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Fedora /etc/os-release

Fedora 17 added support for /etc/os-release. Here is the contents of that file: # cat /etc/os-release NAME=Fedora VERSION=”17 (Beefy Miracle)” ID=fedora VERSION_ID=17 PRETTY_NAME=”Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle)” ANSI_COLOR=”0;34″ CPE_NAME=”cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora:17″ A number of fields are specified, some mandatory, some optional. CPE_NAME is a stylized name for the operating system, following the proposed Common Platform Enumeration specification. This field is optional. This file is part of the generic-release-17-1.noarch package.

Add Adobe Flash to Firefox on Fedora 17

So you want to get Adobe Flash working on Firefox in Fedora 17? Here is a quick guide to doing it. Obviously you need root privileges to install the packages. First you need to install the appropriate repository (32-bit or 64-bit) for the Adobe RPM packages: # Adobe 32-bit x86 repository rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm rpm –import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux # Adobe 64-bit x86_64 repository rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-x86_64-1.0-1.noarch.rpm rpm –import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux If you cannot download these RPMs, check at Adobe for the latest version and download that. Then run yum to install the following packages: yum check-update yum install flash-plugin nspluginwrapper alsa-plugins-pulseaudio libcurl

UEFI Boot Fedora 17

This post looks at the state of UEFI booting in Fedora 17(codename Beefy Miracle). By UEFI booting, I mean the ability to boot a Linux operating system without the next for GRUB, efililo or any other boot loader. Here is how Fedora 17 (F17) sets up a 500G disk if you do an F17 default UEFI install: $ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on rootfs 50G 5.6G 42G 12% / devtmpfs 7.8G 0 7.8G 0% /dev tmpfs 7.8G 96K 7.8G 1% /dev/shm tmpfs 7.8G 1.3M 7.8G 1% /run /dev/sda3 50G 5.6G 42G 12% / tmpfs 7.8G 0

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 17

This post assumes that you have already installed Fedora 17 and that all software packages are current, i.e. yum update has been run. As root, create a new text file called fedora-cinnamon in the /etc/yum.repos.d subdirectory containing the following lines: [fedora-cinnamon] name=Cinnamon user interface baseurl=http://repos.fedorapeople.org/repos/leigh123linux/cinnamon/fedora-$releasever/$basearch/ enabled=1 skip_if_unavailable=1 gpgcheck=0 [fedora-cinnamon-source] name=Cinnamon user interface – Source baseurl=http://repos.fedorapeople.org/repos/leigh123linux/cinnamon/fedora-$releasever/SRPMS enabled=0 skip_if_unavailable=1 gpgcheck=0 You can check that the fedora-cinnamon repo is available to yum as follows: # yum repolist Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit repo id repo name status fedora Fedora 17 – x86_64 26,893 fedora-cinnamon Cinnamon provides core user interface functions for the 1