The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 18 XFCE - Page 4

9 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:


10 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.)


11 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


12 Opera

Go to in your browser and select Fedora as distribution. Click on the Download Opera button...

... and select Open with Software Install (default):

YUM Extender will then come up and guide you through the installation.


13 Dropbox

To integrate Dropbox into the Thunar file explorer (default file explorer for XFCE), we do the following:

su -c 'yum install thunarx-python Thunar-devel'

cd ~ && wget -O - "" | tar xzf -
cd ~ && wget -O - "" | tar xzf -
cd ~ && wget -O - "" | tar xjf -

cd thunar-dropbox-0.2.0
./waf configure --prefix=/usr
./waf build
su -c './waf install'

Start the Dropbox daemon:

~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd &

To make Dropbox start automatically when you login, go to Settings > Session and Startup and open the Application Autostart tab where you click on the Add button:

Create a new entry as follows:

Name: Dropbox
Description: Online file storage and sharing
Command: /home/falko/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd (make sure you use the correct username)

Then create Send To actions for Thunar as follows:

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/Thunar/sendto
leafpad ~/.local/share/Thunar/sendto/dropbox_folder.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=cp -dr %F /home/your_username_here/Dropbox/%F

leafpad ~/.local/share/Thunar/sendto/dropbox_public_folder.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=cp -dr %F /home/your_username_here/Dropbox/Public/%F
Name=Dropbox Public

That's it - you can now use Dropbox from Thunar:

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From: at: 2013-07-23 08:13:54

Personally I prefer the default gnome desktop for fedora. But overall it was a great how to. Wonder when the The Perfect Desktop Fedora 19 guide will come out.

 There were two minor problems with this Fedora 18 guide:

1) Skype did not work with the 64 bit version of Fedora after following this guide.

2) The ms corefonts did not download from the location given in this tutorial.

Anyways, thanks a lot for the guide. Cheers.

From: Anonymous at: 2013-07-31 23:17:24

A new repo for these fonts found at:

 Or direct rpm at:

From: montee at: 2013-02-12 09:06:03

thanks for the detailed guide on making fedora 18 xfce  a fully fledged a lesser extent i tried something similar with fedora 18 lxde and it broke...what's more no matter what i have done with any spin/version of fedora, font rendering just looks terrible, nowhere near as sharp and as crisp as shouldn't be that difficult; a fedora-based distro such as fuduntu looks simply fabulous; the only reason i don't use it as my main linux is because you can't add extras such as fedora utils or rpm fusion.

From: Dean Howell at: 2013-02-12 12:44:58

You realize that Kompozer has not been updated since 2010.  Do you really wish to suggest that it become as feature-rich as any Adobe product?