Fedora 8 (Werewolf)


Release notes



Filesystems are mounted with the relatime option. This is a lightweight version of atime.


One of the big new things in Fedora 8 is the introduction of PulseAudio. To view and control your audio streams, run pavucontrol or find it in your sound/video menu (PulseAudio Volume Control).

The pulseaudio process shows up as exe (fixed upstream).

Where resampling is required, Pulseaudio does this on behalf of the client. By default it uses the speex resampler.

Known issues


Upgrades not working: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=372011

Anaconda can load new install code at runtime: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Anaconda/Updates

x264 + livna

The x264 package is now provided by livna.

   $ sudo yum update livna-release
   $ sudo rpm -e x264 --nodeps
   $ sudo yum install x264


The png plugin may not get loaded. Add it after the svg plugin.
The decoration plugin (window borders) may not get loaded. Add it after the png plugin.


Doesn't cover all the screen.

RandR 1.2 / Radeon driver

Possibly something related to the randr 1.2 radeon driver (both shipped version and latest from git) in that apps (like xscreensaver) seem to think the screen size is smaller than it is. Possibly 1360x768 as opposed to 1440x900 on my system. Installing onto a nvidia based system will give more data points.


Seems the DVI connector is confusing things (DVI-0 unknown connection 1440x900+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm)

   $ xrandr --addmode DVI-0 1440x900
   $ xrandr --output DVI-0 --mode 1440x900

Compiz is still somewhat confused.

Fixed in current git (post 6.7.196) as of at least 21ed435398e4a398dd8a0a5d7c1d4cc45e916332



In coreutils 6.9 the behaviour of chmod w.r.t setuid/gid bits on directories changed. You can still set it like chmod 2770 somedir but to remove the sticky bit, you'd need to use chmod g-s somedir. From the NEWS file.

   chmod, install, and mkdir now preserve a directory's set-user-ID and
  set-group-ID bits unless you explicitly request otherwise.  E.g.,
  `chmod 755 DIR' and `chmod u=rwx,go=rx DIR' now preserve DIR's
  set-user-ID and set-group-ID bits instead of clearing them, and
  similarly for `mkdir -m 755 DIR' and `mkdir -m u=rwx,go=rx DIR'.  To
  clear the bits, mention them explicitly in a symbolic mode, e.g.,
  `mkdir -m u=rwx,go=rx,-s DIR'.  To set them, mention them explicitly
  in either a symbolic or a numeric mode, e.g., `mkdir -m 2755 DIR',
  `mkdir -m u=rwx,go=rx,g+s' DIR.  This change is for convenience on
  systems where these bits inherit from parents.  Unfortunately other
  operating systems are not consistent here, and portable scripts
  cannot assume the bits are set, cleared, or preserved, even when the
  bits are explicitly mentioned.  For example, OpenBSD 3.9 `mkdir -m
  777 D' preserves D's setgid bit but `chmod 777 D' clears it.
  Conversely, Solaris 10 `mkdir -m 777 D', `mkdir -m g-s D', and
  `chmod 0777 D' all preserve D's setgid bit, and you must use
  something like `chmod g-s D' to clear it.

32bit stuff


On a clean install, remove all i386 packages. If people want things like wine or opera then install just the i386 packages needed for those.

Firefox / Flash

There's no need for the 32bit Firefox package.


Before an upgrade remove all i386 packages and firefox-32