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Autoten An Easy Way To Install Software In Fedora


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One of the main reasons I use Linux is availability of Software Repositories. Having all the software you need in one place saves you having to trawl the web to find the program you’re missing. It also means the software has been independently checked and digitally signed by the distro’s developers, making it almost impossible to pick up a root-kitted version.

But Unfortunately Fedora‘s package manager Package-kit was not that much user friendly or efficient as the package managers available in Ubuntu or Linux Mint. I found it very difficult to find the software required especially proprietary ones like the multimedia codecs etc. Then I found a nice little tool called autoten.

Autoten is a nifty application which makes installing proprietary codecs & other proprietary stuff a piece of cake on your Fedora system. It does the same things which Easy Life does in a way which is similar to Easy Life. Autoten should ideally be run after your first install so that your system is ready for multimedia playback including mp3, mp4, mkv etc. Autoten is available for 32bit & 64 bit Fedora and Omega Linux.

Once installed it will provide you with whole bunch of options to choose from. In Fedora 14 you will get a screen shot like this.

Autoten for Fedora 32bit and 64bit

As you can see there are lot of software to choose from. By using the same tool one can uninstall the softwares installed using autoten.

To install auto ten just type follow these steps:

  1. Type su in the terminal and press enter.  It will ask for the root password. Provide the root password.
  2. rpm -Uvh http://dnmouse.org/autoten-5.2-2.fc14.noarch.rpm.

Enter the above command and the rest will be taken care by the Operating system itself. After installing Autoten icon can be found on the desktop or alternatively you can find it in System Tools —–> Autoten.

 

Free Linux Distributions(part 1)


The good thing about Linux is that it offers lot of choice to the users. If one is short of disk space he can get a Linux foe even 50 Mb or 100 Mb. If one wants a full fledged Linux distro he can get that also. There are Linux distros(distribution) for specific applications like gaming, home use security or network management etc….

This choice  itself becomes a bad for first time users because a user get afraid of the myriad of distros available and gets confused. So in this post I would like to tell about some major and minor Linux distributions and my views on those distros. I’m  not going to do any comparative study about these distros but just give basic details about the distros and their download links.

Fedora:

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Fedora project sponsored by Redhat corporation. This is the company which develops world famous redhat Linux which is widely used in servers around the world. Redhat proved that one can make money out of Linux. So one can expect the same professionalism in fedora also.fedora is in the Linux world for many years and one of the oldest Linux distros. Even Linus Torvald author of Linux kernel uses fedora. It has the right mix of beauty and power.Fedora’s mission statement is: “Fedora is about the rapid progress of Free and Open Source software. It has the right mix of beauty and functionality. It releases new version for every six months and always up to date with latest software’s and drivers so that it can support large number of devices. Since it’s being sponsored by a company which is the business of Linux for many years it is having very good stability. The fedora community is very good and spread all over the world.

Download Links:

http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora

Ubuntu:

Ubuntu is the worlds most famous and favourite distro.It has been based on Debian Linux.It is named after the South African ethical ideology Ubuntu ubuntu-logo1(“humanity towards others”).It stands true to its name. Ubuntu is sponsored by the UK based company Canonical Ltd., owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. This only major distro which is not having backing of any commercial organisation. Cannonical Ltd. is a non profit organisation.

The Ubuntu promise
  • Ubuntu will always be free of charge, including enterprise releases and security updates.
  • Ubuntu comes with full commercial support from Canonical and hundreds of companies around the world.
  • Ubuntu includes the very best translations and accessibility infrastructure that the free software community has to offer.
  • Ubuntu CDs contain only free software applications; we encourage you to use free and open source software, improve it and pass it on.

I have tried many distros but none is as stable as Ubuntu.The main reason is that Ubuntu includes software packages and which are rigorously tested and proved to be stable. The downside of this is that most of the times it doesn’t include the latest software packages because it is not fully free of bugs.

Download Link:http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

Open SUSE:

Suse is the oldest Linux distribution and owned  by Novell. Open suse is the free version of enterprise suse.It is being developed in Germany.It being sponsored by Novell and driven by openSUSE community has a theoretical cycle development of eight months and a lifetime (duration of the critical updates) of two years from the date of discharge. It is fully and freely available for immediate download, and is also sold in retail box to the general public.suse In November 3, 2006, the parent company Novell signed a landmark agreement with Microsoft covering three areas: improvement of the interoperability of SuSE with Microsoft Windows, promotion of both products and a cross-license on the use of patents and an agreement on the marketing, . This last point is judged as controversial by a part of the Free Software community.

Download Link:http://software.opensuse.org/

Mandriva:

Mnadriva formerly Mandrake is one the those Linux distros which is designed

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with beginers in mind. It’s installation is really simple and working is also good to use. t’s a rpm based distro with a devolopment cycle similar to ubuntu and fedora.It has its head quaters in France and devoloped at Brazil.It also releases a new version for every six months. There ar3 versions

    1. Mandriva one(free)
    2. Mandriva Power pack
    3. Mandriva flash

    Download Link:http://www2.mandriva.com/linux/one/

    Linux Mint:

    Linux Mint

    Linux Mint is based on ubuntu Linux. Except for the user interface most of the things are common in both Ubuntu and Mint.The tag line of mint is“From Freedom Came elegance” and it lives up to it. It is really elegant and good looking. For persons who think Linux is all about complex commands Mint is the answer.It has a user interface which is uncluttered and very elegant. I have used both ubuntu and mint. My personal opinion is that Ubuntu has lot of security features which most of home users doesn’t want. Mint removes all those complications and gives some extra softwares like a graphical front end for NDISwrapper and by default it has all the codec’s. So it supports all media formayts out of the box. One point worth mentioning is that it has some visual effects for diffrent actions of the windows which are really amazing and it takes less amount of memory too. So if you want to make someone to move from Windows to Linux Mint is the best choice

    download Link:http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

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