Fedora Things to do after install

05 Apr

Now you have installed fedora, what next?
Well you can install the below packages to make more interesting and fun.

Yum is an interactive tool or automated update program which can be used for maintaining systems using rpm (read as RedHat and friends).

Fastest mirror plugin. This will look for the fastest mirror when updating yum.

yum install yum-fastestmirror

Presto Plugin. This will save you downloading a full upgrade of 551mb down to 100mb.

yum install yum-presto

Enable Additional repositories (rpm fusion).

rpm -Uvh

rpm -Uvh

Enable Yakuake ,mc,pavucontrol, htop, unrar, checkgmail
* Yakuake – is a KDE terminal emulator. Its design was inspired from consoles in computer games such as Quake which slide down from the top. I like it.
* mc – GNU Midnight Commander is a visual file manager used in terminal/yakuake.
* Pavucontrol – PulseAudio Volume Control (pavucontrol) is a simple GTK based volume control tool (“mixer”) for the PulseAudio sound server. Skype mic refused to work and I had to use this tool.
* htop – an interactive process viewer for Linux.
* unrar – unpack RAR archives
* checkgmail – says it all. Alerts you when you have mail in your gmail account.

yum install yakuake mc pavucontrol htop unrar checkgmail

To play mp3’s and videos type

yum install mplayer smplayer vlc mencoder gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-ffmpeg xine-lib-extras xine-lib-extras-freeworld

Install the Adobe repository for yum:

rpm -Uvh

yum install flash-plugin nspluginwrapper.{i386,x86_64} pulseaudio-libs.i386 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i386 libcurl.i386

yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk-plugin

To downgrade from a current version of the package
yum install yum-allowdowngrade

To use it type:

su -c ‘yum update –allow-downgrade’

You can disable this plugin by changing the option enabled in the file:

su -c ‘gedit /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/allowdowngrade.conf’

Wine to run windows apps
yum install wine

Developer tools
It allows you to install single package or group of package. For example let us say you are running a web server with PHP+MySQL. Now you need complete development environment i.e gcc C/C++ compilers, subversion cvs, perl and related libraries. You can install them in one shot with the following command:
yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'

You can remove all developer tools with the following command:
yum groupremove 'Development Tools'

Or better update all tools to latest version:
yum groupupdate 'Development Tools'

You can obtain list of all groups with the following command:
yum grouplist | less

Install the below groups if you are a developer
yum groupinstall "Development Libraries" "Development Tools" Java "Fedora Eclipse" "Java Development" "KDE (K Desktop Environment)"


Posted by on April 5, 2010 in Fedora, Linux


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2 responses to “Fedora Things to do after install

  1. valent

    May 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Have you heard of Community Fedora Remix?
    Please check it out –

  2. pimpmyhost

    May 31, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I like the initiative of fedora remix


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