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Old 07-24-2004, 12:48 AM   #1
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Few General Fedora Questions

Okay these are noob questions. No, I am not a noob (lol) I just spent so much time learning the advanced stuff that I don't know anything about the beginner stuff.

1.) First thing first, speed. I've been spoiled by Windows before I ditched it, and I was used to disk cleanup and msconfig. Basically, I want my Linux to run barebones, only what it needs to run, the rest I can load when needed. How can I get rid of most startup programs, find and clean temp files, etc?

2.) When I installed Fedora, I installed EVERYTHING. (Yes, everything). I did that to avoid dependency hell. Well, I've been using APT to always keep up to date with everything, and when I go to add/remove programs in the gnome menu, it won't let me uninstall the stuff I don't want. I think its because its looking for the stuff that was installed initially, not the updated versions. I want to remove alot of the programs, not one by one in a terminal (That would take days) but use a GUI to do it. This is one of the more important questions.

3.) I want to update to the latest KDE and Gnome. Any good apt repositories and fail-safe instructions or FAQ?

4.) My system randomly hangs. (May have something to do with my NVIDIA driver) what should I check, and what info would you guys need? When it hangs, ALT+CTRL+Backspace does nothing. The hard drive light still blinks occasionally, though.

5.) I have media keys (Play, pause, volume, etc) on my keyboard. Can I set that up with Linux?

6.) With my NVIDIA driver, could I possibly post my XORG config, and maybe you guys would be ever so kind to tell me how to tweak it for the VERY highest possible graphics performance? Sometimes ZSNES and some games are jerky although they do get good frame rates.

Any help is appreciated!!!
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1) linux doesn't mess up the way windows does. Startup programs are called services and you can easily turn them on or of throug a GUI (System settings--> services or something similar)

2) very strange indeed. Install /uninstall keeps an updated list of what you have installed. If it doesn't allow you to uninstall something it may be due to the fact that it is neede for something else you still want to use. Contrary to windows, linux apps are very modular and a module from one app may be necessary to be able to run another.


5) Keys can be easily configured using the a simple gnome program. I got my windows key working nicely. Multimedia keys may be a bit more complicated, but if the GUI program won't let you check out the HOWTO's. I'm sure I've seen it there
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3. for KDE, here.
5. maybe you'll find your keybord there..

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Thanks guys, I will try that stuff later on tonight and see if I can get things working.
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Check out the Multimedia Keys app in gnome, it works well for those keys.

To uninstall you need to get into a shell login and try `rpm -e appname`

That way you can see if there are errors that are preventing the removal. You can remove several apps at once if necessary like this..

rpm -e app1 app1-devel


to find an app try this..

rpm -qa | grep something


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