The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 10.3 (GNOME) - Page 5

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Submitted by falko (Contact Author) (Forums) on Sun, 2007-10-07 17:11. ::

8 TrueType Fonts

Open Firefox and download the file Save it on your hard drive (e.g. on the Desktop):

Then open a terminal (Computer > More Applications... > Gnome Terminal):

In the terminal, type


to become root.

Then go to the directory where you've saved the MicrosoftFonts-1-jen14.noarch.rpm file (e.g. /home/falko/Desktop) and install the TrueType fonts like this:

cd /home/falko/Desktop
rpm -e agfa-fonts
rpm -ivh MicrosoftFonts-1-jen14.noarch.rpm
rm -f MicrosoftFonts-1-jen14.noarch.rpm

Afterwards, you can open a word processor like OpenOffice, and you should find a lot of new fonts there (like Arial, Verdana, etc.).


9 Skype

To download Skype, go to, and choose OpenSUSE 10+:

Save the file to your hard drive (e.g. /home/falko/Desktop):

Open a terminal again and become root:


Then go to the directory where you've saved Skype and install it like this:

cd /home/falko/Desktop
rpm -ivh skype-
rm -f skype-


10 Google Earth

To install Google Earth, open a terminal and become root:


Then run

cd /home/falko/Desktop
sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin

This will download Google Earth and start the installation. A Google Earth Setup window opens. Accept all default settings and click on Begin Install:

After the installation, you can click on Quit or on Start, if you want to start Google Earth now:

Afterwards, we delete the Google Earth installer:

rm -f GoogleEarthLinux.bin


11 Picasa

To install Google's Picasa, open a terminal and become root:


Then run

cd /home/falko/Desktop
rpm -ivh picasa-2.2.2820-5.i386.rpm
rm -f picasa-2.2.2820-5.i386.rpm


12 Inventory (III)

This is what we have now:

[x] Gimp
[x] F-Spot
[x] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] gFTP
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Azureus
[x] Bittorrent
[x] Pidgin
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] GnomeBaker
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] NVU
[x] Quanta Plus

[ ] VMware Server
[x] TrueType Fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS Partitions

So everything is installed except for VMware Server...

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Submitted by thx1138 (registered user) on Sat, 2007-10-13 18:55.

(I was wrong about rpm -f, I see you meant rm -f)

Google earth complains about missing Vera fonts. Not clear how to install these.

Google Earth complains about running OpenGL in slow software emulation mode. 

Submitted by thx1138 (registered user) on Sat, 2007-10-13 18:44.

The "rpm -f MicrosoftFonts-1-jen14.noarch.rpm" command doesn't work on my new install. rpm just prints out a list of command options.

 Also why not just open the terminal by... right-click on desktop, select Open Terminal.

 Anyway, very helpful guide. Thanks!