Monday, August 12, 2013

Things to do after installing Linux

When I installed Fedora 18, I realised that it doesn't include most of the software I am used to in Windows. Luckily, almost all the software that are available for Windows are available for Linux distros as well (atleast close substitutes). This is not an exhaustive list! Just to give an idea as to how to go about things.
Remember to run all the commands as super user, i.e., type ' su - ' first. You will be prompted to enter your password. After entering the correct password, you enter the root of your system, similar to admin in Windows.
1. Fedora Utils
Fedora Utils lets you install codecs and additional software that Fedora doesn't want to ship, like MP3 codecs, Adobe Flash, Oracle Java etc. It can also fix problems, tweak and cleanup your system, show system information and much more with just few clicks.

su -c "curl -o /etc/yum.repos.d/fedorautils.repo && yum install fedorautils"

2. VLC Media Player & Media Codecs

I find VLC more convenient to use than the default player that comes with Fedora, so that's usually the first thing I prefer installing.
yum install vlc
yum install gstreamer gstreamer-ffmpeg gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-bad-free gstreamer-plugins-bad-nonfree gstreamer-plugins-base gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-ugly ffmpeg
3. Adobe Flash Plugin
You have to chose either based on the hardware architecture you are using.

x86_64 (64 bit)

sudo yum install -y 

x86 (32 bit)

 sudo yum install -y

Install the Adobe Flash web-browser plugin
The first command imports the GPG key for the Adobe Flash plugin repository and the second command installs the plugin itself.
sudo rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux
sudo yum install flash-plugin -y
4. GNOME Tweak Tool
GNOME Tweak Tool is an application for changing the advanced settings of GNOME 3.
yum install gnome-tweak-tool
5. Installing Java Runtime Environment
For installing JRE, download the package required/ You can download the latest package from here or the previous releases from here. There are a variety of formats available and you can choose whichever suits you the best. Since I use a Fedora system, it would be *.rpm for me.
rpm -Uhv *.rpm
Wine is a free and open source software application that aims to allow applications designed for Microsoft Windows to run on Linux operating systems.
yum install wine
GIMP is an open source equivalent of Adobe Photoshop.
yum install gimp
8. Audacity
Audacity is free, open-source audio editor for recording, slicing, and mixing audio.
yum install audacity --disablerepo=LumenVox
9. Clementine Music Player
You do find some default music players on Linux like Rhythmbox or Brasero, but I found this music player really ineresting.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:me-davidsansome/clementine
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install clementine


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