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F14 post-install jewels

Having recently completed two from-scratch F14 installations, I thought
I'd pass along some of my latest post-install customizations for
command-line operation and improved security. These do not include my
local repo customizations, which are extensive. I'd be happy to share
those with anyone off-line.


GNOME-terminal profile customization (req'd for each user)

Add GNOME-terminal to the top toolbar:
        Left-click on "Applications"
        Move mouse over Accessories, then Terminal
        Left click and hold on Terminal
        Drag and drop onto to toolbar

Left-click on Terminal icon in top toolbar to open
        Left-click on Terminal toolbar's Edit -> Current Profile...
        In General tab
                Uncheck "Use the system terminal font"
        In Colors tab
                Uncheck "Use colors from system theme"
                In "Built-in schemes:" select "Custom"
                In "Text color:"
                        In "Color name:" box enter "#F0F0F0"
                In "Background color:"
                        In "Color name:" box enter "#000030"
        In Scrolling tab:
                Check "Unlimited" box under "Scrollback:"
        Click on [X Close] box to save & close
Custom bash prompt:

In /etc/bashrc replace line 34
    [ "$PS1" = "\\s-\\v\\\$ " ] && PS1="[\u@\h \W]\\$ "
with (this is all one long line)
    [ "$PS1" = "\\s-\\v\\\$ " ] && PS1="\n\\033[1;31m`cat /etc/redhat-release`\n\\033[1;34m`date +%A` - `date +%B` `date +%d`, `date +%Y`  \\033[0;32m\t `date +%Z`\n\\033[0;36m[\u@\h] \\033[1;33m\w\\033[0;37m\n\\$ "

More bash customization. Create the following
as /etc/profile.d/custom.sh:
        # Microsoft/MS-DOS aliases
        alias dir="ls -l --color"
        alias dira="ls -al --color"
        alias del="rm -f"
        alias cls="clear"
        alias md="mkdir"
        alias rd="rmdir"
        alias ren="mv"
        alias move="mv"
        # Behavior aliases (see man pages)
        alias pingg="ping -a -f -c 100"
        alias nslookup="nslookup -sil"
        # "C"-type sort order
        export LC_COLLATE
        # Colored man pages
        export LESS_TERMCAP_mb=$'\E[01;31m' # begin blinking
        export LESS_TERMCAP_md=$'\E[01;38;5;74m' # begin bold
        export LESS_TERMCAP_me=$'\E[0m' # end mode
        export LESS_TERMCAP_se=$'\E[0m' # end standout-mode
        export LESS_TERMCAP_so=$'\E[38;5;246m' # begin standout-mode - info box
        export LESS_TERMCAP_ue=$'\E[0m' # end underline
        export LESS_TERMCAP_us=$'\E[04;38;5;146m' # begin underline
        # end-of-file

Security hardening

Install fail2ban to protect against brute force ssh attacks from legions
of script kiddies:
        # yum -y fail2ban
        # chkconfig fail2ban on
        # service fail2ban start
Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config to prevent root ssh logins
        Change line 39 from
                #PermitRootLogin yes
                PermitRootLogin no

Install Fedora's root kit hunter, configure it, then disable daily cron
job. Run it manually from time to time for peace of mind.

        # yum -y install rkhunter
        # chmod 644 /etc/cron.daily/rkhunter
        # rkhunter --propupd     <-- initialize rkhunter's database
        # rkhunter -c
        When you see [ Warning ] indicators, you will need to check the
        log file at /var/log/rkhunter/rkhunter.log. Most can be cleared
        by running 'prelink /pathto/binary'
        Edit /etc/rkhunter.conf to change ALLOW_SSH_ROOT_USER from
        "unset" to "no". This should match the corresponding setting
        in /etc/sshd_config
        If "Suspicious file types found in /dev:" are reported, manually
        edit /etc/rkhunter.conf to add them in the ALLOWDEVFILE= section
        starting at about line 623. Example: ALLOWDEVFILE=/dev/shm/mono*
        # rkhunter -c   <-- you should see no [ Warning ] flags

Download and install Ksplice updater

        Ensure Fedora's basic ksplice packages are both installed:
                # rpm -qa | grep ksplice
        Fetch the ksplice-update package and install it:
                # wget http://www.ksplice.com/uptrack/dist/fedora/14/ksplice-uptrack.rpm
                # yum -y install ksplice-uptrack.rpm

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