There is a new version of this tutorial available for Fedora 17.

The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 13 i686 (GNOME) - Page 5

13 RealPlayer

To install RealPlayer, visit in Firefox and download the RPM package (click on the Download RPM Installer link):

Select Open with Package Installer (default) in the Firefox download dialogue:

The Package Installer will then come up and guide you through the installation.


14 Opera

Go to in your browser and select Fedora as distribution. Click on the Download Opera button...

... and select Open with Package Installer (default):

The Package Installer will then come up and guide you through the installation.


15 Google Earth

To install Google Earth, open a terminal and become root:


Then run

cd /home/falko/Downloads
sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin

This will download Google Earth and start the installation. Click on Begin Install:

After the installation, you can click on Quit or on Start, if you want to start Google Earth now:

Afterwards, we delete the Google Earth installer:

rm -f GoogleEarthLinux.bin


16 Kompozer

Go to and click on the KompoZer 0.7 is available here link:

Select the kompozer-0.7.10-i386.rpm package:

This will bring you to SourceForge, and after a few seconds the Firefox download dialogue should pop up (if it does not, click on direct link) where you select Open with Package Installer (default), as usual:


17 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

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

[x] Firefox
[x] 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
[x] 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
[x] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

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

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


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By: Dale

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

By: Taymour

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

By: Josh Harman

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.

By: Rui

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.

By: paul

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.

By: Jonathan

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

By: Anonymous

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.