The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 11 (GNOME) - Page 2

3 Update The System

Now it's time to check for updates. Go to System > Administration > Software Update:

The Update System wizard comes up and checks for the latest updates. Click on Install Updates to install them:

Type in the root password:

Afterwards the updates are being downloaded and installed:

The Software Update window will be closed automatically after all updates have been installed.

You might see a warning triangle in the upper right corner afterwards which tells you to log out and back in:

Click on the triangle to log out...

... and log back in.

Your system is now up to date.


4 Disable SELinux

SELinux is a security extension of Fedora that should provide extended security. In my opinion you don't need it to configure a secure system, and it usually causes more problems than advantages (think of it after you have done a week of trouble-shooting because some service wasn't working as expected, and then you find out that everything was ok, only SELinux was causing the problem). Therefore I choose disable it, although you might prefer to go with it. I haven't tested this setup with SELinux enabled - it might well be that it works without problems, but if it does not, you can try to turn SELinux off and see if the problem is gone.

To disable SELinux, go to System > Administration > SELinux Management:

Type in the root password:

Select Disabled for System Default Enforcing Mode and close the window.

To make the change effective, we must reboot the system (System > Shut down...):


5 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus under Applications to see which of our needed applications are already installed:

You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, where [ ] is an application that is missing). NTFS read/write support is enabled by default on Fedora 11.

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

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

[ ] OpenOffice Writer
[ ] OpenOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

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

[ ] Kompozer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] TrueType Fonts
[ ] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS Partitions

So some applications are already on the system...

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From: suvi at: 2009-07-03 15:26:25

The supersize skript, wich does most of the things from this tutorial for you, now aviable for Fedora 11

If you have any comments or suggestions about the skript please let me know.

From: Fedora User at: 2009-07-09 12:16:31

It also has a step-by-step to getting non-free software installed gracefully. Just click the links included in the article.

From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-22 10:51:34

yum -y install f-spot flash-plugin filezilla thunderbird amule azureus skype xchat-gnome* AdobeReader_enu gnucash scribus amarok audacity banshee mplayer mplayer-gui gtkpod xmms* DVDRipOMatic dvdrip kino vlc mozilla-vlc xine* k3b bluefish kdewebdev java compat-libstdc++-33 ffmpeg lame libXp mjpegtools wget VirtualBox-OSE gstreamer-*

From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-30 04:29:59

Thank you!

From: Rand Simberg at: 2009-07-08 18:39:24

I don't think this is correct any more for Fedora 11.  It comes with Firefox 3.5, which supposedly has flash built in to the code.  In any event, it doesn't seem to accept Flash 10 as a plugin, even though it's installed.  Unfortunately, it also doesn't seem to play video requiring Flash.  :-(

From: kostigoff at: 2009-10-13 02:49:01

Location for "11 libdvdcss2" should be changed to


And thank you for great manuals

From: James D at: 2009-06-19 21:58:44

Nice, but remember you can use a swung dash (~) to represent /home/falko. Or /home/james. Or whatever anyone's name is.

From: Ahmad Alhosiny at: 2009-07-07 11:00:26


thank you very much for this great tutorial and waiting for more >>> :D

From: kovenant at: 2009-07-08 18:31:41

amazing guide, very linux noob friendly!

From: Hagen at: 2009-08-04 18:25:37

thanks a lot, very useful help for linux newbee, never thought Linux Start can be so easy

From: Anonymous at: 2009-09-06 12:41:53

Thanks for a great tutorial.  I particularly appreciate how you patiently wrote down detailed step-by-step instructions.  This is so helpful for beginners.  Best of all, you did it with a warm and welcoming tone.  It helped me alot.  Well done!