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:
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.
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.
Download the rpm file from the Chrome download page. Installing it is as easy as double-clicking the file.
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
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 /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
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
yum install bash-completion
HTML Help viewer for Unix/Linux (for viewing
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
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:
- Firefox (added by default)
- Files (added by default)
- Take Screenshot
Edit > Profile Preferences > Colors > Foreground and Background
- Use colors from system theme: Unchecked
- Built-in schemes: Green on black
Edit > Preferences
- Line Numbers > Display line numbers: Checked
- Current Line > Highlight current line: Checked
- Right Margin > Display right margin: Checked
- Bracket Matching > Highlight matching bracket: Checked
- 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
- Tab Stops
* I’ll simply update this post if ever I come across software I use that I forgot to list here.