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


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: A.N.T.

I downloaded the One live CD of Mandriva a couple of days ago. And this time I downloaded both of them, one with KDE and one with Gnome. And boy is KDE version better than Gnome one. It gives you a much more beautiful desktop, a much more modern experience all around. It is such an improvement that I've converted to KDE full time now. And not only the desktop itself, also the apps from games to K3b CD/DVD burner and Digiakam photo management is on a whole level higher then the equivalents in Gnome. Big congrats to Mandriva and KDE for bringing such a modern desktop to Linux.

By: Italba

It seems that true type fonts can't be installed anymore with seerofsouls rpm.

I used webcore-fonts-3.0-1.noarch.rpm from as reported in


              Italo A.