Installation Guide: Fedora 8 Desktop (a.k.a. The Perfect Desktop) - Page 9

14.3.3 K3B


K3B is a burning suite with a lot of features.

If you want to use K3B, install the following packages:

  • k3b
  • k3b-extras-nonfree
  • transcode
  • normalize
  • vcdimager


14.3.4 Skype


Skype is a software for internet telephony, instant messaging etc.

If you want to use skype, open a terminal and create the repository file (root privileges needed):

gedit /etc/yum.repos.d/skype.repo

Insert the following content:
 name=Skype Repository
Now install the following package:
  • skype


14.3.5 Audacity


Audacity is a software to edit audio files.

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

  • audacity-nonfree


14.3.6 Streamtuner


Streamtuner is a stream directory browser. With Streamtuner you can listen to SHOUTcast-streams etc.

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

  • streamtuner


14.3.7 FireFTP


FireFTP is an extension for Firefox. It provides an easy to use, full featured ftp client. It can be startet without firefox from the gnome applications menu.

If you want to use FireFTP, open within Firefox and click on "Install Now".

Accept the installation:

After the installation is finished restart Firefox. FireFTP is available in the upper menu or when you right click on a ftp-link.

Create a new launcher in the gnome applications menu to start FireFTP without Firefox. Open the main menu editor.

Click on "Internet" on the left side and afterwards on "New item" on the right side.

Insert/select the following in the launcher-window:
Type: Application
Name: FireFTP
Command: firefox -chrome chrome://fireftp/content/
Comment: FTP Client

Optional choose an icon for the new launcher.


14.3.8 Filezilla


Filezilla is a ftp-client with many features - supporting FTP, FTPS and SFTP.

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

  • filezilla


14.3.9 Gparted


With gparted you are able to resize, move and format partitions - many file systems are supported.

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

  • gparted
  • jfsprogs
  • xfsprogs
  • hfsutils
  • reiserfs-utils


14.3.10 Gtkpod


With gtkpod you can manage your iPod. Many iPods are supported, including iPod mini, iPod Photo, iPod Shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod Video.

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

  • gtkpod
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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.