nmap. It worked like a charm:
[root@localhost root]# yum install nmap

Gathering header information file(s) from server(s)

Server: Fedora Core 1 - i386 - Base

Server: Fedora Core 1 -- Fedora US mirror

Server: Fedroa Linux (stable) for Fedora Core 1 -- Fedora US mirror

Server: Fedora Core 1 updates -- Fedora US mirror

Server: Fedora Core 1 - i386 - Released Updates

Finding updated packages

Downloading needed headers

Resolving dependencies

Dependencies resolved

I will do the following:

[install: nmap 2:3.48-1.i386]

Is this ok [y/N]: y

Getting nmap-3.48-1.i386.rpm

nmap-3.48-1.i386.rpm      100% |=========================| 368 kB    00:02

Running test transaction:

Test transaction complete, Success!

nmap 100 % done 1/1

Installed:  nmap 2:3.48-1.i386

Transaction(s) Complete

Unfortunately, since no package of ettercap was available, I couldn't try adding it. I then gave up2date a try. I used it too update packages on the system.
[root@localhost root]# up2date-nox -u

Fetching package list for channel: fedora-core-1...

Fetching http://fedora.redhat.com/releases/fedora-core-1/headers/header.info...

########################################

Fetching package list for channel: updates-released...

Fetching http://fedora.redhat.com/updates/released/fedora-core-1/headers/header.info...

########################################

Fetching Obsoletes list for channel: fedora-core-1...

Fetching Obsoletes list for channel: updates-released...

Fetching rpm headers...

########################################

Name                                    Version        Rel

----------------------------------------------------------

glibc                                   2.3.2          101.1               i686

glibc-common                            2.3.2          101.1               i386

nscd                                    2.3.2          101.1               i386

Testing package set / solving RPM inter-dependencies...

########################################

glibc-2.3.2-101.1.i686.rpm: ########################## Done.

glibc-common-2.3.2-101.1.i3 ########################## Done.

nscd-2.3.2-101.1.i386.rpm:  ########################## Done.

Preparing              ########################################### [100%]

Installing...

   1:glibc-common           ########################################### [100%]

   2:glibc                  ########################################### [100%]

Stopping sshd:[  OK  ]

Starting sshd:[  OK  ]

   3:nscd                   ########################################### [100%]

[root@localhost root]#

up2date worked well too. I think I could like this distro.

I got an email from Red Hat explaining the new status of their products. From the email:

"Get Enterprise Linux in three ways:

--> Enterprise Linux WS: for desktop/client systems.
Starting at $179
--> Enterprise Linux ES: for small/mid-range servers.
Starting at $349
--> Enterprise Linux AS: for high-end and mission-critical systems.
Starting at $1499

>>compare all three:

http://info.redhat.com/a/tA-s$LDAJPSNNAOmLYvAK7ybs-q/utbn2"

Wow, those prices are amazing! I'll be interested to see who adopts this product.

No comments: