More Fedora Core 4 problems with X
September 21, 2005
Important update: the buggy RPMs have been superseded. See the end.
You may remember back to FC4FirstIrritations, where I talked about
several X problems. Well, Red Hat managed to outdo itself recently, as
we discovered the hard way: their latest update to the
Not literally exploded, but X won't start and more or less crashes the machine (one bug report compared it to what a crashed C-64 looks like, and I have to agree). It turns out that this update appears to be totally broken on many if not all Intel graphics hardware, such as the 865G chipset that our HP Deskpro D530s.
The Red Hat Bugzilla bugs filed so far are #168919, #168937 (i945 graphics), and #168940 (i865G graphics). They've apparently all been filed very recently, which at least makes me feel somewhat less annoyed.
Unfortunately, we mirror the entire Red Hat updates repository and
Since a reinstall test takes half an hour or more, there went a lot of my day. Fedora Core 4 has really turned into the update that I wish we'd skipped.
Clearly, we need to adopt new rules for Fedora Core 4 updates:
It's a rather sad day when we have to adopt these rules, but that is apparently life with Fedora Core 4.
(You may gather that I am not happy with this state of affairs.)
Update, September 23rd: The good news is that this issue has now
been fixed; today Red Hat released a new
I am still somewhat unhappy about this state of affairs, but less unhappy than I was when I first wrote this entry. Part of it is that the problem is gone; part of it is that Red Hat dealt with the issue pretty rapidly, without dragging their heels (as I feel they have with some Fedora Core 4 bugs). I do think that Red Hat needs a procedure for pulling seriously problematic updates from their updates area (and the mirrors, which makes it more challenging), and that they should have used it in this situation.
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