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Fedora 15 or 16: New NIC Names

Recently I installed Fedora 15 on a standalone system to do some testing. This system has ASUS motherboard with a single integrated Atheros 8131 Gigabit Ethernet NIC. Here is the relevant output from ipconfig -a: p33p1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr E0:CB:4E:1A:F6:D5 inet addr:192.168.0.114 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0 inet6 addr: fe80::e2cb:4eff:fe1a:f6d5/64 Scope:Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:62680 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:37533 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:1 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:94004479 (89.6 MiB) TX bytes:2446588 (2.3 MiB) Interrupt:44 I expected to see eth0; instead the NIC was named p33p1. The lsmod utility showed that the correct kernel module, i.e. atl1c.ko, was

Upgrade Fedora 15 to Fedora 16

It goes without saying that you should back up all essential data and files before attempting an upgrade. As superuser, drop down to runlevel 3 (init 3), i.e. non-GUI multiuser and execute the following commands in the order that they are shown below. # rpm –import https://fedoraproject.org/static/A82BA4B7.txt # yum -y update yum # yum clean all # yum -y –releasever=16 –disableplugin=presto distro-sync That is it. Reboot your system to ensure that the upgrade to Fedora 16 was successful. Note that your multiboat loader will still be Legacy GRUB and partitioning on the boot fdisk will still be MBR (Master Boot

PackageKit Failure With fedora-release-15-3.noarch

If you are using Fedora 15, you may come across an annoying case when PackageKit (the GUI package installer) fails to install updates because of an RPM package named fedora-release-15-3.noarch. A bug report (716752) exists in the Red Hat bugzilla database. The workaround is simple but is not obvious or intuitive. To install this RPM using PackageKit, first click on the + sign next to fedora-release-15-3 (noarch) to see both of the associated package updates (fedora-release-15-3 and fedora-release-rawhide-15-3). Then uncheck fedora-release-rawhide-15-3 and click the Install Updates button. You are then asked to confirm the removal of the Rawhide repo definitions.

GNOME 3 Shell in Fedora 15

The Fedora 15 Alpha release includes a pre-release version of the long-awaited GNOME 3 Shell. After 8 years of use, the GNOME 2 desktop looks jaded and is technically difficult to maintain and work with under the hood. Visually and interactively it no longer competes with other desktops or devices for the hearts and minds of users. The GNOME 3 Shell has a modern visually attractive and easy to use user interface (UI) that is more akin to that of an IPad or a smart mobile phone. It provides the key interface functions like switching windows, listing and launching applications,