The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 15 i686 (GNOME) - Page 5

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


13 RealPlayer

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

Select Open with Software Install (default) in the Firefox download dialogue:

The Software Install program 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 Software Install (default):

The Software Install program will then come up and guide you through the installation.


15 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 Software Install (default), as usual:


16 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

[x] Gimp
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager
[x] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Google Chrome
[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] Gwibber Social Client

[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice 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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From: johann at: 2011-08-01 17:39:20

I'm running Fedora 15 x86_64. Picasa3 would not run, and I was seeing the following when I started Picasa (from a terminal window):

[user@puter user]picasa &
/usr/bin/picasa: line 189: 14526 Segmentation fault (core dumped) "$PIC_BINDIR"/wrapper
/usr/bin/picasa: line 248: 14642 Segmentation fault (core dumped) "$PIC_BINDIR"/wrapper

I found this solution via Google searches, in different places, so I have combined the fixes into one:

Install the full version of wine:
sudo yum -y install wine
[sudo] password for user:

[install takes a while]

Then do the following:
[user@puter user]$ cd /opt/google/picasa/3.0/wine/lib/wine/
[user@puter wine]$ sudo mv
[sudo] password for user:
[user@puter wine]$ sudo cp /usr/lib/wine/ /opt/google/picasa/3.0/wine/lib/wine/

[user@puter wine]$ cd ../../bin/
[user@puter bin]$ sudo mv wine-preloader _wine-preloader
[user@puter bin]$ sudo cp /usr/bin/wine-preloader /opt/google/picasa/3.0/wine/bin/

Picasa3 is now working for me, I hope this works for others.

From: glib1 at: 2011-10-04 23:46:49

Excellent! Works beautifully.

(noted that the second arg to each of the cp's could have been .)

 Thanks johann

From: Anonymous at: 2011-11-07 09:53:09


Please do a "Perfect Desktop" howto for Fedora 15 x86_64

 Why ?, because Nobody uses 32-bit anymore, do they ?


From: Georges at: 2011-06-24 11:43:49

The screen shots you show are not the default look of the Fedora 15 desktop.

This is how it looks on old hardware, with the fallback desktop.

With up to date hardware it looks significantly different (Gnome 3 Shell).

From: at: 2011-06-28 15:28:41

been using fedora 15 as a desktop now, i think the screen shot is under classic mode of gnome which can be selected during user login.

From: Cae at: 2011-08-20 23:45:34

Planning to install Fedora 15 and come across this great article. One suggestion, it would be even more helpful if you can state clearly whether the steps are the same for 64 bit installation.

For example:
"Next we add the Adobe repository which provides the Flash player and the Adobe Reader:
rpm -Uvh"

1. Is the above repo the same for a 64 bit installation?

2. Is the result the same if I go throgh this procedure:
 - Visit and select YUM for Linux from the drop down box.
 - download the file from adobe
 - in terminal, su -c 'rpm -ivh adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm'


Your advise please.

From: larka06 at: 2011-11-07 09:28:56

Just change all the i386 to x86_64 that is all I did

Oh! There is no 64 bit skype yet so that will not work

From: Anonymous at: 2011-06-26 10:50:56

SELinux breaks numerous things on Lovelock. A prime example that p**ses off new users is that chromium will crash when twitter is accessed while SELinux is enabled. These kind of errors are what puts many users off Fedora and Linux as a whole.

From: at: 2011-06-23 23:09:27

I am a fedora user for the past 5 years.  The Fedora 15 is a new paradigm, for a user interface.

For the home or office user, the new interface is great.  It is not quite so for the application program developer.  Fortunately Fedora15 provides alternatives to the Gnome interface.

I strongly disagree with the author about Selinux. Selinux should not be disabled. From Fedora 10 onwards, Selinux has been working just great. So much so, that I rely on it to keep me out of trouble.

Your article about Fedora 15 is great and is factual. It is so good, that I wish everyone would strongly consider it as the best solution for the home and office system.

From: Anonymous at: 2011-07-03 16:13:51

  SElinux blocks samba(properly configurated) when you try to access your files on a machine with fedora 15 from a windows machine.

  So if you can't log in to just share your files through samba, SElinux  must be disabled just for adding more complexity to your home network environment.

From: finalzone at: 2011-07-05 22:24:05

How hard is to access system-config-selinux to lift restriction to samba?