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Fedora 17 Alpha Download Page

Fedora 16 Download Page

click on this link ^
Main Download: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora
Bugs: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F16_bugs

Pre Upgrade do not use yum

  • yum does not always work and is not a supported upgrade method

CD boots EFI to MAC and into a PC

no persistence when running from CD

Persistent boot USB

MAC :http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Community/Distributions/Fedora-SoaS#MacBook_Persistent_SoaS_v5_and_SoaS_v6_EFI_Boot_USB
PC-Linux :http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Downloads#GNU.2FLinux

Fedora 16-SoaS Download page

click on this link ^
Install with Sweets_Distribution
Click link ^
Install with sweets
Click link ^
Very ADVANCED Install
Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE, and Gentoo

PowerPC Fedora 16

iaep-bounces@lists.sugarlabs.org 10/04/2011
With the upcoming release of Fedora 16 the Power PC Secondary Arch
is in full swing and they plan on releasing Fedora 16 for PPC 
shortly after the mainline F-16 release



SoaS-v5-Coconut Download Page

Click this link ^
Soas-v6-Pineapple has been released

Fedora 15 Requires 1 GB Ram


Anaconda Installer Requires at least 951 M; once Gnome3 is installed 475 M is required

"our initrd.img is ~360MB uncompressed in RAM. This means we can no longer boot and run on systems with 512MB RAM; see bug 682555 (and its various duplicates) for example reports. http://www.redhat.com/archives/anaconda-devel-list/2011-March/msg00263.html"


  • Experimental: For advanced users

Gnome icon.png Fedora GNOME 3 shell

GNOME 3 shell is the software and project behind the GNOME 3 desktop product.

GNOME 3.2 announcement
Comments on GNOME 3 Desktop
how to add startup programs in GNOME 3

GNOME shell

Installed extensions are listed in http://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/LookingGlass
alt+f2 lg
http://half-left.deviantart.com/art/GNOME-Shell-Gaia-207574700 alternate gnome-shell
Tips to Customize gnome3-shell
systemd explained


Screenshot of f15 gnome3-shell 3.0.0 with sugar-emulator and xchat in Activities/Windows mode
note sugar Avatar and Virtualbox4.04 on left side favorites menu
ACER ASPIRE ONE Intel Atom CPU N450 @ 1.66GHz x 2 - 10" Netbook
"GNOME Shell is the defining technology of the GNOME 3 desktop user experience.
It provides core interface functions like switching to windows and launching applications.
GNOME Shell takes advantage of the capabilities of modern graphics hardware and introduces innovative user interface concepts
to provide a delightful and easy to use experience."

Nice way to have GNOME desktop show

yum install gnome-tweak-tool
In terminal: gnome-tweak tool
File Manager-have file manager handle the desktop [ ON]
Now when you hit the Hot Corner in to left of screen
the Shell will alternate with the gnome desktop

Boots 2 ways to GNOME 3 desktop

  1. Boots as CD on ACER ASPIRE ONE N450
  2. Boots from dd Installer USB on ACER ASPIRE ONE N450 (see below)

Install to HD

(use whole disk)
Internal and External USB Hard Disks
VirtualBox 4.0.4 HD (Starts in fall back mode only)

Install Sugar-Desktop

  • Terminal #:
yum install @sugar-desktop --skip-broken sugar-emulator alacarte sugar-surf
(read is broken))
terminal alacarte
education/sugar/properties edit command to "sugar-emulator -f"
(-i600x500) for smaller window with 10" screen
"<alt> f2 r" to restart shell so changes in alacarte will be found
Browse-120 (will not start)
use surf-115 instead
Note use at least 1024 memory
Control panel/About my Computer
Fedora release 15 (Lovelock); Sugar: 0.92.1
Gnome3-shell works on Booted USB -(not fallback mode)- with
ACER ASPIRE ONE N450 (Wireless OK)
EeePC 1000HE (Wireless OK)
MacBook Pro i7 (no wireless only wired network) hold down "C" key on power on wait for fedora screen to appear (10-15 sec)

boot GNOME 3 fallback on XO-1 (liveusb-creator created USB)


Install LibreOffice

NEW as of 04/03/2011 5 modules of LibreOffice install from Add/Remove Software

Fedora 15 GNOME 3 Ver 3.0.0 Virtual Box Appliance

  • download these 2 files and import them:
Starts in gnome3 fallback mode as VirtualBox does not support hardware acceleration
Cleared of sugar identity' starts on select color by clicking on XO icon
use <== arrow to write your custom name then ==> to finish
  • Sugar-emulator is in Activities/Education/Sugar
enter user password for keychain (sugaruser) on time and cancel until pop-up finishes (this is a bug in keychain in f15)
Surf-115 is the browser as Browse-120 does not start (known bug)

Bootable Fedora 15 GNOME 3 CD on MacBook Pro

Click this link ^to Download Desktop (gnome3-shell)
OR download Multi Desktop DVD http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/stage/15.RC3/Multi/Fedora-15-Multi-Desktop.iso
boot CD in Mac with :C: held down
Multi DVD does not work in VirtualBox

Make Installer Fedora 15 GNOME 3 USB with dd

2 GB Firefly USB disk in USB Slot
Fedora-15-Beta-i686-Live-Desktop.iso on Desktop
cd /home/Desktop
su (or sudo su for ubuntu)
# dd if=Fedora-15-Beta-i686-Live-Desktop.iso of=/dev/sd(x) bs=4M
139+1 records in
139+1 records out
586153984 bytes (586 MB) copied, 94.9489 s, 6.2 MB/s
Boot from USB
log out when requested
you are in gnome3-shell when Activities appears on left top bar.
Wireless: right click icon on top bar Turn on wireless or Wired and connect; You will not see the pop-up dialog for wireless password: (BUG)
To See this Dialog: Click:Activities/applications/accessories/files and it will appear.
(If 3 entries appear on top bar; you are in the fallback mode of gnome as your graphic hardware does not support gnome3-shell)
  • To install from booted USB: Click Activities/Windows and the Blue Square Icon (Install to Hard Drive) on left panel.
Answer questions; Use whole disk option; select the correct hard Drive ==> click (o) for grub on it and install
When complete click on live system user hold alt key and select shutdown from menu
reboot with HD; firstboot; user; Hardware Profile (smolt);Login

Multiple Machine Caching with yum

store rpms in a cache for installation to multiple Computers



Keyring Password Explained

what do you have to enter when connecting to wlan, the keyring password or the wlan-password?
first i must enter the keyring password (root password here) and then i entered the wireless password
the keyring-password should not be your root password, it should be your users password so automatically unlocking could work
it may happen but during current session, after i reboot it appears again
ok, it is the keyring issue, assuming your distro has configured keyring correctly, changing the password should work
root pass?
change the keyring password to your users password
in settings ?
in seahorse
system settings?
as user (the login-keyring)
keyring is a way to store your "gnome" passwords
So, with one password (the keyring one), you "auto-type" the passwords it contains
if the keyring-password is your login password, it's automatically authenticated
keyring stores the passwords encrypted with the according keyring-password, and automatic unlocking works by getting the password through pam on login through gdm and then use  it to unencrypt the passwords - and that can only work if your login-password is the same as the keyring-password
why doesn't gnome 3 display "interactive dialogs" when applications ask for input
yes, also from gnome 3
when you run the shell script from nautilus, it doesn't display a dialog
"Enter passphrase for ..."
you can use zenity for that
try moving /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-session-check-accelerated.desktop somewhere else
didn't know you needed anything additional for that.. was it always like that or did gnome 2 have that by default?
maybe thats the seahorse/keyring integration, that stuff has changed quite a bit in 3.0
but i thought you meant a more generic approach of showing dialogs from scripts
i'm actually doing the ssh-add from a process spawned by a pygtk app
if it is only this specific case, you should probably still use keyring/seahorse (whatever should do that now) as it would not be passing around passwords unencrypted between processes (at least afaik)
do you somehow run gdm with a different driver or some weird setup like that?
so it's not possible to get the old behavior, and it needs some additional code to get it to work with seahorse/keyring?
which distro is this?
fedora 15 beta
i've tested the same code on fedora 14 and linuxmint (both gnome 2)
when the ssh-add {key_path} process is spawned, the GUI dialog appears asking you to type in your passphrase
ssh-add succeeds, and them the rest of the pygtk app continues
it doesn't even care whether the key is password protected or anything
i think there needs a daemon to be running that doesn't get started by fedora
this happens both in standard and fallback mode
try launching seahorse-daemon

