Method #1 - Using Wine + Finale
If you have Fedora 20 setup and a copy of Finale already you can apparently run it under Wine, at least according to this thread titled: Finale 2014 without Windows or Mac.
Heads up: Finale 2014 is working perfectly on Linux. You can use PlayOnLinux (or basic WINE) and performance is incredible. Of course, if you insist on using VST third-party playback and whatnot, you'll be sad but it's not surprising.
For strictly notation and basic playback, Finale 2014 is golden on Linux. If all you want to do is input and edit scores, then you will be very happy. Finale 2014 on Linux does everything as the other OS can do, minus comprehensive VST support.
Even though Finale is only "supported" on Mac and PC, I figured I would share my findings with the forum in case any other users like myself prefer to use Linux whenever possible.
Wine is an emulation layer that allows Window executables to run under Linux natively. It's not virtualization and it isn't emulation, it's somewhere in between both of these approaches. But it really doesn't matter how it works, just that it does. You can read more of the technology underpinnings on the project's website.
The software application Finale is listed in Wine's AppDB. It's listed as being Gold or Bronze level for versions 2011 & 2012. This is a pretty good indication that the application should run reasonably well through this approach.
Method #2 - MusScore
I did find the package already pre-built for Fedora 20. It's called
mscore and looks to be in the standard repositories.
To install it:
$ sudo yum install mscore*
On Fedora 19 (which I'm currently using) the packages are definitely already available:
$ yum search mscore
Loaded plugins: auto-update-debuginfo, changelog, langpacks, refresh-packagekit
============================================================================================================ N/S matched: mscore ============================================================================================================
mscore-debuginfo.x86_64 : Debug information for package mscore
mscore.i686 : Music Composition & Notation Software
mscore.x86_64 : Music Composition & Notation Software
mscore-doc.noarch : MuseScore documentation
mscore-fonts.noarch : MuseScore fonts
Method #3 - NoteEdit
There is a distro that builds on top of Fedora called CCRMA (pronounced Karma) which is geared towards doing music pre/post production along with video editing.
Planet CCRMA at Home (CCRMA is pronounced ``karma'') is a collection of free, open source rpm packages (RPM stands for RPM Package Manager) that you can add to a computer running Fedora, 18, 19 or 20, or CentOS 5 (not all applications are built on the 64 bit version) to transform it into an audio workstation with a low-latency kernel, current audio drivers and a nice set of music, midi and audio applications
This distro offers NoteEdit as a pre-built RPM:
$ sudo yum install noteedit
You should be able to add the packages from the CCRMA website directly to any stock Fedora 20 system, I'd probably add the CCRMA YUM repositories to the system so that any dependencies can also be automatically downloaded and installed as well.
Details for doing this are covered here: