I just upgraded to FC2 T3, for no better reason than I wanted to get GNOME 2.6 without building a second desktop with jhbuild. I really enjoyed spatial nautilus and templates before I had to rebuild my notebook. I hoped that my small orinoco_cs problem would also disappear too.
Damn if that wasn't inconvenient. I know it's a test, but I was surprised by the number of things that did go wrong.
- x.org X11 mangled my screen resolution. I want to blame nVidia, but the nv driver for xfree86 did let me have 24bit XGA. I've settled for 16 bits, and I had to edit the config file in vi to get the monitor freq right.
- During the refresh of the FC2 packages, I lost network. I traced that to the yenta_socket module wasn't inited. I found a patch in RH's bugzilla to fix the init script. I'm happy to say the network card doesn't block me starting the desktop anymore.
- My CDROM also disappeared after the refresh. I had to remove the ide_scsi bridge passed to the kernel. I lost gtoaster, not that I'll miss it. I'll be using command line until I get Coaster working.
- My sound card disappeared. I have run detect sound card after each reboot to enable it. But Rhythmbox finally works for me.
- Mono was crippled. I didn't expect it to work after the upgrade, but I did expect to dead packages to be removed. I used the Mono yum repository at go-mono to get it back, but Muine is gone; it isn't compatible with my current configuration. Saddly, monodoc wont start anymore. It complains that "System.DllNotFoundException: gtkhtml-3.0", but /etc/mono/config is right and I have both the lib and devel pakages.
During these trials I thought, why is this still happening to me. I had video, sound, and network problems during my first install. Then I remembered.
Ten years ago this month, I got my first Internet connection, a SLIP on a dedicated phone line with static IP from digex.net. I telneted into my shell account and realized I could not do a single thing. I wasn't a stranger to command line, but I knew absolutely nothing about UNIX. Well that wouldn't do I thought; three days later I replaced the Windows 3.1 partition with Slackware 1.2. A stupid decision for sure, but it was a great incentive to learn UNIX and the Net.
I swear I had the same configuration problems, but at least the desktop wasn't messed up while I was trying to fix them. That is to say, what desktop? My OS/2 partition had a sweet desktop, and as Windows 3.1 did not have one, switching X11 + Lestif + FVWM was hardly a loss. Even then, Linux could mount HPFS drives so I was never at a loss for my data, only some key apps and a decent way to use them were missing. What I missed most while working on the desklesstop was spatial folders, document templates, context menus, and a network filesystem browser.
Now I have G2.6 as my primary desktop; I have all that I missed from OS/2! It took 10 years.