Install VirtualBox_fedora14 to f15 gnome3-shell

Download VirtualBox http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.0.4/VirtualBox-4.0-4.0.4_70112_fedora14-1.i686.rpm
Enable sources
in Add/Remove Software Application System/Software Sources (x)show debug and development sources
select Fedora 15-Source and Fedora Test Updates
Download Source for the kernel
Install VirtualBox-4.0-4.0.4_70112_fedora14-1.i686.rpm Open with Package Installer
It tries to use DKMS and then recompiles the kernel


 ln -s /usr/share/applications/xxxx.desktop ~/.config/autostart/
 don't remember if I had to manually add it to the startup apps (run
 gnome-session-properties) or using a preference in xxxx itself, but I
 have it running on login on my laptop. The icon shows up in the
 notification tray - mouse to the lower right corner to bring it up -
 this is where all legacy tray icons will show up.

fix screensize in sugar-emulator

su -
gedit /usr/share/applications/sugar-emulator.desktop
edit line 6: Exec=sugar-emulator -f

show desktop as icon in favorites

add programs install "alacarte" 
open alacarte
make new
command "nautilus Desktop"
Run from applications
Make favorite

key shortcuts

   * System (Windows) key: Switch between overview and desktop
   * Alt+F1: Switch between overview and desktop
   * Alt+F2: Pop up command dialog
   * Alt+Tab: Pop up window cycler
   * Alt+Shift+Tab: Cycle in reverse direction in the window cycler
   * Alt+`: Switch between windows of the same application in Alt+Tab
   * Ctrl+Alt+Tab: Pop up place cycler
   * Ctrl+Shift+Alt+R: Start and end screencast recording
   * Ctrl+Alt+D: Show desktop and raise windows back
   * Ctrl+Alt+Up/Down arrow: Switch between workspaces
   * Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Up/Down arrow: Move the current window to a different workspace 
Most keybindings can be viewed under the User Menu -> System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts 

md5 fails in gnome3 f15 liveusb-creator (bug) How to Fix

   yum install liveusb-creator hal
   edit liveusb-creator command: "liveusb-creator -n"
   -n (no md5 checking) 
   will not run if not included

network manager

To edit connections and disconnect from auto connect on a wireless network
alt+f2 nm-connection-editor

F16\Rawhide Plymouth - How to disable

Boot Line (add)
rd_NO_PLYMOUTH plymouth.enable=0

List of Autostart programs when starting gnome-shell

   ALT F2 gnome-session-properties

move intro screens that are too large for 800x600

alt+f7 and then the arrow keys
alt+f8 Resize
shift and arrow keys
It's worth nothing, for Metacity >= 2.13.2, that if the window doesn't have a
minimum size hint larger than the screen then Metacity will now force such
windows to be onscreen (by shrinking and moving them as necessary).  If the
window has a minimum size hint larger than the screen, then the user can use
alt+left-click-and-drag (or alt+f7 and then the arrow keys) to move the window
upwards (including moving the titlebar offscreen) in order to get to the
forward button.  Yeah, that's just a workaround for windows that are too large,
but it may be helpful information for those waiting for the UI changes to make
the window usable on 800x600 resolutions.  :)
why not use a keyboard shortcut. the "next" button is marked "forward" so i hit alt + f and guess
what, i was able to successfully install the program.

