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2009-06-19 14:45 EST - Fedora Frog Web Page Moved

I have moved the main web page for Fedora Frog to my blog at http://www.databook.bz where I will make all future announcements concerning Fedora Frog. That web site also has a great deal of information about Fedora Linux from the standpoint of both administrators and users.

Downloads of Fedora Frog will continue to be available from SourceForge at:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fedorafrog/

2008-01-20 13:36 EST - Fedora Frog Version 1.0-8.0.3 released

This is a minor update to Fedora Frog that resolves a few relatively minor issues. Fedora Frog 1.0-8.0.3 is available from SourceForge at:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fedorafrog/


2007-11-18 20:18 EST - Fedora Frog Version 1.0-8.0.0 released

This update to Fedora Frog Adds support for Fedora 8. It also removes support for Fedora Core 6 and Fedora Core 7.

Support for additional packages has also been enhanced, including:

  • mc Midnight Commander file manager
  • GNUCash financial software
  • Kaffeine multimedia player

Fedora Frog 1.0-7.0.1 is available from SourceForge at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/fedorafrog/

2007-08-04 14:33 EDT - Fedora Frog Version 1.0-7.0.1 released

This minor update to Fedora Frog provides some functional and cosmetic enhancements.

It particularly provides more sane dependency removal for Amarok to prevent removing Xine as a side effect.

Fedora Frog provides the Linux administrator an easy way to install applications not installed by default during a Fedora Core installation procedure, and applications that are not part of the standard distribution. It also tweaks some configuration items. Additional repositories are required beyond the normal Core, Updates, and Extras, and they can be added using Fedora Frog as well.

Fedora Frog 1.0-7.0.1 is available from SourceForge at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/fedorafrog/

2007-06-30 11:28 EDT - Fedora Frog Version 1.0-7.0.0 released

Fedora Frog Version 1.0-7.0.0 has been released. It now includes support for Fedora Core5, and Core 6 as well as Fedora 7.

Fedora Frog provides the Linux administrator an easy way to install applications not installed by default during a Fedora Core installation procedure, and applications that are not part of the standard distribution. It also tweaks some configuration items. Additional repositories are required beyond the normal Core, Updates, and Extras, and they can be added using Fedora Frog as well.

Frog offers options to install additional fonts including the new Red Hat Liberation Fonts which are metric replacements for MS TrueType Core Fonts. It also offers the MS TrueType Core Fonts and other TrueType fonts.

Fedora Frog now uses a text mode user menu interface. This enables administrators to use Fedora Frog remotely via SSH or other remote text mode connections.

Fedora Frog now requests user input when deleting application RPMs. This feature was added due to many complex dependencies which would sometimes remove much more than the admin had anticipated.

Fedora Frog 1.0-7.0.0 is available from SourceForge at:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fedorafrog/


2007-06-02 14:07 EDT - Errors While Installing Certain Applications

You may experience the following error messages while installing certain applications such as NumLockX with Fedora Frog:

Error: Cannot find a valid baseurl for repo: core

If so, and Yumex is installed, uninstall Yumex. The current version of Yumex appears to conflict with Yum. The same errors occur when using Yum manually with the -y parameter to install these certain applications.

2007-03-24 12:04 Fedora Frog 1.0-6.0.1 Released

Fedora Frog has been released for the first time as an RPM package.

Fedora Frog version 1.0-6.0.1 has been released on SourceForge as an RPM package. Fedora Frog had been previously available from EasyLinux and the RPM will be made available here as well. This version of Fedora Frog works for both Fedora Core 5 and 6.

Fedora Frog is used by administrators to ease the task of installing many applications and files that are not installed by Fedora Core installations for various reasons. This easy to use utility installs the extra repositories used by Yum to install many of these packages. It also allows the administrator to easily remove any of the files or packages that it manages.

Compared to previous releases of Fedora Frog, this release performs positive checks to ensure that a package is or is not installed before displaying it in a list to be installed or removed.

Fedora Frog can be used to install or remove the following packages and files:

  • Additional Fedora Repositories
  • Yumex graphical front end to YUM
  • Gstreamer Plugins
  • DVD Playback libraries
  • Open Source Java
  • Sun Java
  • Flash plugin for FireFox
  • Free MS Core fonts
  • Additional TrueType fonts
  • Gconf Gnome Configuration editor
  • RAR Archiver
  • Adobe Reader
  • Digikam image viewer
  • Gwenview image viewer
  • xmms media Player
  • Amarok media player
  • Audacity audio editor
  • Streamtuner stream directory browser
  • Grip CD ripper
  • VideoLan Media Client (DVD and others)
  • Xine Media Player (DVD and others)
  • Mplayer
  • RealPlayer
  • Skype VOIP phone software
  • Thunderbird
  • Firefox
  • Liferea RSS reader
  • Opera browser
  • Xchat
  • K3B CD/DVD burner
  • Gftp grahical FTP client
  • Azureus P2P BitTorrent client
  • aMule P2P File sharing client
  • Firestarter front-end for IPTables firewall rules
  • KDE Educational programs
  • Stellarium night sky renderer
  • KDE Games
  • Alacarte Gnome menu editor
  • DeskBar Gnome search applet

Download Fedora Frog at http://sourceforge.net/projects/fedorafrog/

03/11/2007 Fedora Frog Update

The Fedora Frog Team is currently testing Release Candidate 1 of the new Fedora Frog. When testing has been completed it will be released as an RPM both here and on SourceForge. We hope that will be later this week.

