Fedora Setup

17 – xfce spin

  • Installed xfce spin because I can fit the entire / on the 4GB SLC SSD on my Eeepc 901 and I put the entire /home on the second 16 MLC SSD. It boots up and shutdown really fast in comparison to gnome 3 spread across both SSDs.
  • yum install ansible
  • install google chrome


  • Disabled selinux: http://www.hackourlife.com/disable-selinux-on-fedora-15-lovelock/
  • sudo vi /etc/selinux/config
  • Install google chrome
  • Install Lastpass
  • Enable two finger scrolling for the touchpad.
  • Enable mouse clicks with the touchpad.
  • Disable touchpad when typing.
  • Turn off terminal bell in the terminal.
  • Automatic login in the Users Setting
  • Added my gmail account in the online accounts so that it would automatically set things up in empathy and evolution. When I mail enabled evolution started right up, when I took away mail it would start up asking me all questions about an e-mail account.
  • Added rpmfusion packages: http://rpmfusion.org/Configuration


So far I’m liking the look and feel of gnome 3 that’s in fedora 15. Once again I’m using my Asus EEEpc 901 netbook. Let’s work on the customizations:

  • Using btrfs and did a lvm volume across both ssd drives. Testing it out versus the /boot and / on the 4GB ssd and home on the 16 GB ssd. Used ext4 before and it “seemed” slower. Tried using / on the small 4GB but it was insufficient space.
  • Install google chrome
  • Install last pass addons, crashes in chrome so I’m using firefox for now.
  • Enable two finger scrolling for the touchpad.
  • Enable mouse clicks with the touchpad.
  • Disable touchpad when typing.
  • Added Chrome to favorites.
  • Added Terminal to favorites.
  • Removed shotwell and Rhythm Box from favorites.
  • Turn off terminal bell in the terminal.
  • Changed the date & time to be 12 hour vs 24 hours.
  • yum install rdesktop
  • Bug in chrome + lastpass, but there’s a workaround on the forumsand so I did the following:
    • cd ~/.config
    • su
    • chcon -Rv unconfined_u:object_r:config_home_t:s0 google-chrome
  • Added rpmfusion packages: http://rpmfusion.org/Configuration
  • User accounts and set my account to automatic login. I’m glad this option is finally here!

Cons so far

  • screen gets dim pretty fast and I can’t get it to stick to be higher when on battery
  • Don’t like logging in, but I haven’t tried doing the same trick as 14 to automatically login. It was the same one as F14.


I got rid of Ubuntu 10.10 on my netbook and installed the new Fedora 14. It’s nice to get away from the whole unity interface and have things like rdesktop work properly.

Here are the things I’ve had to set up right off the bat:

  • changed mouse pad to tap
  • changed scrolling to two finger
  • coudn’t find the setting to autologin
  • installed google-chrome but it needed a lot of dependencies so it took awhile
  • added a terminal and chrome icon at the top bar
  • removed bottom gnome bar and put the windows list at the top
  • install pino
  • install lastpass
  • added the cpu scaling gadget and toned it down to 800MHz, a widget for each cpu core/thread
  • installed lock-keys-applet but can’t find it
  • for s in abrtd atd auditd avahi-daemon ip6tables iscsi iscsid mdmonitor portreserve livesys livesys-late; do echo “chkconfig $s off”; chkconfig $s off; done which I got from http://www.fedora-netbook.com/
  • yum groupinstall meego-netbook to test out the meego interface. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on my Asus eeepc 901
  • Turned off the password prompt for the screen saver
  • Downloaded the oracle jdk rpm and eclipse. to get eclipse to work I had to:
  • chcon -t execmem_exec_t /home/ryan/devel/eclipse/eclipse
  • Turned off tracker related and dejadup in System->Preferences->Startup Applications
  • rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm
  • yum install vlc
  • yum install lock-keys-applet
  • add to panel “Lock Keys” on the next login
  • yum remove httpd
  • yum install screen
  • yum remove apr
  • plugged in our brother laser printer and fedora automatically installed some hp drivers which let me print on it
  • 644 /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules with SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, SYSFS{idVendor}==”0bb4″, MODE=”0666″ for my G1 with eclipse development
  • Plugged a Dell MP1200 projector and it worked perfectly using the System->Preferences->Monitors
  • Added the following to the crontab for root:


@reboot cpufreq-selector -f 800000 -c 0
@reboot cpufreq-selector -f 800000 -c 1

Things that don’t work too well:

  • Closed my netbook and it looks like it went to sleep. When I opened it up, the O/S came right back up. Unfortunately, gnome authentication was screwed up since I couldn’t do updates or set my cpu speeds. I had to log out and log back in to get the authentication prompt working.
  • Can’t find a check box to just automatic login to gnome. The web so far says I have to edit a gconf file which I’d rather not do.
  • I can’t connect to the wireless at my workplace. It’s still questionable if they gave me the correct key though.
  • Made my wireless access point available to all users in the Network Manager Applet so I don’t have to enter my keyring password.
  • /etc/gdm/custom.conf added:


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