Fedora 11 FAQ

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* Improved I18N with the switch to IBus input system by default
* Improved I18N with the switch to IBus input system by default
* Much improved Kernel Mode Support with flicker free and fast bootup
* Much improved Kernel Mode Support Setting with flicker free and fast bootup
* Many virtualization and security improvements,
* Many virtualization and security improvements,

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This is a Fedora 11 specific FAQ. If you are looking for general answers on Fedora, take a look at the FAQ.


What's new in Fedora 11?

Fedora 11 has a large number of new major features.

A feature list is provided at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/11/FeatureList

Highlights include

  • Presto (delta RPM updates reducing bandwidth usage over 80% typically). Yum install yum-presto to enable it.
  • Automatic font and mime installer via PackageKit
  • Nouveau as the default driver for Nvidia cards (3D support is not mature and disabled however)
  • Simplified Anaconda text mode installation and minimal installation support
  • Automatic Bug Reporting tool
  • Native access to Microsoft Exchange using OpenChange
  • Firefox 3.5 and ThunderBird 3.0 (pre-releases)
  • Openoffice.org 3.1
  • Windows Cross Compiler (MinGW and a comprehensive set of cross compiled libraries)
  • Ext4 as the default filesystem
  • Experimental support for the next generation Btrfs filesystem (hidden by default)
  • Improved I18N with the switch to IBus input system by default
  • Much improved Kernel Mode Support Setting with flicker free and fast bootup
  • Many virtualization and security improvements,
  • RPM 4.7, GNOME 2.26, KDE 4.2, Xfce 4.6, Linux Kernel 2.6.29, Python 2.6. GCC 4.4 and several other changes.

Where Can I download it?

Fedora 11 uses SHA256 checksums for additional security instead of SHA-1 or MD5 like previous releases. Make sure you run sha256sum command to verify the image checksum

Get it at http://get.fedoraproject.org

Make sure you read the release notes and installation guide from http://docs.fedoraproject.org for important information about new installations and upgrades.

What are the differences between Live images and regular installation images ?

  • Live images provide a subset of packages available in the regular CD/DVD images. Both connect to the same repository that has all the packages.
  • Live image installations do not allow any package selection or upgrade capability since they copy entire the filesystem from media to hard disk or USB disks. After the installation is complete and booted into, packages can be added and removed as desired with PackageKit or yum.
  • Live images do not work on i586 architecture and requires i686 arch at minimum

Are there any notes on upgrading from a previous release?

Yes. See http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/f11/en_US/sn-Installer.html

Should I upgrade to Fedora 11?

Following the Fedora lifecycle policy, two general releases are maintained at any given time. Fedora 9 will be EOL'ed a month after the Fedora 11 release. If you are using Fedora 9 or a older release, you are strongly urged to upgrade to continue getting security updates.

If you are using Fedora 10, you have the flexibility to skip Fedora 11 and go directly to Fedora 12. This is your personal choice to make. Use the live cd or virtualization if you want to try out Fedora 11.

Is it possible to upgrade to Fedora 11 from a previous release using yum?

Yes. See YumUpgradeFaq

I was using a pre-release (alpha/beta/snapshot/preview) of Fedora 11. How do I upgrade to the general release?

Questions on upgrading from a pre-release is answered at


Is there a list of common issues in Fedora 11 specifically?

Yes. Refer http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F11_bugs

Where can I report bugs or request enhancements?

You can do that via http://bugzilla.redhat.com. See BugsAndFeatureRequests for more details. Posting bug reports to fedora-list or other end user forums are not very useful for developers as they might not be able to keep track of the issues easily.

Where can I find answers on Ext4 ?

All you wanted to know about Ext4 and more at


Control + Alt + Backspace key (zapping) doesn't work?

Upstream Xorg has disabled this by default. Read the release notes if you want to enable this again.

Is tapping disabled by default?

Yes. The new upstream synaptics driver disables tapping by default. You can trivially enable this in GNOME. System => Preferences = Mouse. Go to the third tab called "Touchpad" and click on the checkbox "Enable mouse clicks with touchpad"

FIXME: Provide the KDE and Xfce equivalents.

Settings in /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/20thirdparty/10-synaptics.fdi (which should be copied to /etc/hal/fdi/policy/ before changing) will operate at the gdm login screen but will be over-ridden by the gnome settings once logged in. For other desktops where there is no synaptics gui interface, use the policy file to enable features or you can just enable basic tapping from a command line with: 'synclient TapButton1=1', see 'man synaptics' for further options.

My sound doesn't work?

If the application you are running depends on the old and deprecated OSS interface, sound won't work anymore in Fedora 11 since it has been disabled in the Fedora kernel. ALSA has superceded OSS for more than a few years now and long standing holdouts like the Adobe Flash player has switched to using ALSA in their latest release. If you are using a old and unmaintained application that depends on OSS, you won't get sound anymore. If it is currently maintained application, it should support ALSA already. Otherwise, let the developers know.

If OSS is not the problem, run alsamixer -c0 in the command line and turn up the controls and check again

I can't login as root in GNOME. What can I do?

GNOME Display Manager does not allow root users to directly login for security reasons from Fedora 10 release. Refer


I know answers to questions I want to add to this FAQ. How can I do that?

If you have wiki access just edit this page and add them. If not contact Rahul Sundaram (sundaram AT fedoraproject.org) who is the FAQ maintainer. Avoid mailing the FAQ maintainer for end user help. Refer to the next answer.

My question is not in this FAQ. Where can I find answers?

If you are looking for help, ask in http://fedoraforum.org or ask in fedora-list . If it is a question to developers, ask in fedora-devel list . See Communicate for more information.