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Fedora Core 4 Tips and Tricks (v0.6)
Last modified: Friday November 9, 2012

This is based on my Fedora Core 3 Tips and Tricks page. There is also a Fedora Core 5 Tips and Tricks page in the works. This version is pretty much complete. Recent changes are highlighted in yellow.

Add support for other repositories

Fedora comes with a ton of software but there are still plenty of packages of interest to most users that are not included for a variety of reasons. This is where you find the MP3 plug-in and a ton of other packages. Yum is now the preferred update format, however the handy RHN icon on the GNOME task bar that I like (but nobody else does) still seems to be tied to the old RHN method using up2date.

Before you add repositories it's probably a good idea to make sure your system is fully updated first. It's still early but right now the Livna and freshrpms repositories seems to be the most useful. The easiest way to get started is to install the freshrpms-release packages:

# rpm -ihv http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/4/i386/RPMS.lvn/livna-release-4-0.lvn.2.4.noarch.rpm
# rpm -ihv http://ayo.freshrpms.net/fedora/linux/4/i386/RPMS.freshrpms/freshrpms-release-1.1-1.fc.noarch.rpm
You can browse the packages available there at http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/4/i386/RPMS.lvn/ and http://ayo.freshrpms.net/fedora/linux/4/i386/RPMS.freshrpms/. To automatically install/update the Macromedia Flash plug-in copy This File to your /etc/yum.repos.d directory.

Now, the problem is that they seem to interfere with each other so at times you're going to have to disable one or the other repository.

Install MP3 Plug-in

Since you've been following along this next step is about as easy as it gets. Just use yum  to automatically install the MP3 plug-ins for XMMS and Rhythmbox like this:
# yum -y install xmms-mp3 gstreamer-plugins-mp3 libmad libid3tag
The -y  flag is to automatically answer yes to any question. If you want to be able to say no you can ignore that flag.

While you're there I also recommend the XMMS Status Plug-in found at http://newrpms.sunsite.dk/apt/redhat/en/i386/fc3/RPMS.newrpms/xmms-status-plugin-1.0-2.rhfc3.nr.i386.rpm. Just download it and install it with:

# rpm -ihv http://newrpms.sunsite.dk/apt/redhat/en/i386/fc3/RPMS.newrpms/xmms-status-plugin-1.0-2.rhfc3.nr.i386.rpm
Then fire up XMMS then with your mouse on the XMMS window hit CTRL-V. Choose General Plugins then click on Enable plugin and hit Configure to customize it to your tastes. From then on you'll have a docked control panel for XMMS.

While you're there I highly recommend the grip CD ripper which supports both MP3 and Ogg formats. Once again installation is quite simple:

# yum -y install grip

Install Macromedia Flash/Shockwave plug-in

If you set up the repositories correctly above you should just need to do this:
# yum -y install flash-plugin
You can get more information about this plug-in at http://ruslug.rutgers.edu/macromedia/site_ru.html. Before the plug-in gets installed you'll need to agree to the terms of the license.

Install DVD player

Currently I find the only DVD player that actually works is the Xine Multimedia Player which is found in the FreshRpms repository so installing it is just this simple:
# yum -y install xine xine-lib xine-skins
This will install the xine DVD/VCD/CD player. Now to get xine to automatically play a DVD upon insertion, go to the Desktop -> Preferences -> Removable Storage. Once that comes up select Multimedia Make sure Video DVD Discs is turned on and put in the following for the command:
xine --auto-play --auto-scan dvd

Install MPlayer Media Player

At some point you're probably going to want to play a QuickTime, AVI or ASF file so you'll want the MPlayer media player. Fortunately with the FreshRpms repositories it's also very easy to download and install.

However, at the time I wrote this there was a conflict with the packages in the two repositories listed above when installing this package. You'll have to tell yum to ignore the Livna for this install.

# yum -y --disablerepo=livna install mplayer mplayer-skins mplayer-fonts
This command line will download the whole kit and kaboodle. that if you want to play content from a command line that you use the gmplayer  version which will include a skin-able control panel.

