The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 14 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
  • xmms2*
  • 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 10.1 r102 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:

yum -y install rpm-build cabextract ttmkfdir

rpm -ivh --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 (there's currently no libdvdcss2 package for Fedora 14, therefore we install the one for Fedora 13):

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: 2010-11-10 17:57:47

Amarok, in particular, uses 100% of my cpu; Exaile in contrast is far less demanding. Xmms isn't even being developed any more, is it? Xmms2 is CLI (though Promoe would be a nice GUI frontend for Xmms2, if it were stable).

If you have an older system, Xubuntu is probably a better choice than Fedora/Gnome.

From: lffl at: 2010-11-09 16:47:45

Fedora 14? Fastastic!

 congratulations on the article

From: chi2jjk at: 2011-01-31 02:58:52

Hello, I have just installed F14 on my system, and cannot seem to add the rpmfusion repository due to an apparent 404 error?  This is what I have tried:


su -c 'rpm -Uvh'
curl: (22) The requested URL returned error: 404
error: skipping - transfer failed
curl: (22) The requested URL returned error: 404
error: skipping - transfer failed


I would love to build the "Perfect Fedora Desktop".  Please help. 

From: matt fuller at: 2014-01-04 21:12:23

can you get windows back on your pc once fedora release 14 has been installed and how do you do it?

From: Anonymous at: 2010-11-10 15:48:23

Great article. Can you also add pretty good application for encoding m4v called HandBrake Thank you.

From: Jonathan at: 2010-11-14 08:35:57

@Pieter: I disagree. I tried so, so hard to use SELinux for a couple of Fedora iterations, but I've given up. So have most of my colleagues.  To me, SELinux is like the TSA airport patdowns: I'd rather take my chances without it.  It's not a question of bugs. For a typical Linux user environment the whole approach causes huge overhead in tracking down how to work around its complaints. So I agree with this howto's author (and btw, thank you for the great howto).

From: Pieter at: 2010-11-10 19:10:33

Disabling SELinux?! Really?! If something does not work due to SELinux  then you file a bug. That's how things get fixed. Disabling it is unwise and you really should not recommend that users disable a key piece of technology that adds a tremendous amount of security. Please consider removing that part in this howto. The rest is great. Well, with the exception of Banshee as that is a mono app and because mono is patent encumbered you really should not advise users to install a piece of software that might get them sued for patent infringement. Thank you for your howto.

From: Keith at: 2010-11-27 16:38:06

The author appropriately caveats his comments with " my opinion...".  Pieter, I have to agree that SELinux, while a very good idea in principle, is broken with respect to the average user - it needs to be much more transparent and come much "smarter" out of the box in order to gain acceptance.  For example, it even complains about Firefox - one of the most heavily used apps. 

From: trampster at: 2010-12-07 11:41:09

Mono is in no way patent encumbered, it is free software implementation of an EMCA open standard and Microsoft has promised in a legally binding manor not to sue implementations of that standard.

From: at: 2011-08-31 19:12:37

I'm with the camp who agrees with disabling SELinux Pieter. It's one thing to say it's vital security software but when stuff that should work doesn't, and SELinux is the culprit, then you have broken software. It's not like it's intuitive and you can get it to allow certain apps. As it stands it's effectively junk to anyone who's not an SELInux expert.


A further point with Fedora 14 onwards, Gedit won't work with the "su" command. You need to use "su - " or "su -l" 

From: Anonymous at: 2011-05-10 16:02:00

if you go to their web page they have a command  that does work


if you look at the directory listing, the file in question has a big "?" superimposed on it

From: Brad at: 2010-11-14 23:57:23

Thank you for making this, I recently switched from Windows 7(I have used windows all my life) and decided to try something new and different. After reading about Fedora I went with it, this tutorial made everything soo easy with regards to installing software and helping me find software that I needed. Not only that but with the instructions here I was able to get other software that I needed and get it working with no problems.

 Thank you very much

From: Anonymous at: 2010-12-10 14:01:09

The Fedora 14 version of libdvdcss now exists. You can use the command:

 rpm -ivh


(Please update the original document)

From: spikezz at: 2010-12-27 05:06:26

Flash may be a bit tricky. It is best to follow the instructions on this page depending on which type of Fedora you have:

From: Anonymous at: 2011-01-14 19:58:59

Even though the TrueType fonts installation is no longer supposed to be dependant on the chkfontpath, I find that it still is. (This can be seen by following the above instructions, then performing a "#yum check all".

To solve this, I have added the following to the ttfonts instruction set (section 10):

(The chkfontpath package is dependent on xfs, so first you have to install xfs and it's dependencies.)

#yum -y install xfs

# rpm -ivh

From: Anonymous at: 2011-01-24 02:21:44

Here is a site with instructions on loading google earth in Fedora -

I did it and it works

From: Anonymous at: 2011-01-23 01:32:28

The installation blows up in at line 285

It issues a message about lsb

when you look at the source it says - WE CAN DO FEDORA LATER


# This is a gross hack for 6.0.   Try to ensure LSB runtime is present in
# the absence of a real packaging system with real dependencies.   This solves
# this "only" for Debian/Ubuntu, but that's believed to be the majority right
# now and we can do Fedora later.
if [ ! -f /etc/lsb-release ]; then
  echo "This version of Google Earth requires LSB 4.0 support which you"
  echo "do not seem to have."
  if [ -f /etc/debian_version]; then
    echo "You have a Debian system.   Installing LSB now."
    try_run -absolute /bin/su root -c "apt-get install lsb"
    try_run -absolute /bin/su "yum install redhat-lsb"


From: Andrew Koros at: 2012-01-13 13:02:56

The problem is with the script on line 285.

To fix make sure you have redhat-lsb installed first:

yum -y install redhat-lsb 

Then start the install again but  edit the file file before running it:

 chmod 755 GoogleEarthLinux.bin
  ./GoogleEarthLinux.bin --target /tmp/ge
  cd /tmp/ge/
  mv setup.gtk setup.gtk2
cd /tmp/ge
  vi +285

change the line 

if [ -f /etc/debian_version]; then


if [ -f /etc/debian_version ]; then 

Note the added space!!!!

save and run it again:


From: Vivin NL at: 2011-10-11 01:31:52

True type font and kompozer helps me a lot.

but you missed the great WINE HQ in the list......

From: Santiagobear at: 2011-10-29 02:35:16

I've used this site for several installations, now, and it's really helped me maintain my sanity. It's also taught me a lot more about how various commands act in terminal.Thanks. But - - Real Player doesn't support linux anymore. You can download an archived copy of RealPlayer 11 (the latest available) from Helix, ( ) and follow the instructions above to install it from there. It's just that going to won't help.