[BALU] Fedora 10

Mike Hanby flakrat at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 19 10:50:15 CST 2008

I've been running F10 for a couple weeks now on 2 laptops and a desktop.
I have been happy so far.

The primary issue I ran into was getting dual head to work on the
desktop and one of the laptops (both ATI cards). The other laptop has an
nVidia card and doesn't ever hook up to an external monitor.

To get the desktop ATI Radeon X600 card into dual head mode, I had to
create the xorg.conf file (not needed by default anymore) and add:

Virtual      2560 1024

to the SubSection "Display" so that the desktop could stretched across
both monitors (both use 1280x1024 resolution).

After which, the System->Preferences->Hardware->Screen Resolution
application was able to correctly configure dual head mode.

You can also set up the dual head using xrandr from the command line. I
should also point out that I'm having to use the opensource radeon
drivers at the moment, as AMD hasn't released flgrx drivers that work
with Fedora 10.

Also, on the laptops, I am using the full drive encryption, which can be
set up in the disk partitioning step during install (or afterwards if
you so choose). I haven't noticed any performance degradation as a

The plymouth technology used during bootup is nice eye candy. It works
out of the box with ATI cards, but to get it to work with an nVidia card
you have to add a kernel parameter to grub.conf. On my Dell m1330 XPS
laptop, the settings was: vga=0x361

Without this, plymouth uses a text mode for boot.


On Wed, 2008-12-03 at 19:41 +0000, bamamorgans at gmail.com wrote:
> Fedora 10 has been "out in the wild" for just over a week. I've
> downloaded and tested the Live CD. Being an Ubuntu guy for the last 2
> years, I felt a little like an Alabama football fan on the Michigan
> campus. Both are very prominent schools. Both have legendary football
> programs. Both have huge stadiums. etc. With the live CD, once I got
> acclimated to Fedora differences, I thought F10 was quite nice. I'm
> thinking of redoing my Ubuntu Hardy home server with Fedora 10.
> What are your opinions?
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