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Old 24th January 2008, 02:24
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Originally Posted by nbc
I burned a Fedora 8 live CD this afternoon. Works fine. Decided to install it on my hard drive. That also worked. I have a single ethernet card, which I configured with a fixed IP address (192.168.x.y). Set the gateway to be my internet firewall machine.

However, when I reboot the machine, it configures the IP address, and then a few seconds later, decides that it needs to run dhcp (which I explicitly disabled, along with disabling IPv6). When the dhcp request times out, the system resets my IP address to 169.24.x.y - and then it can't locate my network at all....

Several questions - I really need to fix this - I need this machine back on the net...

1) How do I stop this from happening? It needs to believe that I want the static IP address
Did you use System > Administration > Network to set the static ip?
Originally Posted by nbc
2) What is avahi-daemon? Do I need to have it running? One of the config files says it should not be used if network discovery isn't being done - and it isn't in this system... How do I turn it off??
System > Administration > Services. Uncheck it for level 5.
Originally Posted by nbc
3) Unrelated to networking - Fedora 8 installs only Gnome and I prefer KDE.
Once the network is running, will 'yum install kde' install all the kde software?
Applications > Add / Remove Software. Right side of the screen. KDE is probably already checked as installed. Can you log out and log back in, but click 'session' and choose KDE?
Originally Posted by nbc
If I want to try kde4, what is the correct way to install that instead of kde3?
I'm not sure but I think if you want KDE4 installed then you would have to step into 'rawhide' (development) territory. Dangerous if you want a reliable desktop. Fun if you like to play with Linux. You can get a live CD from RedHat.

thanks very much for your help,

johnson dot glenn at comcast dot net
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