Fedora 19 post installation

Another failed upgrade from Fedora… This time while upgrading from release 15 to 16. Although, I followed the instructions from Fedora web site, I ultimately end up (after a reboot) with a grub prompt. Quite dreadful. After a few hours I manage to boot somehow but could not manage to fix the grub.conf after another couple of hours. Even though I ,anaged to get F16; I will then need to upgrade fro, 16 to 17 and then 17 to 18 and finally 18 to 19. So, I decided to reinstall directly from scratch with the latest Fedora 19. quite a frustrating experience I should say.

Here are the post installation procedure I followed.

Packages installation with yumex

First, update your existing packages.

Then install yumex that provides a user interface to yum:

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:

and then the plugin:

Reference: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Flash

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:

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

How to install acroread

First, you need to install the repositories

and then for Fedora 17/18/19 (on x86_64 bit system, 32-bit dependencies is also installed) type:

Note that it also installs gcc, readline and quit a few useful packages for software developers.

Gnome issues in Fedora 19

where is the desktop ?

Install the following package:

Launch gnome-tweak-tool (from your account , not the sudo account), 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 and select “ALL”.

Some extra packages to install

Some useful packages (general)

Some useful packages (software)

Note that installing kile installs texlive

Some python related packages

  • readline-devel is required by rpy2
  • libpng-devel for matplotlib installation
  • blas blas-devel for scipy
  • tex-preview for sphinx

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:

Install java JRE

Simply go to the website and download section and click on the link that correspond to your system (32 bits/64 bits).
java web site

Other specific dependencies

sudo yum install libXp.x86_64


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