Here is the next installment of Tips and Tricks, this time for the new Fedora 16. The new Auto Plus from dnmouse.org makes adding all the things that the developers left out of Fedora 16. The team at dnmouse.org has done a great job for all of us fedora users. For everything else I will show you how to add the software you need.
Get up to date
First I like to make sure I have all my packages up to date.
su -c 'yum update'
This will make sure you are up to date and ready to install all the other software.
Add some new Repos.
su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release.rpm'
Install Auto Plus
(If you wish to use autoplus on rawahide/f16 then you must install the rpmfusion rawhide repo first, also vbox and dropbox wont work as there is no f16 repo’s yet)
su -c 'yum -y --nogpgcheck install http://dnmouse.org/autoplus-1.2-5.noarch.rpm'
Now just open Auto Plus which should be listed under System Tools and start installing your software.
Make sure to install all the codecs! The Skype installed failed for me.
You need to install some x86 libraries for skype to work on X64 (catch up skype!)
su -c 'yum install libXScrnSaver.i?86 libX11.i?86 libv4l.i?86 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i?86 qt-x11.i?86 libXv.i?86'
Now go to the Skype site and download Skype RPM and install it.
Of course install Yumex one of my favorites.
yum install yumex
Open Terminal for Nautilus
This allows you to open a terminal window, with a right button click, in a directory in the Nautilus file browser.
su -c 'yum install nautilus-open-terminal nautilus-extensions'
Shutdown from the Desktop
I like to do a shutdown right from the desktop. Here is how to add this to Gnome.
su -c 'yum install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu'
Then just log out and log back in, then you have the menu below.
Add the Date to your Clock
Really simple. Type this in a command line:
gsettings set org.gnome.shell.clock show-date true
MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way.
Here is the install process for Fedora. Then do your MP4s with Handbrake.
There is no Fedora 16 version of Handbrake on their site yet but the Fedora 15 seems to work.
Then you have it!