Finally! After skiping Fedora16 (and don’t even ask why) I can do a clean instalation at Susan (my laptop, and yes… Because Susan Calvin) of the Beefy Miracle Fedora 17. This is not intent to be an instalation guide, is just what I have been doing and some issues I have been solving, among to some other tips you might find useful (or not).
========== General Overview ==========
I must say my laptop is super faster, is not getting hot anymore and I didn’t had to configure any hardware yet, so I must say good job folks!
========== Installing what isn’t there ==========
THIS ARE NON OPEN SOURCE APPS, SO IF YOU’RE A FSF OR ANY OTHER KIND OF ONLY FREE APPS ADDICT DO NOT READ THIS!
The best way to start is just adding RPMfusion and chromium repos. Susan is a 64b laptop so this are the repos you might need to start:
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 http://repos.fedorapeople.org/repos/spot/chromium/fedora-chromium-stable.repo
Once that’s done, you can simply install everything you want with a simple *yum install $WHATEVER» and my list goes like this so far:
yum -y install darktable bluez xchat pidgin gimp ufraw rawstudio inkscape blender skype hotot turpial chromium-browser wget vim nss-mdns kcolorchooser glibc.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 libXv.i686 alsa-lib.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 postr
Flash support: I’m not gonna explain how to do it because you can just follow this howto (works perfect with 64bit too) – http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Flash#Enabling_Flash_plugin
========== Groups have it all!!! ==========
Now… if you want to go really crazy (like I did) you might just simply use groupinstall and forget about remembering what do you need to install. Is one of the features i really like, and groups are really complete, so this makes easier for a designer, packager or any interest group to make a general installation of the apps packages you need.
To get a full list of the groups you have available, just write in your terminal the next sentence. (List is really long, so be calm :) )
Once you have decided which groups you want to install, remember to use « between groups, this might be a good example you can follow
yum -y groupinstall «Design Suite» «Games and Entertainment» «Graphics» «Office/Productivity» «Sound and Video» «Graphical Internet» «Web Server»
========== Skype sound problems ==========
It is know that the new skype beta has some issues, however, to be honest, I still don’t see any mayor changes. Anyway, if you have no audio at all on skype, solution is kinda easy. I leave the 3 steps to solve it in the next images.
- 1.- Go to your User/Group settings (will ask your root passwd)
- 2.- Add «pulse» and «pulse-access»
- 3.- Change at Skype-sound preferences the driver (you might select the ones I have or just try them all)
- 4.- Remember to make a test call… presto :)
========== Miracle has arrived ==========
I know there is a lot of things to be explored yet, but since I’m doing that I will stop here for now. If you have recommendations, tips, complains or anything… shoot me! :D
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