Sam Stelfox

Thoughts from a software engineer, systems hacker and Linux gubernāre.

Fedora Desktop

This page just notes some of the steps broken out about setting up my Fedora desktop/laptops (basically anything not acting as a server). It's a good idea to reboot the system fresh after performing all of these.

Please note that I only use 64 bit machines now-a-days and everything below reflects that. I think the only thing this actually effects is the adobe install though.

This was last tested and was working with Fedora 17.

Fast and hard updated version

sudo yum localinstall --nogpgcheck -y
sudo yum localinstall --nogpgcheck -y
sudo yum update -y
sudo yum localinstall --nogpgcheck -y
sudo yum install libdvdcss -y
sudo yum install vlc pidgin gstreamer-plugins-{bad,bad-free,bad-nonfree,good,ugly} tmux vim-enhanced git ruby bash-completion -y
sudo yum install gcc-c++ patch readline readline-devel zlib zlib-devel libyaml-devel libffi-devel openssl-devel make bzip2 autoconf automake libtool bison libxml2 libxml2-devel sqlite sqlite-devel libxslt libxslt-devel -y

sudo systemctl stop sshd.service
sudo systemctl disable sshd.service

ssh-keygen -b 4096 -t rsa -f $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa -q

git clone git:// $HOME/.dotfiles

Edit: $HOME/.dotfiles/system-specific/

curl | bash -s stable

Close and reopen your terminal

echo -e "bundler\npry" > ~/.rvm/gemsets/global.gems

rvm install ruby-2.0.0-p247
rvm use ruby-2.0.0-p247 --default
rvm gemset create global
rvm gemset use global

gem install bundler pry

Put the following information in /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chome.repo

sudo yum install google-chrome-stable --nogpgcheck -y

Open Chrome and install a few plugins available at the following URLs:

sudo yum install levien-inconsolata-fonts freetype-freeworld -y

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings hinting slight
gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings antialiasing rgba

echo 'Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault' >> $HOME/.Xresources

Open up Terminal -> Edit -> Profile Preferences, and ensure the following settings match:

sudo yum install virt-manager kvm libvirtd libvirt libvirt-daemon-kvm \
  libvirt-daemon-lxc libvirt-daemon-qemu libvirt-sandbox -y

sudo systemctl enable libvirtd.service
sudo systemctl start libvirtd.service


First things first update everything as soon as you are capable of it:

sudo yum update -y

Supporting TRIM for SSDs

Add noatime,discard to every fstab entry of partitions that live on the hard drive and disable the swap partition.

RPM Fusion Repository

The following command needs to be run as root and will install the RPMFusion free and non-free repositories.

yum localinstall --nogpgcheck -y
yum localinstall --nogpgcheck -y
yum update -y

Livna Repository (Only needed for DVD playback)

Livna was merged into RPM Fusion quite some time ago, but RPM Fusion didn't want to have libdvdcss in their repository so Livna has lived on for this reason alone. To install the repository and then the package you'll want to execute the following commands as root:

yum localinstall --nogpgcheck -y
yum install libdvdcss -y

Install Standard Package Set

Requires RPM Fusion repository

yum install vlc pidgin gstreamer-plugins-{bad,bad-free,bad-nonfree,good,ugly} \
  tmux vim-enhanced git ruby bash-completion -y

Generate a new SSH key

If this is a reformat ensure the old machine's keys are revoked.

ssh-keygen -b 4096

Setup My Dotfiles

Run as local user.

git clone git:// ~/.dotfiles

Edit ~/.dotfiles/system-specific/ to reflect your email and name.

Install Flash

Please note that as of Google Chrome version 20, you do not need to install the unsupported and unupdated version of Adobe flash. Google Chrome 20 for linux comes with a secure updated and sandboxed version of flash that is fully compatible with Adobe flash. If you need flash for any other applications then you'll need to install this.

yum localinstall -y
yum install flash-plugin nspluginwrapper -y

Install ATI Video Drivers (If needed)

Yeah these are pretty brutal... and not stable at all :( Lesson learned don't buy ATI cards... This requires the RPM Fusion repository and DOES NOT WORK ON FEDORA 17. The packages haven't been built for this kernel yet, and I've found a few posts recommending to stick with the stock radeon driver... Either way I'm leaving this here for later.

There are two different ways to handle these, the akmod version and the kmod version. Seems like the difference is that akmod supposedly compiles the drivers for your specific kernel but I think that's bull since that would require ATI to release their drivers open source which isn't the case... Either way akmod seems more stable to me so I go that route. If you want to use kmod instead just s/akmod/kmod/g on all the packages installed here:

yum install akmod-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs -y

Then you'll want to setup the display's using the catalyst control center:

sudo amdcccle

And finally reboot.

Optional Post-Install Steps