Update: still on Fedora

So, after nuking everything except Mint, I installed Fedora 20 Xfce spin and set it up to my liking again. It’s been my daily OS since then. Yesterday, I found a pretty cool script for adding a few things that I’m going to want every time I have to reinstall (not that I hope that’s a constant chore). EasyLife. Made it simple to add codecs, fonts, and Nvidia support (had I needed it on this computer).

Anyway, it’s becoming less and less of a hassle to just fire up my computer and use it. My wife has even used it some. I won’t “make” her switch over, but I’m very confident that she could if we needed her to.

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Btw, regarding time here…

I have no idea where this setting originated, but WordPress was apparently just assuming that I was UTC-6. I changed the setting in Settings to Los Angeles, and the time is now correct. Kind of weird.

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This blog for me == cool

So, I did end up nuking just about everything. Including Windows. The only things I left were my documents partition and Mint. I reinstalled Fedora Xfce, because it’s currently my favorite distro. The cool thing is that to get my settings back the way I wanted, I just came here and followed directions. Booya.

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Grrr… Fedora

OK, I guess installing GNOME along side Xfce might not be such a good idea. I’ve had nothing but problems since doing that. Audio stopped working. Can’t get a lock in Yum. Yeah. It’s sucking. So right now, I’m back in Mint. Again. It’s my non-Windows crutch right now. I’m considering nuking all partitions except for my data partition and starting over from scratch. I really might just do that.

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Proxy with Yum

At work, I have to go through a proxy server. Usually, this isn’t a big deal, but I was having issues with it in Fedora 20. I tried googling and found this page, which had me add the following to /etc/yum.conf. Process I followed:

sudo leafpad /etc/yum.conf

Then in the file I added the following at the bottom:


Boom. Problem resolved.

Note that for settings changes and stuff like that I’m generally trying to copy what I actually did here so that if someone (like me) does come here a year or two from now and the linked site is down they aren’t just annoyed.

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So, I’ve been using Xfce edition of Fedora 20, but I want to give GNOME a try. It’s currently installing. Command I used to install it:

sudo yum groupinstall “GNOME Desktop”

On other distros, people seemed to recommend against having more than one desktop installed at a time, but I didn’t see that proviso with Fedora. I hope I haven’t screwed everything up. We’ll see what happens.

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Fixed System Time

I was kind of surprised how hard this was. I must have inadvertently selected the wrong time zone when I set up Fedora, so my clock was off by an hour (MDT instead of PDT). Oops. I figured it’d be an easy fix, but actually, it wasn’t. I couldn’t see any GUI way of changing it and eventually found this page. After a few wrong commands, I did the following:

timedatectl --help

Which lists the settings options.

timedatectl list-timezones

Which lists the time zones (shocking, I know), so that I could get the proper format for my zone.


timedatectl set-timezone America/Los_Angeles

Which actually set the correct time zone and resolved the problem. My system clock updated itself a few seconds later.

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So, not that I watch Netflix that often, but it’s the only thing I could never use in Linux before. No more! This link, worked (I am on Fedora 20 Xfce edition, I should add).

The main thing to note there was that after installing it, I did have to use the user agent switcher on Firefox. I selected Windows/Firefox 26, and bam, The Avengers was loading and then actually showing on my screen.

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Thinkpad Trackpoint Settings – Fedora

OK, so if there’s some expert out there who wants to correct me, so be it, but here’s what I’ve done to get the mouse/Trackpoint (the eraser head thingy) working to my preferences in Fedora 20.

This page was a primary source:

Essentially, I ended up creating /etc/udev/rules.d/trackpoint.rules and adding the following lines:

SUBSYSTEM=="serio", DRIVERS=="psmouse", WAIT_FOR="/sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/sensitivity", ATTR{sensitivity}="200", ATTR{speed}="50", ATTR{inertia}="0"

Then, to get vertical scrolling working, I followed the directions of the first post here to the letter.


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More on Fedora

So, I don’t know what the deal was with Fedora updates being so slow before, but it’s great now. I was having ridiculously slow speeds before. I cancelled the install of Chrome TWICE because it was taking so long (dial-up speeds [really]). But tonight files were downloading much faster (~1 mb per second). Glad that’s resolved. I rebooted my router right before starting up, so maybe that was the issue.

Things to resolve:
1. I think my laptop (Thinkpad T60) is still running a little hotter in Fedora than it was in Mint or Windows. I’m guessing that this has something to do with graphics drivers and can be resolved, but I’ll have to research to figure it out. It’s certainly nothing like it was before I applied new thermal paste to the CPU/GPU.
2. Mouse speed is not optimal on my Trackpoint. This is pretty much a given with any Linux distro I’ve used, but I had it pretty much nailed in Mint after fiddling with a bunch of config files. It’s better in Fedora without such fiddling than with any distro I’ve ever used, but still not where I want it to be.
3. Something funky is up with the fonts. They look weird. Probably a free software issue I can resolve with minimal difficulty.
4. The middle mouse button doesn’t seem to work at all. Yeah. That’s annoying.

I must, must, must remember to post about my fixes for the above.

None of this is going to stop me from using it, of course. The big item that can trip up an install, wifi, works fine here. If I’ve got that, I can resolve any issue, normally. Just a matter of googling.

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