Installation Guide: Fedora 8 Desktop (a.k.a. The Perfect Desktop) - Page 10

14.3.11 K9copy


K9copy is a DVD backup tool, which is able to shrink the content of a DVD9 to fit on a DVD5.

If you want to use k9copy, install the following packages:

  • k9copy
  • mencoder


14.3.12 Rapidsvn


Taken from the Homepage: "RapidSVN is a cross-platform GUI front-end for the Subversion revision system"

If you want to use rapidsvn, install the following package:

  • rapidsvn


14.3.13 XChat


With XChat you can join multiple IRC channels (Internet Relay Chat). File transfer is supported. You can customize XChat with various scripts and plugins.

If you want to use xchat, install the following package:

  • xchat


14.3.14 Wine


Taken from the Wine Homepage: "Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix".

With wine you can run a lot of windows software on linux. A list of software that is known to work on wine can be found at

If you want to use wine, install the following package:

  • wine


14.3.15 Cedega


Cedega is the further stage of WineX with focus on Windows games. Many games are supported - a list of supported games (with screenshots) can be found at and

Cedega is not free. Have a look at the Homepage for details and pricing.


14.3.16 VMware Server


With VMware Server you can install guest operating systems as Windows, Linux, NetWare or Solaris.

If you want to use the VMware-Server, install the following packages:

  • kernel-devel
  • xinetd
  • gcc
  • gcc-c++

Afterwards open in your browser. Install the newest version with the software-installer and register to get a serial number.

Install it with the software installer.

The package is beeing downloaded...

...and installed.

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

Next open a terminal, download the latest any-any-patch and apply it. (root privileges needed)

cd /tmp/
tar xvfz vmware-any-any-update114.tar.gz
cd vmware-any-any-update114
su -c ./

Answer all the questions with "yes" and accept the license agreement (if you agree with it). After that you'll be asked a few questions about install paths etc. - simply hit enter for every question. The VMware Server is now available in the gnome applications menu.


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From: at: 2008-02-05 17:27:38

This was exactly what I needed to get my Fedora 8 up and running.  I refer back to this tutorial often when I want to add some new feature.  I originally had trouble getting the Fedora DVD to load due to some needed command line parameters.  Maybe a mention of this possibility at the very beginning of the tutorial would help in the future.  Thank you for the excellent tutorial.


From: Nick at: 2008-09-19 11:09:49


Wait a minute! Lots of people have problems trying installing Fedora with their new computers.

I don't want to boast about it, but I am stuck. I have a q9550 processor and lots of problems. I managed to install SuSE 11.0, which sucks like hell. I can't stand the bloody thing. I want to go back to the old SuSE 9.2 Pro and Fedora 8 but unfortunately I can't install any.

SuSE 9.2 gets stuck formatting the hard drive.

Fedora 8 can't find the bloody CD/DVD driver.

If anyone has encountered these problems and managed to overcome them, we would love to hear from them.

Best wishes to everyone,



From: at: 2008-06-27 00:45:54

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

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

From: at: 2008-06-27 22:56:28


thanks for the hint - Changed the corresponding step.