Upgrading to Fedora 16

published on November 12, 2011.
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Decided today to upgrade my laptop to Fedora 16, which was released a few days ago. I first switched to Fedora (with XFCE as the desktop environment) from Ubuntu in August, I think. An excellent decision as it is working really great for me. XFCE is also great, really happy that I made this switch.

Anyway, the upgrade from Fedora 15 to 16 went smoothly (although a bit slow, thanks to my shitty internet connection), using the PreUpgrade script/process. I was a bit sceptical about doing an upgrade and not a cleanstall, but gave it a shot after all (note: every time I tried a dist-upgrade with Ubuntu it failed miserably). PreUpgrade was downloading stuff for a bunch of hours and (about) an hour of installing them, the upgrade was… Done. Fedora 16 just booted up and I was using my laptop just as before.

I did the post upgrade steps from the above linked article, but the yum distro-sync step failed; it was complaining something about a “Transaction Check Error” for a libdvdcss package. I simply disabled the rpm.livna.org software source, re-run the distro-sync, it did it’s thing and then re-enabled the source.

The second thing that “wasn’t working” is that Apache and MySQL were not starting on bootup, so I ran chkconfig for both of ‘em:

$ chkconfig --levels 235 mysqld on
$ chkconfig --levels 235 httpd on

Lastly, grub was upgraded to grub2. It was working fine, just that it was showing the grub menu on startup, which is a bit silly given that I’m running only one OS on this machine. Anyway, added the following lines to /etc/default/grub:

GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY=true
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true
GRUB_TIMEOUT=0 # I actually edited this line, from 5 to 0

and ran:

$ grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

I also thought for a while that there was an issue with my wifi, that it’s dropping connection randomly, but it only happened once, so I don’t know what to do with it.

Happy hackin’!

Tags: fedora, grub2, upgrade, xfce.
Categories: Development, Software.

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