Installation Guide: Fedora 8 Desktop (a.k.a. The Perfect Desktop) - Page 6

9 Firewall

The firewall is available in the gnome system menu.

Enter the root-password.

Some well known services are listed on the first tab. Change the checkbox to open or close the port(s) for a service.

On the second tab you can open/close single ports.

The third tab contains the settings for trusted devices.

Masquerading is available on the fourth tab.

On the last tab you can import you own rules (iptables-save format).


10 Laptop Users

The following packages and kernel modules can enable (depending on your model) special functions/devices ( like hotkeys etc) on your laptop. You'll need root-privileges to add kernel modules to the rc.local - to take the changes effect you have to reboot your system or load the kernel module by hand. To load a kernel-module manually, open a terminal, become root and enter (replace %kernel_module% with the module that you want to load):

modprobe %kernel_module%


10.1 ASUS

Enable the asus kernel module:

gedit /etc/rc.local

Add the following line:

/sbin/modprobe asus-laptop


10.2 IBM/Lenovo

The following packages are available:

  • tpb (bind a program to the ThinkPad, Mail, Home and Search buttons)
  • thinkfinger (driver for the UPEK/SGS Thomson Microelectronics fingerprint reader (USB ID 0483:2016))
Enable the IBM kernel module:

gedit /etc/rc.local

Add the following line:

/sbin/modprobe thinkpad-acpi


10.3 Acer

Install the following package:


10.4 Dell

Install the following package:

  • i8kutils (support for inspiron 8000 and others)


10.5 MSI

Enable the MSI kernel module:

gedit /etc/rc.local

Add the following line:

/sbin/modprobe msi-laptop


10.6 Toshiba

Enable the Toshiba kernel module:

gedit /etc/rc.local

Add the following line:

/sbin/modprobe toshiba-acpi


10.7 Sony

Enable the Sony kernel module:

gedit /etc/rc.local

Add the following line:

/sbin/modprobe sony-laptop



Many wlan-cards are supported by default in Fedora 8 - if your's isn't working out of the box have a look at the repositorys - maybe your device is supported by the madwifi package. If your device is working you can easy connect to an wireless-access-point.

If you click on the network manager a list of available wireless networks appears. Click on the network that you want to connect.

Select the wireless security (if there are various at choice) and enter the password for this wireless network.

Afterwards you are connected to the wireless network.

If you have problems to connect to a wireless network or if you can't see it (SSID off) you can make a manual connection. Select "Connect to Other Wireless Network" and enter the needed information.

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From: at: 2008-02-05 17:27:38

This was exactly what I needed to get my Fedora 8 up and running.  I refer back to this tutorial often when I want to add some new feature.  I originally had trouble getting the Fedora DVD to load due to some needed command line parameters.  Maybe a mention of this possibility at the very beginning of the tutorial would help in the future.  Thank you for the excellent tutorial.


From: Nick at: 2008-09-19 11:09:49


Wait a minute! Lots of people have problems trying installing Fedora with their new computers.

I don't want to boast about it, but I am stuck. I have a q9550 processor and lots of problems. I managed to install SuSE 11.0, which sucks like hell. I can't stand the bloody thing. I want to go back to the old SuSE 9.2 Pro and Fedora 8 but unfortunately I can't install any.

SuSE 9.2 gets stuck formatting the hard drive.

Fedora 8 can't find the bloody CD/DVD driver.

If anyone has encountered these problems and managed to overcome them, we would love to hear from them.

Best wishes to everyone,



From: at: 2008-06-27 00:45:54

You wrote:
cp all-20071007/* /usr/lib/codecs/

 But, after a default install there isn't a "/usr/lib/codecs/" directory.

From: at: 2008-06-27 22:56:28


thanks for the hint - Changed the corresponding step.