There is a new version of this tutorial available for Fedora 17.

The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 12 i686 (GNOME) - Page 5

13 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.


14 Opera

Go to in your browser and select Fedora as distribution, then Fedora 10, 11, 12. 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.


15 Google Earth

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


Then run

cd /home/falko/Downloads
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


16 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.


17 Kompozer

Go to and click on the KompoZer 0.7 is available here link:

Select the kompozer-0.7.10-i386.rpm package:

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:


18 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

[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] Empathy IM Client
[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

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


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By: Birger

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. :-)

By: kurtdriver

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

By: Chris

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.


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.