Fedora 15

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 15 Oct 2011 02:03:42 GMT  <== Computers ==> 

Yesterday, I installed Fedora 15 Desktop Edition in a (VMWare Fusion) VM, in order to test an RPM that I created in my Debian VM (I'll soon be posting Truledger installers for Mac, Windows, and Linux). The Live CD came up quickly, and had an install command on the Gnome menu (you can also get the live CD configured for KDE, LXDE, and Xfce, but I got the default Gnome-based desktop). In just a few clicks and a few minutes, I had a bootable hard drive. It was the fastest and easiest OS install I've ever done, Mac, Windows, or Linux. It just worked. And the result feels very snappy, faster than my Debian VM.

At one point in the install, it said it was copying the Live CD file system to the hard disk. This reminds me of Puppy Linux. It ends up with a very big initrd-ramfs file, 140 megs. Not sure what happens from there, and didn't find anything obvious in a few minutes of googling around. Maybe somebody reading this knows and will comment.

Anyway, I found a bug in Truledger. If you build on a system with OpenSSL version < 1.0, and run with OpenSSL version >= 1.0, it failed to startup. < 1.0 splits OpenSSL into two libraries, libssl & libcrypto. >= 1.0 merges libcrypto into libssl, and removes libcrypto. Truledger fixed, thanks to this Fedora VM. I can now build my RPMs on my Debian machine and expect them to work in Fedora.

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