Fedora 11 Released

Spread the word: the release that dwarfs previous releases, Fedora 11, is here. Reviews have been flooding the internet and many have been talking about it in the open source world. But before you go ahead and install it make sure you read the release notes. Many a time we get stuck with installation or post installation and run around cursing the OS whilst the issue might have been a know bug with the solution in the release notes.  The Common Bugs is yet another link to read.

A few things you can do to make your Fedora experience better:

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Fedora 11 Released

Fedora 11 Review: What to expect from it

With about two weeks for the final release I hear many talking about Leonidas. I hear ext4, faster boot speed, new volume control and a lot of things  which I could not comprehend.  So I read the Feature List page in the Fedora project wiki and decided to come up with features that one might want to look up before installing 11 on to the system. As usual I’ve been using 11 from beta stage and have update it all this while. It is stable, in fact I have not experienced any bugs . Talking of bugs, I hear they even have a new bug reporting system for the non geeks which will send reports automatically. Lets have a look at the features most prominently advertised first and then go to the less popular ones. Continue reading “Fedora 11 Review: What to expect from it”

Fedora 11 Review: What to expect from it

Volume / Sound Problems in Fedora 11

If you seem to be having trouble using the new volume control in Fedora 11, as in you cannot hear anything. In my case with headphones plugged in sound was perfect but the speaker seemed to fail. Looking at the release notes I got the answer. Use this command to increase volume:

alsamixer -c0

This should give you a screen like the one below:

Screenshot-satyajit@gandalf:-files-workspace-lessons

Now all i had to do was increase the Speaker and the PCM-2 volume to maximum. The channels might vary for you depending on your sound card. If you want to increase microphone volume use

alsamixer -c0 -Vcapture
Volume / Sound Problems in Fedora 11

Enable tapping the touchpad in Fedora 11

For those who want their touch pad enabled with tapping there is a very simple method, something that just slipped my eye. It is so simple that makes me want to kick my self. Just click on System menu -> Preferences -> Mouse. Clicking on the Touchpad tab should open a window as below:

screenshot-mouse-preferences-1

Well then just enable your choice by ticking the options and you have them by default.

But this will not work on KDE or at login. To do so copy

 /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/20thirdparty/10-synaptics.fdi to /etc/hal/fdi/policy

and edit the file according to your needs.

<merge key="input.x11_options.TapButton1" type="string">1</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.TapButton2" type="string">3</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.TapButton3" type="string">2</merge>

Add the above lines if they are not present. This will enable tapping, two-finger tap for right click and three for middle click.

Enable tapping the touchpad in Fedora 11

Fedora 11 Beta Review

Please read the latest review of Fedora 11 here.

Fedora 11 Beta got released few days after schedule. Code named “Leonidas”, it has a “feature list that dwarfs any previous release.”[1]. A 20 second boot up, improved plymouth, virtualization, support for cross-compiling windows application directly on fedora and many more exciting features go on to the Features list. I will be writing soon on what to expect from fedora 11, so we will skip parts of features now but look onto the experience in using this beta version. Now please do remember this is a beta version, so a lot of changes are made until the final release. Continue reading “Fedora 11 Beta Review”

Fedora 11 Beta Review