Re: Three Observations

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On 6/16/07, Karl Larsen <k5di@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

            Three Things.

1. I have been a member of this busy Fedora list for 2 weeks and now I
have moved lock stock and barrel from Fedora Core 4 to Fedora Core 6. I
had planned to move to Fedora 7 but this list talked me out of doing
that. And I have learned some really interesting things. I plan to stay
and add what I can to the soup.

2. I got some really bad advice from this group. I was told to use the
Firefox shipped by FD6 and yum Thunderbird from Fedora. These are
supposed to be better somehow.This is not the case. They are the easiest
to get. But I stuck to my old habits and went to the Mozilla web page
first thing after getting this working and D/L the Version 2.0.4 of
Firefox and Thunderbird. I have no problem with tar and now both
versions are running in good shape and they have the history from Fedora
Core 4 on them.It is very easy, just mount the FC4 on this computer and
replace the new .thunderbird/ and .mozilla/  with the old ones from FC4.
This takes 5 minutes.

3. The Alsa sound Mixer is not a finished product. It is nice as it's
done by Gnome but it should be made so a user can turn it on and go
about changing it to what they want and that should become the default
settings. I use the sound card for sound and also as a Digital Signal
Processor (DSP) engine. This lets me make some really fast written data
transfer using gMFSK. Skype is also a fun way to talk over the Internet
and it uses both an earphone and a Mike. These last to items are NOT
Fedora products but they are made to run on Linux.

With all due respect, I am not exactly sure what you are trying to accomplish.

For your first issue, if you were willing to maintain your own FC4,
then no one is stopping you from using FC4. Some people run older (I
have an updated FC2). As for FC6 and F7 both are supported directly by
Fedora and FC6 will be supported for a while. Again, no one forced you
one way or the other.

As for your second issue, many people provided you multiple different
solutions for setting up Firefox and Thunderbird from Fedora, from 3rd
party repositories or even Mozilla directly. Either you did not read
those email responses or you just chose to ignore them. You created
several repetitive threads. There is a list archive that is easy to

As for your third issue. Someone explained that ALSA provides a library, kernel
interface and kernel drivers. ALSA is not something that exists
entirely by itself. Most environments (KDE, Gnome, etc.) as well as
multimedia applications have mixer and sound settings that simplify to
what you need. If you have a direct problem with something specific to
ALSA a quick web search would provide you better avenues to work out
your problems.
As for Skype and for anything closed source, Fedora realistically
cannot support such applications.

Don't take this the wrong way, but by "staying and adding to the
soup", I really hope your thoughts are comments are based on proper
research and understanding of how Fedora and Linux actually work.

Anyways, best of luck.


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