Reload shell ALT+F2 r (reload)

use to recover Applications lists if they go missing and after alacarte edits


How to show user pictures on the GDM LOGIN screen
Click "my account" on the top panel lets me edit the picture, and
adding a picture will show it on the GDM login screen.

If you hold down Alt, a 'Shut Down' option appears in place of suspend

Alt+Tab switches between windows

hot corner = upper left switches between shell and running applications
Alt+F2 allows entering a command to launch an application.
      the Shell simply always behaves so there's exactly one empty workspace.
      So when you start a session you have one workspace.
      As soon as you run something it goes into that workspace and
      you get a second empty workspace. As soon as you put any app into that
      empty workspace, a new empty workspace is created. If you remove
      everything from any workspace, it will disappear, so there's still only
      one empty workspace at the bottom of the list. So, there's never any
      need to manually add a new workspace. Pretty neat system.

GNOME 3 is not expected to work in virtualized environments

      I've just installed F15 alpha in a virtualbox machine and at the first boot I 
      get a gnome 3 error explaining that it can't be fully initialised because 3D is 
      not supported.
      GNOME3 is not expected to work in virtualized environments where
      hardware accelerated graphics are not available.
      From http://gnome3.org/faq.html ...
       The GNOME 3 desktop does require hardware accelerated graphics
       in order to provide a cutting-edge experience however, and the
       complete GNOME 3 experience will only be available on computers
       capable of this. Do not worry though: GNOME 3 will come complete
       with a fallback interface which will provide an excellent
       experience in the absence of hardware acceleration, and which
       incorporates many of the improvements that can be found in GNOME
      test Digest, Vol 85, Issue 60, Message: 7
       It's kind of a definition issue. GNOME *Shell* requires acceleration.
       But technically GNOME 3 does not; the fallback interface is still
       considered to be 'GNOME 3'. So you do need acceleration to get the Shell
       interface that's the 'big new thing' in GNOME 3, but still, if you don't
       have acceleration and you get the fallback interface instead, what
       you're running is still GNOME 3. Just GNOME 3's fallback interface.
       Adam Williamson 
      Message: 8
       In any case, VBox with 3d accelleration enables and 128MB for video memory
       is not sufficient for GShell.  (VBox 4.0.4)
      Message: 13
       Also, on that last note, we should clarify that right now Shell doesn't
       work even in virtualized environments where accelerated graphics *are*
       available, e.g. VirtualBox with appropriate hardware and drivers. In
       theory it should be possible to make this work, but in practice it
       currently doesn't.
       So there's two angles we can approach this from; make Shell run with
       software GL, or fix up Shell to work with virtualized graphics
       acceleration passthrough. But it's not at all guaranteed that we'll
       manage either in time for f15. 
       The minimum memory required is 1GB, due to anaconda changes.
       When you see "populate_rootfs" in the panic, it's caused by that.


click this link ^
Add features to Anaconda to aid installation on Apple computers https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=503149

MacPro and f15 Boot

  • Clips from #fedora-qa 04/04/2011 MacPro and f15 Boot
I have a macbook pro and have run fedora 14 on it with great success. 15 alpha, on the other hand, is not going well. The installation comes saying something about "installing   *** on EFI ***"
which i just dismiss/ignore, but when i try to boot after installation has completed, it wont. Just saying something like "no file found". Should i do something
special to install 15 alpha on a EFI system?
Yeah... you may have to run gptsync (I think that's what it's called)
no, you don't need to install again, but you will need to gain access to the installed partitions from another system (whether it's a Fedora live image)
referring to the gptsync that is provided be rEFIt
I formatted the partition to make space for a working distro. i have refit installed and my mbp boots to that at startup by default. that didnt make 15 alpha work. 14 did though
you may need to enter the boot partition tool from the rEFIt menu and when it asks to run gptsync, say yes
 okay. I will try to install again later and do that. Thank you so far. Will get back to you guys
I belive anytime partitioning changes occur on a macbook, you do need to run gptsync.  Since the EFI implementation by apple isn't fully compliant with the standard, extra  steps  are required
you don't need to reinstall ... just run gptsync from the rEFIt menu
just need to get your partitions synced up

