Birch Street Computing -

about me

John M is a Linux fan in Lowell, MA.

I work at at a local company writing software. I fool around with Free and Open Source software for fun.

I am an avid user.

Dell Vostro 3300 and Fedora 13


I recently got myself a Dell Vostro 3300 and am in the process of installing Linux, Fedora 13 to be specific, on it. I started out using the KDE Spin LiveCD and resizing the Windows 7 partition down to about a third of its orignal size. This was a little tricky because the Fedora automated installer saw the partition and recognized it as NTFS, but reported the size a 0 Bytes. This prevented me from running the resize tool in the Fedora installer, so I did it via the command line. I used ntfsresize(8) to shrink it, and then used manual partitioning in the Fedora installer to shrink the partition. I gave myself some wiggle room by making the partition a tad bit bigger than the size I shrunk the filesystem to.

A lot of the hardware was working right out of the box, wireless networking was the big exception. I knew the machine would come with Broadcom wireless beforehand so this was expected. After plugging into the wired lan and running the update tool I added the rpmfusion repos, and thanks to the hints on a helpful blog post I knew to install the kmod-wl package.

There is still more stuff to try out and I plan on writing about this machine a little bit in future entries.

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