On Saturday I thought that I would exercise my Linux “expertise” (what a laugh!) and thin down the unnecessary software on my computer. I mean, I don’t use a lot of this stuff anyways! So I went through the Fedora software removal screens and removed a lot of unnecessary languages, etc. (Learn from me!) I also removed SANE and several other packages which I just KNEW never got used.
Many of the programs which I use daily rely on these packages as dependencies. When I removed these, I necessarily and consequently removed the programs themselves. A list of these include (but are not necessarily limited to)
- KDE Itself, the master Desktop environment and it’s display manager KDM
- HAL and the associated HAL daemon
After rebooting into TWM (the default windowing manager that Fedora includes for people who screw up their computers like I did) and finding the problems, I got back KDE. I did a
yum groupinstall “KDE (K Desktop Environment)”
yum install firefox
yum install pidgin
yum install openoffice-base
yum install openoffice.org-writer
yum install openoffice.org-calc
yum install openoffice.org-impress
yum install openoffice.org-base
yum install hal
to get back what I had lost. However, it fixed the JVM on my machine and now I can launch MATLAB with full desktop (which I couldn’t do before).