[SoaS] SoaS 10 liveinst OK but two questions

Sean DALY sdaly.be at gmail.com
Fri May 2 09:29:31 EDT 2014

Many thanks Peter

I successfully added GNOME (500 transactions!), however the system is
unstable now - neither Sugar nor GNOME can shut down or reboot the system,
and the package installer under GNOME fails systematically. I saw on the
forums yumex is a possible solution, but wanted your POV first.

(Irrelevant, but worth mentioning: I found GNOME 3 to be a nearly unusable
interface... spent nearly an hour fighting with it to find the package
installer... icon display truncated every program name, so I had to launch
a dozen programs to figure out what was what... surprised there was no
browser I could find in the install, but succeeded in adding Firefox with
yum at the command line).

I looked for the Sugar/GNOME switcher but didn't find it, did a # yum
install olpc-switch-desktop which brought it in. Oddly, GNOME -> Sugar
worked (login at blue screen still necessary), but Sugar -> GNOME froze the

The system boots with the Sugar animation, then displays the GNOME 3 login
screen with the blue background, the desktop choice is hidden under a
wrench icon at top right.

A hunch, perhaps there is an issue with the account rights? There is still
only one account, the admin account native to SoaS.... I don't remember
seeing a screen recommending a user account during the Anaconda liveinst.
The parameters screen in GNOME would not let me edit or add any accounts.

Perhaps repairing this is not time well spent - it's a blank machine,
perhaps I'd be better off doing a vanilla F20 install and adding Sugar to

Note: only 512Mb of RAM and 7 Gb of disk space, could be a contributing
factors... I have ordered another 1Gb (max for this netbook).

any advice appreciated. thanks.


On Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 11:32 PM, Peter Robinson <pbrobinson at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 9:52 PM, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi Peter et. al.,
> >
> > I successfully booted an Asus netbook with SoaS 10 from an optical disk,
> > then did a liveinst and installed to hard disk.
> >
> > Sugar works great but I have two questions:
> >
> > 1) Is it possible to install the GNOME desktop too?
> Yes, I run it like that on a number of machines. If you're familiar
> enough with a terminal "sudo yum install @gnome-desktop" should be
> enough. After a reboot you should have an option to select the desktop
> at login. Let me know if you have issues.
> > 2) I have been unable to get my 3G USB card to work. I am fairly sure
> this
> > card has worked with other machines under Sugar.
> It should work just fine, I'm not aware of any issues with 3G dongles
> but I personally don't have a vast array to test with so it's not to
> say there's not an issue. Make sure you have all the latest OS updates
> applied and if it still doesn't work if you can include some more
> details of make/model/carrier I can help get it sorted.
> Peter
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