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The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 16 i686 (GNOME) - Page 4

8 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 Applications > System Tools > Add/Remove Software:

The Package Manager opens:

Use the search field and select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. xmms2* means all packages that start with xmms2) and click on Apply afterwards:

  • picasa
  • google-chrome-stable
  • flash-plugin
  • icedtea-web.i686
  • filezilla
  • thunderbird
  • gimp
  • amule
  • azureus
  • skype
  • xchat-gnome
  • gwibber
  • libreoffice*
  • AdobeReader_enu
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • banshee
  • mplayer
  • mplayer-gui
  • gtkpod
  • xmms2*
  • DVDRipOMatic
  • dvdrip
  • vlc
  • xine*
  • k3b
  • bluefish
  • kdewebdev
  • java
  • compat-libstdc++-33 (needed by RealPlayer)
  • ffmpeg
  • lame
  • libXp
  • mjpegtools
  • wget
  • VirtualBox-OSE
  • dkms
  • gstreamer-*
  • redhat-lsb
  • redhat-lsb-graphics
  • redhat-lsb-printing
  • google-earth-stable

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


9 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] Shotwell Photo Manager
[x] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Google Chrome
[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] Gwibber Social Client

[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice 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] 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


10 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 11.0 r1 which is the newest one at the time of this writing) and the Java plugin (IcedTea) among them:


11 TrueType Fonts

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


Then run:

yum -y install rpm-build cabextract ttmkfdir

rpm -ivh --nodeps

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


12 libdvdcss2

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


... and run the following command:

rpm -ivh

(If the download location doesn't exist anymore because there's a newer libdvdcss2 package, you can find that package on for i686 systems and on for x86_64 systems.)

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April 20, 2012, Google announced it was dropping Picasa for Linux. At least, as of May 25, 2012, it won't download and install.