Category Archives: Linux-Fedora

Posts about linux; specifically, the Fedora distribution.

I’m dual booting Linux (Fedora 11 with Gnome) and Windows 7. If I set the time in Windows, then boot into Linux, the time remains correct. When I boot back into Windows, the time is off by a few hours. After some reading, it seems that Linux is using UTC time and Windows is using local time.

This issue can be fixed by changing either OS, but because the problem seems to be with Windows mishandling UTC time, I chose to correct it there by turning on a feature called RealTimeIsUniversal. When RealTimeIsUniversal is enabled, Windows will treat the Real-Time Clock (RTC) from the motherboard as UTC time.

Open Regedit, drill down to:
and create a new DWORD entry named “RealTimeIsUniversal”. Set the value to 1.

Shut down Windows and boot Fedora. Set the correct time in Fedora, shutdown, and boot back into Windows. The time should be accurate if you have set your local time to the correct time zone.

It seems that there are problems with Windows XP and Vista whereby Sleep/Hibernate would cause Windows to revert to local time upon waking/resuming, but apparently this has been resolved in Windows 7.

If you prefer to change Fedora, go to Date/Time Properties via System > Administration > Date & Time or by opening a terminal and entering:


Under the Time Zone tab, clear the checkbox next to “System clock uses UTC”.

Under the Network Time Protocol tab, select Enable Network Time Protocol.

Note that your BIOS has no idea what timezone you are in, that’s up to the OS to figure out. If you check the time in the BIOS, it will likely be a few hours off, and that’s OK.

Just so there’s no confusion, Chromium is an open source web browser project. Google Chrome is a web browser from Google, based on the Chromium project. If you are familiar with Google Chrome in Windows, the Chromium browser looks very similar, but lacks the Google branding. Right now, there is no Google Chrome for Linux.

Here’s how I installed Chromium on Fedora 11.

Download the latest Chromium and v8 files for your OS (32 or 64 bit) from Save them to ~/Download or whatever location is convenient for you.

At the time of this post, these two files were
“chromium-” and
“v8-1.3.8-1.20090827svn2777.fc11.x86_64.rpm”, but they are certain to change frequently.

Open up a terminal window (Applications > System Tools > Terminal). You will probably need to switch to root for the entire installation process. To do this, type:


First, install two dependencies:

yum install minizip

minizip manipulates files from a .zip archive.

yum install nss-mdns

nss-mdns is a plugin for the GNU Name Service Switch (NSS) functionality of the GNU C Library (glibc) providing host name resolution via Multicast DNS (aka Zeroconf, aka Apple Rendezvous, aka Apple Bonjour), effectively allowing name resolution by common Unix/Linux programs in the ad-hoc mDNS domain .local. nss-mdns provides client functionality only, which means that you have to run a mDNS responder daemon separately from nss-mdns if you want to register the local host name via mDNS (e.g. Avahi).

Once those installs are complete, stay in the terminal window, navigate to the folder containing the Chromium and v8 downloads and then type:

rpm -ivh v8* chromium*

This will run the installer on the two downloads. If you see any other dependencies, just handle them as they come.

That’s it, you should see Chromium Web Browser under Applications > Internet.

Installing Chromium via YUM

If you want to install Chromium via YUM, you just need to add a new repository file to the /etc/yum.repos.d directory. I’m partial to gedit, so I’ll use that editor in the instructions.

Open a terminal and type:

sudo bash

This will give you root privileges for launching gedit (and other GUI apps). Launch gedit by typing:


Copy and paste the following lines into the new document:

name=Chromium Test Packages

Save the file as chromium.repo to /etc/yum.repos.d/. (If you are running Fedora 10, change the F11 to F10 in the baseurl path.)

Back in the terminal window, type:

yum update

YUM will pick up the new chromium file. You’re now ready to install Chromium with the line:

yum install chromium