Installing steam on fedora 22

I had some trouble once I’d installed steam. It would fail to find the swrast driver. After some searching I found that the following command pulled through the required libraries:

sudo dnf install xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686

This didn’t work quite so well on Fedora 23 so try this…

sudo dnf install nvidia-driver-libs

or use yumex-dnf to install nvidia-driver-libs.

Set Grub2 (Fedora 19) default boot to…something other

grep menuentry /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

Copy the name of the OS you want as default
then access the /etc/default/grub file as root

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub 

Replace whatever is currently being given to GRUB_DEFAULT with the OS name you want as the default (enclose the OS name in “”)

Then run as root:

grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

…and reboot to test

I don’t think this survives a Kernel update, but the process is not onerous, and no sacrifices to the gods are required.

some grep

Find all instances of java in the output list from the rpm installed packages list.

rpm -qa | grep "java"

Add an Eclipse Icon under ubuntu 12.04

Install (just extract the gz file to your home drive if you want) the version on the Eclipse web site, then create a file called eclipse.desktop and give it the following contents:

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Eclipse Indigo 3.7
#Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 <path-to-eclipse-install>/eclipse
Exec=env /home/mike/eclipse/eclipse

making sure you put the correct path in the two places you need it (the execution path and the image path)

Gnome 3

It’s no good. I have tried to love it but I don’t.

Good things

  • It can move slickly on a powerful machine
  • Snap onto half the screen, which is great on a wide screen monitor (something similar to windows 7)

Bad Things

  • I can’t find the gui that allows me to enable and disable services
  • Menus are mostly gone and what’s replaced them takes more and longer to navigate
  • The favourites bar scales itself in an ugly fashion when it a lot of favourites are added, it could spread horizontally without ugliness
  • it usually takes more than the usual amount of clicks or keyboard actions to get slightly out of the ordinary programs running.
  • Task switching takes more effort.

The whole experience is a drag. If I wanted someone to tell me how I needed a low functional interface I’d spend my money on an apple computer.

Maybe I am too used to having things the way I want them. Gnome 3 is weird. Loads of configurations have lost a GUI front-end.  I thought Linux was for people into computing. Gnome 3 is designed for people who have slabs and crap like that. Well that’s great but I’ve got desktop and laptop.

Thankfully there is a fall back position in the guise of XFCE.

The best thing about XFCE is that it looks and functions similar to gnome 2,  so there are lots of configurable features and there is usually a GUI for it.

So Gnome 3: Good luck! may god bless you; enjoy your journey.