Fedora 10: Upgrading an Earlier Version Still a Bad Idea + Adobe AIR Doesn't Like 10

By Todd Ogasawara
November 30, 2008 | Comments: 7

I've been running various Red Hat related Linux distros on a test PC since 2002 starting with Red Hat 7 or 8 (I can't remember which and not to be confused with Red Hat Enterprise Linux), moving on to CentOS 4, and most recently Fedora 6 (yes, 6). It has been a while since I updated Linux on my olf eMachines D3024 (which replaced my earlier Linux test PC a few years ago). So, I downloaded Fedora 10 a few days ago to update my Linux box. Being eternally optimistic, I decided to try to update Fedora in place from 6 to 10 despite the fact that I have never seen an in-place Red Hat update go well (I've tried in-place updates many times in the past).

The first problem I ran into seemed hardware related. I burned the DVD on a newer PC on a 16x DVD+R disc. It had a lot of read errors on the D3024. I've seen this problem elsewhere. So, I grabbed an old blank 4x DVD+R disc and burned the ISO to it. And, yes, this disc booted fine on the D3024. The update from Fedora 6 to 10 seemed to go smoothly. Fedora saw the existing installation and let me update it. I rebooted and was able to login. But, after the login I noticed that a number of graphical applications did not startup: Firefox 3 and yumex were my first problems. I used yum to uninstall the current Firefox 3 and then re-installed it from from the Fedora update sites. This seems to have fixed that. Then, I had yum update the rest of the system. This may have caused the next problem. Since I don't need my Linux box running 24x7, I turn it off (or hibernate it) like a conventional desktop PC to reduce power use and heat generation. X11 and Gnome would not come up at the next boot. At this point I probably could have ssh-ed in and reconfigured X. But, that seemed like a waste of time since I expected to see other problems with graphical apps. Since I had a good backup of the data on the hard drives, I decided to perform a clean install.

The clean install process went fine and I booted up again and Fedora 10 and various graphical apps like Firefox and yumex started up and ran more or less fine (Firefox 3 crashed once or twice though). Fedora didn't seem to recognize my graphics card during the installation, however. And, my display was 800x600. System Preferences -> Hardware -> Display Resoultion didn't provide any higher resolutions. So, I tried to run system-config-display. Unfortunately, that is not part of the default installation. So, I used yum to install it. This let me select my display type (LCD) and set a higher resolution.

I installed a couple of items like Adobe Flash 10 for Firefox and HelixPlayer 11. However, Adobe AIR for Linux Beta 1 would not install simply reporting that An error has occurred. That is too bad since I really like using twhirl which is an AIR app. I should note that Adobe AIR alpha installed under Fedora 6 when I tried it around August. FYI: You can find me on twitter as toddogasawara.

I've read various other people commenting how fast Fedora 10 is. However, it seems to boot a lot slower on this old PC than Fedora 6 (or CentOS 4 earlier). Once booted, it seems to run reasonably fast. And, despite the inability to run AIR apps, I'm happy to be running a current distro release on this old PC.

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Hey, did you ever get AIR running on F10 - I have the same problem - very frustrating - I like TweetDeck and Twhirl.

@pixelfodder on Twitter

Rich: I have not been able to successfully install Adobe AIR under Fedora 10 (it had been sort-of running on my old Fedora 6 install). I took a look at Adobe AIR's forums and noted that people have been having problems with AIR starting with Fedora 8. So, it doesn't look like a fix is coming anytime soon. Would hate to run Virtual Box with Windows XP (wonder if AIR installs under the much lighter Win2000?) just to run twhirl.

Adobe AIR 1.5 was released a couple days ago for Linux, and having just installed it, it's working for me on Fedora 10/i386 after light testing. NB you need to remove the older stuff first- the RPMs that the installer installs plus a ~/.adobe/ and ~/.macromedia/, anything left over in /opt/. I had only been using the Fresh RSS reader and that seems to have gone missing, but I had success with a new app that I'm... too embarrassed to reveal the identity of.

Scott: I installed Adobe AIR 1.5 on Friday myself (twitter tweet) and found it installed without any issues on my Fedora 10 box too. I installed twhirl right after the 1.5 installation and it seems to work too.

You're lucky - I upgraded from FC6 to FC10 and my system won't boot now :(

Gotta try to fix that when I get home.

I've got another machine that I have done in place upgrades on from RH7 to every version of Fedora. I usually have a few problems, more along the lines of what you experienced. It's currently at FC9 and I'm hesitant to upgrade to 10, but I know it must be done.

Got the same problem at first but creating a .airinstall.log in the dir I launched the installer gave me the error:

received unknown message type from subinstaller: file /opt/Adobe AIR/Versions/1.0/Resources/certbuild.spec from install of adobeair1.0-1.5.1-8210.i386 conflicts with file
from package adobeair1.0-1.5.1-8210.i386
received unknown message type from subinstaller: " errorID=1]

then rpm -e adobeair1.0 and relaunching the installer just did the trick

@toddogasawara If it is still a topic, it works on Linpus Linux (based on Fedora 8).

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