Fedora 17 Tips and Ticks

Here is the next instalment of Tips and Tricks, this time for the new Fedora 17. The new Auto Plus from dnmouse.org makes adding all the things that the developers left out of Fedora 17. 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. This article was written and tested on Fedora 17.

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.

Install Auto Plus

 su -c 'yum -y --nogpgcheck install http://dnmouse.org/autoplus-1.4-5.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 great!


Skype now installs through AutoPlus.



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'


Add the Date to your Clock

Really simple. Type this in a command line:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.clock show-date true


Download and install VirtualBox for Linux Host

su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.1.16/VirtualBox-4.1-4.1.16_78094_fedora16-1.x86_64.rpm’



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.


Now works through AutoPlus.


Then you have it!



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