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Fedora 15 Post Installation Guide for Perfect Desktop

Fedora 15 is released with more great features. Above All gnome 3 Rocks…!!!. Fedora is the complete distribution with the full installation of a working copy of gnome 3.0 and Gnome shell. Ubuntu’s Controversal movement away from gnome shell to unity started lot of discussions. But now its time for gnome to prove what they giving to the end user.  The New features includes a completly updated gnome environment,  the 2.6.38 kernal, KDE 4.6.0, XFCE  4.8 and LXDE desktop environments, SystemD etc.. . Fedora is a fully functional rock solid free software operationg system. So all the proprietory codes and softwares are omitted from the basic Fedora.

Things to do after install fedora 15

Things to do after install fedora 15 is a good quesiton always. 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.

Gnome shell Tweaks for Fedora 15

You need some tweaks for gnome shell to use in fedora 15. You can have the gnome-tweak-tool to tweak the settings, interface, fonts, themes etc..

Just install

yum install gnome-tweak-tool

Dconf Editor for Fedora 15

The dconf editor will help you to set various values in gnome shell. like enable the minimize, maximize buttons, show seconds in the clock etc..


For the complete installation of gnome shell extensions in fedora 15 and more gnome shell themes, gtk 3 themes in fedora 15 just view the other post gnome shell extensions in fedora 15.

For GUI people just open the overlay mode in gnome or press window key. then type add then you will get add or remove programmes then go for  a search.

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 15

* 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 15

To enable the RPM Fusion repository just install

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

Ailurus – The Complete Tweak tool like Ubuntu tweak


Gnome Tweak tool for Fedora 15

Ubuntu tweak is a great tool to tweak various settings in ubuntu. It is a third party software and helps users to set various configurations in ubuntu very easy. A tool like ubuntu tweak in fedora is a must need for a less terminal savy users or developers.


Here is the answer Ailurus

Ailurus is cross-Linux-distribution GPL software. It is a simple application installer and GNOME tweaker, which aims at making GNOME easier to use.

Download this great tool from google code project. You will get rpm for fedora 14 but it is working amazing on fedora 15

Install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Fedora 15

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 15

The firefox 4.0.1 is the default browser in fedora 15. But Chrome is a better alternative. You can add the repository and install google chrome on fedora 15 very easly.

Installing Google chrome in Fedora 15

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 15

Just type this line on the root terminal

yum install google-chrome-stable


Or You can download the google chrome browser from chrome website. Download the rpm file

to install you need the dependency lsb

to install that

yum install redhat-lsb

Then try to install the downloaded rpm by just double click on it or in terminal

rpm -ivh google-chrome-stable_current.rpm

Install Opera on Fedora 15

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 15

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 15

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 15

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 Google talk on Fedora 15

The google talk plugin will help you to call your friends from gmail interface. It now supports video calling. You can download this plugin from google website

Install Gwibber on Fedora 15

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 15

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 15

yum install flash-plugin

Graphics Appications for fedora 15


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 15

Libreoffice is the official office package for Fedora 15

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

Libre Office 3.3.0 on Fedora 15

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 15

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 15

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

K3b MP3 decoder plugin

When you start k3b it says no mp3 decoder plugin. to install

yum install k3b-extras-freeworld

DVD and Video Players for Fedora 15

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 15.


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 15


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 15

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 15

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

Java Installation for Fedora 15

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 15


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 ……….!!!!!!!!


12 thoughts on “Fedora 15 Post Installation Guide for Perfect Desktop”

  1. Thanks for that! One thing though, when I installed LibreOffice with the method above it installed fine, but the icon cache was not updated. I found that

    cd LibO_3.3.2rc2_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US/RPMS/desktop-integration
    su -c ‘rpm -ivh libreoffice3.3-redhat-menus-3.3-202.noarch.rpm’

    fixed this :-).

  2. no flash available for me

    [[email protected] medeo]# yum install flash-plugin
    Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit
    Setting up Install Process
    No package flash-plugin available.

    maybe i’ve to add some repo?

  3. If you want hibernate to work you need the following actions as root or with sudo
    First check if the pm-utils package is installed (it should be by default).
    # yum list installed |grep pm-utils

    This should output something like :
    pm-utils.i686         1.4.1-8.fc15  @updates 

    If you got no output you need to install pm-utils:
    # yum install pm-utils

    If pm-utils is installed yo need to edit the grub menu.lst file. I use nano to edit config files so i use:
    # nano /boot/grub/menu.lst

    Now add resume=/dev/swap-partition to the kernel line(s) in menu.lst. In my case the swap partition is /dev/sda4
    kernel vmlinuz-2.6-something root=/dev/sda ro  
    kernel vmlinuz-2.6-something root=/dev/sda resume=/dev/sda4 ro

    If your menu.lst file uses UUIDS the original kernel line looks like this:
    kernel vmlinuz-2.6.something root=UUID=1c45aac9-f4c0-4a85-8154-c95fa5ac2554 ro

    open another terminal and use the command
    This will give you the UUID from the swap partiton in my cas this is 
    /dev/sda4: UUID=”076f3be3-495d-4d87-b825-27bd03551eb6″ TYPE=”swap” 

    Thus the kernel line in menu.lst becomes
    kernel vmlinuz-2.6-something root=UUID=1c45aac9-f4c0-4a85-8154-c95fa5ac2554  resume=UUID=076f3be3-495d-4d87-b825-27bd03551eb6 ro

    Now save the menu.lst file and try to hibernate. 


  4. One thing you cannot do without: A Taskbar
    Install and run:   “gnome-panel –replace”.
    This will give you a top and a bottom panel; the top one covered over by the default panel.
    Install and run: “dconf-editor”
    Edit: org -> gnome -> gnome-panel -> layout -> toplevels -> top-panel 
        Set option to auto-hide the top panel, and that gets it out of the way at the top.
    Alt/right-click and choose the Options; set Background to “Solid Color”; choose black (rgb:000); set Style to 60% transparant.
    Alt/right-click and choose ‘Add to panel’; search for ‘Main Menu’ and ‘Add’;
        Alt/right-clock on the new ‘Main Menu’ icon, and select ‘Move’, than drag the icon to the leftmost corner on the taskbar.
    Add other items as needed.

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