There is a new version of this tutorial available for Fedora 17.
The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 12 i686 (GNOME) - Page 3
3 Update The System
Now it's time to check for updates. Go to System > Administration > Software Update:
The Software Update wizard comes up and checks for the latest updates. Click on Install Updates to install them:
Afterwards the updates are being downloaded and installed:
You might have to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. If you see the following message, click on Restart Computer:
After the reboot, 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, open a terminal (Applications > System Tools > Terminal)...
... and become root:
... and set SELINUX to disabled:
# This file controls the state of SELinux on the system. # SELINUX= can take one of these three values: # enforcing - SELinux security policy is enforced. # permissive - SELinux prints warnings instead of enforcing. # disabled - No SELinux policy is loaded. SELINUX=disabled # SELINUXTYPE= can take one of these two values: # targeted - Targeted processes are protected, # mls - Multi Level Security protection. SELINUXTYPE=targeted
To make the change effective, we must reboot the system:
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 12.
[ ] Gimp
[ ] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa
[ ] Opera
[ ] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[ ] Thunderbird
[ ] aMule
[ ] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Empathy IM Client
[ ] 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
[ ] Xine
[ ] 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...
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 12 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.
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
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:
[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