The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 13 i686 (GNOME) - Page 4

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. xmms* means all packages that start with xmms) and click on Apply afterwards:

  • picasa
  • f-spot
  • flash-plugin
  • filezilla
  • thunderbird
  • gimp
  • 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 (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:

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

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Empathy IM Client
[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

[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 10.0r45 which is the newest one at the time of this writing) among them:


10 TrueType Fonts

To install Windows TrueType fonts, open a terminal and become root again:


Then run:

cd /tmp/
yum -y install rpm-build cabextract ttmkfdir

rpmbuild -bb msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec
rpm -ivh /root/rpmbuild/RPMS/noarch/msttcorefonts-2.0-1.noarch.rpm --nodeps

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like OpenOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:


11 libdvdcss2

To install libdvdcss2, open a terminal again, become root...


... and run the following command:

rpm -ivh


12 Win32-Codecs

To install Win32-codecs, open a terminal again, become root...


... and run the following commands:

cd /tmp/
tar xfvj all-20071007.tar.bz2
mkdir /usr/lib/codecs/
cp all-20071007/* /usr/lib/codecs/
ln -s /usr/lib/codecs/ /usr/lib/win32

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From: Anonymous at: 2010-06-07 16:48:11

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think Pidgin was formerly Gaim, not empathy.. Empathy is replacing pidgin as the default IM client.

From: apexwm at: 2010-06-09 12:31:17

Well done, we need these to show people that Linux IS a real replacement for Windows.

From: Rafael Torres at: 2010-06-29 04:39:33

To install the flash plugin u need to run :


su -c 'yum install nspluginwrapper'
su -c 'yum install flash-plugin alsa-plugins-pulseaudio \


su -c 'yum install flash-plugin nspluginwrapper.x86_64 \
nspluginwrapper.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686 \


From: leo at: 2010-08-13 18:06:07

The timeout value in msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec was too short because the rpmbuild command timed out when fetching the fonts. I changed it from 5 to 15 seconds and had no further problems installing the truetype fonts.

From: Bill Woessner at: 2010-08-16 16:53:02

I think there's an updated "all" codec pack available from the MPlayer folks:




From: Dale at: 2010-06-07 11:43:57

Excellent work, but it isn't a 100% "windows replacement" without it seamlessly working with Microsoft's Active Directory. In a business environment this is likely to be a large enough hurdle to ruin any chance of linux adoption

From: Taymour at: 2010-06-10 08:49:52

You can easily integrate a Linux machine to use active directory for user authentication and file&print sharing

From: Josh Harman at: 2010-06-07 07:25:58

Disabling SELinux is one of dumbest things you can do in Fedora. Perhaps SELinux is "more trouble than it's worth" to YOU because you don't know what you're doing. Don't teach people to make their system less secure, that's a bad thing to do.

From: Rui at: 2010-06-13 08:52:01

You're certainly right!

Disabling SELinux is something like disabling the firewall or an AntiVirus in windows system.

It's a very dumb task to do and he did it because he surely doesn't know what it is and because he installed software that is not prepared for SELinux security rules and he doesn't know how to solve that.

 Other dumb task is the replacement of all applications. So why did he choose Fedora 13 anyway?

Maybe he doesn't know there are other distros too.

From: paul at: 2010-06-15 09:27:33

Other dumb task is the replacement of all applications. So why did he choose Fedora 13 anyway?

Not all but some. Other distros have same problem. Don't have some app because patents or something. This is
sectarianism , Or use our distribution and its programs, or leave it. Fedora like other distro is good and not good has its pros and cons.

In many countries is not in the codecs besides freedom is not only the freedom of the GPL is also a choice.

SElinux in fedora have a lot of problems and there is no need use this on home desktop computer and this is not the same like disable firewall or antivirus in windows. You don't disable firewall but selinux. Many distributions don't have selinux enabled or even installed default and it's OK.

Maybe you just need a free home tester. 

Let the corporate and network technologies test the testers and not home desktop users who wants game and often even have to install a program is not free is not present in the default repositories, because I need to learn in school and don't have time to fight with this selinux.

From: Jonathan at: 2010-06-09 22:06:51

Why install multiples of applications with similar functions, e.g., browsers, multimedia, photo editors, etc?   This looks like overkill.

From: Anonymous at: 2010-08-05 00:58:32

agreed the recommendations are stupid. This post could be labeled how to turn a fine distro into a pill of sh**

nevertheless, it gives some hint as how to enable no-free repository. sure enough the Fedora documentation is very good. but inexperienced users can get some pointer what to do and where to search reading this article.

dump would be to follow blindly these 5 pages. but it would be no surprise is M$ users would, they are the dumbest anyway.