Tag Archives: Fedora Core 3

FC3: Adding Repositories for Yum

There are several third-party apt and yum repositories for Fedora that provide additional software and some provide support for playing DVDs and MP3 files. Some of these are just the mirrors of Official Fedora Core 3 project site.

Let us configure 3 of such mirrors: FreshRPMS, livna and atrpms.

Since we use package verification using GPG (default setup for Yum), we need to import the GPG keys of the respective repositories. We can do that by,

#> rpm --import http://freshrpms.net/packages/RPM-GPG-KEY.txt
#> rpm --import http://rpm.livna.org/RPM-LIVNA-GPG-KEY-x86_64
#> rpm --import http://rpm.livna.org/RPM-LIVNA-GPG-KEY-i386
#> rpm --import http://atrpms.net/RPM-GPG-KEY.atrpms

Now, we need to setup the repositories for yum to download from. The repo configuration files are located in /etc/yum.repos.d.


create /etc/yum.repos.d/freshrpms.repo, with the following entries:

name=Fedora Linux $releasever - $basearch - freshrpms


create /etc/yum.repos.d/livna.repo, with the following entries:

name=Livna.org Fedora Compatible Packages (stable)

name=Livna.org Fedora Compatible Packages (unstable)

name=Livna.org Fedora Compatible Packages (testing)


create /etc/yum.repos.d/atrpms.repo, with the following entries:

name=ATrpms for Fedora Core $releasever stable

name=ATrpms for Fedora Core $releasever good

name=ATrpms for Fedora Core $releasever testing

name=ATrpms for Fedora Core $releasever bleeding

Now that the entries are done, you can use yum to install/upgrade packages.

Fedora Core 3, ASUS K8S MX, SiS 180 SATA

This document briefly explains, on configuring SATA (SiS 180) drive on an ASUS K85 MX motherboard

The following is the hardware setup:

1. AMD 2800+ 64 Bit

2. ASUS K8S MX mobo (with on-board SiS 180 SATA Controller)

3. 160 GB Seagate SATA drive (this was partitioned by my windows XP as NTFS)

4. OS (Fedora Core 3) installed on a 80 GB IDE HDD (/dev/hda).

The Process:

Note: the 2.6.9 kernel which ships with fedora core 3 does not have the S-ATA patch to work with the Sis driver. So, we upgrade the kernel.

1. Update the kernel (I used the SMP version) from Fedora Updates. Install using rpm -ivh kernel-smp-2.6.10-1.766_FC3.x86_64.rpm

2. Install NTFS drivers for this kernel from the Sourceforge NTFS project page.. Enable NTFS support by loading the kernel module using /sbin/modprobe ntfs. You can see if NTFS is enabled by running cat /proc/filesystem. You should be seeing an entry for NTFS in it.

3. Now, download the kernel source. Fedora no longer ships with the kernel-source RPM. You must install it separately.
* Download the kernel source from Fedora Updates.

* Install this using rpm -ivh kernel-2.6.10-1.766_FC3.src.rpm.

* Set it up using rpmbuild -bp –target=noarch /usr/src/redhat/SPECS/kernel-2.6.spec.

The source files will be properly located in ‘/usr/src/redhat/BUILD/kernel-2.6.10’.

* create a symlink to the source: ln -s /usr/src/redhat/BUILD/kernel-2.6.10/linux-2.6.10 /usr/src/linux-2.6.10-1.766_FC3smp

4. Download the SiS 180 SATA driver from SiS Driver Download Page

# tar -zxvf sis18x_2.6.10_1.00.00.tgz
# cd cd sis18x_2.6.10_1.00.00
# make
# make install
# modprobe sata_sis

* Run fdisk /dev/sda to check the partition.

5. You can mount mount the disk using mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1 /data/