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10 TrueType Fonts

To install Windows TrueType fonts, open a terminal and become root again:


Then run:

cd /tmp/
yum -y install rpm-build cabextract ttmkfdir

rpmbuild -bb msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec
rpm -ivh /root/rpmbuild/RPMS/noarch/msttcorefonts-2.0-1.noarch.rpm --nodeps

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like OpenOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:


11 Win32-Codecs

To install Win32-codecs, open a terminal again, become root...


... and run the following commands:

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


12 RealPlayer

To install RealPlayer, visit in Firefox and download the RPM package (don't hit the big yellow Download RealPlayer button, but use the small link RPM Package below it instead):

Select Open with Package Installer (default) in the Firefox download dialogue:

The Package Installer will then come up and guide you through the installation.


13 Opera

Go to in your browser and select Fedora as distribution, then Fedora Core 5, Core 6, 7, 8. Click on the Download Opera button...

... and select Open with Package Installer (default):

The Package Installer will then come up and guide you through the installation.


14 Google Earth

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


Then run

cd /home/falko/Download
sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin

This will download Google Earth and start the installation. 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


15 Google Picasa

Open Firefox and go to Click on the rpm, for Red Hat/Fedora/Suse/Mandriva i386 or x86_64 link ( and select Open with Package Installer (default) in the Firefox download dialogue:

The Package Installer will then come up and guide you through the installation.


16 Kompozer

Go to and click on the kompozer-0.7.10-i386.rpm link:

This will bring you to SourceForge, and after a few seconds the Firefox download dialogue should pop up (if it does not, click on direct link) where you select Open with Package Installer (default), as usual:


17 Inventory (III)

This is what we have now:

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

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[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] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] Kompozer
[x] Bluefish
[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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From: cockneysparrow

Have installed GE v5 successfully

The issue with some ATI card acceleration/libraries causing the splash screen to hang during initialization can be fixed with the following patch:

cp /usr/lib/ ~/google-earth/

If you prefer to backout the google supplied library:

cd ~/google-earth


From: Tomo Popovic

As usual Falko provided an excellent install guide. I am having some issues with True Type fonts (aka webcore fonts) install in step 10 as described here. I resolved it by downloading an RPM file from the following link:

Pretty much downloaded this file and installed with package manager (double click on RPM). Hope this helps.


From: Mikko Nissinen

Falco: Thanks for the useful article.

Tomo: I've had a problem with True Type Fonts in many distros. Not sure if you had the same problem, but in my case rpmbuild fails to download files due to connection timeout:

$ rpmbuild -bb msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec
Resolving failed: Connection timed out.
wget: unable to resolve host address `'

Here's my solution:

$ gedit msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec

Edit wget's timeout in download function at line 88. Change the timeout value from 5 to 30.

function download {
        wget --timeout=30 -O "$2" $1$2

Save and try rpmbuild again.