Archive for April 6th, 2011


Living with EL6: RHEL/SL6 tips and tricks

  • Add atrpms repositories:  (x64) (x86)
  • Install Dropbox, then delete the repo:  rm /etc/yum.repos.d/dropbox.repo
  • Install KeePassX from here.
  • Download and install NoMachine client and server here.
  • Install some handy packages:

yum install mc gconf-editor gimp vlc screen gstreamer-plugins-ugly inkscape

  • Enable compiz: terminal desktop-effects, or System -> Preferences -> Desktop Effects
  • Map Alt-Tab to all-windows:

gconf-editor /apps/compiz/plugins/switcher/allscreens/options/next_all_key <ALT> Tab

gconf-editor /apps/compiz/plugins/switcher/allscreens/options/next_key Disabled

  • Make the Compiz Cube unflold Mac OS Spaces-style:

gconf-editor /apps/compiz/plugins/cube/allscreens/options/unfold_key F5


    Living with EL6: Installing Nvidia drivers using elrepo

    First, enable elrepo:

    rpm –import

    rpm -Uvh

    Next, install kmod-nvidia:

    yum –enablerepo=elrepo install kmod-nvidia nvidia-x11-drv-32bit

    According to what I read, that should be enough.  However, I also had to disable the nouveau driver by editing /boot/grub/menu.lst and adding the following to the end of the kernel line:


    That’s it.  Just reboot and enjoy.

    If you’re not familiar with elRepo, it’s pretty cool.  You can read all about it here.  The short version is that it is a helpfui set of repositories that work for CentOS/Scientific Linux/RHEL 5.x and 6.  The repos exist only to enhance the stock EL kernels with new hardware drivers.


    Living with EL6

    With Red Hat’s recent release of RHEL 6, I will be posting tips and tricks that I find useful to making RHEL/CentOS/Scientific Linux 6 livable.  This is mostly for my own records but maybe you will find it useful too!