Thanks for your feedback.
For upgrading over an existing RH9 install, it probably croaked because the CD doesn't have everything needed that RH9 might want. For instance, if you had glibc-devel installed, and it tried to upgrade glibc, the glibc-devel dependency would complain.
One way to upgrade an existing RH9 install is to do it via apt-get. Download BLAG's apt RPM, install it. Then:
apt-get install [packages you want]
Another way to install over an existing RH9 is to do it from the DVD (see developers section on the website). Note the DVD is for "developers"--you sound like you know what's up. http://www.blagblagblag.org/developers/
It makes sense to me that you had to modprobe video1394. Not sure how to get around that at this point. I'll see if I can get it fixed upstream.
As for kino having to run as root, I'm not quite sure. You were able to run the application fine, ya? Was it you just couldn't access firewire or something?
I assume you chowned something in /dev. If so, can you let me know what files you chowned? Basically, if they get added to /etc/security/console.perms, they automajickally get chowned to the user that owns the console.
Cool that you're up & running with kino. :)
I bugzilla'd Fedora about the serial port ownership yesterday. I can do it for whatever /dev's you needed to. They'll hopefully get the ownership of the serial ports fixed in Fedora Core 2.
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/sh ... ?id=120021
There is some graphical dialing action in
Menu->System Tools-Network Device Control
A number of people have griped about the crappy modem GUI stuff though. I'll check out gnome-ppp.