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The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva One 2008 Spring (Gnome) - Page 4

6 Additional Software

Please note that some packages like Adobe's flash plugin or spamassassin (needed by the evolution plugin) are installed by default.


6.1.1 Adobe Acrobat Reader


With the Adobe Reader you can open PDF-documents.

If you want to use the Adobe Reader, open within your preferred browser and click on "Download now".

Install it with the software installer as shown on the screenshot below.

Click on "Install" to start the installation.

Enter the root password.

The Adobe Reader is being installed.

After the installation is finished the Adobe Reader is available in the GNOME applications menu.

Read the license agreement and click on "Accept" if you agree with it.

Click on "Edit" in the top menu and select "Preferences".

Choose 96dpi as resolution and save the settings.


6.1.2 Microsoft's True Type Core Fonts

Some fonts, including Arial, Times New Roman and Verdana for example. You can install these fonts via:

su -


6.1.3 W32codecs & Others

Codecs needed to play MS and some other video formats.

If you want to use these codecs, install the following packages:

  • win32-codecs
  • real-codecs
  • xanim-codecs
  • libdvdcss2


6.1.4 NTFS Configuration Tool


With nfts-config you can enable or disable write capability for all your internal and/or external NTFS devices.

If you want to use the NTFS configuration tool, install the following package:

  • ntfs-config


6.1.5 Sun's JAVA JRE

Sun's JAVA package adds full Java support to your system.

If you want to use Java applications or run java applets within Firefox, install the following packages:


  • java-1.7.0-icedtea
  • java-1.7.0-icedtea-plugin

Alternatively (if you encounter problems with the java packages above):

  • java-1.6.0-sun
  • java-1.6.0-sun-alsa
  • java-1.6.0-sun-plugin


6.2 Replacements

6.2.1 Digikam (possible replacement for f-spot)


Digikam is a photo management software.

If you want to use digikam, deinstall the following package...

  • f-spot

...and install these packages:

  • digikam
  • kipi-plugins

Note: If digicam won't be able to start after the installation (dcop error) it is very likely that the ".kde" folder in your home directory belongs to root - you can correct this via:

su -
chown -R %your_username%:%your_username% /home/%your_username%/.kde/


6.2.2 MPlayer (possible replacement for totem)


MPlayer is a video player with many features - supporting nearly every known video format, e.g. MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ and PVA (the codecs from step 6.1.3 are needed to support some of the listed formats).

If you want to use the mplayer, deinstall the following packages...

  • totem
  • totem-mozilla

...and install these packages:

  • mplayer
  • mplayer-fonts
  • mplayer-gui
  • mplayer-skins
  • mplayerplugin


6.2.3 Audacious (possible replacement for rhythmbox)


Audacious is a lean audio-player.

If you want to use audacious, deinstall the following package...

  • rhythmbox

...and install this package:

  • audacious


6.2.4 K3B (possible replacement for brasero)


K3B is a burning suite with a lot of features.

If you want to use K3B, deinstall the following package...

  • brasero

...and install this package:

  • k3b
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