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Fedora 16 Post Installation Guide for Perfect Desktop

Fedora 16 codenamed Verne released. This time the greatest update is the new Gnome 3.2, the evolution of the new gnome platform to next level and KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.7. The new kernel 3.1 added, latest Libreoffice and Firefox are usual updates. On Gnome 3.2 you will get sushi, a default preview applicaiton for nautilus, gnome documents, gnome contacts etc.. Grub2 is now used by default and HAL has been completely removed. BTRFS is still not the default file system but you can of course select it during the installation.

Download Fedora 16.

There are various versions of fedroa 16 available. They are called fedora spins. The default option comes in a DVD with all the packages included. It contains workspaces Gnome, KDE, XFCE, LXDE and Various servers, Development tools like eclipse, other utilities to run various languages like python, ruby, vala etc..If you haven’t downloaded fedora then go and download Fedora, This is the CD version based on gnome 3 desktop.

Fedora spins included customized fedora for various applicaitons. They are Fedora Security Lab, Fedora Design Suite, Fedora Games Spin, Fedora Electronic Lab. The DVD version available on Options

The latest wallpaper and the theme also look very nice. Now all majour linux distributions like opensuse 12.1, Arch Linux, Mandriva, Linux mint all are supporting gnome 3. Ubuntu included gnome-shell in its ppa. Fedora is a fully functional rock solid free software operationg system. So all the proprietory codes and softwares are omitted from the basic Fedora.

A fedora user want to install all the propitiatory codecs to decode and play various kind of media from third party repositories.

Things to do after install fedora 16 Verne

Here is a quick list of things to do after install fedora 16 for a perfect desktop or a most usable desktop for an average PC User. 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 16

You need some tweaks for gnome shell to use in fedora 16. You can have the gnome-tweak-tool to tweak the settings, interface, fonts, themes etc..The latest version got improved controls to tweak gnome as you like.

Just install

yum install gnome-tweak-tool

Dconf Editor for Fedora 16

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..

Gnome Shell Extensions for Fedora 16

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.

Overlay Mode Activities > Applications > System Tools > Terminal. then type su – and enter 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 16

Fedora 16 Yum 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 16

To enable the RPM Fusion repository just install

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


Ailurus – The Complete Tweak tool like Ubuntu tweak

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.

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 16 and fedora 16

Install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Fedora 16

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 Activities > Applicaitons > office > Acrobat reader.

Internet Applicaitons for fedora 16

The firefox 7.0.1 is the default browser in Fedora 16. But Chrome is a better alternative. You can add the repository and install google chrome on fedora 16 very easly.

Installing Google chrome in Fedora 16

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 16

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 16

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 16

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 16

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 16

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 16

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 16

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 16

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 16

yum install flash-plugin

Graphics Appications for fedora 16


It is the most advanced Image Editor in Linux. Version 2.6.11 is available now. The latest Coming Version Gimp 2.8 will have great features. This is included in the default package. If not just install

yum install gimp
yum install gimp-data-extras gimpfx-foundry gimp-lqr-plugin gimp-resynthesizer gnome-xcf-thumbnailer

The extra packages for gimp enables some nice filters created by fx foundry. The resynthesizer plugin do some magic with photos and remove forground objects in photos.


The best vector editor application in free software. Good for creating svg files. An essential tool for all libre designers and graphics developers.

yum install inkscape


The Dia drawing program can be used to draw different types of diagrams, and includes support for UML static structure diagrams (class diagrams), entity relationship modeling, and network diagrams.  Dia can load and save diagrams to a custom file format, can load and save in .xml format, and can export to PostScript(TM).

yum install dia

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:


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 16

Libreoffice is the official office package for Fedora 16

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

Libre Office 3.4.4 on Fedora 16

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 16

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 16

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 16

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


It is another movie player in linux. is worth try

yum install xine-lib xine-lib-extras xine-lib-extras-freeworld xine-ui xine-ui-skins gxine


XBMC media center is the media center application for Linux.  XBMC can play a spectrum of of multimedia formats, and featuring playlist, audio visualizations, slideshow, and weather forecast functions, together third-party plugins. It support various kinds of remote controlls also.

yum install xbmc


Minitube is a YouTube desktop client. With it you can watch YouTube videos in a new way: you type a keyword, Minitube gives you an endless video stream. Minitube is not about cloning the original YouTube web interface, it aims to create a new TV-like experience.

yum install minitube

Mp3 and Audio Players for Fedora 16.

Audacity on Fedora 16

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


Clementine is a multiplatform music player. It is inspired by Amarok 1.4, focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and playing your music. This is another music player similar to Exaile.

yum install clementine

Torrent Clients for Fedora 16


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 16

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 16

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 16


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 16


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

yum install eclipse


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


Fedora 16 Post Install Script Fedora Utils

There is an all in one post install script for fedora is available. You can install this script and fire the app tick the boxes apply. Wait for downloads to finish and all the softwares ready.

Complete Fedora Utils feature list:

  • Add current user to sudoers
  • Enable autologin for current user
  • Set yum to keep cache
  • Install yum tidy-cache plugin
  • Add repositories – RPMFusion, Google, Adobe, Chromium, Skype
  • Enable touchpad clicks
  • Install multimedia codecs
  • Install Adobe Flash
  • Install Java Runtime Environment
  • Install wine with gecko
  • Install Google Talk plugin
  • Add colors and fortune messages to Terminal
  • Set SELinux in permissive mode
  • Install Microsoft fonts
  • Install Jockey driver installer (From Parsidora repo)
  • Install essential software
  • Fixes: Fix font smoothing, Fix rpmdb error, Fix gnome keyring, Fix picasa not starting, Fix anaconda causing revisor not to start, Fix MPlayer driver error, Fix ntfs-config not starting
  • Install Gnome Shell Extensions – GPaste, Media Player, Weather, Alternate Status Menu, Dock Extension, Places Menu, User Theme, Window Navigator, Zeitgeist
  • Install Software – Google Chrome, Picasa, Google Earth, HandBrake, Skype, WinFF, Unico Theme Engine
  • Clean up system
  • Optimize boot by turning off unnecessary services
  • Show system info

yum localinstall http://fedorautils.sourceforge.net/fedorautils-latest.noarch.rpm


You can download the rpm from here


Just Install

rpm -ivh fedorautils-latest.noarch.rpm

Open the app and apply changes.

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 for Things to do after install fedora 16 is Here.


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

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1 thought on “Fedora 16 Post Installation Guide for Perfect Desktop”

  1. Jose Manuel Hurtado Portugal

    Hi, just something that might cause some confussion, on the adding the google repo, the header for the google.repo is shown in a different format than the rest of the file.

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