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Working X86_64, Fedora 11 Beta

After some initial hiccups with bug 493575 (the anaconda off-by-1 swap error) and a helpful suggestion from Andreas, I was able to get Fedora 11 installed and updated. It is working very well for me, on a Dell Latitude E6400 laptop. So far there are two small nitpicks. I'm one of those people who likes to encrypt an entire hard drive and use a passphrase to decrypt it. That keeps private things private, hmmm? I like to see my boot messages scroll by too, at boot time. They appear to stop with the discovery of a particular USB device but before the "password" prompt appears. To get the actual "password:" prompt to decrypt the filesystem, I have to press the <enter> key. It might be associated with connecting a USB keyboard and/or mouse. This issue surfaces in Fedora 10 every now and then, perhaps depending on which docking station port I plug the keyboard and mouse into. I will file a bug over the weekend for this.

The second nitpick, perhaps a bit larger than small, is Xorg seems unable to automatically detect that my Dell 2407WHC monitor is plugged in to the docking station and to use a 1920 X 1200 resolution for that monitor. I've researched on this list and read other posts discussing this same issue. I will have to figure out just how to code an xorg.conf file that works for me. I would really like Xorg to automagically get the resolution correct regardless of the physical monitor characteristics, because I want to plug my laptop into a variety of different widescreen monitors, wherever I go, including hotel room TVs that happen to have a VGA port. If I travel on business I want to have devices just work, as opposed to spending time locating and then adding in compatibility code for a particular device.

The good things are tremendous, though. Boot times are much faster versus previous Fedora versions. Shutdowns are faster too. My wired and wireless networking just works, although I still have to test Bluetooth. I love the filesystem encryption. If someone snitches my laptop, at least it is just a money loss. My data should be unusable to the thief, and that is a relief. The Fedora 11 Installation Guide is a tremendous help to people looking for comprehensive installation advice for every possible scenario. And I think Robert Day is trying to do further documentation of Virtualization features. This is all fantastic work.


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