The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 11 (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 11 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.

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
  • dvdrip
  • kino
  • vlc
  • mozilla-vlc
  • xine*
  • k3b
  • bluefish
  • kdewebdev
  • java
  • compat-libstdc++-33 (needed by RealPlayer)
  • ffmpeg
  • lame
  • libXp
  • mjpegtools
  • wget
  • VirtualBox-OSE
  • gstreamer-*

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:
[x] VirtualBox
[ ] 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 10.0r22 which is the newest one at the time of this writing) among them:

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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

http://www.suvi.org/projects/linux_fedora_supersize.php

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

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

 http://on-disk.com/cms/index.php?wiki=Review-Fedora_11_page1

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 openoffice.org* 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 http://dl.atrpms.net/f11-i386/atrpms/stable/libdvdcss2-1.2.10-5.fc11.i586.rpm

 

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

hi,

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!