Linux Changes, Summer 2008 Fedora 9 Upgrade

This page is for sharing information regarding the Fedora 9 upgrade during summer 2008.

[ information about packaged software changes, differences from previous releases, and any associated issues that might effect the URCS user community will be discussed here]

-- DaveCostello - 11 Jun 2008

Tools and Utils

gcc 4.3

This release of Fedora has been built with GCC 4.3.0, which is included with the distribution.
For more information on GCC 4.3, refer to:

-- DaveCostello - 17 Jul 2008

Applications (new versions or package changes)

kde desktop
KDE 4.0 features upgrades to core components such as the port to Qt 4. It also introduces a number of brand new frameworks such as the Phonon, a multimedia API; Solid, a hardware integration framework; Plasma, a re-written desktop and panel with many new concepts; integrated desktop search; compositing as a feature of KWin; and a brand new visual style called Oxygen. KDE 4.0.3 is a bugfix release from the KDE 4.0 release series.

Fedora 9 does not include the legacy KDE 3 Desktop. It does include a compatibility KDE 3 Development Platform, which can be used to build and run KDE 3 applications within KDE 4 or any other desktop environment. Refer to the Backwards Compatibility section for more details about what is included.

Plasma replaces the old Kicker and KDesktop. Plasma manages both the panel and the desktop, and it is now possible to place the same Plasma applets (plasmoids) on both the panel and the desktop if the applet supports the size restrictions imposed by the panel.

The old KDE Control Center (KControl) has been replaced by System Settings (systemsettings).

-- DaveCostello - 17 Jul 2008

firefox 3 web browser

Fedora 9 includes the new Firefox 3 web browser. Be aware some extensions for Firefox version 2 will not work if they haven't been ported up to the new version by the author. Also in testing I eventually developed a problem with extensions updating properly. After an update was found and "installed" the restart did not actually perform the update and the extension was left disabled. Even uninstalling failed. It didn't happen for all extensions installed but it was more than one and I verified these were Firefox 3 compatible. Manually removing the extensions directory ~/.mozilla/firefox/defaultXXX/extensions and then installing all new extensions (add-ons) seemed to solve the problem. So, there may be an issue with updating some extensions installed before the Firefox 3 upgrade. Manual removal of the extensions directory in your profile directory seems to do the trick.

-- DaveCostello - 02 Jul 2008

pine replaced by alpine

Alpine is the successor to Pine and was developed by Computing & Communications at the University of Washington. Alpine should look and feel pretty much exactly like Pine save for the fact you type alpine to launch it rather than pine.

-- DaveCostello - 17 Jun 2008

new /usr/grads hierarchy

If you support tools in the /usr/grads hierarchy it will be necessary to reinstall them under Fedora 9. The Fedora 7 /usr/grads disk partition was full and there was lots of cruft under /usr/grads. This will provide a clean slate moving forward for local installations.

-- JamesRoche - 25 Jun 2008

duplex printing - default

Effective with the upgrade to Fedora 9, the default printing will be duplex. Users wishing to receive single sided copies should use the /single queue (ie. shake/single, chaucer/single, dali/single). The "/duplex" queue will still exist and still print in duplex mode.

-- JamesRoche - 08 Jul 2008

test machines

The machines f9beta1 and f9beta2 are both available for remote testing of your compute environment. Additionally, f9beta2 has a console and is located in room 602 (shake printer room) for testing windowing systems, etc.

-- JamesRoche - 11 Jul 2008

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