There is a new version of this tutorial available for Mandriva Linux 2010.1 (Spring).

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12 Skype

To download Skype, go to and click on the Download now button:

Choose Mandriva and install it exactly as shown for the TrueType fonts in chapter 10:


13 Google Earth

Go to and click on the Agree and Download button:

On the next page, a download dialogue should pop up. Click on Save File and save the file to your computer, e.g. the desktop (/home/falko/Desktop in this example):

Then open a terminal and become root:


Then run the downloaded file:

cd /home/falko/Desktop/
sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin

This will start the installation. A Google Earth Setup window opens. Accept all default settings and 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


14 Google Picasa

Visit and select the rpm for RedHat/Fedora/Suse/Mandriva. Install it exactly as shown for the TrueType fonts in chapter 10.


15 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[x] 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
[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] Helix Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

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

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


Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Rufus Polson

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.

By: bubu

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...

By: aapgorilla

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