Adding PITA software to Fedora with easyLife

Projeto Fedora Brazil has built a Free Software tool that helps users have Freedom of Choice.

easyLife allows new and even experienced users to install and configure software on Fedora, just by clicking. It’s simple and clean. Among others, these are some of easyLife features:

* Sets “sudo” command up for your regular user;
* Configures RPMFusion repository for extra and non-free software;
* Installs Flash Player plugin;
* Installs all kinds of multimedia Codecs (h264,divx,xvid,mp3 etc);
* Installs additional fonts;
* Installs nvidia drivers;
* Installs Skype;
* Installs Sun Java and Sun Java Plugin for Firefox;
* Integrates Sun Java with system-switch-java;
* Installs Google apps (Picasa, Desktop);
* And many others…

As a firm believer in Free Software I must say this tool is an aid to violating software freedom, but as a human being I have to say this should make getting the things that Fedora can’t ship due to legal issues easy to get.

And thus it now has a place in my sidebar, I hope sourceforge doesn’t get made that I swiped their button 🙂

easyLife homepage

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6 thoughts on “Adding PITA software to Fedora with easyLife

  1. From reading the code of the tools, there is some scary line :

    # Change zenity’s default behavior on focus_on_map property, so dialog boxes appear in the front
    # https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=479394
    sed -i ‘/False</s/False/True/' /usr/share/zenity/zenity.ui

    # Kill previous yum still running
    pkill -SIGKILL -u root -o yum

    It also install k3b, change the permissions of cdrdao and cdrecord, can turn out network manager, etc, etc.

    I would not recommend such a tool personnaly 😦

    • Michael:

      Could you please go to the SourceForge page and let them know you don’t think that’s kosher? They may agree with your reasoning and the project can be better for it.

    • Tomasz:

      I agree that this is a rehash of an old story, and once again I get to say… I didn’t have any problems with it 🙂

      I seem to have a magical forcefield around that keeps apps like this from fracking up my system.

      With that in mind I will be updating the post to point people to these comments so they can see what potential problems they may face.

      Thank you for your concern and for reading

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