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Old 13th March 2011, 09:37 AM
darlingm Offline
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F14: Minimal install, minimal packages for X, KDE, NVIDIA

I'm trying to perform a minimal installation from the Fedora 14 DVD, then installing the minimal packages needed to get KDE running. By "minimal packages", I am including dependency packages even if I think the dependency is suspect.

I think I have it, by quite a bit of trial and error. I couldn't find an explanation of how to do this without doing a groupinstall of at least "X Window System", "KDE Software Compilation", and sometimes "GNOME Desktop Environment".

2.0G used, 455 packages installed.

So, I'm making this post for two reasons.
1 - Since I couldn't find an explanation of how to do this, and think I have it figured out, I'm posting the solution, although it might not be complete.
2 - I'm wondering if there's any absolutely essential packages I'm missing out on, that I'd run into trouble later for not having. I found those that needed to be installed by a bit of trial and error, so figure I could be missing something considered essential.

Here's what I'm doing:
* Install Fedora 14, using a minimal installation. Using the Fedora 14 installation DVD (not live version).
* Get network running
* /sbin/chkconfig --level 35 network on
* /sbin/service network start
* Install nVidia proprietary driver.
* rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/...ble.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfr...ble.noarch.rpm {sorry I can't prevent forum from shortening this. You can find these URLs in many other guides, especially Leigh's guide.}
* yum install kernel dkms time {dkms requires time when working with a kernel module, leigh found this out}
* yum install akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686 {one of the dependencies is xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.x86_64}
* double check /boot/grub/grub.conf first kernel line includes "nouveau.modeset=0 rdblacklist=nouveau", and /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nouveau.conf includes "blacklist nouveau"
* Add to /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
Section "Files"
ModulePath "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions/nvidia"
ModulePath "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules"
* cd /boot
* mv initramfs- initramfs-
* dracut
* reboot
* lsmod | grep nvidia -- properl shows nvidia, and lsmod | grep nouveau -- properly shows nothing
* Install X & KDE
* yum install xorg-x11-server-Xorg kdebase kdebase-workspace kdm xorg-x11-drv-evdev xorg-x11-drv-keyboard xorg-x11-drv-mouse dejavu-sans-fonts dejavu-sans-mono-fonts dejavu-serif-fonts dejavu-fonts-common fontpackages-filesystem urw-font xorg-x11-font-utils xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-1-100dpi
* /etc/inittab : "id3:initdefault:" --> "id:5:initdefault:"
* reboot
At this point, Fedora boots up in text mode, with the multi color status bar filling towards "Fedora 14". Plymouth seems to be installed, but isn't really a concern for me. (Just pointing out it needs something if you want it to work.)

Once that finishes, the KDE Login Screen comes up. When logging into KDE, it seems fully usable. Of course, a lot of things that would be installed otherwise aren't, but that's what we're going for!

Sorry, I didn't know as a new user that I'd need mod approval before the post went live. I wanted to reply to my post to keep this post section'ed off.

So, if a mod sees this as a separate thread, could you merge it when you approve it? Thanks

EDIT: Odd, this one went live right away. My first post had a message come up, but it only lasted for a few seconds before forwarding to the forum index page. It said something about needing moderator approval.


I don't expect anyone to look through this list, it would be too chaotic of course. I'm hoping someone might have worked through this before and know the packages you have to instruct yum to install, to get all the dependencies you need.

Regardless, here's the list of all the packages installed on my system.

By the way, I miscounted in my original post -- it's 450 packages.

