Installing Fedora 16 with Tips 

I have to admit I wasn’t too thrilled with Fedora 15, it seemed slower than when I had Fedora 13 running. Perhaps it was because I did the “upgrade” instead of a fresh install. But I did decide to upgrade my hardware and did a fresh install of Fedora 16.

In general, the install went well, there are a few areas I have some notes and tips that may help you if you are encountering problems.

/etc/init.d has changed

Yes it has, but don’t panic! You basically use the “systemctl” command to handle things now, it is a little tricky because you will need to “enable” the service first, THEN you can start/stop/restart like you may have done with init.d in the past. So, for example:

systemctl enable httpd.service

systemctl start httpd.service

To see a full listing of what is available:

systemctl -t service

One thing that is not as obvious, are the iptables commands. For this, you can use:

/usr/libexec/iptables.init save

to save the iptables so they don’t get lost on reboot.

Setting Up Virtualbox

Here are the quick commands to get the awesome Virtualbox going:

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/


yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc dkms

/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

I would also install Google Chrome:

Add following to /etc/yum.repos.d/google.repo file (this is for a 64 bit machine):

name=google-chrome - 64-bit


yum install google-chrome-stable

Getting Flash Installed

rpm -ivh
rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux
yum check-update
yum install flash-plugin nspluginwrapper alsa-plugins-pulseaudio libcurl

NVidia Drivers

Lastly, here are my tips on getting NVidia drivers going, I have three monitors across two NVidia graphics cards that each have 1 DVI and 1 VGA, so I have 2 monitors on the DVI ports, and 1 on the VGA.

Get nvidia drivers direct from, go to the drivers/download section and you will download a linux “.run” file which is basically a shell command file.

Disable nouveau, by appending the following to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

blacklist nouveau

options nouveau modeset=0

Drop out of “X” windows, as root do “init 3” — if that does not work, you can ssh into your host from another to get a non-windows login.

Run the nvidia “run” file, i.e. “sh”

Start “X” back up and configure your xorg.conf. Of course, this is an insanely troublesome thing to do, and since all systems are going to be different I can’t tell you what to put exactly. But, I can provide my xorg.conf file and you can perhaps get some help from checking it out.

One last important note… when you eventually “yum update” your system and get a new kernel, you will need to re-run that NVIDIA run file. For me, my system comes up with blank screens until I ssh into my box from another host, re-run the “run” file, and reboot.

Those are my Fedora 16 tips! Hope they help you!