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.
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
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
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