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.

sudo yum update

Then install yumex that provides a user interface to yum:

sudo yum install yumex

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 yum install http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-x86_64-1.0-1.noarch.rpm -y

and then the plugin:

sudo rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux
sudo yum install flash-plugin -y

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:

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

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

xmarks
firebug
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 17/18/19 (on x86_64 bit system, 32-bit dependencies is also installed) type:

sudo yum install nspluginwrapper.i686 AdobeReader_enu

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:

sudo yum install gnome-tweak-tool

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)

yum install thunderbird

Some useful packages (software)

yum install git svn kile okular dos2unix wget

Note that installing kile installs texlive

sudo yum install vim gvim  meld

Some python related packages

yum install ipython python-virtualenv R-core R-devel PyQt4 PyQt4-devel libpng-devel blas blas-devel lapack lapack-devel readline-devel coverage text-preview
  • readline-devel is required by rpy2
  • libpng-devel for matplotlib installation
  • blas blas-devel for scipy
  • tex-preview for sphinx
sudo rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm

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

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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