The repositories seem to have an older MPlayer Plug-in which is known to be buggy. I've had much better luck downloading the latest plug-in from the following site:

Then you can install it from the command line:
# rpm -ihv mplayerplug-in-3.17-fc4.i386.rpm
This will install the plug-in to play a wide variety of media within your browser window. Restart your web browser after that whole mess is done installing and you'll also have a plug-in for Mozilla so you can play embedded content. While you're at it be sure to configure mplayer to use the ALSA sound system rather than the default. It just works better. Edit the file ~/.mplayer/config and add the following line:

And finally you'll probably also want some additional codecs to play all that proprietary video that seems to have infected the Internet. Go to the MPlayer Download page and download the essential codes package. You'll need to install those files in /usr/local/lib/win32. Here are the steps. Remember the exact file names may change at some point.

# gtar xjvf essential-20050412.tar.bz2
# mkdir /usr/local/lib/win32
# mv essential-20050412/* /usr/local/lib/win32

Install RealPlayer 10 Media Player

If you have a better way of installing a Real Medial player please let me know if in the comments section below.

Before you install the play you'll need to make sure the compat-libstdc++-33 module is installed. Download the RealPlayer10 package from the following location:

Before you start you'll probably want to get rid of the mostly useless HelixPlayer so they don't get in each other's way. Then install the RPM from the command line:
# rpm -ev HelixPlayer
# yum -y install compat-libstdc++-33
# rpm -ihv RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm
Then whenever you want to view something just use /usr/bin/realplay . Here is a link to a cute test video to make sure it's working for you.

If audio is working but you have a black screen then it's possible your video card doesn't support XVideo. You can turn it off by clicking on Tools  -> Preferences then choose the Hardware tab and disable Use XVideo .

After you've run it the first time and gone through the configuration screens edit the ~/.realplayerrc  file and add the following line in the [helix]  section of the configuration:

For some reason on my system RealPlayer uses the the old and virtually obsolete OSS sound driver. The line above tells it to use the newer ALSA sound driver instead.

Install Java J2RE and Mozilla Plug-in

It's also very handy to have the Java run-time environment available and most importantly a Mozilla plug-in so you can view dynamic content. It's unfortunate that Mozilla will actually crash if you go to a site containing Java and you don't have the plug-in installed.

For now there is no easy way to do this but I found the following instructions on FedoraForums.org. Basically, start by downloading the JRE 5.0 Update 3 from Sun.com. You'll want to grab the Linux RPM in self-extracting file. Then you want to install it with:

# chmod +x jre-1_5_0_03-linux-i586-rpm.bin
# ./jre-1_5_0_03-linux-i586-rpm.bin
Then per the instructions on FedoraForums.org you will want to create a file called /etc/profile.d/java.sh containing the following:
export JAVA_HOME
You will probably need to log out and log back in to successfully pick up the new Java version you just installed.

Then you'll probably want to enable Java Plug-ins and here once again there is no easy way:

# ln -s /usr/java/jre1.5.0_03/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
If you know of an easier way please post it to the Comments section below.

Install NTFS driver

If you need access to NT file systems you'll probably want to download the Linux ntfs driver. I noticed that the Livna repository now maintains a kernel-module-ntfs RPM which you can now quickly and easily install. This also means that when a new kernel comes out you'll be able to just do a yum update  to keep the module up to date and in sync with your new kernel
# yum -y install kernel-module-ntfs

More detailed instructions on determining which RPM you need can be found at http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/rpm/instructions.html. Once installed the ntfs driver will be a dynamically loadable module and you can mount NT file systems with mount -t ntfs -o nls=utf8 /dev/hdXX /mnt .

Install Other Odds and Ends

MS TrueType Fonts

Many people will find it handy to have MS TrueType fonts available to make sure many websites render correctly. You can download the latest RPM from http://www.mjmwired.net/resources/mjm-fedora-fc3.shtml#ttf and install it as follows:
# rpm -ihv msttcorefonts-1.3-3.noarch.rpm

Protecting SSH

And don't forget that if your Linux system is on the Internet 24/7 and has SSH open to the world you might want to take steps to Protect SSH.

Enable locate database

If you're like most people and don't read release notes you'll probably also want to turn on the slocate database so once it's rebuilt you can easily find files with the locate  command. Edit the file /etc/updatedb.conf and set DAILY_UPDATE=yes 

Enable Early-Login

IMPORTANT: A lot of users, including myself, are having trouble with early-login working reliably. If you need your system to be stable and "just work" then I strongly recommend you NOT install early-login. If you know how to make it work reliably, PLEASE let me know.