We are in the process of moving development and file hosting to SourceForge. We will continue to keep this page updated with news and information about the new Fedora frog. The RPM will be available here as well when it is released.

The primary change in this version of Fedora Frog will be definitive testing for each of the packages that it installs. If a package is present already, the menu option to install it will not be presented. And only those packages that are installed will be presented in the Remove menu. This testing will be based on the presence of an RPM package or specific files installed by tarballs.

We have also split the "user" portion of the Fedora Frog code out into a separate file. This will enable the admin to run Frog as root and to do the package installation, while also allowing each end user on a given box to install the user level configuration changes provided by Frog.

The new Fedora Frog should also work with both Fedora Core 5 and Fedora Core 6.

We still have much work to do to make Fedora Frog even better, but we are progressing.


02/11/2007 Issues with yum update

If you have installed the multimedia codecs and are having trouble updating with yum, you may have to manually remove the mjpegtools package. To determine if mjpegtools is the cause of this problem, look for the following line in the error message from yum:

Error: Missing Dependency: libSDL_gfx.so.13 is needed by package mjpegtools

If this line appears in the outupt from yum update, issue the following command to remove the mjpegtools package:

yum remove mjpegtools

The mjpegtools package has at least temporarily been removed from the Fedora Frog installation. In my limited time as lead developer for Fedora Frog, it does not appear to me that this package is a codec and removing it should not cause any problems with playback of audio or video.

If any of you run into problems as a result of removing mjpegtools, please let me know.

david -at- both.org

02/07/2007 Fedora Frog Update

We are currently working on a number of things for Fedora Frog. Some of these will be ready in the near future and others will take a little longer. Some will be noticable and others will be behind the scenes.

Within a couple weeks we hope to release a fully tested version of Fedora Frog for Fedora Core 6. We are currently testing installation of all the software that Fedora Frog installs, as well as all of the configuration tweaks that it makes to ensure that it all works with FC6. If you would like to be a beta tester, please contact me at david -at- both.org

Initial Changes

We have set up a Subversion repository for the Fedora Frog code to facilitate multiple developers and ensure that we have a way to roll back to previous versions if necessary.

The first change that you will notice is that Fedora Frog will be packaged as an RPM rather than a tarball. Using an RPM format will enable us to version Frog and provide it as easily installable upgrades, hopefully via one of the repositories from which it can be installed with yum.

Frog will install in /usr/local/frog. The executable will be /usr/local/frog/frog. You will have to su to root before running frog.

We are hoping to add one additional feature to Frog before this release - installation of Finance::Quote for the GnuCash Price Editor. I have had to do this manually several times and I always forget how to do it until I read the GnuCash manual again. Adding it to Fedora Frog will make this much easier for me and, I hope for you as well. Unfortunately this particular installation requires a great deal of user interaction, so we are currently trying to decide how best to handle that. If you have installed Finance::Quote and have any ideas, we would like to hear from you.

Future Plans

We have been planning for the future of Fedora Frog and here is a list of a few of the things we want to do.

  1. Add a little more granularity to the fonts, so that the user can choose to install only those fonts desired. Particularly separate the MS TrueType font installation from the other language font installations.
  2. Add a purely text mode for installation - if possible - so that most of it can be installed remotely without X. Remote installation is a biggie for me as I support some friends and my church remotely.
  3. Automatically add plugins to Konqueror which I use a lot and which I think is greatly under appreciated even for command line jockeys like me.

New Developers

My name is David Both and I have agreed to take over as lead developer of Fedora Frog. At least one other person, Tu Holmes, has volunteered to help so we have a bit of a team going here. If anyone else out there would like to help out we would appreciate hearing from you. Please email me at [david -at- both.org].

We would also like to hear from you if you have any suggestions for changes or improvement to Fedora Frog. Please don't hesitate to let us know what you would like to see. Tu and Raivis and I had a discussion about how we would like to see Fedora Frog grow, but I want to hear from you before I post any of our goals for the project.

My personal goals are to give back to the community and to ensure that a really good tool thrives and continues to improve.

About Fedora Frog

What is it?

Fedora Frog is GUI install script that jumps your Fedora Core 5 or 6 to life in no time... Fedora Frog supports 32 bit installations. It has not been tested in 64 bit installations.


Repository Compatibility

Note: Not all repositories are mutually compatible. See the Warning about mixing repositories


How do I get it?

(last update to Fedora Frog: 25 March 2007)

To install Fedora Frog run these commands in a terminal [Applications -> System Tools -> Terminal ]

  wget http://easylinux.info/uploads/fedora_frog-1.0-6.0.1.i386.rpm

Note: Fedora Frog is also available from SourceForge at http://sourceforge.net/projects/fedorafrog/

To install Fedora Frog:

  rpm -ivh fedora_frog

To run Fedora Frog run:

  /usr/local/frog/frog



Note! It is recommended to update your system before you run Fedora Frog. Type the command:

su -c "yum update" -

and enter the root password when prompted. BTW, this is "recommended". Fedora Frog also installs updates when installing new packages; it does provide an option to opt-out of updating your Fedora Core installation, but I strongly recommend that you allow Frog to update your system.

Where does it install itself?

Fedora Frog installs itself in /usr/local/frog


What about FC4?

If you are using Fedora Core 4 use these commands to obtain Fedora Frog

wget -c http://easylinux.info/uploads/frog-fc4.tar.gz
tar zxvf frog-fc4.tar.gz -C ~

Run Fedora Frog by

xterm -e ~/.frog/frog.run
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