So, in goes the first Fedora Core 5 cd. I installed it.
Sorry, expecting more detail? Try here.
Following the install I booted into a Gnome desktop at a glorious 800x600, on account of the NVidia card not being recognized. Lovely, but I know I can get the NVidia drivers, so it's not such a big deal.
First things first though - got to get networking configured before I can download the graphics drivers. Using another machine I pop on over to the ralink website and grab the source code for the wireless lan drivers (Gigabyte GN-WP01GS with Ralink rt-61 chipset), and transfer it to the new computer via floppynet.
Oh, crap. No kernel headers. Didn't I choose "Development Environment" during the install? Sure as hell did. Oh well, that should be easily fixed. I go to Applications/"Add/Remove Software"... There is an error message: "Unable to retrieve software information".
So, apparently their package manager can only install software from online repositories - not from the CDs. Same deal with Yum on the command line, apparently. I resort to shuffling CDs, and searching for the appropriate RPM manually - A quick google suggests the package will be called something like kernel-devel, probably because kernel-headers would be too damn obvious.
No kernel headers. (!) I should probably repeat that a few times, if I were not so lazy. Instead I shall just throw in some elipses...
... and then continue in a new paragraph.
At this point I have three options:
- Connect the wired LAN and use that to download the kernel headers. Painful, on account of having to run blue cable through half the house, and then having kids tripping over it, cats chewing on it, wives and girlfriends demanding to be tied up with it...
- Download the package on another machine, and burn to CD, then hope it doesn't have any dependencies.
- Try Suse 10.1 and see if that handles my configuration any better. Or Ubuntu 6.06, but I haven't downloaded that yet.