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Fedora 14 Post Installation Guide

Fedora 14 is released with more great features. The New features targeting mostly for developers. The New SPICE virtualisation environment, D compiler, Latest Python 2.7, Netbeans 6.9, Eclipse Helios 3.6 and Gnome shell preview, KDE 4.5.0 etc are the new improvements for Fedora 14. Fedora is a fully free software operationg system. So all the proprietory codes and softwares are omitted from the basic Fedora.

Things to do after install fedora 14 is a good quesiton. For a Complete desktop for a user we need more softwares for MP3, DVD and Video playback/recording etc.. For this reason you have to install that software from third party repositories. RPM Fusion is a third party repository consists all of other softwares for better media support.

Open Terminal Applications > System Tools > Terminal. then su – for a root user . Enter your root password. All the commands are performed as root on the terminal otherwise just add su -c ‘command’ .

Prepare Yum for Fast Installation in Fedora 14

* Fastest Mirror Plugin

yum install yum-fastestmirror

The fasterstmirror will find the fastest mirror near you and download with great speed.

Enable Restricted Repositories in Fedora 14

rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm

Install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Fedora 14

Next we add the adobe repository for downloading Acrobat Reader, by running this at the terminal

rpm -Uvh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm

rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

yum install AdobeReader_enu
Just Start the Acrobat Reader from Applicaitons > office > Acrobat reader.

Internet Applicaitons for fedora 14

The firefox is the default browser in fedora 14. But Chrome is a better alternative. You can add the repository and install google chrome on fedora 14 very easly.

Installing Google chrome in Fedora 14

To add the google repository edit the file.

gedit /etc/yum.repos.d/google.repo

for 32 bit OS Version


name=Google - i386ff

for 64-bit OS Version

name=Google - x86_64

Install Google Chrome Stable Version on Fedora 14

Just type this line on the root terminal

yum install google-chrome-stable

Install Opera on Fedora 14

You can download Opera browser from opera’s Official Webiste. Opera is the most advanced browser with HTML 5 and CSS 3 support.

Just double click on the rpm will install the browser without a hazile.

Install Pidgin on Fedora 14

Pidgin is an alternative for the default empathy IM Client. Some times it works better with webcams.

yum install pidgin

Install Google talk Plugin in Fedora 14

Just download the rpm from Google Talk Website and install it. Download from http://www.google.com/chat/video/download.html .

Just double click on the rpm on the downloads. Type the root password. It will automatically install.

Install skype on Fedora 14

Skype is a good IM client for all operating system. You can chat, Video and Audio call with unmatched voice clarity and video quality over internet.

Just download from skype website.

Just double click on the rpm. It will install automatically.

Install Gwibber on Fedora 14

Gwibber is a universal Broadcast Client for twitter, identi.ca, Buzz, Flickr, FriendsFeed, Facebook, Ping.fm, Qwaiku etc.. It is the default Broadcast client on Ubuntu. Installation is simple.

yum install gwibber

Install Google Earth on Fedora 14

The most advanced map software from google. You can search and find lot more . Just download the bin file and execute it.


Flash Player Plugin for fedora 14

yum install flash-plugin

Graphics Appications for fedora 14


the most advanced Image Editor in Linux. The latest Coming Version will have great features. This is included in the default package. If not just install

yum install gimp


The best vector editor application in free software. Good for creating svg files.

yum install inkscape

Google Picasa

picasa  application for organizing and editing digital photos. You can download picasa from google.

rpm, for Red Hat/Fedora/Suse/Mandriva i386 or x86_64:

Xara Xtreme

Xara is a powerful, general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSD and (in development) OS-X.

» Download Xara Xtreme (version 0.7 Revision 1692) (Autopackage Archive – 19MB)

Detailed Installation Instructions here.


Phatch is a simple to use cross-platform GUI Photo Batch Processor which handles all popular image formats and can duplicate (sub)folder hierarchies. Phatch can batch re-size, rotate, apply perspective, shadows, rounded corners, … and more in minutes instead of hours or days if you do it manually. Phatch allows you to use EXIF and IPTC tags for renaming and data stamping. Phatch also supports a console version to batch photos on web-servers.

yum install phatch nautilus-phatch

Office Applications for Fedora 13


The total openoffice package is available on the DVD package. You can install openoffice.org seperatly.

