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Release Notes for Tedora 9.1

Tedora is based on Fedora distribution, so main Fedora release notes are true for Tedora. Compared with the previous version of Tedora there was corrected some errors and added some new features. You should also read the release notes for Tedora 9.

Delta ISOs

Delta ISOs are available for updating installation DVD from Tedora 9 and Fedora 9. You will need deltarpmpackage, Tedora 9 or Fedora 9 image, as well as corresponding delta.

To get Tedora 9 image you need, for updating from Fedora 9, to run command:

applydeltaiso Fedora-9-i386-DVD.iso \
	Fedora-9_Tedora-9.1-i386-DVD.delta.iso Tedora-9.1-i386-DVD.iso

and for updating from Tedora 9:

applydeltaiso Tedora-9-i386-DVD.iso \
	Tedora-9_9.1-i386-DVD.delta.iso Tedora-9.1-i386-DVD.iso

For architecture x86_64 it is necessary to replace i386 with x86_64.

System upgrade

Tedora's installer supports upgrades from previous Fedora versions. But since SELinux is turned off by default in Tedora, there may be some problems during the upgrade process.

If SELinux was enabled in your system, you need to remove selinux=0 argument from loader's parameters after you have booted from installation media. Press Tab button and remove this argument.

If SELinux was disabled in your system there would be no problems.

Main changes from Tedora 9

  1. Group packages from third-party repositories integrated into the overall tree.
  2. Network Installation is carried out from repositories with adapted comps files.
  3. Added script what configured system at the first boot the system. It adds keyboard switch into xorg.conf, turns off unnecessary services, changes the login manager.
  4. If only KDE installed in your system, KDM is using as login manager.
  5. You can create your Tedora from kickstart and pungi utility.
  6. Fixed a bug what leads to install ttf-fonts and stardict dictionaries even when X-server was not selected in anaconda.

Network installation

If you use Tedora Netinstall image to install Tedora you need to use specific address to receive contents of Tedora image via network (because of changing distro's name and its contents it is impossible to use Fedora addresses). Depending on your architecture it is either

http://mirror.yandex.ru/fedora/tedora/releases/9.1/i386/os/

or

http://mirror.yandex.ru/fedora/tedora/releases/9.1/x86_64/os/

Release Notes for Tedora 9

Tedora is based on Fedora distribution, so main Fedora release notes are true for Tedora. However there are some other features you may need to know.

Delta ISOs

I have create Delta ISOs for updating installation DVD from Tedora 9-Beta-2 and Fedora 9. You will need deltarpmpackage, Tedora 9-Beta-1, Tedora 9-Beta-2 or Fedora 9 image, as well as corresponding delta.

To get Tedora 9 image you need, for updating from Fedora 9, to run command:

applydeltaiso Fedora-9-i386-DVD.iso \
	Fedora_Tedora-9-i386-DVD.delta.iso Tedora-9-i386-DVD.iso

and for updating from Tedora 9-Beta-2:

applydeltaiso Tedora-9-beta-2-i386-DVD.iso \
	Tedora-9-Beta-2_9-i386-DVD.delta.iso Tedora-9-i386-DVD.iso

For architecture x86_64 it is necessary to replace i386 with x86_64.

System upgrade

Tedora's installer supports upgrades from previous Fedora versions. But since SELinux is turned off by default in Tedora, there may be some problems during the upgrade process.

If SELinux was enabled in your system, you need to remove selinux=0 argument from loader's parameters after you have booted from installation media. Press Tab button and remove this argument.

Boot from CD/DVD

If SELinux was disabled in your system there would be no problems.

Main changes

  1. There is a bug in Fedora 9, installer crashes on changing packages when Russian language is set (#445517). This problem is due to errors in Anaconda (Fedora installer) Russian localization. Also installer crashes in text mode after choosing packages (using various interface languages). Both bugs are fixed in Tedora.
  2. Many users have frequent problems with SELinux. To solve these problems some skills are required, so in most cases SELinux is simply turned off. At the present moment SELinux is not any standard in GNU/Linux, more than that, it is absent in most distros. By these reasons users and administrators of distros without SELinux do not find any sense in it.

    In Tedora SELinux is disabled by default. There are two ways to turn it on. The first one – to remove option selinux=0, from boot parameters of the installation process, the second – run system-config-selinux utility on the very first system boot after the successful installation. The first way is more preferable, because SELinux relabeling may take much time and even fail.и включить SELinux.

  3. Turning off SELinux made it possible to support ReiserFS. Also support of ext4 file system and jfs was added.

  4. Standard Grub boot loader didn't accept booting system installed on ext4 file system. Sinse ext4 support was enabled by default, Grub was patched to fix this problem.

  5. Standard installer provides rather poor set of “tasks” for packages installation. GNOME Desktop Environment, K Desktop Environment, XFCE Desktop Environment and IceWM Window Manager was added to Tedora. Now it is possible to install only KDE or XFCE easily.

    Tasks
  6. Standard installer supports only one remote repository. In Tedora there were added Fedora Updates, Livna, Tigro and Tigro Non-Free. However be careful, network problems or problems with remote repositories will cancel installation process.

    Net repos
  7. During the net installation to receive packages image it is necessary to choose Tedora repo, not Fedora. This is caused by changing the name of distribution. All other repositories you can add by “ticking” them.

  8. Font loading routines were added to /etc/rc.sysinit to solve the problem with incorrect display of the udev start lines.

  9. Only Europeans languages were left on the installation media. You can install additional languages either during the network installation or after the Tedora installation. Using commands system-config-language and system-config-keyboard you can switch languages and configure keyboard layouts.

  10. Default keyboard layout for Russian and Ukrainian language is set to “English (US)”. It allows to add new user during the first boot without any problems.

  11. Added the ability to install programs from installation DVD. To do this you need to start Software Sources from System / Administration menu. Deselect all items but Tedora Install Media DVD.

    Software sources
  12. PackageKit works badly with repos keys import. That's why Livna and Tigro keys are imported during the installation process.

  13. Many programs, which are absent on Fedora DVD are added to Tedora. What should be mentioned: XFCE Desktop Environment, IceWM and fluxbox window managers, full support of mp3, DVD, DivX and other troubled (in United States) codecs, Flash-plugin (works from the box even in x86_64), Opera browser, VLC player, Compiz Fusion, Nvidia video card drivers, etc.

  14. One of the problems in Fedora is fonts. Built without additional parameters freetype makes default fonts look ugly. In Tedora fonts look all right. Some additional TrueType fonts were added too.

Add/Remove software from installation disc

You can add/remove programs from installation disc (see p.11). This ability is only available for DVD. If you use the set of CDs, you have to make the local repository. It would occupy about 4 GB of free space.

Make Tedora directory and copy all rpm-files from Packages directory from every CD. Copy file Tedora-9-comps.xml from the repodata directory of the first CD.

Also you'll need to install createrepo package. It is better to make it during the installation, because manual solving dependencies is rather hard task. If it weren't done, try to install it with the comand rpm -ivh createrepo*rpm run from Tedora directory. Most probably you'll have to install some additional packages.

Than run the following comand from Tedora directory:

createrepo -d -g Tedora-9-comps.xml ../Tedora

After that add line baseurl: file:///full/path/to/directory/Tedora/ to /etc/yum.repos.d/tedora-install-media-dvd.repo

Now you need enable local repository and to turn off all remote repos as described in p. 11.

Network installation

If you use Tedora Netinstall image to install Tedora you need to use specific address to receive contents of Tedora image via network (because of changing distro's name and its contents it is impossible to use Fedora addresses). Depending on your architecture it is either

http://mirror.yandex.ru/fedora/tedora/releases/9/i386/os/

or

http://mirror.yandex.ru/fedora/tedora/releases/9/x86_64/os/
URL Setup

Proprietary video card drivers support

At this moment Nvidia released drivers (which work on X Server 1.5) only for chip sets NV30 (FX series) and newer. All other video cards won't work with those drivers. You have to install drivers manually by choosing RPM Fusion – Nonfree | Hardware Support (RPM Fusion Nonfree) | xorg-x11-drv-nvidia.

At present moment there are no drivers for ATi video cards for X Server 1.5.

Source packages

All source packages You can find either in Fedora Everything, Fedora Updates, Livna, Tigro repositories, or in Tedora repository.

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Project news

24.11.08 - Tedora will be renamed to Russian Fedora

15.11.08 - Tedora 10-Beta released

30.09.08 - Tedora 9.1 released

01.07.08 - Tedora 9 released

25.06.08 - Tedora 9 is expected on 01.07.2008

12.06.08 - Tedora 9 Beta 2 released

30.05.08 - Tedora 9 Beta 1 released

28.05.08 - Tedora in the second approximation

24.05.08 - Fedora Tigro Edition, the first look

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