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Disable background updates on Fedora 21 / GNOME 3.14

If you use frequently a mobile internet connection with a monthly traffic limit, like me, you probably want control over automatic updates to avoid wasting traffic data.

GNOME 3.14 has a feature to automatically check for new updates using its gSoftware application. This feature can be disabled using the gsettings command line tool:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.software download-updates false

If you are not familiar with the terminal, also the graphical dconf-editor can be used.

First you need to install it:

$ sudo yum install dconf-editor

then, as normal user run it:

$ dconf-editor

now navigate to org.gnome.settings-daemon.software schema and un-tick the download-updates flag:

dconf-editor-updates

If you are using an older version of GNOME the schema is slight different. For Fedora 20/GNOME 3.10 you can take a look at this post http://worldofgnome.org/fedora-20-gnome-software-tips-and-tricks/.

Re-enable “Log out” in GNOME 3.6

user_menu

 

In GNOME 3.6, with a single user, the option “Log out” in user menu is no more available by default.

To re-enable it open a terminal and type:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell always-show-log-out true

Now restart the Shell by pressing Alt+F2 and typing r<return>

References:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/GNOME#Always_show_the_.22Log_Out.22_entry_in_the_user_menu

Install Arista Transcoder on Fedora 18

aristaArista Transcoder (http://www.transcoder.org/) is a useful transcoder tool build upon Python and GStreamer. It’s not available in Fedora yum repositories, but the installation from source is quite easy.

Let’s go.

First: download the sources from its website and untar them

[daniele@sam ~]wget http://programmer-art.org/media/releases/arista-transcoder/arista-0.9.7.tar.gz; tar xzvf arista-0.9.7.tar.gz

Second: install the dependencies required to build and install Arista and the extra GStreamer plugins (if not already installed) via yum

[daniele@sam ~]sudo yum -y install python3-devel gstreamer-ffmpeg gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad-free gstreamer-plugins-bad-nonfree gstreamer-plugins-ugly

Arista uses HAL which is deprecated since Fedora 15 and removed from Fedora 16, so to run Arista you also need to install python-gudev which uses udev instead of HAL.

[daniele@sam ~]sudo yum -y install python-gudev

Third: build and install the software and remove install sources

[daniele@sam ~]cd arista-0.9.7
[daniele@sam arista-0.9.7]$ python setup.py build
[daniele@sam arista-0.9.7]sudo python setup.py install
[daniele@sam arista-0.9.7]$ cd ~; rm -Rf arista-0.9.7

Fourth: run Arista from command line or from your application menu!

[daniele@sam ~]$ arista-gtk

arista-fedora18

Done!

Fixing font in Chromium on Fedora

Font auto-hinting is disabled by default in Chromium on Fedora, so font rendering is quite ugly.

To enable fonts auto-hinting just create file 10-chromium.conf in /etc/fonts/conf.d/ with this xml:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<fontconfig>
        <match target="font">
                <edit mode="assign" name="hinting">
                        <bool>true</bool>
                </edit>
        </match>
        <match target="font">
                <edit mode="assign" name="antialias">
                        <bool>true</bool>
                </edit>
        </match>
        <match target="font">
                <edit mode="assign" name="autohint">
                        <bool>true</bool>
                </edit>
        </match>
</fontconfig>

and then restart Chromium.

Riferences:

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=47865

Gnome 3: gli stumenti indispensabili

Il 6 aprile 2011 è (finalmente?) uscito Gnome 3: l’idea di desktop è stata in buona parte rivoluzionata; devo dire che tuttavia sul netbook non è così male la nuova impostazione.

La prima impressione che ho avuto con Gnome 3 è stata l’impossibilità di accedere a molte impostazioni per personalizzare almeno un poco il comportamento del desktop: infatti il pannello di controllo, almeno attualmente, molto limitante nella configurazione.

Tuttavia esistono due tool, a mio dire indispensabili, che permetto di aggirare parzialmente questo limite.
Essi sono:

gnome-tweak-tool


E’ una gui molto semplice per abilitare e/o modificare alcuni comportamenti e caratteristiche di base.

dconf-editor

Sostituisce il vecchio gconf-editor e permette una gestione più completa e raffinata delle impostazioni.

Per installarli, su Fedora 15 (beta), è sufficiente usare yum

yum install -y dconf-editor gnome-tweak-tool

Personalmente ho fatto le seguenti modifiche

  • Attivata la data a fianco dell’orologio
  • Attivato il pulsante di minimizzazione delle finestre
  • Attivato il pulsante “power-off” nel menu utente (tramite il pacchetto gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu)