Fedora 15, 16, 17, 18 missing system-config-network GUI – SOLVED

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.



How to Start Cinnamon desktop from Run Level Three on Fedora 16

Fedora 16

The default UI on Gnome 3 is Bad.  Everyone knows it.  I’ve been running Fedora 14 for what seems like years, hoping that one day the Gnome development team pulls their heads out of their collective asses and restores a simple, low impact interface.  Instead, as of Fedora 16,  I still see these gigantic window title bars, huge ugly icons, lack of minimize and maximize buttons.  What’s next?  Tiles?  Honestly it looks like Gnome 3 was designed for a cell phone.  Or maybe on a cell phone.

Luckily the folks at Mint Linux have been working on a Gnome 3 variant with a sane UI.  One that look like a traditional, but stylish desktop.  I installed Fedora 16 and tried Cinnamon.  While Gnome 2 on Fedora 14 is still more refined, I really like the direction this project is headed.  One problem that vexed me is how to start Cinnamon from run level 3(terminal).

Purpose of this post:

  1. Install cinnamon
  2. create .xinitrc for startx to work


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