Fedora 11 Leonidas Essentials Guide Part 1: Getting Started

Fedora 11 Leonidas essentials guide

Well Howdy Folks ! ,thou having trouble with getting Fedora 11 Leonidas Up and Running ?

Well then you have come to the right place !!!
NOTE:all commands r to be typed in terminal with sudo or su login or su -c
PS: All yum commands can be replaced by package kit alternatives type “info pkcon” in terminal.

0) PRESTO PLUGIN FOR YUM: Presto is a delta rpm plugin for  yum . (Delta rpm is only the difference in old and new version of packages Hence Saves Precious Bandwidth.
yum install yum-presto

1)RPM-FUSION:Adding rpmfusion as a repository to get access to lot of other packages and features.


rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm  http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm

yum update

To install something in command line use

yum install Name of Packages Seperated by spaces -y

of course to find the exact package name use

yum search Package

2)Package Management Frontend GUI :

Fedora already has PackageKit (System>Administration>Add/Remove Software)

but it doesn’t quite compare up to yumex

yum install yumex

3)MP3 Support:

Well, everybody loves their songs right ?

yum install gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly xine xine-lib libdvdcss xine-lib-extras-nonfree

4)Music Players:

Everybody has a different choice of a music player , I personally prefer Songbird and Amarok which have everything from cover management ,id3tag editing,online Music Store Support and Global key Shortcuts.

Few of the most used players.


4)GCC compatibility:

GCC is the GNU compiler supporting a lot of languages. Its needed for old packages.

yum install gcc gcc-c++ compat-libstdc++-33 compat-libstdc++-296

5)Video Codecs:

Fedora doesn’t with proprietary codecs for playing Codecs.

Download them.

wget  http://www.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/all-20071007.tar.bz2


mkdir -p /usr/lib/codecs

tar -jxvf all-20071007.tar.bz2 --strip-components 1 -C /usr/lib/codecs/

5)Video Players:

Totem is installed by default but its not a favourite of mine.

Real Player

Download RealPlayer 11 GOLD from: http://www.real.com/linux/. ( preferably use .bin file)

Select: “Advanced Installation RedHat Package”

Before installing RealPlayer, make sure to have the compat-libstdc++-33 compatibility libraries installed.
yum install compat-libstdc++-33

chmod +x name.bin


Read Agreement Go to end and press y and enter (keep pressing enter, till it starts installing)

For RPM:
sudo rpm -ivh RealPlayer11.rpm

note:if real/helix or any plugin doesnt load in firefox use:
sudo /usr/bin/mozilla-plugin-config -i -f

Other Players

mplayer: yum install mplayer mplayer-gui mplayer-skins mplayer-fonts mplayerplug-in mencoder
xine:       yum install xine xine-lib-extras xine-lib-extras-nonfree libdvdcss
vlc:         yum install vlc

kaffeine yum install kaffeine kdemultimedia kdemultimedia-libs

Dragon : yum install dragon kdemultimedia kdemultimedia-libs

Note: After this if it doesn’t work refer to my other posts

2 thoughts on “Fedora 11 Leonidas Essentials Guide Part 1: Getting Started”

  1. hi folks, i found your blog very informative, i need some information….. i have installed fedora 11 on my acer laptop, and now i want to isntall windows, how i want is to have three drives, one for fedora one for vista and one common drivce between both the sytems…..can you tell me if it is possible or i have to first install window and then fedora

    1. You should always install Windows first and then linux, however you can use easy bcd (for windows) to repair the MBR if you install windows afterwards.

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