Cg-docs ConsoleKit ConsoleKit-libs ConsoleKit-x11 OpenEXR-libs acl akmod-nvidia akmods.noarch akonadi alsa-lib atk attica attr audit audit-libs authconfig avahi-libs basesystem.noarch bash binutils boost-program-options bzip2 bzip2-libs ca-certificates.noarch cagibi cairo checkpolicy chkconfig cln cloog-ppl clucene-core coreutils coreutils-libs cpio cpp cracklib cracklib-dicts cronie cronie-anacron crontabs.noarch cryptsetup-luks cryptsetup-luks-libs cups-libs curl cyrus-sasl cyrus-sasl-lib dash db4 db4-utils dbus dbus-glib dbus-libs dbus-x11 dbusmenu-qt dejavu-fonts-common.noarch dejavu-sans-fonts.noarch dejavu-sans-mono-fonts.noarch dejavu-serif-fonts.noarch desktop-file-utils device-mapper device-mapper-libs dhclient diffutils dkms.noarch dmidecode dmz-cursor-themes.noarch docbook-dtds.noarch docbook-style-xsl.noarch dracut.noarch e2fsprogs e2fsprogs-libs eet efibootmgr eject elfutils elfutils-libelf elfutils-libs enchant exiv2-libs expat fakeroot fakeroot-libs fedora-logos.noarch fedora-release.noarch file file-libs filesystem findutils fipscheck fipscheck-lib flac fontconfig fontpackages-filesystem.noarch freetype gamin gawk gcc gdb gdbm gdk-pixbuf2 giflib glib2 glibc.i686 glibc glibc-common glibc-devel glibc-headers gmp gnupg2 gnutls gobject-introspection gpgme gpsd grep groff grub grubby gstreamer gstreamer-tools gtk2 gzip hal hal-filesystem hal-info.noarch hal-libs hal-storage-addon hdparm hesiod hicolor-icon-theme.noarch hostname htdig hunspell hwdata.noarch ilmbase info initscripts iproute iptables iptables-ipv6 iputils iso-codes.noarch jasper-libs kbd kbd-misc.noarch kde-filesystem.noarch kde-settings.noarch kde-settings-kdm.noarch kdebase kdebase-libs kdebase-runtime kdebase-runtime-flags.noarch kdebase-runtime-libs kdebase-workspace kdebase-workspace-libs kdelibs kdelibs-common kdepimlibs kdepimlibs-akonadi kdm kernel kernel kernel-devel kernel-headers keyutils-libs kio_sysinfo kmod-nvidia- kmodtool.noarch krb5-libs ksysguardd kwebkitpart laughlin-backgrounds-kde.noarch laughlin-backgrounds-single.noarch laughlin-kde-theme.noarch lcms-libs less libICE libSM libX11.i686 libX11 libX11-common.noarch libXScrnSaver libXau.i686 libXau libXaw libXcomposite libXcursor libXdamage libXdmcp libXext.i686 libXext libXfixes libXfont libXft libXi libXinerama libXmu libXpm libXrandr libXrender libXres libXt libXtst libXv.i686 libXv libXvMC.i686 libXvMC libXxf86dga libXxf86misc libXxf86vm libacl libassuan libasyncns libattr libblkid libcanberra libcap libcap-ng libcgroup libcom_err libconfig libcurl libdb libdmx libdrm libeina libffi libfontenc libgcc.i686 libgcc libgcrypt libgomp libgpg-error libical libidn libiodbc libjpeg-turbo libmcpp libmng libmodplug libmount libmpc libmpcdec libnih libogg libpciaccess libpng libqalculate libraw1394 libselinux libselinux-utils libsemanage libsepol libsmbclient libsndfile libss libssh libssh2 libstdc++.i686 libstdc++ libtalloc libtasn1 libtdb libthai libtheora libtiff libtool-ltdl libudev libusb libusb1 libuser libutempter libuuid libv4l libvdpau.i686 libvdpau libvorbis libxcb.i686 libxcb libxkbfile libxml2 libxslt linux-atm-libs linux-firmware.noarch lm_sensors-libs logrotate lua m4 make man-db mcpp mesa-libGLU mingetty module-init-tools mpfr mysql mysql-libs mysql-server ncurses ncurses-base ncurses-libs net-tools newt newt-python nspr nss nss-softokn nss-softokn-freebl.i686 nss-softokn-freebl nss-sysinit nss-util ntfsprogs nvidia-settings nvidia-xconfig openldap openslp openssh openssh-server openssl oxygen-icon-theme.noarch pam pango passwd patch pciutils-libs pcre perl perl-DBD-MySQL perl-DBI perl-Module-Pluggable.noarch perl-Pod-Escapes.noarch perl-Pod-Simple.noarch perl-libs perl-threads perl-threads-shared phonon phonon-backend-xine pinentry pixman pkgconfig plymouth plymouth-core-libs plymouth-scripts pm-utils policycoreutils polkit polkit-kde polkit-qt popt ppl procmail procps psmisc pth pulseaudio-libs pulseaudio-libs-glib2 pygpgme python python-iniparse.noarch python-libs python-pycurl python-urlgrabber.noarch qca2 qedje qimageblitz qt qt-mysql qt-webkit qt-x11 qzion radeontool raptor rasqal readline redland redland-virtuoso rootfiles.noarch rpm rpm-build rpm-libs rpm-python rpmdevtools.noarch rpmfusion-free-release.noarch rpmfusion-nonfree-release.noarch rsyslog samba-winbind-clients sed selinux-policy.noarch selinux-policy-targeted.noarch sendmail setserial setup.noarch sgml-common.noarch shadow-utils shared-desktop-ontologies.noarch shared-mime-info slang soprano sound-theme-freedesktop.noarch speex sqlite strigi-libs sudo system-config-firewall-base.noarch system-setup-keyboard systemd-units sysvinit-tools tar tcp_wrappers-libs time tzdata.noarch udev unzip upstart upstart-sysvinit urw-fonts.noarch ustr util-linux-ng vim-minimal virtuoso-opensource wavpack wget which xcb-util xdg-user-dirs xdg-utils.noarch xine-lib xkeyboard-config.noarch xml-common.noarch xorg-x11-drv-evdev xorg-x11-drv-keyboard xorg-x11-drv-mouse xorg-x11-drv-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686 xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs xorg-x11-font-utils xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-1-100dpi.noarch xorg-x11-server-Xorg xorg-x11-server-common xorg-x11-server-utils xorg-x11-utils xorg-x11-xauth xorg-x11-xinit xorg-x11-xkb-utils xterm xz xz-libs yum.noarch yum-metadata-parser zlib.i686 zlib
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