Fedora 15: post installation

Once in a while I install a fresh version of Fedora (or ubuntu). Of course, the installation process provides most of the basic tools (browser, editor…) but you miss you favorite ones. Each time, you need to repeat some identical tasks such as installing missing plugins, installing your favorites tools and so on.

This page summarizes the required tasks to get back a working installation.

Packages installation with yum

First, update your existing packages.

yum update

You can install this package to speed up the yum searches:

sudo yum install yum-fastestmirror

Then, the entire command to install the packages I use is:

sudo yum install yumex kile gvim ipython python-virtual PyQt4 git-svn thunderbird virtualenv 
sudo yum install qhull* freeglut*  bison flex CGAL-devel sip-devel PyQt4-devel  qt4-devel
sudo yum install dvipng vim qscintilla* boost boost-devel boost-python R R-core scons 
sudo yum install readline readline-devel flex-static patch wget dos2unix
sudo yum install gimp azureus

Firefox related

Firefox requires the flash plugin for the videos. Many web sites (e.g., Fedora FAQs) provides help on this subject. You need to install the plugin yourself. First, you need to add the repositories:

sudo rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
sudo rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

and then the plugin:

sudo yum install flash-plugin nspluginwrapper.x86_64 nspluginwrapper.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686 libcurl.i686

Firefox has also many addons. I use the following ones:

adblock plus

How to install acroread

First, you need to install the repositories

sudo rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
sudo rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

and then for Fedora 15 (on x86_64 bit system, 32-bit dependencies is also installed) type:

sudo yum install nspluginwrapper.i686 AdobeReader_enu

Gnome issues in Fedora 15

Where is the shutdown button ?

In Fedora 15, the menu shows the Suspend button but Shutdown one. It is shown when I press Alt only. Nevertheless, if you want it to appear it is possible by installing the following package:

sudo yum install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu

You will need to log out and log back in to see the button.

How to maximize the windows

Gnome 3 layout is quite different from previous versions provided with earlier distribution of Fedora. One annoying issue is that you can not minimize or maximize the windows anymore. At least by default. Indeed, you can install the following package:

sudo yum install gconf-editor

Launch gconf-editor, go to


In the button_layout, set the value to


where is the desktop ?

Install the following package:

sudo yum install gnome-tweak-tool

Launch gnome-tweak-tool, select File Manager. Set “Have File Manager handle the desktop” to ON.

Python packages

sudo easy_install scons nose sphinx rpy2 numpy matplotlib scipy

OpenAlea/VPlants packages

See OpenAlea page related to Fedora

Reference for Gnome desktop issues: link1.

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