Tag Archives: Fedora

Fedora 11 on Acer 4736Z

I finally managed to get a new Laptop, Acer 4736Z. I’d to wait before Fedora 11’s download was complete and I could install it.


  • Graphics card works out of the box (1366×768 resolution)
  • Sound is detected well
  • Wireless and bluetooth are working
  • The Web Camera is detected and working well
  • The Brightness control doesn’t work
  • The gsynaptics had to be installed to enable tap on the touchpad

All and all it looks good. Here is a screenshot.
Fedora 11 on Acer 4736Z

Pulseaudio CPU usage
Great work, Pulseaudio in F11 uses lesser CPU as compared to Fedora 10 Pulse Audio

Fedora 10 Pulse Audio High CPU Usage

Guys using Fedora 10, must’ve seen this problem of Pulseaudio taking high CPU usage. After a lot of tweaking, I came to this. From System -> Preferences -> Hardware -> Sound

Change all the drop downs to ALSA. Just make sure u “Test” and hear the tone before applying the changes.

pulseaudio with lower cpu usage


I’ve done this yum remove pulseaudio. This removes the root cause 🙂

Adding Fedora 9 DVD as repository

Adding a Fedora 9 DVD as a yum repository is extremely easy in Fedora 9.

For slow internet connections, using yum could be pain, as most of the software can be installed from the DVD itself. But yum resolves dependencies from the net. Adding a Fedora 9 DVD as a repository is like a boon to such users.

Follow the steps using a root user

  1. Pop in your Fedora 9 DVD, It should be automatically mounted on /media/Fedora 9 i386 DVD/ folder
  2. Create a new file fedora-dvd.repo in /etc/yum.repos.d/ folder.
  3. Put the following contents in the file

    name=Fedora 9 DVD
  4. Disable fedora.repo and fedora-updates.repo, by assigning the parameter enabled=0.
  5. Run the command yum repolist
    You should be able to see fedora-dvd as enabled.

Thats should be it. You are free to install packages from the DVD directly.

Fedora 6 Hindi Support with SCIM – फेडोरा 6 और हिंदी

Fedora 6 gives one of the best support for Indic (Indian – South Asian) languages. It compiles its default Web Client, and Mail client with Pango Support to enable the complex rendering of the Indic fonts. The Default Firefox and Thnderbird thus harness the true power.

SCIM Gnome System Tray
SCIM in GNOME’s System Tray
SCIM's Toolbar
SCIM’s Toolbar

Enabling Hindi Support

Login as a root user, and then use the following command.
yum groupinstall <language>-support
In case of Hindi, I’ve used, yum groupinstall hindi-support

This will install basically three things.

  • Hindi fonts
  • SCIM, Simple Common Input Method
  • Open Office Hindi Language Pack

Once done, Just run scim-setup from the console, to setup the SCIM for the first time, and then Log-off and log-in again.

Configuring Hindi typing

One of the major hurdles in using Indic languages is to type them. But SCIM’s magic works like a charm. On logging back again, you’ll find a small box in your System tray, Just right click on it to select the type of input format you want. Here is the list that it specifies

  • English/European
  • Hindi – inscript
  • Hindi – itrans
  • Hindi – phonetic
  • Hindi – remington
  • Hindi – typewriter
  • English/Keyboard
SCIM's Menu
SCIM’s Menu

I prefer Hindi – phonetic, which basically maps the keyboard for its syllables and consonants. For eg.

हिंदी = hiMdI

The user can always switch between the input methods, by clicking the system tray icon, and selecting the input method as English/keyboard.

शुक्रीया फेडोरा