The important part: the package containing the kernel with PAE support is not called "kernel" -- it's called "kernel-PAE" instead. And that's not the only package where "-PAE" is used as suffix. That has major certain consequences on systems where Fedora 11 installs kernel-PAE:
- when you build kernel modules with akmods, dkms, or manually, then you from now on need to install kernel-PAE-devel instead of kernel-devel
- similar for kernel-modules: instead of "yum install kmod-nvidia" your now need to type "yum install kmod-nvidia-PAE". Yum otherwise will try to install the matching kernel without PAE support for you, which (in short without the boring details) is something you most of the time don't want(²).
And that's not Fedora's fault -- PAE kernels are around for a long time in Fedora already. But they were used only on a minority of systems. Most (not all!) of those that have written today's howtos, FAQs or articles were likely either not aware of it or chose to ignored it to keep things simple.
That's backfiring now. So go and spread the news on mailing lists, forums and other places where it might be of interest. Feel free to copy-n-paste this whole text or simply point to this blog entry. Thanks in advance!
(¹) E.g. since processors with NX bit became mainstream; NX stands for NoeXecute and is also called Enhanced Virus Protection by AMD and xD-Bit by Intel
(²) not sure, but maybe the yum-plugin "yum-fedorakmod" could have made yum to the right thing and install the proper kmod for the PAE kernel. I never tried and it doesn't matter much as the plugin is not available in the Fedora or RPM Fusion repositories for F11. If someone wants take care of yum-fedorakmod and wants to get it into RPM Fusion then please drop me a line.