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After-a-Fedora-Linux Installation

For functionality and compatibility with other operating systems, after you have done a full Fedora Core installation some additional packages might be also considered. Most of these packages are available at every workstation in CCRMA but they don't come standard in Fedora Core distributions.

Most of these packages are found at Fedora Extras site.

and may be installed just by issuing the yum command like,

 		 yum install 'name-of-package'       

There should be an '/etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-extras.repo' file with Urls pointing to fedora-extras sites. If this is not the case YUM might have to be installed or re-installed as these files are part of the yum install package.

It might be useful to install the following packages (please consult PlanetCCRMA @ Home for more):

  • Xemacs,§13.4
  • XMMS,§13.4
  • Mozilla, Firefox plug-ins,§13.4
    • Macromedia Flash
    • Java runtime Plugin j2re
    • Real Player and Acroread (see below)
  • RealPlayer,§13.4
  • Acroread,§13.4
  • Prosper,§13.4
  • Ncftp,§13.4
  • Octave,§13.4
  • Octave-forge,§13.4

  • Xemacs:

    XEmacs (more at §9.7) is a version of Emacs, compatible with and containing many improvements over GNU Emacs. XEmacs is a highly customizable open source text editor and application development system. To install XEmacs use yum as follows:

     		 yum install xemacs       

  • XMMS:
    XMMS (read more at §9.5), is the X Multimedia System. It is used to play audio and other kinds of media files. By default XMMS can play MPEG audio, Ogg Vorbis, RIFF wav, most module formats, and a few other for- mats. XMMS can be extended through plug-ins to play a number of other audio and video formats.

    Fedora Core does NOT ship with XMMS, you must install from the Fedora Extras site or issuing the following yum command:

     		 yum install xmms xmms-devel       

    There are not MP3 plug-ins at he Fedora Extras site. The RPMs at freshrpms work and include MP3 support. You must download each RPM and install it manually by using the RPM command accordingly:

    Look for xmms-mp3 at freshrpms and also download xmms-skins from also at freshrpms.

    Then install as root with these commands:

     		 rpm -Uvh xmms-mp3 xmms-skins       

  • Mozilla, Firefox plug-ins:

    • Macromedia Flash:
      The Flash RPM plug-in can be downloaded from Macromedia. Read more about Linux web browsers at §9.2.

      Install the RPM by

       		 rpm -Uvh flash-plug in       

      Make sure you are logged into the X server (init 5, runlevel 5) and do not have Mozilla or FireFox open when you install the RPM. Make sure to (read) accept the agreement. Close the terminal and reboot your machine.

    • Java runtime Plug-in JRE:
      Download J2SE from SunSite

      There are RPM and self extracting files. If you download the RPM, just install it by typing in the terminal window something like (you might have different version numbers):

       		 sh jre-1_5_0_07-linux-i586-rpm.bin        


       		 rpm -Uvh jre-1_5_0_07-linux-i586-rpm       

      Then link the library to the Mozilla plug-ins directories with a command like (it should be a one-line-command):

                ln -s /usr/java/jre1.5.0_03/plugin/i386/ns7/ \

      If you download the binary installer as root follow these steps:

         		 mkdir /opt       
         		 mv *.bin /opt       
         		 cd /opt       
         		 chmod +x *-linux-i586.bin       
         		 sh *-linux-i586.bin       

      • Link the library to the Mozilla plug-ins with a command like (it might not be the same version numbers. Make sure type all in a one line command):

                  ln -s /opt/jre1.5/plugin/i386/ns7/ \

    • Real Player and Acroread (see below): §13.4

  • RealPlayer:
    • RealPlayer, plays streaming audio and video over the Internet in real-time. It plays RealAudio, RealVideo, MP3, 3GPP Video, Flash, SMIL 2.0, JPEG, GIF, PNG, RealPix, RealText, Ogg Vorbis, and Ogg Theora (more at section §9.5).

    • Download RealPlayer GOLD from RealSite.

    • Install RealPlayer GOLD as root with something like:

       		 rpm -Uvh RealPlayerXGOLD.rpm       

    • Try the KQED or the NPR site to test RealPlayer.
  • Acroread:
    • Adobe Acroread, lets you view and print documents in Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF files retain all the formatting, fonts, and graphics of the original document, and virtually any Postscript document can be converted into PDF. LATEX can also generate PDF files (see section §9.22 for using acrobat reader and postscript formats).

    • Download the Acroread RPMs from dag site

    • Install Acroread RPMs by:

       		 rpm -Uvh acroread-7.0 mozilla-acroread-7.0       

  • Prosper:
    • Prosper is a LATEXclass for writing transparencies and presentations by using the PDF file format. It is a much better and cleaner alternative to other presentation programs by offering an environment for writing high-quality slides for both printing an displaying with a video-projector. Prosper is in the Fedora Extras repository.
    • To install Prosper just issue the 'yum' command:

       		 yum install tetex-prosper       

  • Ncftp:
    • ``The purpose of ncftp is to provide a powerful and flexible interface to the Internet standard File Transfer Protocol. It is intended to replace the stock ftp program that comes with the system''.

    • ``Some of the cooler features include progress meters, filename com- pletion, command-line editing, background processing, auto-resume downloads, bookmarking, cached directory listings, host redialing, working with firewalls and proxies, downloading entire directory trees, etc''.
    • To install Ncftp simply use the yum command:

       		 yum install ncftp       

  • Octave:
    • ``GNU Octave, is a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides a convenient command line interface for solving linear and nonlinear problems numerically. Octave can be useful for performing numerical experiments using a language that is mostly compatible with Matlab''.
    • Octave can also be installed with yum.

       		 yum install octave       
  • Octave-forge:
    • Octave Forge has the signal processing toolbox items for Octave. It serves as an add-on utility collection that includes many functions compatible with the Matlab Signal Processing Tool Box and others.

    • Both octave and octave-forge are included in Fedora Extras and therefore can be installed with:

       		 yum install octave-forge       

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