Essential Fedora 9

Fedora 9 codenamed ‘sulphur’ gives an astonishing impression at first sight. New nice and elegant GDM and default GNOME theme WAVES gives a refreshing feel. It continues the feature of changing with the day-light.

Fedora 9 has a very good hardware support, it detected everything except ‘Conexant modem’ which is acceptable as it has commercial driver developed by linuxant.com. But it will need proprietory drivers for nvidia and ati graphics cards. So lets start making it more “USABLE” !! :)

Add repositories:

Very first repo I add is the livna repo.
execute the following commands and you’ll have working livna repo.

su
Password:
yum install livna-release

More repositories I add are, google and play-on-linux. For google repo just make a text file, say google.repo add the following text to it

[google]
name=Google - i386
baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/i386
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1

copy this file to /etc/yum.repos.d/

for playonlinux repo, download the repo configuration rpm from http://www.mulx.net/rpm/playonlinux-yum-3-1.noarch.rpm and install with rpm command as root.

rpm -ivh playonlinux-yum-[version number].noarch.rpm

Next turn for adobe repository. Run the following yum command as root.

yum install adobe-release

Now time to update the whole system. The fedora’s core packages which are bundled on CD/DVD are most likely updated in repository since the initial release. So to be safe just update the fedora system.

yum -y update

Proprietory 3D accelerated drivers for Nvidia and ati:

Time to install proprietory drivers for nvidia. Livna does have proprietory drivers for nvidia but there is an alternative way also by downloading the drivers from nvidia website and installing manually. If you prefer livna’s precompiled drivers just install akmod-nvidia and xorg-x11-drv-nvidia

yum install akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia

Or go to nVIDIA driver download page and download the binary driver package. http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us. To install this driver go to virtual console by pressing CTRL+ALT+F1, login as root and switch to runlevel 3 by executing

/sbin/init 3

Now navigate to nvidia driver’s directory and execute

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-177.80-pkg1.run

The nvidia driver installer will take care of the rest after asking some basic questions. Once the drivers are installed, execute

/sbin/init 5

and fedora now should have working nvidia proprietory drivers. :)

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