OpenOffice.org 3.2.1 32-bit version

wget http://download.services.openoffice.org/files/stable/3.2.1/OOo_3.2.1_Linux_x86_install-rpm-wJRE_en-US.tar.gz

OpenOffice.org 3.2.1 64-bit version

wget http://download.services.openoffice.org/files/stable/3.2.1/OOo_3.2.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm-wJRE_en-US.tar.gz

OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 beta1 32-bit version

wget http://download.services.openoffice.org/files/extended/3.3.0beta1/OOo-Dev_3.3.0beta1_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 beta1 64-bit version

wget http://download.services.openoffice.org/files/extended/3.3.0beta1/OOo-Dev_3.3.0beta1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

Change to root User

su –

Extract Package and Access Directory

OpenOffice.org 3.2.1

tar -xvf OOo_3.2.1_*

cd OOO320*

## OR ##

cd OOO320_m18_native_packed-1_en-US.9502/

OpenOffice.org 3.3.0

tar -xvf OOo-Dev_3.3.0*

cd OOO330*

## OR ##

cd OOO330_m3_native_packed-2_en-US.9519/

Install OpenOffice.org RPM packages

OpenOffice.org 3.2.1

rpm -ivh RPMS/*.rpm RPMS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.2-redhat-menus-3.2-*.rpm

## OR ##

rpm -ivh RPMS/*.rpm

rpm -ivh RPMS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.2-redhat-menus-3.2-*.rpm

OpenOffice.org 3.3.0

rpm -ivh RPMS/*.rpm

Libre Office 3.0 on Fedora 14

LibreOffice is a productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and available on a variety of platforms. It is the clone of Openoffice.org from document foundation. Lot of improvements and bug fixes from openoffice.org done by the libreoffice team. Also other distros are supporting this office suite.

Download : Libreoffice

Extract the file and install

rpm -ivh RPMS/*.rpm

Scribus on fedora 14

Scribus is an desktop open source page layout program with the aim of producing commercial grade output in PDF and Postscript, primarily, though not exclusively for Linux.While the goals of the program are for ease of use and simple easy to understand tools, Scribus offers support for professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, easy PDF creation, Encapsulated Postscript import/export and creation of color separations.

yum install scribus

Video Codecs for Fedora 14

To play various Video formats we need some codecs.


yum install gstreamer gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly


FFMpeg is a complete and free Internet live audio and video broadcasting solution for Linux/Unix. It also includes a digital VCR. It can encode in real time in many formats including MPEG1 audio and video, MPEG4, h263, ac3, asf, avi, real, mjpeg, and flash.

yum install ffmpeg ffmpeg-libs

DVD and Video Players for Fedora 14

DVD playback

In order to play DVDs you must install the appropriate codecs.

yum install libdvdread libdvdnav lsdvd

you can use Livna for installing libdvdcss.

su -
rpm -Uvh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release.rpm
yum install libdvdcss


VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player and multimedia framework capable of reading most audio and video formats as well as DVDs, Audio CDs VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a media converter or a server to stream in uni-cast or multi-cast in IPv4 or IPv6 on networks.

yum install vlc

Mplayer / SMplayer / Gnome Mplayer

MPlayer is a movie player that plays most MPEG, VOB, AVI, OGG/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, FLI, RM, NuppelVideo, yuv4mpeg, FILM, RoQ, and PVA files. You can also use it to watch VCDs, SVCDs, DVDs, 3ivx, RealMedia, and DivX movies. It supports a wide range of output drivers including X11, XVideo, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, AAlib, DirectFB etc. There are also nice antialiased shaded subtitles and OSD.

yum install mplayer mplayer-gui smplayer gnome-mplayer


Kaffeine is KDE Mediaplayer with xine engine.

yum install kaffeine


Avidemux is a very good video editor. Install it like this

yum install avidemux

Mp3 and Audio Players for Fedora 14.


Audacity is a cross-platform multitrack audio editor. It allows you to record sounds directly or to import files in various formats. It features a few simple effects, all of the editing features you should need, and unlimited undo. The GUI was built with wxWidgets and the audio I/O supports PulseAudio, OSS and ALSA under Linux. This

build has support for mp3 and ffmpeg import/export.

yum install audacity

Or you can install Audacity with mp3 export support.

yum install audacity-freeworld


Audacious is a media player that currently uses a skinned user interface (based on Winamp 2.x skins) as well as a separate GTK2 based front end. Historically, it started as a fork of Beep Media Player (BMP), which itself forked from XMMS.

yum install audacious audacious-libs audacious-plugins audacious-plugins-freeworld audacious-plugins-freeworld-aac audacious-plugins-freeworld-ffaudio audacious-plugins-freeworld-mp3


Banshee allows you to import CDs, sync your music collection to an iPod, play music directly from an iPod, create playlists with songs from your library, and create audio and MP3 CDs from subsets of your library.

