The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 17 - Page 4

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 LibreOffice. 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:

For 32-bit systems:

rpm -ivh

For 64-bit systems:

rpm -ivh

(If the download location doesn't exist anymore because there's a newer libdvdcss2 package, you can find that package on for i686 systems and on for x86_64 systems.)


12 Win32 Codecs

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


... and run the following commands:

cd /tmp/
tar xfvj all-20110131.tar.bz2
mkdir /usr/lib/codecs/
cp all-20110131/* /usr/lib/codecs/
ln -s /usr/lib/codecs/ /usr/lib/win32


13 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.


14 Dropbox

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


... and run the following commands:

For 32-bit systems:

rpm -ivh

For 64-bit systems:

rpm -ivh


15 Winff

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


... and run the following commands:

For 32-bit systems:

rpm -ivh

For 64-bit systems:

rpm -ivh


16 Kompozer

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


... and run the following commands:

For 32-bit systems:

rpm -ivh

For 64-bit systems:

rpm -ivh


17 Nightingale

Nightingale has to be downloaded from their website at Click on the great download button and open the downloaded archive with the archive manager. The application doesn't need to be installed since it can be started directly from the downloaded directory.


18 Inventory (III)

You should now have installed everything you might need on your desktop:

[x] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager

[x] Pinta

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

[x] Pidgin

[x] Dropbox

[x] Gwibber Social Client

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

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

[x] Winff

[x] KompoZer
[x] Eclipse

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

[x] gedit


19 Links

You are welcome to leave recommendations for software in the comments for the next issues!

Share this page:

10 Comment(s)

Add comment


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.