If you did read the release notes you may have mentioned a new feature in GDM 2.6 called the early login capability. One thing about Linux is that the login screen wasn't displayed until the entire start-up procedure was complete. What the early login capability does is allow the login screen to be displayed and the login to take place as soon as the system is "started up enough" instead of "entirely". After digging around a bit I found the following easy step-by-step instructions. If you're like me and reboot a lot you'll like this feature because you'll be able to log in sooner.

# chkconfig --add gdm-early-login
# chkconfig --add gdm-allow-login
# chkconfig gdm-early-login on
# chkconfig gdm-allow-login on
That's the background stuff that allows it to work but the last thing you will need is to tell the booting kernel that you want to use the early-login feature when starting up. Bring up an editor as root and edit /etc/grub.conf  and on the first kernel boot line you find replace rhgb  with early-login so your entry should look something like this:
title Fedora Core (2.6.11-1.1369_FC4)
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4 ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 early-login quiet
        initrd /initrd-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.img
The next time you reboot you will no longer see the graphical boot status screen but instead be shown the standard login screen.

Make Mozilla Identify Itself As A Different Browser

Most people won't need to do this but I regularly visit websites that for some reason require a specific browser even though Mozilla works just fine. It's easy enough to make Mozilla identify itself as a different browser to allow access to those websites using Browser Masquerading. This also works with the Firefox browser.

The easiest way to do this is install the User Agent Switcher for Mozilla from https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=59. Follow the instructions and restart your browser. Then you can go to Tools -> User Agent Switcher to change your browser's identity at any time.

Common Glitches

New section where common "glitches" in Fedora Core 4 are documented with their workarounds.

PC Won't Turn Off After Shutdown
The workaround for CPU enumeration with HyperThreading CPUs allows shutdown to work properly. Simply add acpi=ht to the kernel boot line in /etc/grub.conf and reboot.

Turn off the ANNOYING Spatial Nautilus Behavior
I don't know if it's the worst feature of Fedora but it's definitely in the top 5. You can get the old more sane behavior by bringing up Edit -> Preferences then select the Behavior tab. Near the top find the option for Always open in browser windows and make sure it is checked.

If you have additions to this section please use the comments section below.

Other Useful Resources

I've tried to not just copy other people's tips so I've included a list of other people's tips and tricks I've found to be useful. There should be little or no overlap.
Using Linux and Bluetooth DUN on the Treo 650 - A very nice guide to using a Treo 650 phone as a modem with your Linux based PC. It works great for me with one change. Do NOT uncomment the line encrypt enable;  as it just won't work for me with encryption enabled with a D-Link DBT-120 and a Treo 650 phone.

Mauriat Miranda's FC4 Installation Guide - Great guide that goes into more depth of selecting options during the installation process. This is also the source of the MS fonts RPM.

FedoraForum - Linux Support Community - This is now the official way to get community support of the Fedora Linux system. There is no official Red Hat mailing list for FC4 any more.

Fedora Multimedia Installation HOWTO - I discovered this great resource after I wrote this. This document goes into more detail than mine so it's a great resource.

Fedora Core 4 Linux Installation Notes - Another great set of installation notes that includes much of what I include here but does include a few things I don't.

Official Fedora Core 4 Release Notes - These are written for a reason and worth a quick scan at least. The release notes highlight what has changed since the previous version as well as some potential problmes you may run into.

Linux - Fedora Core 4 Setup Steps - Another handy concise guide to setting up Fedora Core 4. It covers a lot of what I do plus a few things.

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18-Feb-2008 23:23
How the heck do you enable hash support so that MD4 and MD5 work in Fedora 4??
29-Nov-2007 03:27
Hi friends,

i'm looking for fedora core 4 user manual.If anyone have,pls mail to me.
Thank You

04-Sep-2006 08:54
There is another great site which I most definitively use everytime I install a Fedora Core system:


They have all basic installation options numbered out for you. just copy and paste!

