Installation Guide: Fedora 8 Desktop (a.k.a. The Perfect Desktop) - Page 08

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Submitted by o.meyer (Contact Author) (Forums) on Thu, 2007-11-15 17:02. ::

14 Additional Software

14.1 Recommended

14.1.1 Adobe Flash Player


Adobe provides an own repository - install the repository-package (root privileges needed):

rpm -ivh

Afterwards install the following package.

  • flash-plugin

The plugin for firefox will be installed automatically. If you want to check it, open firefox and enter about:plugins into the url-field. Afterwards you should see this:


14.1.2 Adobe Acrobat Reader


With the Adobe Reader you can open PDF-documents.

If you want to use the acrobat reader, open within firefox and choose your language.

Click on "Download Adobe Reader"...

...and install the package with the software installer.

Click on "Apply".

Next click on "Install anyway" (the package is not signed).

The software is beeing installed.

The plugin for firefox will be installed automatically. If you want to check it, restart firefox and enter about:plugins into the url-field. Afterwards you should see this:


14.1.3 Microsoft's True Type Core Fonts

Some fonts, including Arial, Times New Roman and Verdana for example.

If you want to use these fonts, open within your browser and install the package with the software installer (simply click on it).


14.1.4 W32codecs & Others

Codecs needed to play MS and some other video formats.

If you want to use these codecs open a terminal and enter (root privileges needed):

cd /tmp/
tar xfvj all-20071007.tar.bz2
mkdir /usr/lib/codecs/
cp all-20071007/* /usr/lib/codecs/
ln -s /usr/lib/codecs/ /usr/lib/win32


14.1.5 NTFS Configuration Tool


With nfts-config you can enable or disable write capability for all your internal and/or external NTFS devices.

If you want to use the NTFS configuration tool, install the following package:

  • ntfs-config


14.1.6 Spamassassin


Spamassassin is needed to use the spamassassin-plugin within evolution.

If you want to use this plugin, install the following package.

  • spamassassin


14.2 Replacements

14.2.1 Digikam (possible replacement for f-spot)


Digikam is a photo management software.

If you want to use digikam, deinstall the following package...

  • f-spot
...and install these packages:
  • digikam
  • kipi-plugins


14.2.2 MPlayer (possible replacement for totem)


MPlayer is a video player with many features - supporting nearly every known video format, e.g. MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ and PVA (the codecs from step 14.1.4 are needed to support some of the listed formats).

If you want to use the mplayer, deinstall the following packages...

  • totem
  • totem-mozplugin
...and install these packages:
  • mplayer
  • mplayer-fonts
  • mplayer-gui
  • mplayerplug-in


14.2.3 Audacious (possible replacement for rhythmbox)


Audacious is a lean audio-player.

If you want to use audacious, deinstall the following package...

  • rhythmbox
...and install these packages:
  • audacious
  • audacious-plugins
  • audacious-plugins-vortex
  • audacious-plugins-wavpack
  • audacious-plugins-nonfree-aac
  • audacious-plugins-nonfree-alac
  • audacious-plugins-nonfree-lame
  • audacious-plugins-nonfree-mms
  • audacious-plugins-nonfree-mp3
  • audacious-plugins-nonfree-tta
  • audacious-plugins-nonfree-wma


14.2.4 Azureus (possible replacement for transmission)


Azureus is an easy to use bittorrent-client with a great many features.

If you want to use azureus, deinstall the following package...

  • transmission
...and install this package:
  • azureus


14.3 Optional

14.3.1 Unrar

With this package you'll be able to unpack rar-files. If you want to use unrar, install the following package:

  • unrar


14.3.2 Network Traffic Applet

With this applet you can monitor the speed of your network devices.

If you want to use the network traffic applet, install the following package:

  • gnome-applet-netspeed

Afterwards add the applet to the gnome-panel. Right click on the panel, choose "Add to panel" and select the applet.

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Submitted by ensens (registered user) on Fri, 2008-06-27 01:45.

You wrote:
cp all-20071007/* /usr/lib/codecs/

 But, after a default install there isn't a "/usr/lib/codecs/" directory.

Submitted by o.meyer (registered user) on Fri, 2008-06-27 23:56.


thanks for the hint - Changed the corresponding step.