Showing posts from March, 2008

Upgrading Fedora

I am a linux fan. Of the various linux flavours, I have always used Fedora (and before that Redhat).

I had a chance to set up linux on a spare system at work. It had been more than a year since I needed to do a fresh linux install. I saw that Fedora 8 was the latest version. When I had last installed, it was Fedora Core 6.

I had FC6 CDs - 5 of them. Rather than downloading Fedora 8 or looking for a shop to purchase the same, I thought why not try to install FC6 and upgrade.

I found this site which talked about doing it using yum. Armed with this information, I went ahead and installed FC6.

FC6 install was a breeze (since I had done this a couple of times including in my home PC).

Now came the upgrading part. As the site mentioned, I decided on the two step migration strategy - FC6 to Fedora 7 and Fedora 7 to Fedora 8.

After doing yum update and installing all updates on FC6, I updated fedora-release and fedora-release notes rpm to Fedora 7's.

I did not have the disk label issue since…

A Thousand Splendid Suns

I finished reading Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns" yesterday. The writer is popular for his first book "The Kite Runner", which has been recently made into a movie by the same name.

Like The Kite Runner, the story of A Thousand Splendid Suns is also based in Afghanistan - the period from 1980s to the present.The story traces the life of two women - Mariam and Laila - their trials and tribulations as the country also undergoes changes.

More than the story, the book gives insights into Afghanistan as it was in 80s to what it is today. The author does not take any sides, but depicts things as it is - men having multiple wifes, the purdah system, women education, life under various rulers.

One cannot help but get moved by the plight of ladies in the country as seen through the lives of the protagonists.

This novel lacks the originality and the impact of The Kite Runner. But it is still a worthy read.

A note of caution: this is not for the faint hearted.