December 1, 2010
Downloads, Tips, Tricks, 'n Tutorials
64-bit, adobe, fedora, firefox, flash, flash player, gnu, i386, leigh scott, linux, nspluginwrapper, opera, plugin, rpm, x86_64, youtube, yum
If you’re using an x86_64 architecture of Fedora, and having problems with Flash player installation for Firefox, follow this quick tutorial.
1. (This is optional) If you’ve tried installing Flash on your system, remove it first. Include nspluginwrapper too.
[root@hostname username]# yum erase flash-plugin nspluginwrapper*
2a. Install the rpm package for 64-bit plugin created by Leigh Scott.
[root@hostname username]# rpm -Uvh http://www.linux-ati-drivers.homecall.co.uk/flash.x86_64/flash-release-1-2.noarch.rpm
2b. You may also download the rpm package and install it from your downloaded directory. Assuming that the file is in your Downloads folder:
[root@hostname username]# rpm -Uvh /home/username/Downloads/flash-release-1-2.noarch.rpm
3. Install the plugin using yum.
[root@hostname username]# yum install flash-plugin
Check if Flash player is installed. This rpm works for Firefox and Opera and from Fedora 12 or newer.
November 26, 2010
Tips, Tricks, 'n Tutorials
fedora, fedora 14, gdm, gnome, gnu, image, laughlin, laughlin.xml, linux, login screen, png, su, vi, wallpaper, xml
I’ve been doing some tweaks on the machine I set up with Fedora 14 (Laughlin) using Gnome. Things were OK until I decided to change the login screen image. I checked System > Preferences but there were no configurations for the login screen. I did a Google search and found a solution that didn’t work for me. I’ve also read from forums that there was no way to change the image unlike the earlier versions of Fedora. I then had this idea of finding the image used as the login screen wallpaper and overwriting it with my preferred image. So I checked the “/usr/share/backgrounds/” directory and found a “laughlin” folder. Inside it is a folder named “default” that contains three other folders named normalish, standard, and wide and a laughlin.xml file. The three folders contained the default login screen image. If you open the xml file with a text editor, you’ll notice that a part of it specifies the path of the Laughlin wallpaper. Wide, Normalish, and Standard specifies the image dimensions. And using this xml file, we can change the login screen image.
Laughlin XML File
Here’s what I did. First, I edited my image three times using the specified dimensions (this is optional) and saved them as PNG files. As root user (doing “su”), I then copied them to the three folders with respect to their dimensions.
[root@machine username]# cp /current/file/location/filename1.png /usr/share/backgrounds/laughlin/default/wide/
[root@machine username]# cp /current/file/location/filename2.png /usr/share/backgrounds/laughlin/default/standard/
[root@machine username]# cp /current/file/location/filename3.png /usr/share/backgrounds/laughlin/default/normalish/
Using vi, edit laughlin.xml and replace the filenames and save the file. See image below.
Edited Laughlin XML File
I logged off and there was my new login screen. I used a random Fedora wallpaper I got from the web. I’m also sorry for the low quality pictures.
|Default Login Screen
||New Login Screen
April 23, 2009
alientrap, first person shooter, fps, free, freeware, games, gnu, gpl, linux, mac, nexuiz, osx, windows
If you love first-person shooter (FPS) games, have played games like Counterstrike, Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake, and Unreal Tournament, and love freewares, then Nexuiz is just right for you.
Nexuiz is a fast-paced 3D first-person shooter that can run on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Created by Alientrap Software, it was distributed under GNU General Public License (GPL) and may be downloaded and used freely. The first version was released on May 31, 2005 and has been downloaded 1.5 million times. Version 2.5 was released last April 3, 2009.
The game uses the DarkPlaces engine, a significantly modified Quake engine. Its logo is based on the Chinese character “力” (Li), which means strength. The first time I played it, it was like playing Unreal Tournament. It has somewhat similar maps and scenes.
You may download the game’s latest release here. Also included in that page is the map pack. The game is a 600+MB zip file while the pack is 108 MB. There’s no installer for this game. After downloading, unzip the contents. Extract the map pack in the data folder of Nexuiz. Run the nexuiz application.
Enjoy the game!