Hi all -
Fairly new at this (and it will become bleedingly obvious), so forgive me for some generalities.
Installed Fedora Core 4 a few weeks ago and am dual-booting using grub for XP or FC4, on an AMD Athlon64 machine
Been learning the ropes and poking around in a rather ignorant fashion trying to install software that I'm accustomed to using under XP (Blender3D, Yafray, etc.) So here's the problem - there were various rocky problems for me in getting the proper dependencies taken care of and I was rather irresponsible, testing out yum, rpm, yumex - AND - mixing/matching repositories.
What I have now is a set of packages and libraries that are working, yet I believe they are interfering with proper making and installation of software - my confidence in the integrity of my base installation is very low at this point and I would like to "start from scratch" much like one would do with Windows when one is so fed up with the mess that it just seems easier.
1) is this a reasonable approach or is it severely flawed, and if so, why?
2) How does one go about this? Add/Remove Applications give me errors when I try to remove certain packages and components, saying that a large number of the libraries don't exist or can't be found.
3) Is there a simpler way that I am just plain ignorant of?
Been searching all around and I'm afraid that I don't yet know enough to know what the proper questions really are.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have a great deal of incentive to make this work as I can't stand XP and Fedora has really started to grow on me.