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Fedora 14 Tips and Tricks

After having some issues with Ubuntu 10.10 (blackscreen after an update) I decided to try Fedora 14. I was not real happy with Fedora 12 but thought I would give this disto another try. Like always Fedora leaves out some stuff your really need, like CODECS! The codec search tool that comes with Fedora has never worked, never. So here is how to load all the stuff you need or want in your Fedora 14 Distro. You need to get some other repositories that have the codecs and programs that Fedora does not supply. I like RPM Fusion and try to stay to the stable releases.


Add Repos:

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

Installing Google Chrome Browser:

To add the google repository edit the file.

gedit /etc /yum.repos.d/google.repo (remove space after etc)

for 32 bit OS Version

[google]

name=Google - i386ff

baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/i386

enabled=1

gpgcheck=1

 

gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

for 64-bit OS Version

[google64]

name=Google - x86_64

baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/x86_64

enabled=1

gpgcheck=1

 

gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

Install Google Chrome Stable Version on Fedora 14

Just type this line on the root terminal

yum install google-chrome-stable

Pidgin Chat Client

yum install pidgin

Autoten installer for all kinds of stuff! Including your Codecs, thanks to dnmmouse.org for this nice little installer.

 

su -c 'yum -y --nogpgcheck install http://dnmouse.org/autoplus-1.2-4.noarch.rpm'


su -c 'rpm --import http://dnmouse.org/RPM-GPG-KEY-dnmouse'

This should have put an Autoten icon on your desktop use that to install all the other codecs you need!

Skype

You need to install some x86 libraries for skype to work on X64 (catch up skype!)

yum install libXScrnSaver.i?86 libX11.i?86 libv4l.i?86 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i?86 qt-x11.i?86

Of course install Yumex one of my favorites.

yum install yumex

Flash-plugin 64bit

Download it from here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html

Then select the 64 bit tar.

Unpack it then move the .so file to

/usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/ or ~/.mozilla/plugins/

Restart your browser and you got it. This also causes the Chrome browser to flash to work.


Amahi Home Server Install

While searching for the perfect media server to use as a Home Server, I came across the Amahi Home Server.

The Amahi home server has some great features including:

  • Protect Your Computers Backup all your networked PCs simply and easily on your home network. If one of your PCs “dies” you can easily restore it!
  • Organize Your Files Access, share and search your files from any machine on your network, making it easy to share and find your photos, music and videos.
  • Internet Wide Access Automatically setup your own VPN so you can access your network from anywhere: safely and securely.
  • Private Internet Applications Shared applications like calendaring, private wiki and more to come, will help you manage your home and your family!

The package only requires you have a computer with:

  • 800MHz CPU
  • 4GB Disk, and
  • 512MB RAM
  • Drive space for a Media Server (depending on how many files you have)

Here is how I installed the system:

You need to go to the http://Amahi.org site and create an account then you are all set to install.

  • Boot the installation machine from the Fedora 12 installation DVD
  • Follow the instructions to install Fedora
  • Use the defaults to install Fedora in graphical mode (click the paper clips for screenshots).Use DHCP for the install process, unless you know you really need a static IP for install.
  • When asked for a “root” password note the password you create
  • Stop when you reach the “repositories” page. Unselect Office and Productivity, unless you really want it (e.g. to simultaneously use your HDA as a desktop)
  • Click on the “Add additional software repositories” button and add the Amahi repository with the following information:

Repository name: Amahi
Repository URL: http://f12.amahi.org

  • If asked to, enable your network interface
  • Once the network is up, click “Next” to complete the install
  • When installation is done, it will ask you to reboot. Reboot
  • After reboot, continue with the install and configuration, as you normally would
  • Fedora will ask you Create a User. Go ahead. Remember the credentials
  • NOTE: The first time you login in Amahi you will be asked to reset this user’s password
  • In the “Date and Time” screen, we recommend that you enable “Synchronize date and time over the network”
  • At the login screen, login as the user you created earlier on in the install
  • Once at the desktop, locate the Amahi Installer icon.
  • Launch the Amahi Installer by double-clicking in the desktop icon. Firefox should launch, with locationhttp://localhost:2000. Check the installation troubleshooting wiki page if this is not working for you.
  • Enter the install code for your HDA in the box and press Submit
  • Use your our HDA’s install code.
  • After the install completes, your HDA should be working, however, it’s required that you reboot to get everything working
  • After the reboot, your HDA should be fully functional. Login using the username/password you created in Fedora. Enjoy!
  • If your HDA has network connectivity and you are satisfied, you can then optionally turn off your router/gateway’s DHCP server and reboot all the systems in your network (so that they all get their DHCP lease from your HDA). This is the recommended configuration, where you enjoy all the features of your Amahi HDA.
  • If you prefer to NOT use your HDA’s built-in DHCP server, turn it off because it’s on by default and it could cause conflicts
  • Log in and look around.

When your Amahi HDA comes up, you should be able to find the various areas of your HDA:

  • The Dashboard: http://hda – This page is meant to be your “Home Page” at home
  • Rest of the setup pages at http://setup where you can:
  • Setup the Users and Shares
  • Install new apps, like AmahiTunes, the DLNA server, Wikis, CMSs, Blogs …
  • … and more
  • Login Screen

    Control Panel

    Storage tab on Control Panel

    Large list of installable apps

    Here are some tips!

    • Short URLs: on most operating systems, simply typing hda or setup in the URL box of your web browser will take you to the dashboard and the setup pages! Same with the Apps installed!
    • Install Amahi DLNA server, works great with the PS3 or Xbox.
    • Browse through the apps and install apps that you like!
    • Back up your system onto the shares in your HDA periodically and stay safe

    Fedora Core 12 DVD Playback and other Tips

    I just installed Fedora Core 12 and now I need to set up all the things that Fedora forgot or just did not include.

    Yumex

    I like the deatail that you can get with Yumex over package installer.

    Fedora Button > Applications > System > Software Management In the search bar type in “yumex” then click on the yumex package then click Apply

    The following commands have to be run as a superuser “su”.

    Next I add the RPM Fusion repositories at the command line type in this:

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

    # yum update


    Now install MP3 player

    # yum install xmms xmms-mp3 xmms-faad2 xmms-pulse xmms-skins

    Next the missing codecs:

    # yum install rhythmbox gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-ffmpeg

    Navigate to: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/
    Select the package (.tar.bz2) best matching your version of Fedora/Architecture. Generally 32-bit users will use: all-20100303.tar.bz2.

    Install the codecs (32-bit for example):

    # mkdir -p /usr/lib/codecs
    # tar -jxvf all-20100303.tar.bz2 –strip-components 1 -C /usr/lib/codecs/

    DVD Playback:

    # rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release.rpm

    # rpm –import /etc /pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-livna

    # yum install libdvdcss

    Install some media players:

    # yum install mplayer mplayer-gui gecko-mediaplayer mencoder

    # yum install xine xine-lib-extras xine-lib-extras-freeworld

    Have fun

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