Eh, this was suppose to be a quick re-install of my home setup (dual-chip dual-core Opteron AMD box) to new Fedora 9. For development Fedora 9 offers all the cutting edge packages and libs, so it is easy just to follow up. Nice and tidy – all 32-bit libs are gone – all kept 64-bit and consistent.  Unfortunately, there are two problems that hunt my home computer setup: hardware nvidia raid, and nvidia graphics. Hardware raid needs to be turned off completely, otherwise the device-mapper and nash will cause the kernel to crash on boot. Also, installing on top of software raid requires some tweaking of grup loader after installation. These commands come handy:

grub> find /grub/stage1 (for separate /boot partition)
grub> root (hd0,0)
grub> setup (hd0)  (and the same for the second raid-1 disk)

As for the nvidia graphics, one needs to go with the default “nv” driver. NVidia driver rev.169.12 is not working with the latest 2.6.25 kernel. One needs to fetch a patch from nvnews. However, even with the patch, the driver compiles but does not load, because it does not work with Xorg 1.15 release. So, do not waste your time trying to get it going with 169.12 – wait for NVidia folks to catch up.

Ah, and skype does not come with 64-bit flavour, and all the downloads, are not staticly linked (what they call “static” it for, anyway?).  So, no skype on this boy.

Networking. Setting up NFS/NIS. Useful commands. For NFS firewall, check:

$ rpcinfo -p

This will tell you which ports you need to keep open. Check it after you enabled nfs services.

Then, make sure you have ypserv on the server, and check the following config files and commands:

/etc/sysconfig/network (put DOMAINNAME=your-NIS)
/usr/lib64/yp/ypinit -m (on the server)

and you are ready to go.  (Remeber about +:::: files in your group and passwd).

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