Recently I just replaced my main desktop with fedora core 11. Some of the basic functionality is usually missing from linux installs and this is the basic list of the most useful apps to have.
I’ve also installed windows xp64 to test it out but was saddly disappointed when I found out that the desktop a dell 5150 has a hardware limitation of 4GB. Dell you suck. Why support 64bit on a couple of parts but not the parts that help 64bit be 64bit! I digress. Multitasking is the main reason to make the switch. My work is primarily in Linux, the everyday laptop is OS X, but I can never sacrifice what I started on which was windows which might be replaced with Fedora if I give up games.. They each have their strengths and I use each for different purposes. I thought it was about time to make the switch though especially with my need to work on multiple systems. Familiarity and fluency are helpful in my profession. Moving on!
The next series of posts will be my experiences in how to make Fedora fit my typical windows needs! I know there are plenty out there but this is for my personal reference and its easy for me to find in one place.
The most essential things are of course flash, and a good music/video player. The ones that come in default don’t have all the codecs to play everyday things.
Download and install flash to watch Youtube!
- Installation instructions for .rpm
- Click the download link to begin installation. A dialog box will appear asking you where to save the file.
- Save the .rpm file to your desktop and wait for the file to download completely.
- In terminal, navigate to the desktop and type # rpm -Uvh <rpm_package_file>. Click Enter. (Note: This must be done as a root user). The installer will instruct you to shut down your browser(s).
- Once the installation is complete, the plug-in will be installed in your Mozilla browser. To verify, launch Mozilla and choose Help > About Plug-ins from the browser menu.
Virtualbox is to run other host systems!This comes default with linux and is very handy if you need to run a virtual machine like xp or vista.
Applications > System Tools > Virtualbox
Download and install a player that will work with di.fm. Aka… videolan.org
Fedora 9 (Sulphur), Fedora 10 (Cambridge) and Fedora 11 (Leonidas)
$> su - #> rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm #> yum install vlc #> yum install mozilla-vlc (optionnal)