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The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 9

Version 1.0
Author: Oliver Meyer <o [dot] meyer [at] projektfarm [dot] de>

This document describes step-by-step how to set up a Fedora 9 desktop (GNOME). The result is a fast, secure and extendable system that provides all you need for daily work and entertainment.

This howto is a practical guide without any warranty - it doesn't cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system - this is the way I chose.


1 Install Media

The install media is available at I used the DVD version.


2 Installation

Hit "Enter" to start the installation.

Here you can test your install media if you want.

The installation wizard is starting.

Select your language and proceed.

Choose your keyboard layout and proceed.

Here you can adjust the network settings.

Select your time zone and configure the clock. Unmark the checkbox if there are other operating systems installed, that expect the clock to be set to local time - e.g. Windows.

Choose a password for the root account and confirm it.

Here you can select/edit the partitioning layout.

If you chose the manual setup, you'll see this and the next window.

Afterwards the partitions are being formatted:

In this window you can adjust the settings for the bootloader.

Here you can select predefined collections of software. You can also make a custom selection if you mark the corresponding radio button.

If you chose the custom selection you'll see this and a few following windows. Select a main group on the left and afterwards one of its subgroups on the right. Now click on "Optional Packages" - you'll see...

...this window with a detailed package list. Select or deselect packages as you like.

Click "Next" if your selection is complete.

The system is being installed - this will take a few minutes.

The installation is complete. Remove the install media and reboot the system.

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What theme is being used there?  Does it come with Fedora, or can it be found elsewhere?




the theme you can see on the installation-screenshots is the standard Fedora theme. The black theme that I used for the other screenshots is a customized version of the theme "SlicknesS" from I can send it to you if you give me your email address.

Best regards,



Thanks, it looks great.

By: Adro

Hiya Oliver,

Could you send me the theme too please? My email is mrsparkle78 [at] gmail [dot] com?

Thanks very much



By: Anonymous


 can you plzz email the theme to me as well [email protected]



Hi Oliver!

Very nice theme! Can you send it to my email in danielriosantos [at] gmail [dot] com?

Thanks in advance!



Dear Olli,

 thanks for the tutorial, it was quite useful for me.

Can you please send me the gnome-theme you where using during the tutorial? Thanks!



Great guide, I'm using it as a bit of a bible at the moment - very new to Linux!

If you could email me the modified slickness theme I'd be very greatful.



I have never needed to turn off SELinux on desktops. I don't know what kind of problems are being referred to. If there is a SELinux problem with a Fedora package file a bug.


Thank you for this great guide. Helped me a lot!

By: Adro

Hiya Oliver

Could you send me the theme too please?  My email is mrsparkle78 [at] gmail [dot] com?

Thanks very much


By: Mahesh M

Hi Oliver

Thanks for the cool tutorial. Could you send me the modified SlicknesS theme please? My email is mahesh_m_1973 [at] yahoo [dot] com

thank you

Mahesh M