I have installed Redhat 9.0 from cd's and also installed nvidia drivers this latest release:driver 1.0-4349. And it seems to works so far. However I have not done any AGP tweaks so far. Maybe later.
Anyway this is the first Redhat which installs well and do not give too many alarms that something is wrong. My system is pretty new.
But I am not satisfied with overal system stability. Windows 2000 is MUCH more stable than this RH 9.0. Something is wrong...but what?
And my system, please comment it. And please bear in mind that when I was bying it I had no redhat in my mind at all...its for windows system:
1. Pentium 4 1.7 GHz
2. 1 Gigabyte of DDR ram, I do not remember the brand, maybe buffalo.
3. PNY 550 XGL Quadro 4 workstation card. BTW, Linux Redhat does have an open source driver nowdays for this model also. So it should be qualified.
4. MSI Microstar 845 E Max (ver 1) motherboard. It has Intel 845 E chipset in it as the name says. It has AC'97 integrated Intel 810 soundcard, works well - Linux has drivers for it. It has also 6 Intel based USB ports which are regognized well. Three years warranty, should be good motherboard AND IT IS !!! :-) Bios is updated however there was no real need for it. Booting has never failed, this is my best and most reliable motherboard so far with Windows 2000...but is it good for Linux...well, thats the question. :-)
So what to do?
1. I could update it. ( I do not have internet at home). So I downloaded all the update stuff from nvidia at work. Most of the files are not needed but when I tried to install Glibc rpm updates I got "segmentation fault" error and my system decided to not to run anymore. No wonder this is critical part of the Linux and once installation failed the whole installation was destroyed. I couldnt uninstall them...it said " segmentation fault" and thats it. Impossible to fix for me...reinstallation. ...why I didnt
use $ --test option first. :-)
Later I tried to compile the glibc.src.rpm files but while compiling the gcc says: this update is buggy...please contact bugzilla. Later the gcc locks up my system totally. Are there some tricks I should know when recompiling glibc library?
I think $ rpmbuild --rebuild glibc*
Should be enough...then just install them with:
$ rpm -ivh glibc* or
$ rpm -U -v * glibc*
Do I need to do some more like when I compile the kernel...which has many phases? What I need to do after the :$ rpm -ivh glibc*
2. I could compile and upgrade a new kernel. This is very, very difficult to do but if you guys think that it helps I am ready for it.
But how to find which updates it needs with it? If the new kernel needs this glibc then there is no sense to upgrade kernel...because new glibc seems to be alarmingly buggy. BUT I could compile my existing kernel for i686.
3. I do not know what gcc compiler actually makes while it compiles the source updates, except:
1. It magically solves dependency problems, after compiling many updates install smoothly compared to ready made rpms.
2. It fine tunes your update package for your hardware.
3. It compiles the program for your OS settings and libraries. So it makes the program run much more smoothly than installing directly from rpm's
4 So...if that is so... maybe I could compile ALL the Linux installation. All three source CD packages...and make a new set of bootable CD rom's which will install a rock solid Linux specially tailored for my system. Please advice how to do this...It will take few weeks but maybe it is worth of it.
5. BIOS settings - what are the optimal bios settings for Linux. I have no clue...please tell me some tutorial I have not find from net.
Yes...please help. RH9 looks cool, I want to keep it!!!