The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 18 XFCE - Page 3

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    1. 6 Adding Software Repositories
    2. 7 Install Additional Software
    3. 8 Inventory (II)

    6 Adding Software Repositories

    The official Fedora repositories don't provide all the software we need. Fortunately there are also third-party repositories for Fedora 18 that have what we need, and we can make our system use these repositories.

    To do this, open a terminal window again.

    Run

    su -c 'yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm'

    This adds the RPM Fusion repository (a merger or Dribble, Freshrpms, and rpm.livna.org) to our package manager.

    Next we add the Adobe repository which provides the Flash Player:

    For 32-bit systems:

    rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm

    For 64-bit systems:

    su -c 'rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-x86_64-1.0-1.noarch.rpm'

    Then we add the Skype repository - as there is no rpm, we have to do it manually (this repo is for 32- and 64-bit systems although it reads i586 in the file - Skype is 32-bit only):

    su -c 'leafpad /etc/yum.repos.d/skype.repo'

    [skype]
    name=Skype Repository
    baseurl=http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/fedora/updates/i586/
    gpgkey=http://www.skype.com/products/skype/linux/rpm-public-key.asc
    enabled=1
    gpgcheck=0

    Finally we add the Google repository (which contains Google Earth and Chrome):

    su -c 'leafpad /etc/yum.repos.d/google.repo'

    [google]
    name=Google - $basearch
    baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/$basearch
    enabled=1
    gpgcheck=1
    gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

    [google-testing]
    name=Google Testing - $basearch
    baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/testing/$basearch
    enabled=0
    gpgcheck=1
    gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

    [google-earth]
    name=Google Earth $basearch
    baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/earth/rpm/stable/$basearch
    enabled=1
    gpgcheck=1
    gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

    [google-chrome]
    name=Google Chrome $basearch
    baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/$basearch
    enabled=1
    gpgcheck=1
    gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

    Next we import the GPG keys for software packages:

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

    Refresh the package index afterwards:

    su -c 'yum check-update'

    Install wget:

    su -c 'yum install wget'

    Install development tools:

    su -c 'yum groupinstall "Development Tools" '

     

    7 Install Additional Software

    To install additional applications, open the package manager (Administration > YUM Extender):

    Type in the root password:

    In YUM Extender, select Available (instead of Updates). Yum will now update its package list:

    You can now use the search bar to find the packages you are after. Tick the checkbox next to them to mark them for installation.

    The following packages need to be installed if you want the applications of the above primary choice (* is a wildcard; e.g. xmms2* means all packages that start with xmms2):

      • pinta

    • gimp
    • shotwell
    • thunderbird
    • marble
    • flash-plugin
    • filezilla
    • gwibber
    • skype
    • libreoffice
    • gnucash
    • scribus
    • banshee
    • vlc
    • audacity
    • dvdrip
    • mjpegtools
    • lame
    • dkms
    • eclipse*
    • virtualbox
    • redhat-lsb
    • redhat-lsb-desktop
    • redhat-lsb-printing

    These are the packages for all the other possible alternative applications (you don't need to install them if you are happy with the above selection):

    • kolourpaint
    • mypaint
    • google-chrome-stable
    • deluge
    • azureus
    • google-earth-stable
    • okular
    • amarok
    • mplayer
    • smplayer
    • gtkpod
    • xmms2*
    • clementine
    • exaile
    • xine-ui
    • xine-plugin
    • soundconverter
    • bluefish
    • brasero
    • k3b

    After you've selected the desired packages, click on the Apply button.

    Click on OK to start the installation:

      

    8 Inventory (II)

    Now let's check again what we have so far. Our inventory should now look like this:

    Graphics:
    [x] The GIMP
    [x] Shotwell Photo Manager

    [x] Pinta

    Internet:
    [x] Firefox
    [x] Flash
    [x] FileZilla
    [x] Thunderbird
    [x] Transmission
    [x] Skype
    [x] Marble

    [x] Pidgin

    [ ] Dropbox

    [x] Gwibber Social Client

    Office:
    [x] LibreOffice Writer
    [x] LibreOffice Calc
    [x] ePDFViewer
    [x] GnuCash
    [x] Scribus

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

    [ ] Winff

    Programming:
    [ ] KompoZer
    [x] Eclipse

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

    [x] leafpad

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