Software Spotlight: easyLife for Fedora
I think the title pretty much says it all. Installing software on Fedora is not “difficult,” even for a new user, but sometimes we just want it to get even easier. Because I am lazy like that sometimes ! While I spend most of my time configuring via the Terminal window, I had to give this a good shot, as there are always cool project going on, and what better on to try that makes being a bum easy? 🙂
Installing easyLife is, well, easy! As far as I know, this is not in the standard repos. Head on over to http://easylifeproject.org/ , and download the RPM. The RPM package will add a repository to your yum package manager mirror lists for easy updating later on. Once installed, configuration is a breeze. What is great about this software is that it is accessible for experienced and especially even more so, new users. The “application” itself is not much more than a GUI wrapper for a script, but the visual front end is nice for new users.
So, what can it do?
easyLife has a pretty good feature set, and is straightforward in its presentation. If you are looking for a nice supplement to the existing software center, look no further. I can’t tell you how many times in the past I forget where to find and configure the RPM Fusion repositories (for extra and non-free software). The application actually does this for you! Another common issue this application solves is the common flash player and proprietary codecs that are missing from Fedora. They are never included due to the projects GNU\Linux philosophy of free software. So, for all you purists,this application is probably not for you 🙂 I could go on and on about the great packages that the software literally sets up for you, but you should give it a try to find out yourself! Trust me, getting Nvidia or ATI drivers has never been so easy.
Although the project has been around for a decent amount of time, I just recently decided to give it a go, thanks to the Linux Action Show. Think of the software as a “must have extra’s” installer. In that case, it has my full support. Be sure to let the developers know what you think, and if you are rich as hell, be sure to drop a dollah or two in the poor box for them 🙂