(who is actually a freebsd expert, but uses Fedora Core for testing purposes)
02-Jul-2006 11:00
very useful. heres an update for the repository enabling. the rpm files have recently (may) been updated so the new repository package installation commands are

rpm -ihv http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/4/i386/RPMS.lvn/livna-release-4-5.noarch.rpm


rpm -ihv http://ayo.freshrpms.net/fedora/linux/4/i386/RPMS.freshrpms/freshrpms-release-1.1-1.fc.noarch.rpm

thanks for the fc4 t&t page!
25-Jun-2006 19:02
Thanks for this guide! You have made the headaches I was having go away. I wish I had found this first.
Mary Spielmann
20-Jun-2006 17:59
Actually, this is a question- I have windows 98--I try downloading java but it tells me that the download was interrupted and I have to contact my package vendor--I need java to play games online--I have a windows based pc--anyone have any answers for me?--my patience has run thin!
29-May-2006 20:41
For Easy Java Installation I Recommend Fedora Frog. It can be found at http://easylinux.info/wiki/Fedora_frog. It allows you to Install MANY Applications easily on Fedora Core 4(Also Works on 5). According to their website, all you have to do to run it is type:
#wget -c http://easylinux.info/uploads/frog-fc4.tar.gz
#tar zxvf frog-fc4.tar.gz -C ~
#xterm -e ~/.frog/frog.run
And then a box comes up asking you what you want to Install. Make Sure "Java" is checked. Then Install What you Want. A Complete list of what it can install can be found at: http://easylinux.info/wiki/Fedora_frog#What_can_it_do_for_me.3F and to find out how to get it: http://easylinux.info/wiki/Fedora_frog#What_about_FC4.3F . This is MUCH Easier and Faster than the Method On This Site.
little horse
30-Mar-2006 11:48
JAVA or lack therof in your browser...

Install jre per instructions here or stanton finley THEN get OPERA web browser RPM. install it.  Behold !  JAVA works there  !
20-Mar-2006 12:54
LoL im a fun of ur page and I get so much help from it. Now my compcannot play download Window Media Player plugins and I really need coz of my personal website. Pliz HELP how to get the problem solved
20-Mar-2006 10:34
Hey I got how to put different. this is what I got from my friend but works with KDE only "right click on your desktop..then select the configure desktop, you will see background, screensaver..etc, select background then select the picture and select to use it on desktop 1, then select desktop 2 and change pic, do that to all the desktops you have and click on apply after you finish! good luck." But now I have this problem. My KDE background can not be changed except from the pics originally in the computer. What can be the problem???
18-Mar-2006 12:51
U r really helpful and you r changing our Feroda live and making them look lively. U r the MAN n thanx 4 the reply I didnt expect. I also have this problem: I saw my friend fedora core 4 with different wallpapers in each desktop. I've tried to do that but I cant. PLIZ HELP
Hans Pedersen
18-Mar-2006 12:01
I have problems with my welcome screen after trying Early-Login. It just goes down and another welcome program takes over.

I tried to reverse what I had made by editing grub.conf back and by doing

# chkconfig gdm-early-login off
# chkconfig gdm-allow-login off
# chkconfig --del gdm-early-login
# chkconfig --del gdm-allow-login

but this did not solve the problem.

Can you help me?

Hans Pedersen

You're not the only one with issues with early-login.  I'm going to remove the config example as a lot of people are having trouble with it.
18-Mar-2006 05:07
Please help me how to instal SJPhone in my Fedora Core 4 OS I really need it but I dont know how to instal it. Thanks for all the work you have done you are really helpful.
12-Mar-2006 13:16
You can ignore my preceding question (but not the compliment, which still stands!)

Here's the mistake I made:  In the Mplayer section of your page, I assumed that the section highlighted in yellow in the middle of the section (regarding using the rpm command to install mplayerplugin) was intended as full replacement for the yum installation described at the top of the Mplayer section, so I skipped the yum step.  I have now run the yum command, and re-installed the mplayerplugin using rpm, and the embedded content feature works.  Yippee!  Thanks again.
Tony T
12-Mar-2006 12:50
Fantastic site - I've sent compliments and comments to the site owner before. Now I have a problem:  I installed MPlayer Media Player and RealPlayer 10 (as well as everything above MPlayer on this page  except the XMMS status window), but when I access embedded content via Firefox, I get the following error message:  Error: mplayer execv: No such file or directory

This error message appears even when the content is in a support format (e.g. mpeg).  Any ideas as to what might be causing this?
01-Mar-2006 22:46
 What is meant by kernal boot line in /etc/grub.conf
and show me that line
01-Mar-2006 08:55

