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

The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 9 - Page 7

8.3.9 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


8.3.10 K9copy


K9copy is a DVD backup tool, which is able to shrink the content of a DVD9 to fit on a DVD5.

If you want to use k9copy, install the following packages.

  • k9copy
  • mencoder


8.3.11 XChat


With XChat you can join multiple IRC channels (Internet Relay Chat). File transfer is supported. You can customize XChat with various scripts and plugins.

If you want to use xchat, install the following package.

  • xchat


8.3.12 Wine


Taken from the Wine Homepage: "Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix".

With Wine you can run a lot of Windows software on Linux. A list of software that is known to work on Wine can be found on

If you want to use Wine, install the following package.

  • wine


8.3.13 Cedega


Cedega is an enhancement of WineX with focus on Windows games. Many games are supported - a list of supported games (with screenshots) can be found on and

Cedega is not free. Have a look at the Homepage for details and pricing.


8.3.14 VMware Server


With VMware Server you can install guest operating systems as Windows, Linux, NetWare or Solaris.

First install the following packages.

  • kernel-devel
  • xinetd
  • gcc
  • gcc-c++

Afterwards open in your browser. Install the latest version (.rpm) and register to get a serial number.

Next we have to patch the VMware Server so that it is able to handle the new kernel (2.6.25) (root privileges needed).

mkdir /tmp/vmware/
cp /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmmon.tar /tmp/vmware/
cp /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar /tmp/vmware/
cd /tmp/vmware/
tar xvf vmmon.tar
tar xvf vmnet.tar
cd vmnet-only
patch -p1 < ../vmnet-2.6.25.patch
cd ../vmmon-only/
patch -p1 < ../vmmon-2.6.25.patch
cd ..
rm -f *.tar
tar cfv vmnet.tar vmnet-only/
tar cfv vmmon.tar vmmon-only/
cp *.tar /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/

Now run:

Answer all the questions with "yes" and accept the license agreement (if you agree with it). After that you'll be asked a few questions about install paths etc. - simply hit enter for every question. In the end you have to enter the serial number - the VMware Server is now available in the GNOME applications menu.


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By: Ken

First off great tutorial as always.  What is that desktop theme?  In the begining you started off with a glassy desktop theme.  When I installed it I didn't get that theme. 

By: noogz

yes, i'd love to know the themes you used there, too.


By: Micha

I found the theme ;)

Look at and search for 'SlicknesS'. You'll find this (and some modificated) theme for GTK and Berly (Emerald).