Fedora 14 post-installation setup

It’s been a while since I performed a Fedora installation from scratch. The last time I did so was during the release of Fedora 11. When Fedora 12 was released, I simply upgraded my Fedora installation. I skipped Fedora 13 altogether partly because I was satisfied with what Fedora had at that time and I also didn’t want to mess with the development environment that I’ve set up.

I usually perform the necessary post-installation setup as I find the need to use the features. I have been using Fedora 14 for two weeks now, and so far here’s what I’ve got:

Update

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 and RPM Fusion Non-free from the RPM Fusion Configuration page.

Chrome

Download the rpm file from the Chrome download page. Installing it is as easy as double-clicking the file. Then I installed the Chrome extensions that I use and modify my Chrome search engine shortcuts.

Firefox

I usually install first the Firefox add-ons that use, and then set the tab-scrolling.

Flash

Download and double-click the Flash rpm file from http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. This installs the repository configuration files that can be verified from /etc/yum.repos.d/adobe-linux-i386.rep. To install Flash, execute the following command as root:

yum install nspluginwrapper alsa-plugins-pulseaudio flash-plugin

Restart Firefox for the changes to take effect.

Azureus

This is what I use to download torrents.

yum install azureus

p7zip

For operating with the 7z file archiving format.

yum install p7zip

Filezilla

For transfering files between machines.

yum install filezilla

pgadmin3

For PostgreSQL database administration.

yum install pgadmin3

VLC

For watching videos without worrying about the file formats:

yum install vlc

Unrar

For extracting RAR file archives.

yum install unrar

Grip

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

Skype

Copy and paste the following lines to /etc/yum.repos.d/skype.repo

[skype]
name=Skype Repository
baseurl=http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/fedora/updates/i586/
#gpgkey=http://www.skype.com/products/skype/linux/rpm-public-key.asc
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-skype
enabled=1
gpgcheck=0

and execute the following command as root:

yum install skype

Broadcom Linux STA Driver

Simply follow this instruction: WLAN device on Dell Inspiron not detected by Fedora 11

Brasero

For writing into CDs and DVDs.

yum install brasero

GIMP

For image-manipulation.

yum install gimp

OpenOffice.org

yum install openoffice.org*

Subversion

yum install subversion

MySQL

yum install mysql mysql-server

Tomcat

yum install tomcat6

OptiPNG

As required by HTML5 Boilerplate

yum install optipng

Panel

I added the following frequently used applications to the panel:

  • GIMP
  • Chrome
  • Take Screenshot
  • Calculator
  • Eclipse
  • Gedit
  • Empathy
  • Firefox
  • Terminal
  • Nautilus
  • Aptana

System

  • Preferences
    • Appearance
      • Fonts
        • Application font: Sans, 9
        • Document font: Sans, 9
        • Desktop font: Sans, 8
        • Window title font: Sans Bold, 8
        • Fixed width font: Monospace, 9
    • Power Management > On AC Power > Put display to sleep when inactiver for: Never
    • Screensaver
      • Regard the computer as idle after: 2 hours
      • Activate screensaver when computer is idle: Unchecked
    • File Management
      • Views
        • Default View > View new folder using: List View
        • Icon View Defaults > Default Zoom Level: 66%
        • List View Defaults > Default Zoom Level: 33%

Terminal

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.

Install Flash on 64-bit Fedora 11

Adobe has a pre-release version of a 64-bit plugin.  And the installation is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Here are the steps:

  1. Download the .tar.gz for Linux version from Adobe: Flash Player 10 Prerelease
  2. Extract the archive.  In your terminal (making sure that you are in the directory where you downloaded the archive), as root, type
    gtar -xzvf libflashplayer-10.0.22.87.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz
  3. Copy libflashplayer.so to /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/. In your termina, as root, type
    cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/
  4. Restart Firefox.

Voila!

Setting-up Fedora 11

Fedora 11 was released a month ago, but it’s only now that I am able to completely configure my desktop to run on top of it.  It is because I’m still happy with Fedora 10.  I’ve established my development environment and I find no need to upgrade it yet.  In any case, I’m going to upgrade my Fedora 10 installation once I’m able to fully clone my environment in my other machine.

Similar to how I configured my Fedora 10 installation, I selected both Web Development and Web Server options when asked what additional tasks I want my system to support, to make my post-installation setup easier.

I also selected the following packages during installation:

Desktop Environment

  • KDE (K Desktop Environment)

Development

  • Fedora Eclipse
  • Java Development

Servers

  • MySQL Database
  • PostgreSQL Database

And here are my post-installation configurations:

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Setting-up Fedora 9

The default installation of Fedora 9 includes a set of software applicable for general internet usage.  During installation, when you are asked what additional tasks you would like your system to support for, you have the option to include support for Software Development and Web server in addition to the Office and Productivity.  However, if you don’t further customize the software selection (like what I did, because I was too excited to check out Sulphur), you still probably won’t get all the software you need.

This post will cover those things that a regular user might need.  Also included in this post are a couple of tools I use for web development.

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