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Ask your Gnome 3 more

>> 20 July 2011

So you have installed Fedora 15, with Gnome 3, with its "delightful and easy to use interface". The interface is really awesome, very soft for your eyes. You can navigate very quickly with your mouse. Yes it's great.

But wait, you have missed the minimize button, adding a custom launcher, add icons to Desktop, etc. You think for a moment, no. It's not for me !

I'm really glad to tell you that you are wrong. You'll have all the improvements added in Gnome 3, plus the old little things, you think, you have missed. And above all, all is easy to add and straight forward.

Let's go. In this tutor I'll show you how to add things missed in Gnome 3, I'll let you choose yourself how to tweak themes. I will not describe installing shell extensions.

There is a program that you must have, called gnome-tweak-tool. Available at Fedora's repository.

Install gnome-tweak-tool

Open a terminal and type:
su -c "yum install gnome-tweak-tool"

Start gnome-tweak-tool

A click on Applications, to display all available applications, go the searching field

Typing gnome in the searching field, let you see it with some other applications
Click on Tweak Advanced Settings

The Tweak Tool is opened
An application with a very simple and straightforward interface.

Enable adding icons to the Desktop

Click on File Manager, will show you some options
Buttons can be toggled ON and Off
Enable (put it on ON) Have file manager handle the desktop

This will allow you to add icons, custom launcher, document on the desktop

Right click on the desktop >  Create Launcher > add your custom launcher

I have added a launcher to my Eclipse
You can also Create a new folder, and a new document on the Desktop

Some other options in File Manager

In Interface

You can set Menus and/or Buttons to have icons
And change the used theme

In Shell

You can among other things:
Show the whole date
Add button to windows title bar

And here are all three buttons

You have to log out and log in, for buttons to appear in the title bar

You can go further in customization and select mouse button's actions

Hope that you find this tutor useful.

And enjoy your Gnome 3


Installation of VirtualBox On Fedora 15

>> 14 July 2011

In part 1 of this tutor I will describe the installation of a VirtualBox on Fedora 15, In the next two posts, I will install Fedora 15, inside a VM, and install a VBox Guest Additions to be used with this one.

What you need:

  • A Fedora 15 Desktop Edition (live cd)
  • VirtualBox

Download Fedora 15 Desktop Edition

You can verify your downloaded ISO, as suggested by Fedora project

Download the VirtualBox

My own system is Fedora 15, 64bits, so I'll download this version of VirtualBox (choose a VirtualBox version for your own Fedora version)

You can also, download and verify the md5sum, or sha256 for the downloaded VirtualBox

Now in my ~/Downloads folder. I have all what we need

I tried first to install a version of the VirtualBox available at
but i experienced some problems getting VBox Guest Additions working.

Installing some components needed for the installation

For the installation of VirtualBox, we need some components:

  • kernel-headers
  • kernel-devel
  • dkms
  • gcc
  • gcc-c++

In a terminal
type the following and Enter
$ su -c "yum install kernel-headers kernel-devel dkms gcc gcc-c++"

Reboot your system
Once the installation is done, you must reboot your system

In Gnome 3 (provided with Fedora 15)
Click on the user name in the upper corner

While the user's menu is opened. Hit and hold ALT key, you'll see Power Off instead of Suspend > Click on Power Off

Click on Restart

Installing VirtualBox
$ cd ~/Downloads

In a terminal
Type the following command and then Enter:

$ su -c "yum localinstall VirtualBox-4.0-4.0.10_72479_fedora15-1.x86_64.rpm"

Now VirtualBox is installed

Click on Applications > System Tools > The icon of VirtualBox is there


Nommé Fedora Ambassador

>> 09 July 2011

Bonne nouvelle !

Je viens d'être nommé ambassadeur Fedora (Fedora Ambassador).
J'invite les utilisateurs de Fedora (Linux)  dans Cergy-Pontoise, et ses environs (et même plus loin), à me contacter par e-mail kaesar at fedoraproject point org afin de monter ensemble un groupe d'utilisateurs Fedora, pour organiser des événements, meetings, formations,...

A bientôt

Fedora 15 est là, l'avez-vous essayé ?


Java 7 arrive

>> 05 July 2011

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