Three weeks ago, I’ve finished moving my home from Windows XP to Fedora Core 6. Waking up on Tuesday morning, the first thing I did was turning on my Komputer, as usual. The only thing I saw on the black screen was the damn exclamation: “NTLD missing”! Oh, god! I had just reinstalled my Win box one week before, and at that time I was really bored with fixing it again! So I restarted, logged on to Fedora Core 5 and kicked the Windows out of my mind.
Some hours later, according to my friend’s propose, I decided to upgrade my box to Fedora Core 6, the latest version of Fedora family. Below are some experiences I have with FC6.
Firstly, I like the default Gnome theme in this version, the Clearlooks. Yes, it’s bright and clear with me, besides, Gnome desktop is lighter than KDE one. You can also choose a lot of so cool themes for your desktop. Changing the default theme required selecting System—>Preference—>Theme from the Gnome menu and then selecting the box that says “Install Theme”.
I’m a fan of online music (such as nhacso.net) so besides Xine and MPlayer, I want a media plugin for my browser to play as Windows Media Player one. It is mplayerplugin the stuff that I need! Read the Instructions here for installing this plugin. Wonderful, now nothing can prevent me from relaxing with Linux any more!
Besides the built-in softwares, I’ve installed some other usefull stuffs. The first one is Firefox 2.0, that I’ve mentioned before. Installing Firefox 2.0 is as easy as turning your hands! Extracting the Firefox 2.0 package to the appropriate location (may be /opt or anything else you like) and run the firefox script to start the application. Maybe it requires you to prepare the libstdc++5.0 before running the browser. Don’t be panic, just download the valid rpm and run a “rpm -ivh”, or you can “yum” instead. Now I want to recommend Noscript plugin, that allows you effectively dominate all the scripts of the website which you’re surfing. I don’t recommend it, however, for ones who prefer utility to security in terms that they may feel uncomfortable with Noscript’s warning and prevention.
For best performing when surfing the Flash-applicated website such as Slides.com, Youtube.com, Metacafe.com… you should install Flash Player 9 plugin for Firefox as well. All you have to do is downloading the “source tar ball ” package, extract it and copy the .so file to the appropriate plugins directory of your browser. I just want to notice you a small thing here, that you have a ~/.mozilla/plugins directory in which stores plugins for all of your Mozilla browsers, including your newly installed Firefox 2.0. So you should copy the flash .so file to that folder instead of the Firefox 2.0 plugins folder only.
The next important stuff I want to prepare for my working environment is Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.8. There’re many built-in Gnome applications for viewing Acrobat documents but I don’t feel good with them. In any ways, I have been acquainted to Acrobat Reader. You can download the tar ball or the rpm package and install it normally. Yet after finishing, you may find out that you can’t start the reader, because everytime when you execute the “acroread” command, all the things you get are:
You need a patch, right! It’s a problem of GTK library with Acrobat Reader 7.0.8, download the patch and install it as follow:
patch -b </tmp/acroread.patch
Everything seems perfect now!
If you have some times working on Windows, you may find out that there’re few things that make you still want to have a Windows instance on your box. For examples, I prefer the Microsoft Powerpoint’s animation effects to the Open Office Impress’s ones; till now, I’m not able to view webcam on Gaim (if you know, please tell me ASAP); and my work sometimes requires me to take a look on the Microsoft’s technologies. So in this case, VMWare is the most suitable solution. Installing VMWare in Fedora Core 6 requires you to install the appropriate kernel-devel for your kernel. I want to mention the kernel 2.6.18-1.2849 in my case, or “uname -r” in your case! Specifically with this kernel’s version, you need the kernel-devel-2.6.18-1.2849.fc6.i686.rpm. Setup this rpm before configuring the VMWare installation (/usr/bin/vmware-config.pl) because you will be asked the directory in which stores the header files for your current kernel. At that time, fill the /usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-1.2849.fc6-i686/include/ path to the answer.
For NTFS reading, in cases you still have Window’s partitions in use, I recommend kmod-ntfs installation. You need to go here and install the rpm.livna repository in order to download kmod-ntfs with yum.
Wow, it’s not bad till now. But I also want some things else such as proz – download accelerater, gmms for mms links downloading, xvnkb for Vietnamese typing, Understand C++ for my work, NVIDIA driver for my graphic card and so forth. By the way, some people don’t respect to installing the valid graphic driver because latest Linux distros now can support well for many known vendors. But my experience is that you’ll feel really better with your correct driver. Try and feel it!
There’re certainly still many other things I ‘ve done for my FC6 box to perform best for me, but I don’t want to confuse you any more. Above are my neccessary stuffs that I need to prepare for my computing-life. Experience and you will find some things for yourself.
The pictures here were captured from my Desktop, modified with GIMP.
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