- Nick Congleton
IntroductionTwo of the most popular and highest quality media programs available for Linux are not available through Fedora's default repositories. Of course, these are no other than Kodi and VLC, and they are available on Fedora through RPM Fusion.
Kodi, which was previously known as XBMC, has boomed in popularity as of late with both Linux and mainstream audiences.
VLC has been a long time favorite for anyone looking for a media player capable of playing content with just about any encoding or file extension.
Getting the RepositoriesAs with many multimedia things in Fedora, this is an instance of "RPM Fusion to the rescue." Utilizing the reliable and trusted RPM Fusion repository grants access to both Kodi and VLC as well as valuable multimedia codecs and libraries required to play many people's favorite content.
The best way to get the repositories is to use the series of commands provided by RPM Fusion.
$ su -c 'dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm'
- Nick Congleton
IntroductionGoogle Chrome is one of the fastest and most well liked browsers available. Despite its closed source, it has long been a favorite of Linux users. This is especially true because it integrates features traditionally locked behind other proprietary software, like Flash, which traditionally function poorly.
Distributions like Fedora which only ship free software don't include Chrome, but Google provides convenient repositories to major Linux distributions to make installing and managing Chrome on Linux easy.
Getting The DownloadThere are two basic ways to get and install Chrome. Both come directly from Google. Since the Chrome package install establishes the Chrome repository in Fedora, there is no need to configure that separately.
GraphicalThis is probably the most conventional way to install Google Chrome. First, browse to Google's website for the browser.
- Nick Congleton
IntroductionSteam is easily the most popular PC gaming client, and with hundreds of titles available for Linux, it's not wonder why Linux gamers would want to install and use it. This is easier on some distributions than others, especially considering that Valve, the company behind Steam, officially targets Ubuntu and Debian.
Fedora users won't find Steam anywhere in the official Fedora repositories. This is mostly because of Fedora's strict free software policies. It is available through a reliable third-party repository, though, and it runs great when you get it set up.
Before You InstallSteam for Linux is 32bit only. That may feel like a hassle, but it really isn't. The only thing that you have to make sure of is that the 32bit version of your graphics driver is installed on your system.
If you are using any of the open source drivers, chances are, 32bit support is already installed and working. If you want to reinstall to be sure run whichever of the following fits your graphics card.
$ su -c 'dnf -y install xorg-x11-drv-intel mesa-libGL.i686 mesa-dri-drivers.i686'
- Nick Congleton
IntroductionThe latest AMDGPU drivers launched from AMD only a few short days ago bringing changes like FreeSync support and additional support for mobile chipsets as well as the obvious performance improvements.
Like the previous versions of the proprietary AMDGPU driver, only "Enterprise Grade" distributions are supported, so you won't find official Ubuntu 16.10 support just yet. Ubuntu 16.04 is continuing to be supported, and that will be the target of this guide.
Getting The PackagesAMD has provided the packages required for the install in a tarball. The reason for a tarball of
.debpackages instead of the
.runinstaller of previous AMD drivers is that AMDGPU-PRO functions by providing its own custom versions of key pieces of software needed for the drivers to function properly.
AMDGPU-PRO is build ton the open source AMDGPU drivers, and just like those drivers, requires newer versions of Mesa, DRM, and the Kernel. To ensure that these requirements are met, they are provided. You can get the tarball one of two ways. If you prefer to use your browser, go to AMD's website and download the drivers and untar them with your graphical archive manager of choice.
https://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMDGPU-PRO-Driver-for-Linux-Release-Notes.aspxIf you'd prefer to use the command line,
wgetthe package directly and untar it from the command line.
$ cd ~/Downloads $ wget https://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ubuntu/amdgpu-pro-16.50-362463.tar.xz $ tar -xJvf amdgpu-pro_16.50-362463.tar.xz
- Lubos Rendek
ObjectiveThe installation of KODI media software is fairly easy and straight forward procedure. The objective is to install KODI media software on Ubuntu 16.04 Linux Desktop via PPA repository.
RequirementsPrivileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via
sudocommand is required.
- # - requires given command to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of
- $ - given command to be executed as a regular non-privileged user
Add PPA KODI repositoryIf applicable, first make
add-apt-repositorycommand available on your system:
$ sudo apt-get install python-software-propertiesNext, add PPA repository:
$ sudo add-apt-repository -y -r ppa:team-xbmc/ppa