I'm new to Linux and every search I make brings me to this page so hopefully someone can help me. I install a driver on fedora core 4, but everytime I restart the system I have to reinstall the driver. Could this be a problem with the way in which I make the file or some issue with the driver that can be fixed? Or perhaps something to do with Fedora Core 4? The driver works fine on SuSE 9.3. Thanks in advance.
23-Feb-2006 23:17
This is really appreciated.And at the same time i want ask one question.Please give me response .
Question is If we want to see my files which is reside in home by clicking desktop icon (not through terminal).Really iam seeing my files by getting many windows.But i want such that getting any file with in one single window.First of all is it possible,if possible give me answer.
20-Feb-2006 15:46
Thank you very much for your information. Now I can play dvd on my fedora. Thanks
13-Feb-2006 00:22
Your the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank ya much!!!!!!
Andrew Allen
12-Feb-2006 22:17
Thank you! You've helped a lot of people, myself included.
Alley Cat
26-Jan-2006 14:14
Great Help Page!  It really helped me.

Like the person above said, forget Xine and Mplayer and use VLC media Player.  Way better than the others and it plays EVERYTHING.  Just use yum install and it will install itself + all dependencies.   Then go to the Mplayer page an download that bundle of codecs and youre all set.

Satej Ankolekar
14-Jan-2006 18:01
whoever you are, You did  a great job. In minutes I was able to use Real player and Xine and Mplayer. I want to start an operations center in the U.S supporting all fedora core users and not enterprise users. If anybody wants to partner with me ; greg I request you to help me in this; please email me at satej99@yahoo.com
We can help for as less as $5 / support incident or even less but without proper support and toll free numbers and all your support this cannot be a success.
I want Microsoft users to be as comfortable with Linux Fedora as well. I have worked for Microsoft support for three years and have a fair knowledge of how the call flow goes and how we can do it. I only need the capital and the people who can support me in this...
I need to form a board of directors and need a place anywhere in the United States. We can use greg's page as a knowledge base!!!!
Tel: 6313854632
Paul C.
12-Jan-2006 11:42
For those that like and enjoy /bin/ls output sorted in the "correct" UNIX fashion (put the dot files first, then uppercase, followed by lowercase), you can set the environment variable LC_COLLATE to the value "POSIX".  This is widely known at this point, however, I still find it very annoying and thought it worth mentioning here since I've found this page to be extremely valueable.

To make this global for the system, put the following line at end ot /etc/bashrc


Does anyone know of any adverse affects to performing this operation on a system wide scale?

Thanks and keep up the good work.
Paul C.
mixmaster dj fx
09-Jan-2006 17:27
make sure you burn the ISO's as IMAGES, not DATA...i had that same problem when i first tried
Henk van Mourik
06-Jan-2006 04:48
ey all..n00b here :lol:
I downloaded and burned the 4 iso's but if i insert the first cd it won't boot from the disk and it starts my previous os. i'm working with a deel latitude and after starting i press F12 boot boot menu, choose boot from cd/dvd and stiil running previous os


with regards

04-Jan-2006 21:09
AWESOME!!  Finally instructions that everyone can easily follow and get the most out of LINUX!!  Thanks!
Jeffrey D. Yuille
01-Jan-2006 07:53
This website is great, especially about the way to install Java.  It is very helpful, informative and well-written.  Keep up the great work!
26-Dec-2005 20:39
I know what a pain it is to keep up a nice website, but you have done it. Nice and simple which are the two things that make the world a better place.

Be Good, Be Faithful and always remember to Stick it to the Man!!
Abdeil Rosario
26-Dec-2005 11:16
Great! You've done an outstanding job. I am a seasoned Linux Admin and I believe you you have put togethe all the loose ends that keep Linux from being mainstream.  Congrtulations!
21-Dec-2005 20:30
Java works great thanks for the tip
19-Dec-2005 23:48
This guide is awesome. I followed the steps and was watching DVDs in just minutes. I wish all docs were dwtailed like this. Thanks
17-Dec-2005 15:15
excellent article - thanks so much for taking the time to document this stuff...i bookmarked this as well...bravo!!
29-Nov-2005 03:47
i have try installing Xine and MPlayer as described in your tutorial, but i got the following error :

[root@localhost workspace]# rpm -ivh xine-*
warning: xine-0.99.3-4.1.fc3.i386.rpm: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID e42d547b
error: Failed dependencies:
       libaa.so.1 is needed by xine-0.99.3-4.1.fc3.i386
       libcrypto.so.4 is needed by xine-0.99.3-4.1.fc3.i386
       libreadline.so.4 is needed by xine-0.99.3-4.1.fc3.i386
       libssl.so.4 is needed by xine-0.99.3-4.1.fc3.i386
       libFLAC.so.4 is needed by xine-lib-1.0.1-2.1.fc3.i386
       libXvMCW.so.1 is needed by xine-lib-1.0.1-2.1.fc3.i386
       libaa.so.1 is needed by xine-lib-1.0.1-2.1.fc3.i386
       libdvdcss is needed by xine-lib-1.0.1-2.1.fc3.i386
       libfame-0.9.so.1 is needed by xine-lib-1.0.1-2.1.fc3.i386

[root@localhost workspace]# rpm -ivh mplayer-*
warning: mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386.rpm: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID e42d547b
error: Failed dependencies:
       libXvMCW.so.1 is needed by mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386
       libaa.so.1 is needed by mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386
       libdvdread.so.3 is needed by mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386
       libfribidi.so.0 is needed by mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386
       liblirc_client.so.0 is needed by mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386
       liblzo.so.1 is needed by mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386
       libmad.so.0 is needed by mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386
       libmp3lame.so.0 is needed by mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386
       libpostproc = 1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3 is needed by mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386
       libpostproc.so.0 is needed by mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386
       libxvidcore.so.4 is needed by mplayer-1.0-0.16.pre7.1.fc3.i386

do you know why i got the that error msg??? I would really need a suggestion.

Mike N
26-Nov-2005 17:32
Your YUM command installed Xine but it wouldn't play until I removed the Helix player as per your instructions under How to install RealPlayer10. Then both Real and Xine appeared as if by magic. Thanks a lot!
chris rogers (UK)
23-Nov-2005 05:45
Thanks a load.  I've installed my first Linux only last week and your notes have been very useful.  I'm trying to get away from M$ as much as possible with the aim of deleting it altogether eventually.  Your help is proving accurate and essential.
21-Nov-2005 06:01
One stop shop for all JAVA stuff:

Gowri Kumar (India)
19-Nov-2005 23:43
Fedora Is 101% better than Windows XP
Gowri Kumar (India)
19-Nov-2005 23:41
To run nero
after installing
do this
# chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/share/nero/*.so
19-Nov-2005 03:57
I cannot install with FC4 : lmule,xmule,amule ...

I guess my wxGTK isn't installed properly, can u make a guide for that please?

12-Nov-2005 11:27
A great 1-2-3.  It made a couple of things quicky-quick in my checklist of items to cover to run a Linux GUI full time.  Thanks for the notes!
10-Nov-2005 17:00
Hey there, a very simple and precise readme.....thx buddy!!

Bookmarked \,,/  >.<  \,,/  
09-Nov-2005 08:43
Thanks of lot - Dobra robota!!! :)


best regads from Poland
09-Nov-2005 03:53
Too good instructions ..
Thanks a lot
04-Nov-2005 09:04
25-Oct-2005 10:30
Nice directions. I am a beginner in Linux in general but I have installed Fedora and, so far, it's been a great experience.

Keep up the good work.
24-Oct-2005 11:06
Absolutely wonderful. Helped me sooo much. Keep it up and keep adding more!
22-Oct-2005 21:03
Torsten K??hnel
22-Oct-2005 07:08
Thank you !!
18-Oct-2005 16:51
thaaaaaaaankkkk youuuuuuu
really appreciated
05-Oct-2005 15:22
this is very useful guide,,, thanks a lot...
but ,,,how can i install the amule?? :D
01-Oct-2005 12:50
do you know why my old php scripts don't work on fedora core 4 x86_64 the old php version ran all my scripts now this php 5.0.5 won't????????
Ether Inanov
26-Sep-2005 10:46
Many thanks for this great guide. It is exactly what I have been loking for. And thanks to Google for taking me here.
Simon in the UK
22-Sep-2005 14:41
Just to say thanks for a great site. Used it for four installations now so I thought it's only polite to say thank you. Best site I've found to get the essentials running on FC4..... keep up the great work.

