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

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


to become root.

Then run

rpm -Uvh

This adds the RPM Fusion repository (a merger or Dribble, Freshrpms, and 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

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

rpm -Uvh

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

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

name=Skype Repository


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
  • 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:

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

[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

[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

[ ] Kompozer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

[ ] 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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From: Spacexion at: 2009-01-31 20:42:09

Please... Please... Please.... Stop to say that The Gimp is a replacement for Photoshop!!! THAT'S NOT TRUE!!!

A freak geek guy  who installed a cracked Phostoshop on a cracked Windows to do things that he could do with MS Paint, well, this one will find that The Gimp is a great tool.

But a real pro WORKING with Photoshop will never use The Gimp! PLEASE STOP TO COMPARE THE GIMP TO PHOTOSHOP!

From: RC at: 2009-03-02 01:35:17

The author, Falko Timme, specifically made this objective very clear right from the beginning:

"This tutorial shows how you can set up a Fedora 10 desktop (GNOME) that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop..."

I thought that, since he wanted to illustrate how you can fully replace Windows with Fedora 10, what then can he replace Photoshop with since obvioulsy it won't run native in Linux? What else is there in Linux world that you can use in place of  Photoshop if not GIMP? For the objective as stated, it is TRUE that GIMP is a replacement of Photoshop.

I don't think the author is making a case of GIMP being equal to or better than Photoshop. He is simply showing us options, and that's that.

From: phist0 at: 2008-12-20 08:32:21

I have ONLY one nagging headache after replacing windows with fedora core 10. The headache is visio and microsoft project files. I still need to remote desktop to another system or start an XP virtual machine to view these files.

From: suvi at: 2009-01-02 21:07:24

Hi Phist

Did you try "planner" or as a substitute for ms project?

Both progams can import ms project files.

 As for visio there is dia on linux. but it's not as good.

U i remember when microsoft bought visio. It was somwhen back in 1998 or so.

From: Eugene van der Merwe at: 2009-02-08 05:24:14

I have been using Dia as a replacement for Visio and I find it more than adequate for the purposes of drawing network diagrams. Definitely worth the price and not having to remote desktop into Windows boxes any more.

From: suvi at: 2008-12-12 17:50:06

Hi Falco

 Nice Tutorial. I was able to use a part of it. However if you migrate from fedora 8 to fedora 10. Or if you want to clean fedora 9 and install fedora 10 there is a much faster way than doing all the things in your tutorial. You can do all this in just 5 Minutes!

 I wrote a simple script doing most of your things and a few nice things more. The skript installs these nice application you mention. Addtionialy it sets up 3D drivers and als a development environment for PHP. The skript can be easily ajusted to do your own things.

Its aviable for free for fedora 8, 9 and 10 under:

Please let me know if you have any inputs or questions to the skript.



From: S. Capelin at: 2009-03-19 18:09:27

As long as you're saying desactivate selinux, say also to remove pulseaudio right at the start in order to avoid a ton of headaches.

# yum remove pulseaudio

From: Mark A. Stevens at: 2009-09-06 03:07:34

You can find directions to solving most of your pulseaudio problems at the following link.

It has helped me with my continuing problem with various Fedora versions using my old Soyo Dragon MoBo with it's integrated sound chip.

From: Anonymous at: 2008-12-04 07:27:47

Disabling SELinux ... you should at least set the enforcing mode to Permissive.

From: Anonymous at: 2008-12-05 11:38:24

Personally, I think it's a little naughty on your part to suggest disabling SE-Linux by default. As was very recently demonstrated, the very source of updates (which are, of course, necessary for a secure system - a static, un-updated system is by definition not a secure system) may be taken off-line by a malicious attack. When that happens, there is little beyond SE-Linux to guarantee a safe and secure system until such time as upstream updates are restored. This can, as has been recently demonstrated, take a not insignificant amount of time.

 Instead, you should be suggesting that the user retain SE-Linux (as is the default for Fedora, and should require no explicit action on part of the user) and use the SE-Linux Trouble-shoot tool to interact via bugzilla with the Fedora team to adequately handle any edge-cases that may be omitted for very specific scenarios that the user may experience.

 As many "newbies" read and follow your instructions, you have a moral obligation to keep the uninitiated user as secure as possible.

From: Russell Coker at: 2008-12-23 10:17:29

A lot of work has been done to make SE Linux easy to use. For most users it will simply work and they won't notice that it is there.

If a user had a problem and suspected that SE Linux might be related, in addition to using the trouble-shooting tools (as has already been suggested) they also have the option of using "setenforce".

