Fedora 11 Annoyances (Plus Fixes)

Dear Reader,

As I wander through the lovely new world of Fedora 11 (in beautiful widescreen) I list some annoyances and fixes:

  1. For some reason the time is an hour fast.  I suspect that this is because it is on GMT and not on BST.  Syncing with time servers doesn’t seem to make this work.  Though if you set the time manually and then synch with ntp this seems to work out o.k.  So maybe the daylight saving stuff only works on a change and you need to have the time set properly the first time.
  2. Setting up a proxy server for yum is a pain, and is very non-obvious.  Though if you see the earlier post it is not very hard once you know how.
  3. The add/remove software tool (System-> Administration -> Add/Remove Software)seems a bit useless.  In Ubuntu I used synaptic which was much better.  For example clicking on any of the groupings on the left hand side of the GUI such as “GNOME Desktop” tells me that “No results were found” – why have an icon for all of them then? Solution: It turns out I needed to “Refresh the Package Lists” and then the icons return some packages.  It would be better if I didn’t have to do this – it took me several minutes to work this one out…
  4. Emacs doesn’t appear to have anti-aliased text.  In Ubuntu there is a emacs-snapshot package that provides anti-aliasing out of the box – perhaps there is a Fedora equivalent but I can’t find it.  I guess that means building from source.
  5. As in most distros the developments tools are not installed by default: yum groupinstall "Development Tools" "Development Libraries" Seems to solve that problem!  Though finding a list of groups isn’t obvious involves yum grouplist thanks to The HungryCoder.

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