After waiting a bit too long I installed Fedora Core 4 on my (very) old 350 Mhz Compaq Deskpro (with some added memory and a bigger hard drive). The result is simply wonderfull. Thanks to all the people anywhere on the globe for making this, meaning gnu and linux and countless other programs possible! The only problem I encountered during the upgrade was a failure to pass the media test before the install/upgrade. If this happens first test the integrity of the download iso file using
sha1sum isofilename . You can do this also under windows. If this is ok and you did not get any errors during the burning of the disk, try this during the bootup of the first cd:
linux ide=nodma. It worked for me. For other additional info about configuration issues and programs not included in the fedora distribution I can recommend these instructions.
As noted previously, the internet is alive and kicking! Although it’s been around for a while, it is time to check this one out: Books We Like. Some of its features are similar to what makes browsing through the amazon book-store so much fun. You can make a profile with your recommendations and notes on books. When a lot of people do this something interesting emerges! Similar but potentially more direct and useful compared to the recommendations, wish lists and listmania over at amazon.com.
Google is great but there is more: stumbleupon! Give it a try and you will, maybe, after a long delay, be once more surprised and delighted by the wonders of the internet.