In Part 2 of this guide you will learn what applications do you need for your daily use and how to install them. Let's move on!


6. Installing 64bit Firefox
 6.1 mplayer plugin
 6.2 flash 9 plugin
 6.3 mms streaming play
7. KDE flags
8. KDE style in gtk apps
9. mp3 support
 9.1 Using winamp skins
 9.2 Tags character encoding
 9.3 Add in queue mp3 when double clicked
10. Video play support
11. Use an MSN Messenger
12. Install a download manager
13. Install an IRC client
14. Install aMule
15. Install CD/DVD burning application
16. Beryl
17. Checkinstall

6. Installing 64bit Firefox

I have x86_64 Fedora Core 6 so here I will describe how to get a fully functional 64bit Firefox with flash and video (mplayer) plugins.

 $ sudo yum install --enablerepo=development firefox.x86_64


 6.1 mplayer plugin


$ sudo yum install --enablerepo=freshrpms mplayerplug-in

$ sudo cp /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/* /usr/lib64/firefox-


 6.2 Flash Plugin


$ wget

$ wget

$ sudo rpm -i nspluginwrapper- nspluginwrapper-i386-

$ wget 

$ tar -xzf install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz

$ cd install_flash_player_9_linux

$ sudo cp /usr/lib64/firefox-

$ nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib64/firefox-

$ nspluginwrapper --list


Original plugin: /usr/lib64/firefox-

Wrapper version string:


Restart firefox and check if the plugins have successfully installed by typing about:plugins in the address bar.

6.3 Enable mms streaming play

Type in the address bar about:configRight click with the mouse and select NEW and then STRING. Type this in the box Click ok and in the box type the program you want to open the streaming media with, such as mplayer.


7. KDE flags

If you have a multilanguage system and you want your countrys flag to appear when you change from one language to the other download kblflags from and do something like the following (here I have installed the greek and usa flag)

$ sudo cp downloads/kbflags-1.0/21x14/gr.png /usr/share/locale/l10n/gr/flag.png

$ sudo cp downloads/kbflags-1.0/21x14/us.png /usr/share/locale/l10n/us/flag.png


8. KDE style in gtk applications

With this program you can make your qt applications look lyke they are gtk. Much better for your eyes.

 $ sudo yum install gtk-engines-qt


Then go toControl Center -> Appearance & Themes -> GTK Styles and Fontsand apply what you want.


9. mp3 support

Here I will use audacious in order to play mp3 files

 $ sudo yum install audacious audacious-plugins audacious-plugins-extras


 9.1 Using winamp skins

If you want to use your winamp 2.x skin with audacious simply copy winamp *.wsz skin to /usr/share/audacious/Skins/ 

 9.2 Tags character encoding

If your tags are in a different encoding than utf8 you can force audacious to use it

Preferences -> Playlist -> Metadata -> Fallback character encoding -> iso8859-7 

 9.3 Add in queue mp3 when double clicked

$ sudo nano /usr/share/applications/fedora-audacious.desktop

$ nano /home/axel/.local/share/applications/fedora-audacious.desktop


And change Exec=audacious to Exec=audacious -e


10. Video play support

 $ sudo yum install --enablerepo=freshrpms mplayer


This should install mplayer for all kind of video reproducing as long as all the needed codecs. It also supports DVD playback.

11. Use an MSN messenger


There are several programs for this work such as gaim, amsn, kmess. Gaim and amsn can be found in the repositories.

$ sudo yum install gaim

$ sudo yum install amsn


Kmess can be installed from a tarball from

12. Install a download manager

 $ sudo yum intall d4x


13. Install an IRC client

$ sudo yum install xchat


$ sudo yum --enablerepo=freshrpms install kvirc


14. Install aMule

 $ sudo yum --enablerepo=dries install amule


15. Install CD/DVD burning application

 $ sudo yum install k3b


16. Beryl

If you want to have the cool cube you have seen in many videos around the net on your desktop just install beryl.

 $ sudo yum install beryl-kde



$ sudo yum install beryl-gnome


Depending on which desktop environment you are using.

Start beryl with the following command

 $ beryl-manager


If you have an nVidia card you should make some changes to your xorg.conf. Intel and ATI cards dont need any change. Modify properly your /etc/X11/xorg.conf adding the following lines.

 Section "Module"
       Load  "dbe"
       Load  "extmod" 
       Load  "fbdevhw"
       Load  "glx"
       Load  "record"
       Load  "freetype"
      Load  "type1" 
       Load  "GLCore" 
       Load  "dri" 


Section "Screen"
       Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "True"
       Option "RenderAccel" "True" 
       Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True" 


Section "Extensions"

       Option "Composite" "Enable"



 If you want to automatically start beryl on your login do the following.


$ cd /home/username/.kde/Autostart/$ nano

Copy these lines in it



Save it and make it executable

 $ chmod +x


17. Checkinstall

Checkinstall is a program that allows you to easily build an rpm from a tarball. Download and install it from

Then when you want to install a tarball just type

su -c '/usr/sbin/checkinstall'


Answer the questions. Finally install the given rpm. Checkinstall gives you the path it has stored the rpm. Now you can easily uninstall tarballs that dont have an uninstall script. This way you can keep your system clean.

Have fun! ;)

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Great install guide! Going through it now. Please note that 6.1 should be sudo yum install --enablerepo=freshrpms mplayerplug-in

Joseph Hannon , April 23, 2007
Thanks for your comment as well as for your correction. I have corrected my typo. smilies/smiley.gif
axel , April 23, 2007
Please reference somewhere the repository listings you use to complete this.

PS: I am now on Fedor 7.3 and am searching for a modification to the repository to get all the multimedia extras. I hope someone out their has some ideas on getting things like mp3, dvd codec, wma etc... working on Fedora 7 (likly a modification to use the Fedora Core 6 Extras repo... but no luck so far on my playing with the files.
penguinpages , April 27, 2007
All repository listings I have used in this guide are listed in Fedora Core Guide Part 1. smilies/smiley.gif

As far as for the codecs stuff try to install the livna repository and then enable its development repository. It has packages for fc7.
axel , April 27, 2007
Thank u
hi,i was a windows user,your website was so useful for migration to Linux world,
Good Luck
sianoosh07 , March 17, 2008

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