Saturday, June 14, 2008

Fedora 9 setting up on MacBook

Some progress and some problems with this today.
Got 3D effects working (System>Preferences>Look and Feel>Desktop Effects>Enable
Then installed Awn and Awn-extras from Add/Remove programs. No problem here.

However, then I installed fusion-icon from the same source but invoking it just gave a white screen. This seems a well-known problem as detailed here.
The solution is to run "indirect rendering".
However, if you just have a white screen, it's not clear to me how you can change to indirect rendering which, AFAIK, can only be done by making a change in the fusion-icon.
(BTW, I did also try "compiz --replace --indirect-rendering, but this also just produced a white screen.)
So, haven't solved this yet.

Another big problem is that (router IP) keeps showing up as the preferred DNS server. I've tried a lot of stuff here (posted to fedora forum too) but made absolutely no progress.
Included in what I did was a variant on the old /etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf which has worked for me in nearly every other distro apart from Foresight. But here too, it didn't work in that the router IP kept showing up.
Here's a guide on how I got dhclient.conf set up.

Another problem was to get .wma files to play in Rhythmbox (without having to pay out an money -- a suggestion was made by Fedora to buy some stuff from Fluidec).
Actually, you can get this stuff for free from the mplayer site. (win32 stuff gets installed in step 7).
Or just do this:

cd /tmp/
tar xfvj all-20071007.tar.bz2
mkdir /usr/lib/codecs/
cp all-20071007/* /usr/lib/codecs/
ln -s /usr/lib/codecs/ /usr/lib/win32

Probably more tomorrow.

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