Fedora Install and configure tips

I like to start by following these guides, with a few short cuts and additions:

The Perfect Desktop - Fedora i686 (GNOME)

This is a great screen by screen guide to help you download and install Fedora

easyLife

After installing Fedora 14 the big short cut is to use easyLife, download and install easyLife for Fedora here.  This provides one application that you can use to add all the "not completly opensource" stuff you really need to make Fedora useful.  Things like the following list are just a couple of clicks away:

  • Sets "sudo" command up for your regular user;
  • Configures RPMFusion repository for extra and non-free software;
  • Installs Flash Player plugin;
  • Installs all kinds of Codecs (h264,divx,xvid,mp3 etc);
  • Installs nvidia drivers;
  • Installs Skype;
  • Installs Sun Java and Sun Java Plugin for Firefox;
  • Integrates Sun Java with system-switch-java;
  • Installs Google apps (Picasa, Desktop);
  • And many others...

GUI Administration Tools

For some reason several items I am used to having needed to be added manualy to this Fedora release.  For example to use graphical tools for administration I had to run the following commands and then choose 'y' to install the GUI utility.

To allow the starting stoping and configuring of services:

system-config-services

To allow the configuring of samba server:

system-config-samba

To allow

ATI Video drivers

To get AMD Radeon drivers go here for fedora 14, fedora 19, fedora 20 scroll to the correct section for your version.

To install the current version of LibreOffice

Download the RPM (tarball) here: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

Unpack with (from wherever you downloaded it):
tar xzvf LibO_3.4.4_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

CD to the RPMS directory

then install with:
su
rpm -Uvh *

 

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