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30th May 2008, 12:16 AM
i am a total noob to linux but i real like fedora been using it of 3 days now; anyhow i was looking aroud last nite and came across add and remove programs. so my question is this what are some must have programs or very useful stuff that a newbie might need?

30th May 2008, 12:22 AM
This may be a daft question, but what do you want to do? :)

Edit: If you haven't already installed multimedia stuff, etc, then the last three links in my sig are worth following :D


30th May 2008, 01:03 AM
mostly web browsing but i am trying to figure out how to use some archery software that i use in windows with fedora. i also need some office software

30th May 2008, 01:12 AM
OpenOffice 2.4 should have been installed with F9 or you can install more 'lightweight' apps like Gnumeric and Abiword. For home finance install Gnucash. Page layout is done with Scribus, for labels use gLabels. The list is endless. These are all for Gnome (except Scribus, which is a QT app) and if there's something in particular you're looking for then go here:


If you're using KDE I'm sure there are similar apps, look here:



30th May 2008, 01:30 AM
as to office software "Open Office " dose the job and when OO 3 is released later this summer it will be able to open/save to MS office 2007 format
for photos The Gimp ( should be installed) is Great http://www.gimp.org/
"yum install gimp "
3D software ( modeling ) there is blender http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/
" yum install blender "
video editing there is Cinelerra http://heroinewarrior.com/cinelerra.php3
web surfing -- FireFox ( installed) i use Mozilla seamonkey with out the e-mail client . Why bother with yahoo and gmail.

archery software

you may need to run that in wine http://www.winehq.org/

30th May 2008, 02:01 AM
I'm not a big audio geek, but I really really like Amarok

Here are some good instructions on installing plugins and codecs and such.
There are F8 tips too. Xine is a nice dvd viewer - does other vid tasks too.

If you interact with Windows system on the net you'll probably need/want samba.

Firefox & Thunderbird are same as on Windows, but you may like evolution mail client or Seamonkey browser better. Many other browser choices.

For basic tools & toys you may want to
yum -y install \
nautilus-open-terminal \
gparted system-config-lvm fuse-sshfs ntfs-3g ntfs-config \
rsync gnomebaker testdisk gkrellm thunderbird cups-pdf \
filelight unrar boost wine cabextract yumex

Also try "yum info all | less" and page through all the packages (about 10k!). You'll trip across many things that you'll want to install.

30th May 2008, 02:13 AM
This could be useful... to some :)



30th May 2008, 02:50 AM
Funny - I know of Drew Avis (the strangebrew author) from hbd.org.

Off topic - but I'm sipping another canoodlian product at the moment -
La Maudite from Unibroue outside of Montreal. Fantastic beer.
8%abv is usually into the annoyingly fusely range for me - but this
is great.