The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 17 - Page 2

3 Update The System

Now it's time to check for updates and install them. This is done using Software Update. Start it from Activities > Applications > Update Manager:

The Software Update wizard comes up and checks for the latest updates. Click on Install Updates to install them:

Some of the updates might need to install packages they depend on. Click Continue to go on:

In some cases a restart is required after updating the system. Do so by clicking on Restart Computer:

The 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 (Activities > Applications > Terminal).

Open /etc/sysconfig/selinux as root:

sudo gedit /etc/sysconfig/selinux

... 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 - SELinux is fully disabled.
# SELINUXTYPE= type of policy in use. Possible values are:
# targeted - Only targeted network daemons are protected.
# strict - Full SELinux protection.

To make the change effective, we must reboot the system:



5 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus to see which of our needed applications are already installed:

You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, whereas [ ] is an application that is missing):

[ ] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager

[ ] Pinta

[x] Firefox
[ ] FileZilla
[ ] Thunderbird
[ ] Deluge
[ ] Skype
[ ] Marble

[ ] Pidgin

[ ] Dropbox

[ ] Gwibber Social Client

[ ] LibreOffice Writer
[ ] LibreOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[ ] Audacity
[ ] Banshee
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] VLC Media Player
[ ] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] Winff

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Eclipse

[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] TrueType fonts
[ ] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

[x] gedit

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Fedora 17.

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From: Klemen at: 2012-06-08 07:41:59

GNOME 3 just like Unity in Ubuntu is a total disaster. The only way Fedora 17 could be perfect or come close o it is with the awesome KDE desktop.

From: at: 2012-06-08 06:58:32

This article is useful but appears not to have been as carefully tested as its predecessors.

A number of the applications have dependency problems, many revolving around the installed version of perl.

If you select a number of packages with the Add/Remove Software application then attempting to apply them will fail, without adequate warning, if one or more of the packages has a dependency problem.

Using "yum install ....." will give you more information but problems remain.


From: Anonymous at: 2013-02-04 19:06:28

there are a lots of desktops of this version we can easily use one of them for a perfact mate desktop

From: Santiagobear at: 2012-07-01 23:14:48

This is a great site, and I've used it to configure all of my Fedora installations, since Fedora 11.  But it has never adequately addressed installing Flash Player.  The YUM command doesn't do it alone.  You have to USE 'yum install flash-player', but then you have to copy the plugin. The following will help:

# For 32-bit users:
su -c 'rpm -ivh adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm'

# For 64-bit users:
su -c 'rpm -ivh adobe-release-x86_64-1.0-1.noarch.rpm'

su -c 'rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux'

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


From: Anonymous at: 2012-09-06 11:39:07

When creating user in the postinstall one may click on

the button Advanced... and when regretting this click

by choosing File->Quit on the menu then it quits and ...

one has to do the total installation from beginning again.

Loosing one hour of precious time!

Not so good.


From: Anonymous at: 2012-12-14 12:26:48

I have installed fedora 17 a couple of months ago. Later on i kept on updating it, and now it has changed the desktop display to the other one i do not like(do not know what that display is called), so can you please help me get back to the default gnome desktop display.

From: Neil in AZ at: 2012-07-17 20:51:59

As usual, your site definitely helps me out a lot!

I encountered library problems while installing Dropbox (for at least 64-bit).

 I found some great instructions here.  It requires you to either download or ceate a .repo file.


From: Alfred at: 2012-07-25 11:41:12

For the Adobe flash to work in Firefox 14 I had to install some extra packages:

yum install flash-plugin nspluginwrapper alsa-plugins-pulseaudio libcurl

From: Daniel at: 2012-10-19 21:00:34

Very helpful thank you! A couple of things

You have Chromium listed but Chrome is available. Its easy to install and it comes with Flash build it.  

Also you have Bluefish on your list but should really consider adding geany.


From: at: 2013-04-05 20:41:48

Great site.  I've followed your instructions for every installation I've done, and for every upgrade.  Good job overall.


The link for the true type fonts, though, seems to be broken. They can be obtained from, and then just click on the link to the rpm.


And of course, since I loathe gnome 3, I added  yum install @kde-desktop to get a usable desktop again.