Fedora Core 5 Install Notes

Preface: I found a very good Fedora Core 5 installation guide from Mauriat Miranda… The Unofficial Fedora FAQ is also worth having a look at.


As I managed to trash my /boot partition while playing with LVM I decided to do a fresh, clean install of Fedora Core 5. This time I am using Gnome as my preferred window manager as I saw it on a fellow student’s laptop and was just amazed…

So here are a few notes on how to setup some things I am really missing an a fresh FC5 installation:

Get some updates

I recommend using Livna’s yum repository for some additional software. To enable it, you just have to enter this line (as root)
# rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-5.rpm

Oh, and while we’re here, also install the FreshRPMs repo:
# rpm -ivh http://ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/freshrpms/fedora/linux/5/freshrpms-release/freshrpms-release-1.1-1.fc.noarch.rpm

Then do a yum update and grab a cup of coffee… or two… or three — I needed to download ~500 MB of updates which took some time even with my 2MBit line. And just in case… don’t mind the number of SELinux messages that appear during the update — everything is alright 😉

Sun Java 1.5.0 SDK

FC5 comes with a GNU Java VM that is… awfully slow. I decided to install Sun’s Java VM which is quite simple thanks to the sipX people.

Run the following commands as root to install the sipX repository and Sun Java SDK:
# wget -P /etc/yum.repos.d http://www.sipfoundry.org/temp/sipX/3.2/sipx.repo
# yum install java-1.5.0 java-devel

Adobe Reader 7.0.5

Simply grab the RPM provided by Adobe and install it using
# rpm -ivh AdobeReader*.rpm

You might run into the following error
/usr/local/Adobe/Acrobat7.0/Reader/intellinux/bin/acroread: error while loading shared libraries: /usr/local/Adobe/Acrobat7.0/Reader/intellinux/lib/libJP2K.so: cannot restore segment prot after reloc: Permission denied
which is caused by SELinux, so you add a rule for Acrobat’s libraries:
# chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/local/Adobe/Acrobat7.0/Reader/intellinux/lib/*.so

To add PDF support for your Mozilla/Firefox browser, run
# ln -s /usr/local/Adobe/Acrobat7.0/Browser/intellinux/nppdf.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

Additional packages

I installed some more packages for multimedia features and so on:

# yum install bmp-mp3 bmp-aac k3b-extras-nonfree lame unrar libquicktime xvidcore xine xine-lib-devel vlc

(I installed bmp-aac because I ripped my music CDs on my Powerbook using iTunes and converted the audio files to AAC. You might skip this package if you never used or intend to use iTunes/iPod stuff.)

Install Windows video codecs

Grab atrpms.repo and put it into /etc/yum.repos.d, the install w32codecs
wget -P /etc/yum.repos.d http://www.jeanpierre.de/m30/fc5/atrpms.repo
# yum –enablerepo=atrpms install w32codec

To be continued…

2 thoughts on “Fedora Core 5 Install Notes”

  1. Thank you for this great page.
    I was freaking out untill i read this page and saw your comment about the messages during the update.

    Keep up tthe good work and have a beer on me.

    TuxRTFM

  2. wow, and thank you, that you are mirroring the ‘evil’ w32codec repo!! pacman is very seldom avalible in china …
    (i will use your repo carefully and as seldom as posible)

    xuedi

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