The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 10 (GNOME) - Page 3

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Submitted by falko (Contact Author) (Forums) on Wed, 2008-12-03 20:19. ::

6 Adding Software Repositories

The official Fedora repositories don't provide all the software we need. Fortunately there are also third-party repositories for Fedora 10 that have what we need, and we can make our system use these repositories.

To do this, open a terminal window (under Applications > System Tools > Terminal)...

... and type in

su

to become root.

Then run

rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm

This adds the RPM Fusion repository (a merger or Dribble, Freshrpms, and rpm.livna.org) to our package manager.

Unfortunately the RPM Fusion repository doesn't have libdvdcss in its repository, therefore we also add the livna repository (which contains only that package):

rpm -Uvh http://livna-dl.reloumirrors.net/fedora/10/i386/livna-release-9-2.noarch.rpm

Next we add the Adobe repository which provides the Flash player and the Adobe Reader:

rpm -Uvh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm

Finally we add the Skype repository - as there is no rpm, we have to do it manually:

gedit /etc/yum.repos.d/skype.repo

[skype]
name=Skype Repository
baseurl=http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/fedora/updates/i586/
gpgkey=http://www.skype.com/products/skype/linux/rpm-public-key.asc
enabled=1
gpgcheck=0

 

7 Installing Additional Software

Now that we have added additional repositories, a lot more packages are available in our package manager for installation, especially a big deal of our needed packages. To install them, go to System > Administration > Add/Remove Software:

The Package Manager opens:

Use the search field and select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. mplayer* means all packages that start with mplayer) and click on Apply afterwards:

  • f-spot
  • flash-plugin
  • filezilla
  • thunderbird
  • amule
  • azureus
  • skype
  • xchat-gnome
  • openoffice.org*
  • AdobeReader_enu
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • banshee
  • mplayer
  • mplayer-gui
  • gtkpod
  • xmms*
  • DVDRipOMatic
  • kino
  • vlc
  • mozilla-vlc
  • xine*
  • brasero
  • k3b
  • bluefish
  • kdewebdev
  • java
  • compat-libstdc++-33 (needed by RealPlayer)
  • ffmpeg
  • lame
  • libdvdcss
  • libXp
  • mjpegtools
  • kernel-devel (needed by VMware)
  • xinetd (needed by VMware)
  • gcc (needed by VMware)
  • gcc-c++ (needed by VMware)
  • perl-devel (needed by VMware)
  • perl-ExtUtils-Embed (needed by VMware)
  • wget

Afterwards, the selected packages will be installed. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient.

 

8 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again:

Our inventory should now look like this:

Graphics:
[x] Gimp
[x] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Pidgin
[x] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

Office:
[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[ ] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

Programming:
[ ] Kompozer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

Other:
[ ] VMware Server
[ ] TrueType Fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS Partitions

 

9 Flash Player

To see if the Flash plugin (which we installed before) is working, start Firefox. Then type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 10.0r12 which is the newest one at the time of this writing) among them:


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Submitted by Mac Kissack (registered user) on Sat, 2009-01-10 16:18.

Hello, falko.

I just want to thank you for the great help your tutorial has been to me.
I am new to Linux after having been more than 20 years in the Windows world. So, everything in Linux was quite a new issue.

All instructions I have followed proved to run smoothly.
Some less important issues that have come along during the processes will be solved, like the Picture Viewer asking for Microsoft 4.4.3 decoder or Real Player asking for an .avi file (file:///media/El%20Secreto/10%20-%20parte%2010.avi) and saying it couln't find it in the current repositories.

Following your tutorial has helped a lot in starting to become concious of how Linux is structured and  works.
Nevertheless, I still have to study a lot, I think.
Submitted by marinestu (registered user) on Fri, 2009-01-02 18:30.

Just a wee note to say thanks for taking the time to write this tutorial.  This is a great place for new comers to Linux to come and get started.  I would recommended your tutorial to anyone interested in using Linux.

 Keep up the good work

 

Stu

Submitted by Jacques (not registered) on Sat, 2008-12-27 21:58.

It would be nice if you included a downloadable list of packages rather than the bulletted list of packages to be installed with Package Manager (a horrid, anti-intuitive interface).  I'd much rather be able to download a list of packages and run 'yum install list ...' from the command line.

 Thanks

Jacques

 

Submitted by ensens (registered user) on Wed, 2008-12-03 23:27.
Nice tutorial!
Submitted by laikexpert (not registered) on Fri, 2009-02-20 15:48.

Unfortunately the RPM Fusion repository doesn't have libdvdcss in its repository, therefore we also add the livna repository (which contains only that package):

[root@davorka-18c48bf laik]# rpm -Uvh http://livna-dl.reloumirrors.net/fedora/10/i386/livna-release-9-2.noarch.rpm

Problem

Retrieving http://livna-dl.reloumirrors.net/fedora/10/i386/livna-release-9-2.noarch.rpm
curl: (22) The requested URL returned error: 404
error: skipping http://livna-dl.reloumirrors.net/fedora/10/i386/livna-release-9-2.noarch.rpm - transfer failed

 

Submitted by _najt (not registered) on Sat, 2009-03-14 23:32.
Error 404 says it's no more there. The only one available there is http://livna-dl.reloumirrors.net/fedora/10/i386/livna-release-1-1.noarch.rpm
Submitted by Gerallt Griffiths (registered user) on Tue, 2009-02-24 18:37.

I got the same errors; and after much searching found this:

http://thorstenl.blogspot.com/2009/02/rpmlivnaorg-is-not-dead.html

The problem seems to be a temporary DNS fault, but the work-around in this blog page seems to have worked for me.

By the way, the line that seems to truncate according to however wide your screen is, should read:

su -c "sed -i 's|http://rpm.livna.org/mirrorlist|http://ftp-stud.fht-esslingen.de/pub/Mirrors/rpm.livna.org/mirrorlist|' /etc/yum.repos.d/livna.repo"

 Thanks to Thorsten Leemhuis for pointing me in the right direction.

 

Submitted by Anonymous (not registered) on Sun, 2009-02-22 04:11.

yum -y install f-spot flash-plugin filezilla amule azureus skype xchat-gnome openoffice.org* AdobeReader_enu gnucash scribus amarok audacity banshee mplayer* gtkpod xmms* DVDRipOMatic kino vlc mozilla-vlc xine* brasero k3b bluefish kdewebdev java compat-libstdc++-33 ffmpeg lame libdvdcss libXp mjpegtools

Submitted by djskunkdiesel (registered user) on Sat, 2009-04-11 07:05.
Sweet!! Much easier.