Fedora 15 Configuration Series: A Review Of Ailurus

10:30 PM

This is the first article in a series I'm going to be writing about the different configuration tools available in Fedora 15.

 

Ailurus is a great little program to add on to a fresh installation of Fedora 15. I would compare it to something along the lines of Ubuntu Tweak, in which the user is presented with a set of clean up tasks, system information, a package manager, and even a good solid set of repositories to choose from. I only wish I had found it a little earlier than I did as it would have made adding the initial repositories a breeze when I first installed Fedora 15.

 

[caption id="attachment_1782" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A full list of system information can be found on the Ailurus Information screen"]Screenshot of Ailurus Information Screen[/caption]

Screenshot of the Ailurus Information screen

 

The Ailurus Information screen gives you various information about your hardware and Linux installation. It is also capable of printing all the information or copying it to clipboard. I found the list to be pretty complete. I would post it here but it would make this review unnecessarily long. :)

 

 

[caption id="attachment_1784" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Ailurus System Settings screen allows you to tweak Firefox, the host name, and the tendency of swapping memory to disk"]Screenshot of Ailurus System Settings screen[/caption]

 

 

The Ailurus System Settings screen features a few pretty handy tools. There's the ability to tweak quite a few Firefox settings from the user.js file, the ability to change the host name of your machine, and the quite handy ability to change the tendency of swapping memory to disk.

 

 

[caption id="attachment_1785" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Ailurus also features an install-able list of commonly used software in the Install Software screen"]Screenshot of the Ailurus Install Software screen[/caption]

 

 

In the Install Software screen, Ailurus presents you with the option of installing your pick from a large list of commonly used software. A bunch of popular games are listed here, as well as Compiz tools, media editors, media players, image tools, and more. Unfortunately I did not find much of this software very useful, as it consisted of things already installed (such as Gnome 3) or things I just wouldn't need (such as Midori, EasyTag and Keepassx). However I found the game list to be a great representation of how many different types of games are available on Linux. Battle for Wesnoth, FreeDOOM, and Frozen Bubble are just a sampling of all the games this software installer has to offer.

 

 

[caption id="attachment_1786" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Repositories screen in Ailurus gives you easy access to a good full set of repositories"]Screenshot of the Ailurus Repositories screen[/caption]

 

 

Now we're on to one of my favorite parts of Ailurus. It comes with a full list of repositories, both free and non-free, that you can enable and disable. These consist of the ever popular RPM Fusion repositories along with Firefox 5, Livna, and many more. This screen also allows you to edit your repository configuration files.

 

 

[caption id="attachment_1787" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="In the Ailurus Recover RPM Screen, you can create system snapshots to revert back to in the case of a bad package installation"]Screenshot of the Ailurus Recover RPM screen[/caption]

 

 

The Ailurus Recover RPM screen is kind of like System Restore in Windows. It takes a snapshot of what packages you have installed on your system so in the case of an emergency you can revert back to the old installation. The only thing I find lacking here is that you have no idea where the snapshot file saves so you can restore from the snapshot via the CLI if necessary.

 

 

[caption id="attachment_1788" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Ailurus Clean Up screen features the ability to clean up Nautilus thumbnail images, recent documents, and the RPM cache"]Screenshot of the Ailurus Clean Up screen[/caption]

 

 

While I find the Ailurus Clean Up screen handy, I don't find it quite as thorough as BleachBit, which I will be reviewing later. It features a button to clean up Nautilus' thumbnail images, recent documents list, and the RPM cache.

 

 

[caption id="attachment_1789" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Ailurus Computer Doctor screen makes suggestions for system configuration settings"]Screenshot of the Ailurus Computer Doctor screen[/caption]

 

 

The Computer Doctor screen in Ailurus is probably one of its neatest and most unique features. This makes suggestions on configuration changes you can make to remove various errors and increase the safety of your system. For example, mine suggested I add a missing application shortcut to the application menu, apply a script in bash that would prevent spaces in file names from destroying the wrong files, and add colors to lists in bash so they would be easier to read.

 

Ailurus additionally features the option to learn Linux via a script that runs at user login that displays various commands and a short explanation of what they do. This tool is great not only for people wanting to learn Linux commands but also those that may want to keep themselves reminded of/refreshed on what commands are available.  Along with this comes the option to run a "PreUpgrade" application to upgrade Fedora (untested by me since there is no Fedora 16 yet).

 

While Ailurus is not a complete solution to configuration options in Fedora, it makes a nice addition to the configuration tools you may already have. Its ability to add on repositories in one click and provide a central place for basic administration tasks make it one of my favorite configuration tools in Fedora 15.

 

If you're interested in using Ailurus, you can download it here:

Ailurus 10.10.3 rpm

 

 

Hardware Information
Motherboard name:
U90/U100
Motherboard vendor:
MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD
BIOS vendor:
American Megatrends Inc.
BIOS version:
4.6.3
BIOS release date:
12/01/2009
CPU 1 name:
Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270  @ 1.60GHz
CPU 1 level 1 cache size:
24K Data cache. 32K Instruction cache.
CPU 1 level 2 cache size:
512K Unified cache.
CPU 1 Mips:
3200.26
CPU 2 name:
Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270  @ 1.60GHz
CPU 2 level 1 cache size:
24K Data cache. 32K Instruction cache.
CPU 2 level 2 cache size:
512K Unified cache.
CPU 2 Mips:
3200.11
64 bit CPU?
No
Total memory:
2.0 GB
Total swap:
4096 MBytes
Display card:
Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
Ethernet card:
Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
Ethernet card:
Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
Linux Information
Host name:
Jonquil
Current user:
jonquil (UID: 500, GID: 500)
Uptime:
2 days 14 hours 3 minutes
Kernel version:
2.6.38.8-32.fc15.i686
Kernel arch:
i686
Default shell:
/bin/bash
X server version:
X.Org X Server 1.10.2
OpenGL direct rendering:
Yes
OpenGL vendor:
Tungsten Graphics, Inc
OpenGL renderer:
Mesa DRI Intel(R) 945GME
OpenGL version:
1.4 Mesa 7.11-devel
GCC version:
4.6.0
Java version:
1.6.0_25
Python version:
2.7.1
GTK version:
2.24.4
PyGTK version:
2.24.0
Firefox version:
Mozilla Firefox 5.0
fedora version:
15



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2 comments

  1. [...] This is the second article in a series I’m writing about the different configuration tools available in Fedora 15. To read the first article in this series, click here. [...]

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  2. Nice post.

    'yum install ailurus' works fine too.

    Thanks!

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