Monday, December 22, 2008

Yum Extender (2.0.4)

The yum tool is one of the most common utilities used to keep Linux up to date.A graphical tool for updating the fedora is Yum Extender. We can install the yum extender using the command
$ yum install yumex
After installation we can run
$ yumex & to launch the yum extender
or we can goto Applications> System tools > yum extender

Useful tabs of yumex are an update tab on the top left then a group view and an o/p view.From first tab we can select/search the package.From the group view tab we can view the packages by their respective groups,like applications , entertainment, education etc.

It can also be used to remove packages. It keeps track of the installed and available packages.Up to 60% it completes the downloading , in case of adding a package, and the rest is for installing the package.Also when a long list is given to it , it does the downloading in the order of size of the packages ( increasing order of size).

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A new look , a new system, its Fedora 10

Here is a new look with my Acer aspire 4730Z, using fedora 10.

Even though there was a bug with the fedora 10 it looks fine.The bug is that the network manager and network GUI setting is not changing the subnet mask Then we change the subnet mask in GUI.The bug can be fixed manually by disabling the network manager from System>administration>services
Become substitute user(su) and login as root, then goto the /etc/sysconfig/networking/profiles/default/
cd /etc/sysconfig/networking/profiles/default/

edit the file ifcfg-eth0 using gedit or any other editor

gedit ifcfg-eth0

it looks like this
# Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
add the line in blue text if there is no such text,then save the file and run the binary ifdown eth0 in sbin

/sbin/ifdown eth0
/sbin/ifup eth0
now we will be getting the connection.To configure the yum we need to configure the yum.conf file in etc ,if there is a proxy server
add a line
proxy=http://(IP eg: etc):port number/

save the file and use yum install something in shell.Use the same settings for wlan to configure Wifi.In fedora 9 the driver for my atheros was not there but for fedora 10 release the driver got automatically installed on upgradation from fedora 9 to fedora 10.Here is a set of pictures from fedora 10, I have configured fedora 10 to look like a new one.

To enable the desktop effects in fedora 10 goto system>preferences>look and feel>desktop effects>enable desktop effects.Use alt+ctrl+arrow keys to rotate the desktop.