yum install banshee banshee-community-extensions


XMMS is a multimedia (Ogg Vorbis, CDs) player for the X Window System with an interface similar to Winamp’s. XMMS supports playlists and streaming content and has a configurable interface.

yum install xmms xmms-mp3


Amarok is a multimedia player with:

  • fresh playlist concept, very fast to use, with drag and drop
  • plays all formats supported by the various engines
  • audio effects, like reverb and compressor
  • compatible with the .m3u and .pls formats for playlists
  • nice GUI, integrates into the KDE look, but with a unique touch
yum install amarok phonon-backend-gstreamer


Exaile is similar to Amarok but it’s based on GTK+ toolkit. Therefore it’s a good solution for Gnome users! To install it type:

yum install exaile

Torrent Clients for Fedora 14


Transmission is a free, lightweight BitTorrent client. It features a simple, intuitive interface on top on an efficient, cross-platform back-end.

yum install transmission


Azureus (now Vuze) implements the BitTorrent protocol using java and comes bundled with many invaluable features for both beginners and advanced users.

yum install azureus


Ktorrent is a torrent client for KDE Users. If you install on Gnome only System. You have the overhead of KDE Libraries.

yum install ktorrent

Nautilus Extensions for Fedora 14

Nautilus Actions

Nautilus actions is an extension for Nautilus, the GNOME file manager. It provides an easy way to configure programs to be launch on files selected in Nautilus interface

yum install nautilus-actions

Nautilus Image Converter

Adds a “Resize Images…” menu item to the context menu of all images. This opens a dialog where you set the desired image size and file name. A click on “Resize” finally resizes the image(s) using ImageMagick’s convert tool.

yum install nautilus-image-converter

Nautilus Open Terminal

The nautilus-open-terminal extension provides a right-click “Open Terminal” option for nautilus users who prefer that option.

yum install nautilus-open-terminal

Nautilus Paste Bin

A Nautilus extension written in Python, which allows users to upload text-only files to a pastebin service just by right-clicking on them. Users can also add their favorite service just by creating new presets.

yum install nautilus-pastebin

Tools for Fedora 14

Here we are installing some usefull tools for various purpose.


The unrar utility is a freeware program for extracting, testing and viewing the contents of archives created with the RAR archiver version 1.50 and above.

yum install unrar


p7zip is a port of 7za.exe for Unix. 7-Zip is a file archiver with a very high compression ratio. The original version can be found at http://www.7-zip.org/.

yum install p7zip p7zip-plugins


gFTP is a multi-threaded FTP client for the X Window System. gFTP supports simultaneous downloads, resumption of interrupted file transfers, file transfer queues to allow downloading of multiple files, support for downloading entire directories/subdirectories, a bookmarks menu to allow quick connection to FTP sites, caching of remote directory listings, local and remote chmod, drag and drop, a connection manager and much more

yum install gftp


FileZilla is a FTP, FTPS and SFTP client for Linux with a lot of features.

* Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

* Cross-platform

* Available in many languages

* Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB

* Easy to use Site Manager and transfer queue

* Drag & drop support

* Speed limits

* Filename filters

* Network configuration wizard

yum install filezilla


A CHM file viewer for Gnome. Features are:

* Full text search * Bookmarks * Support for external ms-its links * Configurable support for http links * Internationalisation * Displays HTML page source

yum install gnochm


gtkpod is a platform independent Graphical User Interface for Apple’s iPod using GTK2. It supports all current iPod models, including the Mini, Photo, Shuffle, Nano, Video, Classic, Touch, and iPhone.

yum install gtkpod

Compiz – Fusion (3D Desktop) for Fedora 14

Compiz is one of the first OpenGL-accelerated compositing window managers for the X Window System. The integration allows it to perform compositing effects in window management, such as a minimization effect and a cube workspace. Compiz is an OpenGL compositing manager that use Compiz use EXTtexturefrom_pixmap OpenGL extension for binding redirected top-level windows to texture objects.

For a Gnome compiz install

yum install ccsm emerald-themes compizconfig-backend-gconf fusion-icon-gtk emerald compiz-fusion compiz-fusion-gnome libcompizconfig compiz-gnome compiz-bcop compiz compizconfig-python compiz-fusion-extras compiz-fusion-extras-gnome

For a KDE compiz install

yum install ccsm emerald-themes compizconfig-backend-kconfig fusion-icon-qt  emerald compiz-fusion  libcompizconfig compiz-bcop compiz compizconfig-python compiz-fusion-extras  compiz-kde compiz-manager

Java Installation for Fedora 14

Download Sun/Oracle Java JDK or JRE

Select rpm.bin package (example jdk-6u22-linux-i586-rpm.bin, jre-6u22-linux-i586-rpm.bin, jdk-6u22-linux-x64-rpm.bin or jre-6u22-linux-x64-rpm.bin)

Run Sun/Oracle Java JDK binary

chmod +x /path/to/file/jdk-6u22-linux-*-rpm.bin

## OR ##

sh /path/to/binary/jdk-6u22-linux-*-rpm.bin

Use full file name (without asterix) if you have both i586 and x64 versions downloaded.

