Fedora 15 pre/post-installation setup

I have mentioned in my previous post containing GNOME 3 screenshots (which I should say is a thing of beauty) that I’ve installed Fedora 15.

During the pre-installation customization page, I clicked some of the familiar items that I would normally install eventually:


  • Design Suite (contains GIMP and OptiPNG, plus more)
  • Office/Productivity (contains LibreOffice)
  • Sound & Video (checked Amarok)


  • Development Tools (checked cmake and PyLint)
  • Fedora Eclipse
  • Java Development
  • Web Development (checked Django)


  • Mail Server (SendMail)
  • MySQL Database (checked php-mysql)
  • PostgreSQL Database
  • Printing Support
  • Server Configuration Tools
  • Web Server (mod_python, mod_ssl, php, php-ldap)

Here’s my post-installation setup:


Updating for the first time also installs the GPG keys, which are needed so you won’t get errors regarding unsigned packages when you use the “fedora” and “updates” repositories of Fedora. In our terminal, as root, type:

yum update

RPM Fusion

From the RPM Fusion website site:

RPM Fusion provides software that the Fedora Project or Red Hat doesn’t want to ship. That software is provided as precompiled RPMs for all current Fedora versions and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5; you can use the RPM Fusion repositories with tools like yum and PackageKit.

RPM Fusion is a merger of DribbleFreshrpms, and Livna; our goal is to simplify end-user experience by grouping as much add-on software as possible in a single location.

To install both the free and non-free repositories, simply download and double-click the RPM Fusion free for Fedora Rawhide and what will become Fedora 15 (Alpha, Beta and snapshots) and RPM Fusion nonfree for Fedora Rawhide and what will become Fedora 15 (Alpha, Beta and snapshots) from the RPM Fusion Configuration page.

Google Chrome

Download the rpm file from the Chrome download page. Installing it is as easy as double-clicking the file.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox add-ons that use.


This is what I use to download torrents.

yum install azureus


For operating with the 7z file archiving format.

yum install p7zip


For transfering files between machines.

yum install filezilla


For PostgreSQL database administration.

yum install pgadmin3


For watching videos without worrying about the file formats:

yum install vlc


For extracting RAR file archives.

yum install unrar


CD-ripper with database lookup/submission to share track information over the net, supports OGG and FLAC and adding ID3v1/v2 to MP3s.

yum install grip


They now have Skype 2.2 Beta for Linux. Simply download and double-click the RPM installer.


This is what I use for recording Skype calls.

yum install pulsecaster


Secure, fast FTP server

yum install vsftpd


To create custom application launchers.

yum install alacarte

Tomcat 6

yum install tomcat6


Some PHP modules that I need for web development.

yum install php-xml


Download Java SE SDK RPM Installer from the Java SE Downloads page and execute the similar commands as root:

Run the Java JDK binary:

chmod +x /home/randell/Downloads/jdk-6u25-linux-i586-rpm.bin
sh /home/randell/Downloads/jdk-6u25-linux-i586-rpm.bin

Install Java JDK java, javaws, libjavaplugin.so (for Firefox) and javac using alternatives –install:

alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/java/jdk1.6.0_25/jre/bin/java 20000
alternatives --install /usr/bin/javaws javaws /usr/java/jdk1.6.0_25/jre/bin/javaws 20000
alternatives --install /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libjavaplugin.so  libjavaplugin.so /usr/java/jdk1.6.0_25/jre/lib/i386/libnpjp2.so 20000
alternatives --install /usr/bin/javac javac /usr/java/jdk1.6.0_25/bin/javac 20000
alternatives --install /usr/bin/jar jar /usr/java/jdk1.6.0_25/bin/jar 20000

Add the following JAVA_HOME environment variable to /etc/profile:

export JAVA_HOME="/usr/java/jdk1.6.0_25"

MySQL Workbench

For designing databases visually.

yum install mysql-workbench


For converting e-books to different formats and for managing your e-book collection.

yum install calibre

bash auto-completion

yum install bash-completion


HTML Help viewer for Unix/Linux (for viewing .chm files).

yum install chmsee

Development files for Qt toolkit

To develop applications using the Qt toolkit. And include the graphical configuration tool as well.

yum install qt-devel qt-config

GStreamer non-free plugins

From the Fedora Unity Project:

GStreamer is a multimedia framework used by many media players including rhythmbox, banshee, totem, listen, exaile and others. Due to legal issues support for various non-free formats , including mp3 files, aren’t included with GStreamer by default. You can add support for mp3 and other formats by installing an add-on package from the third party repository rpm.livna.org

yum install gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-ffmpeg phonon-backend-gstreamer


yum install ffmpeg ffmpeg-libs

DVD playback

yum install libdvdread libdvdnav lsdvd


Downloaded Aptana 3 from http://www.aptana.com/.


One of the things that weren’t immediately obvious when I was setting-up Fedora 15 was the ability to easily change the font sizes for applications, documents and windows. Googling led me to GnomeTweakTool, which allows us to customize “advanced” GNOME 3 options.

yum install gnome-tweak-tool

After installing TweakTool, I customized my fonts as follows:

  • Document font: Sans 10
  • Monospace font: Monospace 10

File Management Preferences

From a Nautilus window, go to Edit > Preferences. I modified mine to reflect the following changes:

  • Default View > View new folders using: List View
  • Icon View Defaults > Default zoom level: 66%
  • List View Defaults > Default zoom level: 33%


I customized my Favorites to include these frequently used applications:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox (added by default)
  • Terminal
  • Files (added by default)
  • Amarok
  • Eclipse
  • Empathy
  • Take Screenshot


Edit > Profile Preferences > Colors > Foreground and Background

  • Use colors from system theme: Unchecked
  • Built-in schemes: Green on black

Text Editor

Edit > Preferences

  • View
    • Line Numbers >  Display line numbers: Checked
    • Current Line > Highlight current line: Checked
    • Right Margin >  Display right margin: Checked
    • Bracket Matching > Highlight matching bracket: Checked
  • Editor
    • Tab Stops
      • Tab width: 4
      • Insert spaces instead of tabs: Checked
    • Automatic Indentation > Enable automatic indentation: Checked
    • File Saving
      • Create a backup of files before saving: Unchecked
      • Autosave files every: 5 minutes
    • Font & Colors > Color Scheme: Oblivion

* I’ll simply update this post if ever I come across software I use that I forgot to list here.