The command "setenforce 0" will stop SE Linux from enforcing access controls, after completing the test the command "setenforce 1" will make it start enforcing access controls again. So instead of having the security reduced all the time, you have it reduced for the 5 minute window of the test run.

From: at: 2009-08-29 13:40:37

I finally found a copy at:

I think this is strange considering the discussion in the livna repository suggested it would remain there.

From: at: 2009-04-11 06:05:07

Sweet!! Much easier.

From: at: 2008-12-03 22:27:00

Nice tutorial!

From: laikexpert at: 2009-02-20 14:48:42

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


curl: (22) The requested URL returned error: 404
error: skipping - transfer failed


From: at: 2009-02-24 17:37:25

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

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|||' /etc/yum.repos.d/livna.repo"

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


From: _najt at: 2009-03-14 22:32:54

Error 404 says it's no more there. The only one available there is

From: Jacques at: 2008-12-27 20:58:26

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.




From: at: 2009-01-10 15:18:18

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.

From: at: 2009-01-02 17:30:52

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



From: Anonymous at: 2009-02-22 03:11:03

yum -y install f-spot flash-plugin filezilla amule azureus skype xchat-gnome* 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

From: cockneysparrow at: 2009-03-27 18:31:49

Have installed GE v5 successfully

The issue with some ATI card acceleration/libraries causing the splash screen to hang during initialization can be fixed with the following patch:

cp /usr/lib/ ~/google-earth/

If you prefer to backout the google supplied library:

cd ~/google-earth


From: Tomo Popovic at: 2008-12-22 22:32:41

As usual Falko provided an excellent install guide. I am having some issues with True Type fonts (aka webcore fonts) install in step 10 as described here. I resolved it by downloading an RPM file from the following link:

Pretty much downloaded this file and installed with package manager (double click on RPM). Hope this helps.


From: Mikko Nissinen at: 2009-02-28 18:33:33

Falco: Thanks for the useful article.

Tomo: I've had a problem with True Type Fonts in many distros. Not sure if you had the same problem, but in my case rpmbuild fails to download files due to connection timeout:

$ rpmbuild -bb msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec
Resolving failed: Connection timed out.
wget: unable to resolve host address `'

Here's my solution:

$ gedit msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec

Edit wget's timeout in download function at line 88. Change the timeout value from 5 to 30.

function download {
        wget --timeout=30 -O "$2" $1$2

Save and try rpmbuild again.


From: MoshutZu at: 2009-04-23 07:52:03

Thanks a LOT man! ;-)

Greetings from Romania.

From: Anonymous at: 2008-12-07 01:21:37

Yes, fantastic to install all apps you can find...

From: Alex at: 2009-06-05 08:11:55

Hy, do you know how to configurate the internet for fedora 10 . I've install it on my laptop along with vista :D ...and the internet doesn't work on fedora :(

From: Louise at: 2008-12-08 14:51:44

A brilliant guide Falko. Fedora just gets easier and easier as well as more powerful and cleaner. It's going to take over the world! (... well, maybe). There are a few packages and commands that aren't on here that I found useful at Between these two tutorials anything seems possible on Fedora. We are all very grateful for the time you guys spend helping the rest of us enjoy the delights of the new world order of operating systems.

From: zaine_ridling at: 2008-12-05 15:19:04

Wow! Kudos to Falko Timme for a thorough, clear Fedora tutorial. Would have loved to seen one line on adding UnRAR, but not a big deal. Also appreciated are the tips throughout, such as disabling SELinux.

From: not24 at: 2008-12-13 03:39:19

I love being able to pull up these tutorials when installing a new system to get all the details correct.  After trying vmware 1.0, 2.0, and workstation 6.5 (after using Fusion on a Mac) I would highly suggest vmware 1.0 over any of the other products. From key mapping issues to console performance, it just seems to provide a much richer user experience for desktop use.

From: Ravnos at: 2009-02-10 17:13:17

Good job !

I think wine would be worthy mentioning too, I run VirtuaDub here and some games like Diablo II and World of Warcraft through wine  (only the latter required minor tweaks, like passing the -opengl flag to the launcher to run smooth).

 System>Add/Remove Software  -  search for "wine"

From: Jules at: 2009-03-04 16:32:26

We really appreciate your time and effort.

This tutorial was invaluable!

Awesome work!


From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-07 14:42:14

Thanks very much this information was very helpful. VMWare gave me trouble until I completely disabled SELinux but now is working fine with WinXP.


Karl in Los Angeles

From: Ahmad Alhosiny at: 2009-06-16 15:37:16

thank you for this great explanation