How to Install Essential Applications for Fedora Linux

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How To Install 5 Essential Applications For Fedora Linux

5 Essential Applications For Linux
5 Essential Applications For Linux.

In this guide I am going to continue with the Fedora theme and show you how to install 5 more essential applications.

Everybody who uses a computer will come up with their own definition of what is essential to them.

It is worth noting that I have already dealt with running Flash, GStreamer Non Free codecs and Steam within Fedora in a previous article.

The applications I have chosen as essential are as follows:

  • Google Chrome
  • Java
  • Skype
  • Dropbox
  • Minecraft

There are of course other applications that people will feel are essential to their needs but trying to fit 1400 essential applications into a single article is preposterous. 

Note that many other guides that show how to install packages such as these use command line tools such as Yum but I prefer to show the easiest methods by using graphical tools where possible.

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How To Install Google Chrome Using Fedora Linux

Google Chrome For Fedora
Google Chrome For Fedora.

Chrome is currently the world's most popular web browser based on usage statistics on w3schools.com, w3counter.com and my own blog, everydaylinuxuser.com.

Other sources quote Internet Explorer as being the most popular but realistically you wouldn't use Internet Explorer with Linux.

Most Linux distributions ship with Firefox as the default browser and Fedora Linux is no exception. 

Installing Google's Chrome browser is relatively straight forward.

First of all visit https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/ and click the "Download Chrome" button.

When the download options appear choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit RPM option. (choose the one that is appropriate for your computer).

An "open with" window will appear. Choose "Software Install".

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How To Install Google Chrome Using Fedora Linux

Install Google Chrome Using Fedora
Install Google Chrome Using Fedora.

When the software installer appears click the "Install" button.

It takes a little while to download and install Google Chrome but when it has finished you can bring up the applications window (using "Super" and "A") and search for Chrome.

If you would like to add Chrome to the Favourites bar right click the Chrome icon and choose "Add To Favourites".

You can drag the icons around in the favorite list to change their positions. 

To remove Firefox from the favorites list, right-click on the Firefox icon and select "Remove From Favorites".

Some people prefer to use the Chromium browser over Google's Chrome but according to this page there are significant issues.

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How To Install Java Within Fedora Linux

Open JDK
Open JDK.

The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is required for running certain applications, including Minecraft.

There are two ways to install Java. The easiest is to choose the Open JDK package which is available from the GNOME Packager ("Software" from the applications menu).

Open the GNOME Packager and search for Java.

From the list of available items choose the OpenJDK 8 Policy Tool, otherwise known as the Open JDK runtime environment.

Click "Install" to install the Open JDK package 

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How To Install The Oracle JRE Within Fedora Linux

Oracle Java Runtime In Fedora
Oracle Java Runtime In Fedora.

Click here to install the official Oracle Java Runtime Environment.

Click the "Download" button under the JRE heading.

Accept the license agreement and then download the RPM package for Fedora.

When asked, open the package with "Software Install".

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How To Install The Oracle JRE Within Fedora Linux

Oracle JRE In Fedora
Oracle JRE In Fedora.

When the GNOME Packager application appears click the "Install" button.

So which should you use, the Oracle JRE or the OpenJDK package?

To be honest there isn't much in it. According to this webpage on the Oracle blog: 

 It is very close - our build process for Oracle JDK releases builds on OpenJDK 7 by adding just a couple of pieces, like the deployment code, which includes Oracle's implementation of the Java Plugin and Java WebStart, as well as some closed source third party components like a graphics rasterizer, some open source third party components, like Rhino, and a few bits and pieces here and there, like additional documentation or third party fonts. Moving forward, our intent is to open source all pieces of the Oracle JDK except those that we consider commercial features such as JRockit Mission Control (not yet available in Oracle JDK), and replace encumbered third party components with open source alternatives to achieve closer parity between the code bases

 

Personally I would go for the Open JDK. It has never let me down thus far.

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How To Install Skype Within Fedora Linux

Skype Within Fedora
Skype Within Fedora.

Skype enables you to talk to people using text, voice and video calling. Simply sign up for an account and you can chat with friends, family and colleagues..

Why use Skype over similar tools? I have been on a number of job interviews where I am too far away to be interviewed face to face and Skype seems to be the tool many businesses like to use as a way of interviewing people over long distances. It is universal across multiple operating systems. The main alternative to Skype is Google Hangouts.

Before you download the Skype package open up the GNOME Packager. (Press "Super" and "A" and search for "Software").

Enter "Yum Extender" and install the package. 

The "Yum Extender" is a graphical user interface for the command line "Yum" package manager and is more verbose than the GNOME Packager and is better at resolving dependencies.

Skype isn't available within the Fedora repositories so you have to download it from the Skype webpage.

Click here to download Skype

From the dropdown list choose "Fedora (32-bit)". 

Note: There isn't a 64-bit version

When the "open with" dialog appears choose "Yum Extender".

Click the "Apply" button to install Skype and all dependencies.

It takes a while for all of the packages to download and install but when the process is complete you will be able to run Skype.

There are potentially sound issues with Skype within Fedora as shown by this webpage. You might need to install Pulseaudio to resolve these issues.

Incidentally if you add the RPMFusion repositories then you can also install Skype by installing the lpf-skype package using Yum Extender.

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How To Install Dropbox Within Fedora Linux

Install Dropbox Within Fedora
Install Dropbox Within Fedora.

Dropbox provides storage space for backing up your documents, photos, videos and other files. It can also be used as a way to enable collaboration between you, your colleagues and/or friends.

To install Dropbox in Fedora you have two choices. You can either enable the RPMFusion repositories and search for Dropbox within Yum Extender or you can do it in the following way.

Visit the Dropbox website and click either the 64-bit or 32-bit version of Dropbox for Fedora.

When the "open with" option appears, choose "Software Install".

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How To Install Dropbox Within Fedora Linux

Install Dropbox Within Fedora
Install Dropbox Within Fedora.

When the GNOME Packager appears click "Install".

Open "Dropbox" by pressing the "Super" and "A" keys at the same time and search for "Dropbox".

When you click the "Dropbox" icon the first time it will download the main "Dropbox" package.

After the download has finished you will be asked to either login or create an account.

If you are an existing Dropbox user enter your credentials, otherwise create an account. It is free up to 2 Gigabytes.

I like Dropbox because it is available for Windows, Linux and on my Android devices meaning that I can access it from anywhere and on many different devices.

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How To Install Minecraft Within Fedora Linux

Install Minecraft Within Fedora
Install Minecraft Within Fedora.

To install Minecraft you will need to have installed Java. The Minecraft website recommends using the Oracle JRE but I recommend using the OpenJDK package.

Visit https://minecraft.net/download and click the "Minecraft.jar" file.

Open up the file manager (Press the "Super" key and click the icon that looks like a filing cabinet) and create a new folder called Minecraft (Click on the home folder within the file manager, within the main pane and choose new folder, enter "Minecraft") and copy the Minecraft.jar file from the Downloads folder to the Minecraft folder.

Open a terminal and navigate to the Minecraft folder.

Type the following:

java -jar Minecraft.jar

The Minecraft client should load and you will be able to play the game.

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Summary

There are of course many applications which we deem essential and it really depends on the user as to what matters and what doesn't.

Some of the solutions aren't perfect. Ideally you wouldn't have to run Minecraft from the terminal and Skype would provide a 64-bit download option.

I believe the methods I have listed here provide the easiest solutions in order to install and run the applications.