Fedora Core 1 on 1850

Aaron Couts acouts at towerdata.com
Thu Oct 28 18:10:01 CDT 2004

What's your purpose for installing Fedora?  Since your installing it on PEs,
I'm assuming it's in a production environment.  You should check out White
Box and CentOS -- they are built from Redhat Enterprise Linux, and they are
much less 'bleeding edge' than Fedora.  Another advantage is that if you
have a few critical servers that you want to run RHEL on, these
source-rebuild distributions are very complimentary since the packages,
kernels, drivers, etc. are identical to Redhat.  We are in the process of
upgrading our boxes from RH7.3 to RHEL and WBEL, and we're very happy with
the setup.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Darren" <poweredge at shrewfoot.net>
To: <linux-poweredge at dell.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 6:24 PM
Subject: Fedora Core 1 on 1850

> A collegue and I have been trying to get Fedora Core 1 kickstarted onto
> one of our many new 1850s that we've recently receieved.  For various
> reasons, we can't switch to FC2 yet, nor to any other distro at present.
> I've seen some chatter on this list and in other places suggesting that
> it's possible, and we've gotten pretty close.  Our kickstarts are over NFS
> using a boot CD.  We had to compile the boot kernel ourselves to get this
> far.  We get to the point of it creating our partitions and mkfs'ing them
> and then anaconda craps out with an unreadable exception and tells us to
> reboot.  On one of the virtual consoles we see the error
> "No pcic controller found"
> Although we think this may not actually be relevent.  This message is
> followed by
> "Unable to copy comps package."
> Unfortunately most of the exception scrolls off the screen and all we're
> left with is the cleanup.
> Has anyone managed to make FC1 work on an 1850 at all?  Is it even
> possible?  One person has suggested to us that FC1 doesn't support
> PCI-Express, so it may not ever work.
> Any advice or stories, either success or failure would be appreciated.
> --d
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