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

The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva One 2010.0 With GNOME - Page 5

12 Skype

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

Choose the Static version and download it to your computer:

Then open a terminal (Applications > Tools > Terminal) and type


to become root and go to the directory where you've saved the download (e.g. /home/falko/Downloads):

cd /home/falko/Downloads/

You can type

ls -l

to find out the exact name of the downloaded file. Afterwards, you can install it like this:

tar xvfj skype_static-
cd skype_static-
mv skype /usr/bin
mkdir /usr/share/skype
mv avatars/ /usr/share/skype/
mv lang/ /usr/share/skype/
mv sounds/ /usr/share/skype/

After the installation we can delete the downloaded file:

cd ..
rm -fr skype_static-*

Now we must create a launcher for Skype. Right-click Applications and select Edit Menus from the menu:

Select the Internet category and then click on the New Item button:

In the Create Launcher window, type in Skype in the Name field and /usr/bin/skype in the Command field, then click on OK:

Then click on Close to leave the Menu Editor:

You should now find the Skype launcher under Applications > Internet.


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 Downloads directory (/home/falko/Downloads in this example):

Then open a terminal and become root:


Then run the downloaded file:

cd /home/falko/Downloads/
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 Opera

Go to; select Mandriva as the distribution and then Mandriva Linux 2009.0, 2009.1 and click on the Download Opera button:

Then install the Opera rpm package exactly as shown for the TrueType fonts in chapter 10.


16 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] Empathy IM Client
[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


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