The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 12 i686 (GNOME) - Page 4

7 Installing Additional Software

Now that we have added additional repositories, a lot more packages are available in our package manager for installation, especially a big deal of our needed packages. To install them, go to System > Administration > Add/Remove Software:

The Package Manager opens:

Use the search field and select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. mplayer* means all packages that start with mplayer) and click on Apply afterwards:

  • f-spot
  • flash-plugin
  • filezilla
  • thunderbird
  • gimp
  • amule
  • azureus
  • skype
  • xchat-gnome
  • AdobeReader_enu
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • banshee
  • mplayer
  • mplayer-gui
  • gtkpod
  • xmms*
  • DVDRipOMatic
  • dvdrip
  • kino
  • vlc
  • mozilla-vlc
  • xine*
  • k3b
  • bluefish
  • kdewebdev
  • java
  • compat-libstdc++-33 (needed by RealPlayer)
  • ffmpeg
  • lame
  • libXp
  • mjpegtools
  • wget
  • VirtualBox-OSE
  • gstreamer-*

Afterwards, the selected packages will be installed. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient.


8 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again:

Our inventory should now look like this:

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

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Empathy IM Client
[x] Skype
[ ] 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
[ ] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] Kompozer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

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


9 Flash Player

To see if the Flash plugin (which we installed before) is working, start Firefox. Then type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 10.0r32 which is the newest one at the time of this writing) among them:


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 libdvdcss2

To install libdvdcss2, open a terminal again, become root...


... and run the following command:

rpm -ivh


12 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

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From: at: 2009-11-27 06:53:24

There is a factual error in the HowTo. Empathy is not the successor of Gaim. Gaim was renamed as Pidgin.


From: admin at: 2010-03-02 09:44:23

You must be a subscriber to be allowed to download the tutorials as PDF files. Please take a look here:

From: Anonymous at: 2010-03-01 23:12:55

Nice article. But the 'view as pdf' link doesn't seem to be connected. I ended up at some other place.

From: Nacho Lamas at: 2009-11-27 13:47:50

Excellent work, as always!

A -very little- contribution: a quick way to select all the desired packages would be to issue this sentence in a terminal window, all in one line:

yum -y install f-spot flash-plugin filezilla thunderbird gimp amule azureus skype xchat-gnome* AdobeReader_enu gnucash scribus amarok audacity banshee mplayer mplayer-gui gtkpod xmms* DVDRipOMatic dvdrip kino vlc mozilla-vlc xine* k3b bluefish kdewebdev java compat-libstdc++-33 ffmpeg lame libXp mjpegtools wget VirtualBox-OSE gstreamer-*

(of course, edited to meet the user's preferences).

Thanks again for this howto. A real time-saver.


From: Donald at: 2010-05-08 05:05:29* downloads 800MB+ which installs to 2GB+. A lot of this is unneeded for most people- multiple language packs, developer tools etc.

How about an option for a base install? (Only about 120MB.)

From: Birger at: 2010-03-17 12:20:27

For the msttcorefonts there are a few missing steps, since the spec file only works for environments that use a font server. Fedora 12 doesn't.

# cd /usr/share/fonts/msttcorefonts

#  mkfontscale

# mkfontdir

# cd /etc/X11/fontpath.d

# ln -s /usr/share/fonts/msttcorefonts .

Now you should find the new fonts. :-)

From: kurtdriver at: 2010-03-20 04:07:36

In what respect is Linux a replacement for Windows? Or Gimp for PS? They're not the same, they're just different ways of doing the same thing. Linux very often does things better, and gives you a lot more choice, as well.You seem to be trying to make Fedora 12 "Windows like", while I would say that Fedora has it's own virtues and can be appreciated as such.  Having the ability to play this or that type of file isn't really "Windows Like", as MS has so aften been behind the eight ball on these things, the internet, for instance. Consider how slow IE was to get tabbed browsing, and pop-up blocking. Maybe MS Windows is a replacement, a poor one in my estimation, for Linux. I can't help but notice how much closed source software you install above.

Autoten automates much of the multi-media installation, and is available here:

Lastly, I won't create a account just to download a PDF. That's a dealbreaker for me.   Kurt

From: Chris at: 2010-04-16 14:55:30

I must respectfully disagree with kurtdriver. The fact is, Microsoft is the #1 operating system today, worldwide. There are many reasons why Coporations, Governments and regular people choose to use Windows, but one of the primary reasons, in my opinion, is ease of use and familiarity. What the author of the Perfect Desktop series is trying to do is making Linux distributions as 'easy-to-use' as Windows, for the regular user.

One of the major drawbacks of Fedora for me, when I first embraced Linux, and the reason I chose to use Ubuntu as my original distribution, was the difficulty of getting close-source codecs so that Rythymbox could perform the simple act of playing my music and allowing me to watch my movies in Totem. In Ubuntu, at the time, it was a no-brainer. In Fedora it was a 'hassle'.

I heartily commend the author of this series for his hard work and dedication to the making of various distributions as 'idiot-proof' and complete... as Windows-like, if you will ... as possible. All in one document.

 I disagree with some of the author's choices (two versions of everything, from p2p to browsers, for instance), but for ease of use, this series is simply amazing. Personally, I use my own father as my lightning-rod. He is from before the Internet generation and only acquired his first computer two years ago. He was as clueless about how to make the thing go as anyone I could imagine. He didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars of his retirement buying various software and had heard me talk free and open-source. I pointed him to this guide specifically, and he is now a happy camper.

From: at: 2010-06-17 10:47:24

I have to disagree Kurt.

 As a relative linux newbie this guide has been invaluable in helping me move away from Windoze and getting almost a life-for-like replacement.I think you're getting into a semantic argument "different ways of doing the same thing" means that one can replace the other.

 I've tried autoten too, and it's good but I've had problems with it whereas this gives me finer control and above all helps me to LEARN how to use Linux which is the only way that Linux can grow in the wider community.