The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva One 2010.1 Spring 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 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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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.