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IconThe Fedora Project has announced the alpha release of Fedora 9. Highlights of the Fedora 9 (Sulphur) alpha release include partition resizing support for ext2, ext3, NTFS, and encrypted filesystems in the Anaconda installer, faster and more efficient yum dependency resolver, PackageKit, FreeIPA, GNOME 2.21 development release, KDE 4.0, Firefox 3 beta 2, 2.6.24 Linux kernel, and many others.

Phoronix has published a brief preview of Fedora 9. Among the features being worked on are encrypted file-system support, updating KDE to 4.0, PackageKit integration, and switching to upstart initialization. In this article, we are taking a brief look at Fedora 9 Alpha and the features planned for Fedora 9.

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I recently bought a new Dell Vostro 1000 n Series which means it comes with no operating system!! Saved quiet a lot 🙂 !!!First, I installed Winows XP (need it for most of my development work!!). I am a great fan of OpenSuse and Fedora and wanted to install both these distro. After Win XP I installed OpenSuse 10.2!!

This article is for those who already have Win XP and OpenSuse 10.2 in dual boot and want to add Fedora to the list.

OpenSuse 10.2 Installation:

OpenSuse has excellent documentation for OpenSuse 10.2, but for those of you who are new, this link (http://opensuse.computerlanguages.org/install.php?0) has step by step installation instructions (Includes 61 screen shots explaining the same). After about 45 minutes I had a working OpenSuse 10.2 on my laptop. I had to install and configure the ATI Video drivers though but again help was just around the corner ATI Driver HowTo !!Once OpenSuse was up and running I wanted to install Fedora 7. After initializing the installation, I was under the assumption that Fedora 7 would detect my OpenSuse 10.2 but it didn’t 😦

Fedora 7 Installation:

While installing Fedora, you will reach a section where it will prompt you whether you want to install the boot loader. Please ignore this section and move on (Make a note of the root device, in my case it’s /dev/sda10, where your Fedora is Installed). Once Fedora is Installed, boot your system back to OpenSuse 10.2 and Open YaST–System-BootLoader. Click on the Add button and select to install a new Kernel Section. Browse the location of the Kernel Image and Initrd and select the boot device where Fedora is installed. This is how my boot loader screen looks like:

Boot loader settings

Save the settings and reboot, you will find the entry for Fedora 7 that you have made in boot loader settings and the system will boot to Fedora 7.0!!

PS: If you are starting from scratch, Install OpenSuse 10.2 after installing Fedora 7 as OpenSuse can detect all linux installations on your system so that we don’t have to make any changes to the boot loader configuration.