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Red Hat Linux Fedora: Fedora 13 to Fedora 14(64) upgrade.

In this upgrade, I planned to skip a version to see how things go jumping up two levels.  Unfortunately reading this post from The Register about Linus Torvalds had me thinking back to F14 again.  (This brings back fond memories of the KDE 4.0 desktop upgrade issues in F9 that didn't go so well.  I [...]

Red Hat Linux Fedora: Fedora 12 to Fedora 13 upgrade.

Fedora 13 has been out now since around May 25th, so it's time for the semi annual upgrade.  Unlike with previous versions, I've now switched to the GNOME desktop since I have been finding the KDE desktop to be far less intuitive then it's former competitor and far less responsive.  (As you recall from the [...]

Skype configuration problems and resolutions.

Skype is a popular text, video and voice (VoIP) chat client.  A more detailed article can be found on the Wikipedia Skype page.  Here is a list of some of the hurdles I've ran into getting the client to work on my own distribution. PROBLEM Skype for Linux had poor video in the not so [...]

Red Hat Linux Fedora: Fedora 11 to Fedora 12 upgrade.

Fedora 12 has been out of the oven since about Nov 17 so it's high time I upgrade before it spoils.  As with the previous release, I look forward to any new features in KDE 4.3.  (As you recall from the previous upgrades, KDE was introduced rewritten almost entirely in Qt4).  Also noteworthy to mention is the [...]

Fedora Linux: Enabling the KDM login prompt instead of GDM desktop manager.

Since around Fedora 8 and KDE 4.0, the default DESKTOPMANAGER that greets you before you login to your GUI  is  set to GNOME (Even now with Fedora 13 out, the same is still true).  Now I was an avid KDE user and though I started on Gnome, KDE just grew on me up until about Fedora 12.  After [...]

Fedora Update: undefined symbol: DRIOpenDRMMaster

Following a recent upgrade, Xorg was apparently also updated to version xorg-x11-server-Xorg- which unfortunately didn't play nicely with version xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.12.2-14.fc11.i586 .  After a brief investigation, the combination resulted in this error:  /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers//radeon_drv.so: undefined symbol: DRIOpenDRMMaster Ultimately, this had the following effect: No GUI (System never got as far as showing any graphics let alone KDE, Gnome [...]

Linux / Akonadi: The QtSQL driver ‘QMYSQL’ is required by your current Akonadi server configuration.

PROBLEM Another day brings another bug. This time it's with the Akonadi server failing or unable to start.  This error followed a recent update I've done on my Fedora box.  This is what greeted me each time I started up KDE: The QtSQL driver 'QMYSQL' is required by your current Akonadi server configuration. The following drivers [...]

Fedora & KDE: ERROR: Couldn’t attach to DCOP server!

DCOP server is essentially communication software used by various Linux systems to allow applications to talk to each other.  For example, copying and pasting from kword to say firefox would occur through klipper (KDE clipboard) currently and the way the copied data moves between these applications is DCOP.  More recently, DCOP has been started to be [...]

F9, KDE 4.X and Konsole: Extra spaces on console command line between cursor and text.

PROBLEM Following some recent upgrades to my distro the Konsole window cursor was always ahead of the text that was typed.  The problem was compounded when lines of text were longer though this problem wasn't present in other terminal applications.  This really looked horrible using vim, as you can probably imagine.  As you can see [...]

KDE 4.X and Fedora 9+: The taskbar is gone.

PROBLEM The task bar panel is gone, disappeared or has been removed/unconfigured part of some configuration change as a result of an upgrade or update.  This is one issue I had when upgrading from Fedora 8 to Fedora 9 and was mostly due to extensive overhaul of the KDE 4.1/4.0 over it’s predecessor KDE 3.5.  [...]

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