Fedora Notebook Installation Notes

I just wanted to have a look on another Linux distribution, so I decided to change from Mint to Fedora. This were my Installation Notes for Tools I installed on my Notebook, and what I needed to do to install them.

I found some useful tips on the following Website:
http://http://www.fedorafaq.org

System Settings

x Tell Fedora to forward root Emails to me:
– create a file /root/.forward
– content: “name@domain.com” <- my emailaddress here

x Configure Desktop to show Icons:
– start “dconf-editor”
– activate show-desktop-icons in org->gnome->desktop-background

x Install basic Tools:
– patch
– wget

x Configure Swappiness
  Swappiness defines how fast Linux swap’s out Programs to swapfile.
  – nano /etc/sysctl.conf
  – add a new line with “vm.swappiness=10” (default=80)

Get CIFS Shares automatically mounted on Boot

x Edit /etc/fstab and add a line for each share:
//ip.addr/share  /mnt/share  cifs  username=user,password=pw,uid=1000,gid=1000,_netdev  0 0

x Create a startup skript
– nano /etc/init.d/after.local
– enter this skript:
#! /bin/sh
mount -a
– chmod a+x /etc/init.d/after.local

This is a list of my tools, and how to install them correctly

x Various Software
– yum erase evolution
– yum install thunderbird

x Adobe Flash Installation
– Download RPM File from Adobe Website
– yum install adobe-release-x86_64-1.0.-1.noarch.rpm
– yum install flash-plugin

x Adobe Reader Installation
  – Download “bin” File from Adobe Website (getReader)
  – mark “*.bin” File as executable
  – start bin File using su / sudo

x Remote Desktop Software
– yum install remmina
– yum install remmina-plugins-rdp

x VMware Player
– Download Player from Website
– Set “VMware-Player-4.0.3-703057.x86_64.bundle” as executable
– sudo VMware-Player-4.0.3-703057.x86_64.bundle
– sudo yum install kernel-headers kernel-devel gcc
– unpack patch vmware802fixlinux320.tar.gz to /tmp
– sudo ./patch-modules_3.2.0.sh
– vmplayer (erster Start)

Futher Information for Player 4.0.3 on Kernel 3.3:
http://ask.fedoraproject.org/question/1613/vmware-player-403-on-kernel-334

x Gimp and Nikon NEF Plugin
– yum install gimp
– yum install ufraw-gimp

x VLC Player
RPMFusion must be installed to get vlc player, actual link and version is on the RPMFusion Website
– rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm
– yum install vlc
– yum install mozilla-vlc (optional)
  To remove the existing totem Media Player:
  – remove totem*

x Dropbox
– a Dropbox package is available in many distributions, but Dropbox itself recommends to download the installer from the Webpage directly.


Tools to try:
– nmon (disk activity)

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