[Gllug] Fedora Core 14

Rob Crowther robertc at boogdesign.com
Mon Feb 6 16:27:13 UTC 2012

On 06/02/12 14:23, David Damerell wrote:
> On Friday, 3 Feb 2012, James Courtier-Dutton wrote:
>> Is the debian package manager just better than redhat's, or was I just
>> unlucky with Redhat?
> That kind of problem tends to be caused by bogus package metadata (the
> information which says what package A depends on, conflicts with, etc)
> not by the package manager per se.
I think that the main advantage Debian has is that all the packages are 
in 'official' repositories.  For Fedora/RedHat you have to invoke third 
party repos for stuff like MP3/4 support.  Although the last Fedora 
installer I ran did allow you to add third party repos at install time.

I've only managed to get the whole pre-upgrade[1] thing to work once. 
The main problem I encountered was the 'not enough space on /boot' which 
is now documented in the wiki page.  Of course at the time the whole 
process just failed silently part way through leaving a non-bootable 
system.  I've done upgrades with Yum and had better success, but still 
only about half the time.

These days I tend to just buy a new hard drive when it's time to upgrade 
and then copy all the files over.  Even that went wrong the time, I 
think between 12 and 14, when they dropped support for the particular 
filesystem encryption used by F12 from the kernel in F14.


[1] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PreUpgrade
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