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Fedora 13 Tips and Tricks (v0.0)
Last modified: Friday November 9, 2012

This is based on my Fedora Core 9 Tips and Tricks page. Just getting started here, comments welcome. Recent changes are highlighted in yellow. Just getting started as I'm just upgrading to Fedora 10 myself so it's going to be a couple days before this is complete.

I've started to add x86_64 specific instructions below when they differ from traditional 32-bit instructions. The biggest issue is with multimedia plug-ins which are still often available only in 32-bit versions.


Add support for other repositories

Fedora comes with a ton of software but there are still plenty of packages of interest to most users that are not included for a variety of reasons. This is where you find the MP3 plug-in and a ton of other packages.

These instructions can vary depending on 32bit or 64bit architecture. If there is a difference it will be noted. If you don't know which architecture you're running you can run the following command:

$ uname -m
x86_64
...or...
i686
I'm still working on the 64 bit specific instructions so your feedback is very important.

Before you add repositories it's probably a good idea to make sure your system is fully updated first. At this point I'm prefering the RPM Fusion repository as it's the most useful and complete but at some point I might need to add another one for things that are lacking there. The easiest way to get started is to install the rpmfusion-free-release-stable and rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable packages:

# rpm -ihv http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm \
http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm

You can browse the packages available there at http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/releases/13/Everything/i386/os/repoview/index.html and http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/releases/13/Everything/i386/os/repoview/index.html.


Install Multimedia Programs

Since you've been following along this next step is about as easy as it gets. Just use yum  to automatically install the various multimedia players and all their dependencies Rhythmbox like this:
# yum -y install xmms xmms-mp3 xmms-faad2 gstreamer-plugins-ugly \
        gstreamer-plugins-bad libmad libid3tag banshee vlc grip \
	xterm gconf-editor rdesktop
The -y  flag is to automatically answer yes to any question. If you want to be able to say no you can ignore that flag.


Enable Focus Follows Mouse

Gnome is trying to do away with this feature by making it harder and harder to enable but if you like it like I do:
$ gconf-editor /apps/metacity/general/focus_mode
Then change the mode to sloppy .

Install Macromedia Flash/Shockwave plug-in

Flash Plug-in 10.0
32-bit instructions:

64-bit instructions:
Why flash on 64-bit is still such an issue is beyond me but this is the easiest way I could find to get Flash working on a 64-bit Fedora system:

# yum erase flash-plugin nspluginwrapper*
# cd /etc/yum.repos.d
# curl -O http://www.dfm.uninsubria.it/compiz/fusion-testing/flashplayer.x86_64/flash.repo
# rpm --import http://www.dfm.uninsubria.it/compiz/fusion-testing/flashplayer.x86_64/RPM-GPG-KEY-leigh123linux
# yum install flash-plugin

The comments section below is only for comments, suggestions or corrections for this guide only. Please do not use this for general Fedora/Linux support. If you do require support for something other than what's described here I recommend using Fedora Forums.


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