Fedora 17: post installation

Fedora 16 crashed after an update. Good time for a fresh installation of Fedora 17.

The installation process provides most of the basic tools (browser, editor…) but some favorites are missing… Here is what I did for the post installation

Packages installation with yumex

First, update your existing packages.

sudo yum update

Then install yumex that provides a user interface to yum:

sudo yum install yumex

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

sudo yum install yum-fastestmirror

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

Install VLC player

VLC is a versatile mp3/video player but it requires to add a repository to the existing yum repositories, which is done as follows:

su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm'
sudo yum install vlc

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 17 (on x86_64 bit system, 32-bit dependencies is also installed) type:

sudo yum install nspluginwrapper.i686 AdobeReader_enu

Gnome issues in Fedora 17

where is the desktop ?

Install the following package:

sudo yum install gnome-tweak-tool

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

How to maximize the windows

By default, there are no more minimize/maximize buttons. again , you can start gnome-tweak-tool.

Then, go to Shell and see the “Arrangements of buttons on the titlebar” options.

some useful software for software development and scientific purposes (or not)

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

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

Python packages

sudo easy_install ipython python-virtual scons nose sphinx rpy2 numpy matplotlib scipy


To install some tools such as unrar, you need another repository:

sudo rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm


sudo yum install unrar

texlive and inconsolata missing fonts

sudo rpm -i http://jnovy.fedorapeople.org/texlive/2012/packages.fc17/texlive-release.noarch.rpm
yum clean all
yum install texlive # if not already installed.
yum update
yum install tex-inconsolata, tex-inconsolata-font


Reference for Gnome desktop issues: link1.

Other references: smashing web

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