Monday, September 6, 2010

Make Fedora move to your Beats with (YUM) /// PART 2

YUM (Yellowdog Updater Modified) is an Interactive, rpm based Package Manager.
It is used for Installation of New packages, Removal of Old packages and perform queries on installed Packages.
YUM is used at the command line as (Works in Superuser mode,Switch to Superuser mode by using "su" )

#yum  [options] [command] [package...]

Commands Include:
  1. install package1,package2... (Used to install packages mentioned).
  2. update package1,package2.... ( Used to Update already installed Packages).
  3. check-update ( Used to check availability of Updates forPackages) .
  4. upgrade package1,package2....( Used to Upgrade the packages to Newer Versions).
  5. help [command] (Helps you out with specific Commands).
  6. reinstall package1,package2,...(Used to Reinstall Packages)
and many more check out the manual for YUM by using the command:

$man yum

Some of the options Being
-h      Which displays the help message and then quits.
-q        Run without Output.
and much more refer Manual for more Information.

NOTE : Must be connected to internet to execute the following commands.

As we all know that Fedora does not come with in-built packages which are necessary in our day-to-day life. Some of them being :

1 ) 
We can't play any type of audio or Video file with in-built Movie Player and Rhythmbox Music Player because they lack codecs. So Instead of finding codecs for those players, you can install vlc player (which we all know supports all major codecs). This is were YUM comes to the rescue.
To install vlc player type the following command in Superuser mode
# rpm -ivh stable.noarch.rpm
# yum install vlc

After executing the above commands, vlc is downloaded and installed on your system.

2 )

Fedora comes in-built with Brasero Disc Burner which is pretty OK for burning CD/DVD's. But my personal choice is that you install K3b which is excellent open source DVD burner. To download and install it execute the following in Superuser mode:

# yum install k3b

3 )
Wine is a Open source Software which is used to run Windows Softwares with .exe extension in Linux. To downlaod it using YUM execute the following command:

# yum install wine

4 ) To stream Videos on net you need adobe flash plugin. To install it, execute the following command:

# yum install flash-plugin nspluginwrapper.x86_64 nspluginwrapper.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686 libcurl.i686

5 ) To upgrade to newer versions of all the software packages you own execute the following command:

# yum upgrade

6 )
To install Netbeans IDE 6.8 which is an Integrated Development Environment used to run and Compile Programs, Execute

# yum install netbeans-ide.i686

To check the packages available for you to download and install from the fedora repository, Execute the following command :

# yum list

YUM is indeed a very handy tool which manages the packages on your system effectively and efficiently.

Any comments ,Suggestions ,Criticisms do fell free to leave a comment or mail me at

1 comment:

TECH GEEK said...

Since Adobe Flash Plugin is a Proprietary software,It is Forbidden in Fedora ,Instead you can use Gnash Which is an Alternative for Adobe Flash Player which uses Gstreamer.........
Install it using
# yum install gnash