Bug Reviews f15

Smolt profiles

Beta TC-1 VirtuaLBox 4.0.4 OSX MacBook Pro i7 Gnome3-fallback 3.0.0 by updates
ACER ASPIRE ONE HD Install from booted dd USB of x86-64 .iso
ACER ASPIRE ONE N450 external USB HD Install from booted dd USB of Fedora-15-Beta-i686-Live-Desktop.iso Gnome3-shell 3.0.0 by updates
ACER ASPIRE ONE ZG5 N270 Install to HD from booted dd USB of Fedora-15-Beta-i686-Live-Desktop.iso Gnome3-shell 3.0.0 by updates

Fedora 14

Sugar Learning Environment packaged in F14 or F15

  • In root terminal:
yum groupinstall sugar*
yum install sugar-emulator

Sugar will run in a Xephyr window within your current environment. You will have full access to the Sugar features, and may even run multiple instances to simulate a local collaboration group. Later versions of Sugar require one emulator per logged in user (there can be more than one user running) Check this

Adjust the default window size for Sugar by editing the menu item for Sugar to
/usr/bin/sugar-emulator -i 1200x900
to match the XO reflective screen resolution
/usr/bin/sugar-emulator -i 832x624
approximates the display proportions of the XO laptops, closely matching the toolbar, for example.
/usr/bin/sugar-emulator -i 600x500
fits the screen for a 10-inch netbook
/usr/bin/sugar-emulator -f
full screen on netbook

You may also collaborate with others in the jabber.sugarlabs.org server Neighborhood (Press <F1> to see the Neighborhood view.)

Fedora 13

The Sugar Learning Environment is packaged in Fedora 13.

  • From the System -> Administration -> Add/Remove Software menu, search for Sugar.
  • Among all the packaged Activities select,
XO buddy.png The emulator for the Sugar Learning Environment
sugar-emulator-0.88.1-1.fc13 (no arch)
and any or all of the Activities.
Sugar will be available in your Applications -> Education menu.

Fedora 11



  • su

Install Sugar-desktop

  • sugar 0.84.16
yum install @sugar-desktop sugar-emulator

Make a custom Fedora image

Build Your Own Remix with Fedora

  • Use Livecd-tools and a custom kickstart file to build a custom remix.iso

Sugar on a Stick

With this spin, you'll be able to run Sugar, which is developed by Sugar Labs and is the desktop environment used on the OLPC, directly from a Live CD or Live USB!

See our Sugar on a Stick page.

Soas-mango-lassi.png, Mango Lassi with Sugar 0.90.3 and Fedora 14 (Laughlin)
or, for brave pioneers, v6 beta with Sugar 0.94 and Fedora 16 (Verne)

Testing of recent f-15 Soas Spins


SugaronastickMirabelle.png Tests of Nightly Composes

Click link to open ^

Fedora OLPC

The Fedora OLPC SIG, http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/OLPC, will be importing further activities into Fedora, which might later be installed using

yum install sugar-*
Here's a video of the process http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKmrtlyyCFo
CJB suggests: as root, run: yum -y groupinstall "Sugar Desktop Environment"

The command to run Sugar is as root otherwise you may get this behavior.


For more information on the new release, please refer to the announcement here:

Mailing list

Download Mirrors and Spins



Rawhide Testing

Common Bugs