I switched to Linux Mint 12 today from Fedora 15.
My reason for doing so: Fedora didn’t work very well on my old laptop anymore.
Linux Mint 12 has the MATE desktop environment (A port of Gnome2.) I don’t believe Fedora 16 has this feature, and I missed Gnome2…
Yesterday, the Fedora project released Fedora 15.
So I made a Live USB to try it out, and so far just running it off the flash drive, it seems stable enough to me.
Fedora 15 uses Gnome3 as it’s default GUI, and at first I was thinking that I may end up using a different GUI other than Gnome, due to the lack of customization. But then I discovered Gnome-Tweak. It gives you a few more options to customize Gnome3, including changing the window theme, and re-enabling nautilus on the desktop! So I might give gnome3 another chance after all.
To install Gnome-Tweak, just run:
root@computer:# yum install gnome-tweak-tool
However, as usual, I think I will wait at least a month to upgrade my main computer to Fedora 15, just in case.
Funny thing, my brother saw me using my Fedora 15 live USB, and then he wanted me to install Fedora on his flash drive!
For a while I had been wanting to write a script that would keep my Linux Laptop from over-heating when I would run programs that would use a ton of CPU. Well, finally I have written it, and it is now stable. (At least from what I can see.)
It works by constantly checking if the temperature is too high, and if so then it sets the CPU frequency to something lower, allowing the CPU to cool off. Then after it’s cooled off, it then sets the CPU back to it’s normal mode.
Of course this requires you to have CPU frequency scaling compiled with your kernel, so this will not work with Cygwin on Windows.
I’ve tested this script, and it works on Fedora. If you can get it to work on another distribution, please say so in the comments!
You can get the script’s source here: http://www.isaacmedia.net/scripts-and-software/keepcool/
Please note: As with any of my software, using this script is at your own risk.
I can't think of any reason why it would, but there is the possibility that it will "mess up" your computer.
As many Fedora 14 users have probably found out, you can no longer change the default background (Log in screen background) easily.
Why they removed this feature, I don’t know. But here is probably the easiest way to change the background:
Step one: Run gconf-editor as root.
Step two: Press Ctrl+D or go to File > New Defaults Window
Step three: In the default settings window, modify the key:
and set it's value to whatever the location of your background is.
Step four: Restart your computer
That should do it!
I recently installed some gadget sidebars onto both of my PCs:
For my Windows 7 netbook I installed the Windows 7 sidebar gadget: http://nes.bplaced.net/sidebar7.html
The install was very easy, just follow the instructions on the gadget’s website.
For my Fedora 14 Linux notebook I installed Google Gadgets for Linux: http://code.google.com/p/google-gadgets-for-linux/
See my earlier post about Google Gadgets for Linux here: http://blog.isaacmedia.net/2011/01/google-gadgets-for-linux/
To install get the google repository: http://www.google.com/linuxrepositories/yum.html
And run as root:
root@computer:# yum install google-gadgets-gtk
To start Google Gadgets for Linux (with sidebar) run the command:
Or click Google Gadgets (GTK) under Internet in the main menu
I also suggest running compiz, as compiz provides nice transparency for the gadgets. Otherwise you get ugly gray boxes around all the gadgets. Continue reading Gadget Sidebars
I wrote this little bash script that calculates the prime factors of a number.
You can visit it’s page here: http://www.isaacmedia.net/scripts-and-software/primefactors/
Tested and works on Fedora 14, and MS Windows XP (with cygwin)
Continue reading Bash Script: PrimeFactors
I have now upgraded Linux-Laptop from fedora 11 to fedora 12 using preupgrade and almost everything worked fine.
I only had one problem with it, YUM and RPM stopped working!
Continue reading I now have Upgraded to Fedora 12!
I am now upgrading to fedora 12 using PreUpgrade.
for information on how to upgrade fedora go to: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PreUpgrade
Continue reading Upgrading to Fedora 12
Fedora 12 is here! The Fedora project has finished fedora 12! Now if I can just upgrade my PC without losing any data… (I will backup first and use the upgrade tool) Continue reading Fedora 12 IS here!