FC4: enhancing fresh install, "must have" packages?
What packages did you install first?
First, I like the FedoraFAQ -- followed the instructions there to add good yum repositories. Then I installed the packages below (for strictly legal and personal, private use, of course, like everyone, etc..)
1) gnome-yum .. ... yum install gnome-yum and now I can add software without the terminal. I hope redhat decides to use something like this instead of the Add/Remove Applications fiasco
2) (but you do need a terminal for this one, as root) rpm -e totem, then yum install totem-xine .. ... now I can play the movie files from my digital camera
3) compat-gcc-32-g77 .. ... Yes, I use 1977 era FORTRAN, doesn't everyone?
What am I missing?
You can play all media in totem-gstreamer if you install the gstreamer plugins. You get dvd support by installing libdvdcss2.
While xine is excellent, the I only use totem and such for music (goom), for video I use mplayer. See www.mjmwired.net for excellent post-install advice and explainations.
There's the classics: frotz and nethack.
Nethack you know - see the "falcons eye" addon (but needs work).
Frotz will play z-machine interactive fiction (including those old DOS *.dat files that come in the infocom floppies.)
Of course, young folk will prefer something like cedega for online gaming. Will play EVE - apparently.
Me - I went and got the "Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX" and installed the suggested extra packages (no yum, need rpm for this) so I could use the full graphics/html ability of pdflatex as well as pdfscreen. I also got octave, good for those who cannot get matlab. When you write for publication, and do a lot of math, these are vital.
Eventually, I installed yumex.
I got the ms fonts from mjmwired, but also a lot of fancy ttf fonts from cumberland games.
That should hold ya.
Haven't tried gnome-yum, but Tim Lauridsen's Yum Extender provides a really slick GUI interface too.
RealPlayer 10 is another good app to have just to round out Linux's proprietary format support: http://www.real.com/
Wish I could post direct links.. I will in a few more posts. Anyway:
- I tried "yum install mplayer" but I guess I have no skin or something? Do I need a separate GUI for that? Is it hugely better than my modified version of totem?
- Nethack ... is that a networking tool?
- EVE ... uh, I must work too much. I had to google. *sigh* Looks fun.
yumex Yum Extender -- I have that application, but I like more options and control, so I tend to use gnome-yum "GNOME interface for YUM" I've never used Synaptic, but maybe it's similar?
PS I wish I could post links. (This is post #4 for me, one more to go.)
jed, bastille, snort, cis, opera, mplayer all come to mind. Happy computing, Kurt
I am late here - I was just looking for some info about MATLAB and FONTS
cause my installation pops out with very ungly ones and I do not know
where to get a plethora of nice fonts and where to place them.
Any help much appreciated.
FC5 is what I use now, but maybe this helps:
Dunno much about MATLAB, except that octave aims to be the free linux equivlanent. You might wanna post a new topic or try a matlab forum. Good luck
You can install any truetype fonts in fedora. Google for them, there are tons.
Be sure to read the licence though before you start using them in public.
A good place to start would be cumberland fontworks: www.cumberlandgames.com - most of his fonts are free for non-profit purposes. He includes a wide range of "handwriting" style fonts. His "Yank" font was used in the New Zealand Linux Wiki.
Generally, however, you should really read through the fedorafaq (prev ms) - truly.
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