The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva One 2009.1 With GNOME - Page 3

7 Manage Your Online Repositories

To manage your online repositories, open the Mandriva Control Center (System > Administration > Configure Your Computer):

Type in the root password:

Select Software Management > Configure media sources for install and update:

You can now see which repositories are enabled on your system. If you see the same repository more than once in this list, you can disable one of them by unchecking it (but you don't have to - it doesn't hurt to have the same repository more than once in this list):


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 > Install & Remove Software:

Type in the root password:

The Software Management window opens. Please make sure that you select All in the two drop-down menus on the left to make sure that you can select from all packages that are available:

Browse the applications on the left (or even better, use the search field) and mark the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. amarok* means all packages that start with amarok):

  • opera
  • filezilla
  • mozilla-thunderbird
  • amule
  • transmission
  • vuze
  • xchat
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • amarok*
  • audacity
  • banshee*
  • mplayer*
  • mplayerplugin
  • gtkpod
  • xmms*
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xine-*
  • libdvdcss2
  • win32-codecs
  • real-codecs
  • kompozer
  • bluefish
  • kdewebdev*
  • dvdrip
  • java-1.6.0-sun*
  • cabextract (needed by msttcorefonts)
  • k3b
  • gcc
  • gcc-c++
  • virtualbox
  • helixplayer
  • helixplayer-helix-codecs
  • helixplayer-mozilla-plugin

Sometimes there are multiple packages with the same name available. Select the package with the highest version string. It is also possible that the same package is available from mdv and plf. It shouldn't matter which one you pick in such a case.

If a package has a dependency, a window will pop up. Accept the dependencies by clicking on Ok:

After you've selected the required packages, click on Apply. A new window will open with all packages that are going to be installed. Confirm by clicking on Yes:

The packages are now being downloaded and installed:

Click on Ok if you see this message at the end of the installation:

After the installation, click on Quit to leave the Software Management window.


9 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again (if you find that some applications are missing although you know that you've installed them, just log out of your current desktop session and log back in - the applications should then be listed in the menus):

Our inventory should now look like this:

[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Vuze/Azureus
[x] Pidgin
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[ ] 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] Helix Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] KompoZer (Nvu)
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

[x] VirtualBox
[ ] True Type fonts
[x] Java
[x] NTFS Read-/Write Support

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From: Rufus Polson at: 2009-05-13 07:03:05

Your comment seems handy in general, but I had to ask about K3B.  Work in progress?  I mean, technically every active project is, but K3B has been around like forever and has seemed pretty dashed mature to me for as long as I've been using it.  Did they just move to an unstable new release or something?  Like, did they just make the jump to KDE 4?  If that's it, it might be an idea to just stick with the older version for a little while.

From: bubu at: 2009-08-10 10:27:05

work in progress means, k3b for kde4 actually is in alpha2 phase - not for production use...

i`ve heard, S.Trueg got some help directly from mandriva to speed up the process.

in my case, i won`t move to kde4, unless i don`t have k3b stable for kde4...

From: aapgorilla at: 2009-05-07 21:53:18

Hi nice guide, some few small remarks:

  • in mandriva rpm's can be installed by simply double clicking them, no need for difficult rpm commandline stuff
  • google earth is available via the plf repositories to: install google-apps-installer and running it (it's in internet)
  • xmms is old and unmaintained, it will be dropped soon by mandriva altogether: audacious is a good replacement (it is a gtk2 fork of xmms)
  • K3B is work in progress, I wouldn't recommend it just yet maybe in a month or 2
  • SMplayer is a very nice frontend for mplayer