As indicated in my previous blog post “My first peek at Fedora 19” here’s the continuation of my experience with Fedora 19 Alpha and Gnome 3.8.
Since my last blog post I have done a clean install. Not because I had issues, but simply because my (virtual) disk ran out of space. With the initial installation I had opted for an 8 Gb virtual disk, with the new installation I opted for a 10 Gb virtual disk giving me some more room to move. One thing I did different opposed to the previous time is that this time I opted for the default LVM partitioning. However, much to my surprise, I had less space than the first time. Turned out that an over 4 Gb swap partition was created?!
Since these are logical volumes it seemed to me that this must be (relatively) easy to change, After some reading up and google-ing I indeed found the way to do this. First thing I did was reduce the size of the swap volume back to 500 Mb with the following command
lvreduce -L500M /dev/mapper/fedora_10-swap
Next I expanded the root volume to increase size so that all (now) available free space was used
lvextend -l +100%FREE /dev/mapper/fedora_10-root
Finally instruct the logical volume to increase to the same size as the physical size
This worked like a charm and now I have more space in the root partition than I had with the original installation.
On a side note: Please be careful when using the commands that I used on a production environment! Having learned the above commands I figured I could use them on my “production” laptop to reduce the root volume and increase my home volume. Although a warning is giving when reducing a volume’s size I decided to neglect it and reduced it anyway. This left me with a non working Fedora installation.
Since I have a LUKS encrypted disk I had to go through quite some hazzle to retrieve my data, move this to an external disk and then do a clean install and set everything back up the way it was. So do be careful!
With the clean install I came across a Gnome Shell Extension that I had not noticed before: gnome-shell-extension-apps-menu
This extension gives you the possibility to use a new version of the “old” applications menu
I think it looks pretty good and that it may help those who can not part from the “old menu” style. This extension is now also available (Fedora 18) but in the current version it does not replace the Activities menu while in Fedora 19 it does.
A final new thing I came across is Gnome Photos. From what I understand this may replace Shotwell, the current photo application.
Concluding: Still coming across (minor) new things and changes but all to me seem as improvements. Furthermore I also learned something about resizing logical volumes both with Fedora 19 and my “production” installation.