Fedora 15 Released

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-enablingĀ  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

as root.

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!

Bash Script: KeepCool

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 scalingĀ  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.

Gadget Sidebars

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:

user@computer:$ ggl-gtk

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