Alex Gremaldi
20-Sep-2005 02:18
Once again, the Fedora Core Tips & Tricks page makes installing FC not only worthwhile but acutally allows it to reasonably replace Winderz XP. I rarely boot into the Borgware these days. I've been using the Tips & Tricks since FC2. Thanks to Greg for the excellent documentation. Kudos! :)

Please continue this work with FC5 and beyond, kind sir.
George N. White III
19-Sep-2005 08:07
The environment modules package <http://modules.sourceforge.net/>
can be used to dynamically adjust the environment, e.g.,  to use Sun Java.  You can install multiple versions of packages and switch between them in a single shell session.
14-Sep-2005 11:49
If you're still having trouble viewing wmvs, etc, I found I had to extract the codecs package to /usr/local/lib/codecs instead of /usr/local/lib/win32.
Hope that helps!
India Starker
11-Sep-2005 07:01
Wow, I simply copied your yum xine command and was watching a movie on DVD some minutes later. It's so nice when a recommendation works perfectly the first time. THANKS A MILLION!
(Fedora Core 3, 2.6.12-1.1376_FC3)
07-Sep-2005 11:21
A wonderful article, thank you.
05-Sep-2005 05:08
Article is great, but for newbies give some examples of proxy settings. Many of people is sitting behind proxy in school, or something similiar and their are unhappy cause yum is not working. I set up proxy so if you are interested i can send you it via email. But article is GREAT, and I must say THANX.
04-Sep-2005 23:46
Wow. Everything I needed in one place. Thank you! :-)
A.Gowri Kumar
26-Aug-2005 01:18
You have made my fedora Great.
17-Aug-2005 09:36
I have some Troubles with XINE....it doesnt play VCD'Discs(divxcodedornot)....any tips/hints?!
12-Aug-2005 04:04
Thanks for the simple article. The article was immensely helpful .

Great work.
09-Aug-2005 07:12
short and simple, but very useful
05-Aug-2005 01:13
Thanks, this was brilliant! This alone makes fc4 worthwile :)
28-Jul-2005 02:35
great & short descriptions
thx wop
26-Jul-2005 19:27
If you wish to use Totem as a substitute for xine, the procedure to do so is rather simple:

# yum remove totem

# yum -y install xine totem-xine

This merely uses Totem as a frontend for xine, primary advantage is the GUI.
13-Jul-2005 07:03
Just a note about installing the xine DVD player... your page pointed me in the right direction, but the actual xine package names were different.
By typing # yum list available , it should be easy to find the name for the desired package.
In addition, yum finds dependencies, so installing the xine-skins package will install the rest too.
Phanindra K
12-Jul-2005 12:28
One more useful player for DVDs and VCDs is the Videolan VLC player. It plays almost any audio and video format concievable.
Get it by the command :

# yum -y install vlc

By the way, thank you for the wonderful resource of FC4 tips.
Murali Bala
10-Jul-2005 08:28
This is simply BRILLIANT. After moving from Fedora core 3 to 4, these tips came so handy to get all I wanted and more.

Open Source simply ROCKS!!!
10-Jul-2005 03:50
this page has been VERY helpful to me :)
just switched my notebook from mandrake to fedora 4 and this has helped me get my setup running quickly...thanks.
23-Jun-2005 17:55
There is a User Agent available here:

22-Jun-2005 08:39
to consider:


"Fedora Core 4 users are advised not to use the Java RPM provided by Sun. It contains Provides that conflict with names used in packages provided as part of Fedora Core 4. Because of this, Sun Java might disappear from an installed system during package upgrade operations.

Fedora Core 4 users should use either the RPM from jpackage.org or manually install the Sun Java tarball into /opt. Sun Java 1.5+ is recommended for stability purposes."
16-Jun-2005 21:11
Just wanted to say that in your java section you put two different java names in there. The code created in file found in /etc/profile.d/java.sh should have the java home being /usr/java/jre1.5.0_03 instead of /usr/java/jdk1.5.0_03. Either that or change the symbolic link at the bottom to jdk.

Besides that little slipup, I would like to thank you for this resource.
Jesse Jarzynka
16-Jun-2005 10:15
Addind the freshrpms repo to yum is able to get mplayer and lots of other things. Put this in /etc/yum.conf:

name=Red Hat Linux $releasever - $basearch - freshrpms

I made gpgcheck=0 because sometimes it was conflicting with another repo, no big deal.

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