Fedora Core 4 Linux Ships GCJ Stack - Java, Eclipse, Tomcat

I'm psyched about using the new FC4 distribution. It's easier than ever to get started with Java on a fresh install since some of the new package groups are Java Development which includes 122 Java utilites, Eclipse version 3.1M7 (to which I promptly installed CFEclipse 1.1.17 release), and Tomcat 5.

Lots of other fun stuff is included, too, including Open Office 2.0 (Beta) and a new desktop theme called Clearlooks, replacing the old Bluecurve theme.

I mentioned in an earlier post today that I did a kind of semi-destructive install/quasi-upgrade. That means that when I installed FC3 last fall sometime I installed some of the directories as separate partitions including /home, /opt, and /usr/local. Then I can install FC4 while choosing to reformat the / root partition and install all the new stuff there. This leaves my custom partitions alone so the data is preserved. You have to choose the Manual Disk Druid partition configuration during the installation to get this degree of control though.


Running ColdFusion MX 7 on Fedora Core 4

FC4 Linux was just released this week, and while I was excited to see it ships with a whole Java Development suite, Eclipse 3.1M7, and Tomcat5, one of the first things I tested was running ColdFusion MX 7.

Starting the CFMX7 server configuration at the commandline appeared normal, but the first request to the CF Admin was greeted with the error:

The Graphing service is not available.

The FC4 installation was not an upgrade from FC3, although I did have FC3 on it before. Because FC3 was installed with seperate partitions for /home /opt and /usr/local, I was able to do a full install of FC4 while maintaining the data on those custom partitions. Doing it this way allows the Linux kernel and all the chosen packages to be installed under the / root partition which is reformated first, while allowing me to keep everything on my custom partitions without reformatting those.