The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva One 2010.1 Spring With GNOME - Page 3

7 Manage Your Online Repositories

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

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):

  • filezilla
  • mozilla-thunderbird
  • amule
  • transmission-gtk
  • vuze
  • opera
  • xchat
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • banshee*
  • mplayer*
  • mplayerplugin
  • gtkpod
  • xmms*
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xine-*
  • libdvdcss2
  • win32-codecs
  • real-codecs
  • kompozer
  • bluefish
  • kdewebdev4
  • dvdrip
  • java-1.6.0-sun*
  • cabextract (needed by msttcorefonts)
  • k3b
  • gcc
  • gcc-c++
  • virtualbox
  • dkms-virtualbox
  • virtualbox-guest-additions
  • 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:

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] Empathy IM Client
[ ] 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: Anonymous at: 2010-07-19 01:42:44

As Mandriva is one of the more KDE based distributions, I would expect to see a Perfect Desktop with KDE howto? Surely KDE 4 is mature enough to hold its own against Gnome?

From: Romana at: 2010-07-24 16:06:11

I agree with this. Until recently i've been a GNOME (on Ubuntu) user. But let me tell you, recently I started exploring other distros and so I've stumbled upon Mandriva where KDE is default. And so far from what I've seen KDE is a lot better than GNOME, in almost every aspect. A lot more modern technologies in there, like semantic desktop, desktop built out of components so very custumizable. Even backgrounds are plugins. And there is rating/commenting/tagging supported across entire desktop. not to mention how gorgeous KDE looks. Even the applications like Dolphin file manager, K3b disc burner, Amarok music player, Gwenview image viwer and similar are a lot more powerful than GNOME counterparts. In short I'm so much more happier with Mandriva and KDE that I've switched away from Ubuntu/GNOME.

From: Anonymous at: 2010-08-04 03:24:17

What a great tutorial for Mandriva Linux.  Very detailed.  We need more of these for Mandriva.  Great job and keep up the great work.