Fedora 21 – MATE

A while back I decided to stop using Ubuntu because of changes they were making as well as some privacy and personal choices. I tested other flavors but none really grabbed my fancy fully, I enjoyed using Linux Mint with the MATE desktop but it was built on Ubuntu and Debian and I started studying again and needed to delve into RedHat systems. Being that I cannot afford to pay for RedHat, I settled on the next best thing, Fedora. However; they now default to GNOME 3 and its hideous design which was one of the reasons I moved from Ubuntu in the first place. I selected the MATE spin as I am inexperienced with the system to get into customization and did not want to have to deal with GNOME. No worries tho; as soon as I am comfortable enough you will get a walk-through on installing MATE on your existing Fedora system.

My install was done last night and so far I have no complaints, it’s a rock solid system that I have installed on an old Dell Precision M4400 which I’m writing this article on.

32-bit PC Edition

32-bit PC EditionThis edition is for the highest compatibility; it will work on both 32-bit and 64-bit computers.

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64-bit PC Edition

64-bit PC EditionEnjoy the full power and speed of a 64-bit computer. Not compatible with 32-bit computers.

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I have played with Fedora prior but never really got into it, mainly for the fact that we use Debian at work and had to learn that base primarily. The big change is that Fedora 21 is available in three flavors: cloud, server, and workstation. All three build on the same base, adding packages relevant to the use case. The one main thing to note is that the installer is not as straight forward as other Linux Distros like Debian.

Post Install

Once installed there are few things I recommend (may change in the future as I learn more, stay tuned). I prefer using the command line so some if not all of these will be done is a shell. You should have the icon in the top bar next to the Firefox logo, if you installed the MATE version like I did.


sudo yum update

Enable RPM fusion repository

su -c 'yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm'
sudo yum update

Install Yum Fastest Mirror Plugin

sudo yum install yum-plugin-fastestmirror

Install media plugins

sudo yum install gstreamer1-plugins-good gstreamer1-plugins-good-extras gstreamer1-plugins-ugly gstreamer1-plugins-base gstreamer1-plugsins-base-tools gstreamer1-plugins-bad-freeworld gstreamer1-plugins-bad-free gstreamer1-plugins-bad-free-extra gstreamer1-libav

7zip and unrar

yum install unrar p7zip p7zip-plugins

Install adobe Flash

On 32-Bit System

sudo rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
sudo rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux
sudo yum install flash-plugin

On 64-Bit System

sudo rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-x86_64-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
sudo rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux
sudo yum install flash-plugin

Install Java

sudo yum install icedtea-web java-openjdk

Install VLC media player

sudo yum install vlc

Install Google Chrome

On 32-Bit System

sudo yum localinstall --nogpgcheck https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_i386.rpm

On 64-Bit System

sudo yum localinstall --nogpgcheck https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm

Install Popcorn

Popcorn is a famous program that lets you watch movies online for free, it streams movies from torrent websites (which may be illegal in some countries) and it provides many options like downloading the movies or adding subtitles.. etc.

sudo yum install nodejs rubygem-compass

For 32-Bit System

wget ftp://ftp.pbone.net/mirror/ftp.sourceforge.net/pub/sourceforge/p/po/postinstaller/fedora/releases/21/i386/popcorntime-
sudo rpm -ivh popcorntime-

For 64-Bit System

wget ftp://ftp.pbone.net/mirror/ftp.sourceforge.net/pub/sourceforge/p/po/postinstaller/fedora/releases/21/x86_64/popcorntime-
sudo rpm -ivh popcorntime-

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