(The Dell Latitude Fedora 7 install guide is coming in the near future, I promise)
I'm in the midst of a major infrastructure overhaul, driven by my desire to have simple/robust/always availible hosts. I'm virtualizing all my development environments so that I can hose them at will. The VMWare workstation license that I got from school expired, so I downloaded and installed the free VMWare Server.
Unfortunately there is a problem with the linux ata_piix driver with the latest VMWare Server 1.0.4. Whenever I create the virtual machine and goto install Fedora 7 from the DVD, the anaconda starts up, but hangs indefinately on
"Loading SCSI Driver Loading ata_piix".
Pressing Alt-F4 to open the terminal reveals that it is probing all the possible SCSI devices from SDA to SDZZ (presumably) and since each missing device takes 45 seconds to time out, this is unacceptable. The solution (found here) is to open the vmx file in the virtual machine directory and add the following line:
'scsi0.virtualDev = "lsilogic"'
And then proceed with the installation. You will get a message saying the virtual device was configured for bug logic, prompting you to switch it to lsilogic. Simply click yes (the warning about installed machines not working can be ignored as you haven't installed anything yet) and installation should occur flawlessly.
Stay tuned as my complete infrastructure overhall overview is coming with instruction on competing the more difficult tasks
(Standard Disclamer: I am not responsible for any changes you do to your system and their results/outcomes, follow this guide at your own risk!)
I have successfully gotten everything working on this laptop though things can be very finicky at times, Most hardware should work out of the box with the exception of the graphics chip, which you need to install the proprietary nvidia driver for, and the Broadcom wifi chip which takes an arm and a leg to setup right.
and no update (shows you how much I'm into blogging :-p). In addition I'm only adding this blurb because I'm about to add a new howto detailing instructions on installing Fedora 7 on the Dell Latitude D830.
But in any case, all in well in the life of Mohammed Morsi, I finished up my internship in New York City (I hope to be back soon, as it is truly an amazing city) and am working full time for Red Hat (the company I interned for (twice)). I'm in Raleigh, NC temporarily (where my company's headquarters is located) so I can work on site with my team, but come early November I can essentially work out of whereever I want. I'm going back to Syracuse (hopefully for only a few months) so that I can finish my masters thesis and get my graduate degree. After that as mentioned I may move back to New York city, out to California to visit my good friend Dave Rappaport, to Boston where my company's main technical office is located (alot of Kernel and Gnome engineers work out of that one), or perhaps to one of the many international offices Red Hat has around the world (I like to travel, and I love that I have the choice).
As for my actual job, I am working on the backend to RHX (http://rhx.redhat.com) and on various other tasks my company is having me do. I'm not sure how much I can talk about the actual code I'm writing, but it is very easy/straight forward for the most part and I was able to pick it up and start being productive from week one. I do have a sweet new laptop (the Dell Latitude mentioned before) and will post my full review and installation guide by the end of the day (hopefully :-/). Take it easy!