Run Sun/Oracle Java JRE binary

chmod +x /path/to/file/jre-6u22-linux-*-rpm.bin

## OR ##

sh /path/to/binary/jre-6u22-linux-*-rpm.bin

Use full file name (without asterix) if you have both i586 and x64 versions downloaded.

Programming IDEs for Fedora 14


NetBeans IDE is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Java/JavaFX, C/C++, Ruby, UML, etc. The NetBeans IDE is oriented on wide audience of developers from beginners up to experts.

yum install netbeans

Eclipse – it is a good IDE for fedora

IDEs for Web Programming Like HTML,CSS,Javascript,PHP,Ruby etc …


Geany is a small and fast integrated development enviroment with basic features and few dependencies to other packages or Desktop Environments.

Some features:

* Syntax highlighting

* Code completion

* Code folding

* Construct completion/snippets

* Auto-closing of XML and HTML tags

* Call tips

* Support for Many languages like C, Java, PHP, HTML, Python, Perl, Pascal

* symbol lists and symbol name auto-completion

* Code navigation

* Simple project management

* Plugin interface

yum install geany


Bluefish is a powerful editor for experienced web designers and programmers. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, but it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.

yum install bluefish


cssed is a small developer editor and validator, that tries to ease the CSS editing.

It features syntax highlighting, syntax validation, MDI notebook based interface, quick CSS properties and values insertion, auto-completion and dialog-based insertion of CSS complex values.

Being a CSS editor, it’s not limited to this language. cssed haved some support for HTML (with embbeded Javascript), XML, Javascript, Java, PHP, JSP, C, C++, Apache configuration files, .htaccess, Python, Perl, SQL, SH and other languages so it can serve quite well as multi-purpose editor.

yum install cssed


Anjuta DevStudio is a versatile Integrated Development Environment (IDE) on GNOME Desktop Environment and features a number of advanced programming facilities. These include project management, application and class wizards, an on-board interactive debugger, powerful source editor, syntax highlighting, intelligent auto-completions, symbol navigation, version controls, integrated GUI designing and other tools.

yum install anjuta

For install the complete software packages a good internet connection is advicable. Beacuse about 800MB of packages are downloaded from internet. after install all these you will get a stable desktop for all development environments . Also virus/ Sparm free internet browsing is a big advantage. Selinux will take care of all security problems in fedora. Another guide Here.

Just install and Feel the Freedom ………… Have Fun ……….!!!!!!!!

13 thoughts on “Fedora 14 Post Installation Guide”

  1. Hi Ranjith,

    Can you please provide the download link of linux sources for audio/video application with related dependencies?

    1. For audio/video Applicaiton in Fedora You want to go to the fedora everything repo. And resolving dependencies for each application is depending upon your system. If you want a distro with all audio/video included then just try for customized remix version of fedora. For Ubuntu the Ubuntu Ultimate edition will be enough

    2. For audio/video Applicaiton in Fedora You want to go to the fedora everything repo. And resolving dependencies for each application is depending upon your system. If you want a distro with all audio/video included then just try for customized remix version of fedora. For Ubuntu the Ubuntu Ultimate edition will be enough

  2. There is an error about Audacity. It’s the contrary of what you write. It’s not:


    build has support for mp3 and ffmpeg import/export.
    yum install audacity

    Or you can install Audacity with mp3 export support.
    yum install audacity-freeworld”

    ’cause the build with support for mp3 and ffmpeg import/export is audacity-freeworld not audacity…

  3. very nice article, useful and informative.

    there is an alternative for skype. the 64bit binary isnt available through yum, however you can install and run the x86 version with a few additional libraries on a x86_64 OS:
    Yum repo (/etc/yum.repos.d/skype.repo):

    Install (with dependencies):
    yum install qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 alsa-lib.i686 skype –enablerepo=skype

    (I usually leave all non-standard repo’s such as google / skype / adobe with enabled=0 and enable when i need packages from there – useful on a slower internet connection).

  4. I am using 64 bit fedora 14. I could not get any of the media players to work (amarok, kaffeine etc.). Any suggestions? Thanks.

  5. They don’t work at all, or they can’t decode certain media types? IIRC, you need gstreamer for mp3 decoding. I use VLC.

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