Recently Fedora has been a nightmare for me. Anyone that’s seen(the fairly new) GNOME 3 knows what I’m talking about. Their design team must have dreamed up the next iteration of GNOME with only a tablet in mind. The giant icons and dependency on keyboard shortcuts make it a must for a 7″ inch screen and a few swipes.
For daily use on desktop computers at work GNOME 3 is garbage though – everyone hates it. It’s barely better than the Windows 8 interface. I’m sorry; yeah I went there, and I only say that because Microsoft jammed all those tiles and the desktop into the same freaking UI. Even GNOME 3 designers missed that pit of snakes!
But happy days are here again! I have found(with some tweaking) the MATE Desktop offers a very similar but updated version of the GNOME 2 desktop I loved in Fedora 14. One nagging problem is that I hate NetworkManager for server use. It’s okay for laptops, but when I need to custom edit some interfaces for a Asterisk PBX or Virtual Server I want the good ol’ ‘system-config-network’ over a SSH -X session. After a quick ‘yum install system-config-network’ I thought I was in business… only to discover that only the command line version was installed. After a little googling I discovered a utility that could download the source package. I rebuilt the package with ‘–with gui’ switch as suggested on a forum. The result produced the ‘system-config-network-tui-1.6.10-1.fc18.noarch.rpm’. I installed the packaged and the GUI works! This tutorial uses Fedora 18, but could be adapted for 15,16,17, and 19.