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Fedora 11 – Intel / ATI – KMS bugs with video drivers


Starting in Fedora 10 (but disabled by default) Red Hat Fedora started providing the KMS Framework.

Fedora – KMS page: Click Me

X.Org – KMS page :  Click Me

Now if you’ve upgraded/installed the new Fedora 11 (or even Ubuntu 9.x etc.) KMS is enabled by default and you may have noticed there are new/still some regressions in the kernel and certain Intel and ATI cards may have issues.

If you’re having some crazy issues, fear not, you may have an answer here.

Intel Video Issues: Click Me

Ati/AMD Video Issues: Click Me

Note: This isn’t Fedora specific, you may have noticed you cant even enable desktop effects in Ubuntu 9.0.4 under certain cards (without de-blacklisting)

This is just the natural progression of trying to make things better and part of the growing pains that going with non-enterprise distros of Linux can give it’s users……but end the end, it will be worth it.


Redirecting root’s Email on Red Hat

red-hat-logo-bigIf you are a conscientious system administrator, you like to keep tabs on your server by checking root’s email at least once a day, correct?  If you manage more than one server, or get tired of having to log in to check your mail, you can redirect where email for the root user gets sent.

I ran into problems on Red Hat Enterprise 5.2 doing this, so I thought I’d post the resolution here.

SWAT in 60 seconds

Q. What is SWAT?
A. It’s the “Samba Web Administration Tool”

Q. What can I use it for?
A. (shrug )Maybe to quickly setup a SAMBA server etc. 😉 from following my previous howto.
A2. It does have some good info even if you don’t use it for your SMB configuration.

We all know it’s best to use the command line interface (CLI) when learning something,
and most GUI tools don’t give you all the options anyway. However, it’s nice to have a GUI tool when you’re in a rush or you just want to try something new without digging for hours.

This article assumes you have already installed SAMBA.  See my previous article if you haven’t.

According to the SWAT docs, it will overwrite you current SMB.conf,
so you may want to backup your current one first.

# Backup the current smb.conf
sudo cp --preserve=context /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.pre-swat

# Install the SWAT tool
sudo yum install -y samba-swat

# Set the service to launch and start it up
sudo vi /etc/xinetd.d/swat (change the disable from yes to no)
sudo /sbin/service xinetd restart

# Browse to

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