Saturday, July 29, 2006

Fedora Core 5 - Nvidia drivers and XGL

Of all the Fedora distros FC5 i rekon got the most attention. was it because of the sleek elegant look ? the official Fedora logo appearing for the 1st time or the fact that it is filled with bugs ? not sure what the answer is but one thing is for sure, there is a lot of potential here !

Coupled with Xorg 7.0 FC5 is a perfect distro to run XGL on 24x7 like I do. there were several roadbocks though, especially since i was previously unable to install the Nvidia proprietry drivers and had to rely on the lesser versions from Livna. the problem is that FC5 has more security features. 2 cases where this shows - manually adding new lines to the fstab file to include more devices at bootup would usualy fail and the proper nvidia driver modules and the GLX extensions never loaded upon bootup. i have fixed that fro now by dissabling SELinux but a proper fix is available at Nvidia's forums. installing XGL is easy to install, its all at fedoraforums .

Overall FC5 has been a rough ride till now but ive finally setelled in. I must have been the first person at my Uni to install it ( had installed it on my 5-yr old P3 laptop without a CD/DVD drive :s ) and now there are 3 computers running FC5 at my place. all i can say is "keep it up" !! and I look forward to FC6.

1 comment:

Thushan Fernando said...

wow thats smoknig hot...