The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 9 - Page 3

4.2 Font Rendering

The general font settings are available in the GNOME system menu.

Select "Subpixel smoothing" if you're using an LCD monitor - click on "Details" to see further options.

Set the resolution to 96dpi.


4.3 Services

Some services are enabled by default on your system - maybe some of them are needless (depending on your hardware and your needs). The deactivation of needless services will save system resources, so it's worth to take a look at the service settings. The settings for services are available via the GNOME system menu.

Enter the root password

  • bluetooth (disable this service if there is no bluetooth device connected to your system)
  • mdmonitor (disable this service if you haven't set up a RAID-system)
  • pcscd (disbale this service if there is no smart-card reader connected to your system)
  • restorecond (disable this service if you deactivated SELinux)
  • setroubleshoot (disable this service if you deactivated SELinux)
  • sshd (disable this service if you're not planning to connect to this computer via ssh/scp/sftp etc)


4.4 Startup Programs

Handle the startup programs just as the services. The settings for the startup programs are available in the GNOME system menu.

Disable the startup programs that you don't need - e.g.: if you disabled the bluetooth service there's no need to start the bluetooth manager etc.


4.5 Reduce Power Consumption

4.5.1 GNOME Power Manager

Laptop users can save a lot of energy with the GNOME power manager - it is available in the upper GNOME panel. Right click on the symbol and choose "Preferences".

Switch to the second tab and adjust the settings as you like.


4.5.2 Powertop

With Powertop, a tool from Intel for Intel Platforms, you are able to find what software is using the most power on your system. Especially notebook users will benefit from reduced power consumption - there will be more time left on battery power.

If you want to use powertop, install the following package.

  • powertop

Note: How you can install software is explained in step 5.1.

Afterwards you can run powertop within a terminal. It's recommended to run it with root privileges, otherwise you can't use all the features of this tool.

Run powertop (with root privileges):


Powertop will permanently collect data from the system. In intervals it shows you what is using the most power and at the same time how you can optimize your system. In certain cases powertop is able to optimize the system itself if you hit the key that is shown.

It's not improbable to save a few watts.


4.6 Yum

Install some recommended packages to prevent problems with yum and kernel modules (root privileges needed):

yum install yum-fastestmirror yum-skip-broken yum-fedorakmod yum-kernel-module


4.7 SELinux

SELinux should be disabled because it can cause many problems on a desktop system. The SELinux management is available in the GNOME system menu.

Enter the root password.

Disable SELinux and reboot the system.


4.8 Deinstall Software

Before you are going to update the system for the first time you should check if there is software installed that you don't need, or rather that you want to replace with another software. The goal should be a clean system with only the programs installed that you really need.

Which programs you should deinstall or replace with others is up to you - you'll find a summary of already installed software in step 6 and a little assortment of additional software (including possible replacements for already installed software) in step 8.

You can simply deinstall software with the Packagekit package manager - afterwards it's time for the first update (if there are updates available) - go to the next step.

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From: at: 2008-06-03 00:56:14

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


From: at: 2008-06-05 12:52:04


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,


From: at: 2008-06-11 18:33:19

Thanks, it looks great.

From: Adro at: 2008-10-09 03:13:57

Hiya Oliver,

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

Thanks very much



From: Anonymous at: 2008-11-26 13:03:00


 can you plzz email the theme to me as well


From: at: 2008-07-12 23:25:37

Hi Oliver!

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

Thanks in advance!


From: at: 2008-07-13 09:56:56

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!


From: at: 2008-08-11 07:30:37

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.


From: at: 2008-06-17 22:04:55

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.

From: at: 2008-07-02 04:30:00

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

From: Adro at: 2008-10-09 03:18:08

Hiya Oliver

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

Thanks very much


From: Mahesh M at: 2008-11-25 15:00:39

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

From: Ken at: 2008-10-10 02:18:59

First off great tutorial as always.  What is that desktop theme?  In the begining you started off with a glassy desktop theme.  When I installed it I didn't get that theme. 

From: noogz at: 2008-11-26 20:34:14

yes, i'd love to know the themes you used there, too.


From: Micha at: 2008-12-28 14:18:32

I found the theme ;)

Look at and search for 'SlicknesS'. You'll find this (and some modificated) theme for GTK and Berly (Emerald).