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Old 07-15-2013, 08:04 AM   #1
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Smile Fedora 19 was so easy to install


Hi, I was so impressed with the ease of installing Fedora 19 I just had to post.

I first tried Red Hat 10 years ago and it was enough to put me off Linux until only recently.

The PC I was given (Ex uni, which was being thrown out) had XP pro SP3 installed and ran like a crippled dog (no offence to dog lovers) and I tolerated all the junk programs that were still resident, even after clearing out a lot of startup programs and other crap it still persisted in running very slow. Anyway, one of the admin programs regularly forced me to change my password and after getting home and having one to many glasses of scotch I completely forgot my new password (I was ready to give that PC the beating of it's life).

I found a util called 'Offline NT Password & Registry Editor' and was able to get back in, I noticed that this util appeared to be Linux based and that got me interested in to looking at Linux once again.

Long story short, having tried RH in the past, I searched for it and came across it's free successor (Fedora) and found it far easier to use than it predecessor.

I used 'Aomei' to create a partition, downloaded Fedora 19 and burnt the ISO on to a CD (Xfce Spin, because it was nice and small).

Installing was a breeze, the only slight problem was sound and that was partly fixed when I installed 'Banshee' (similar in look to iTunes but much better), the funny thing was it couldn't play mp3's, video or DVD's but the online content and Youtube had sound(I was puzzled).

Since the basic install gave me web access (it automatically detected my Samsung tablet as a USB tether) and so I installed KDE (still sound problems) and then Gnome3 (problem is now gone).

I now have full video and sound and it works brilliantly and even Wine works at a cracking pace (I did a time test with a ray tracing program called 'POV' and it renders faster under Wine than in native Windows...Go figure).

I am impressed, all my video and music content is still in it's windows folders but I just mount that drive and I have full access under Linux with no need to duplicate the files for Linux.

I don't have much experience with Linux but all it took was persistence and web researching to get where I am now, all of this took the better part of 2 days and now I'm set (looks like my XP can rest for a very long time now, no real need for it unless for emergencies).
 
Old 07-15-2013, 08:51 AM   #2
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welcome back to Linux and to LQ.
 
Old 07-15-2013, 09:46 AM   #3
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just for your information the dvd (content scrambling system), mp3 audio codec, mpeg4 video container, ... are owned by the mpaa and cant be installed in the us without licensing agreement from the motion picture expert group.

there is a linux distro called linux mint based in ireland that install these codecs by default but the us laws dont apply to them.
 
Old 07-15-2013, 10:02 AM   #4
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just for your information the dvd (content scrambling system), mp3 audio codec, mpeg4 video container, ... are owned by the mpaa and cant be installed in the us without licensing agreement from the motion picture expert group.
As far as I know they just can't be distributed on US servers (and even that is more of a legal gray area than an outright illegality. There's nothing wrong with installing them.
 
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:22 AM   #5
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just for your information the dvd (content scrambling system), mp3 audio codec, mpeg4 video container, ... are owned by the mpaa and cant be installed in the us without licensing agreement from the motion picture expert group.
I became aware that FC19 didn't include the codecs etc in their distro's due to legal reasons via their website, much after downloading so I had to look for those installs myself.

My point being, if you take the time to look you'll eventually find the solution (or in my case, stumble across it).
 
Old 07-15-2013, 10:27 AM   #6
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As far as I know they just can't be distributed on US servers (and even that is more of a legal gray area than an outright illegality. There's nothing wrong with installing them.
good point. maybe i shouldve said they cant be distributed in the us without licensing agreement from the motion picture expert group.
 
Old 07-15-2013, 03:35 PM   #7
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for store bought dvd's and music in NON gpl'ed format
SEE: Mjmwired's guide
( note mjmwired uses "sudo" ,that is NOT set up by default on fedora .Fedora uses "su" and "su - " by default )
http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mjm-fedora-f19.html
http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mj...l#mediaplayers
 
Old 07-15-2013, 05:46 PM   #8
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As for POV (I think you are referring to PovRay) try the native version... They have been using a multi-threaded render for a while now.
 
Old 07-15-2013, 06:58 PM   #9
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povray is a linux program with a MS windows port
it is also in the fedora repos
Code:
su -
yum search povray
should list it as being available
 
Old 07-17-2013, 12:13 AM   #10
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I'm more then happy

My PC has been getting used o/time since I installed FC19, I can't believe how much it has expanded (FPS game, utils...the list goes on) since I first encountered it a decade ago and (sadly) was initially put right off it.

All I can say is (for any newbie, I am one) give it a go, try it...if you don't like it don't slag at it.

Every O/S has it's good points and bad, it just depends on your perception of want you expect and demand.

Linux ROCKS (my opinion)
 
  


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