There is a new version of this tutorial available for openSUSE 13.2.

The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 11.1 (GNOME) - Page 5

9 aMule

Open Firefox and go to (or if you are on an x86_64 system). A download dialogue will open - select Open with Install Software (default):

Type in the root password:

The Package Manager opens and installs the aMule package.


10 TrueType Fonts

Open Firefox and go to Install the package as shown in the last chapter (aMule).

Afterwards, you can open a word processor like OpenOffice, and you should find a lot of new fonts there (like Arial, Verdana, etc.).


11 Skype

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

Select OpenSUSE 10+:

In the Firefox download dialogue, select Open with Package Installer (default)...

... and install the package as shown in chapter 9 (aMule).


12 Helix Player

Go to and click on the Helix Player 11 Gold Linux x86 rpm link:

Then install the package as shown in chapter 9 (aMule).


13 Google Earth

To install Google Earth, open a terminal and become root:


Then run

cd /home/falko/Desktop
sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin

This will download Google Earth and 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 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

[x] Gimp
[x] F-Spot
[x] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] Filezilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Monsoon
[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] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Helix Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] Bluefish
[x] Kompozer
[x] Quanta Plus

[x] VirtualBox
[x] TrueType Fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS Partitions


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By: Donald

It is apparent that you really have no idea.  In fact - "brain-dead" indicates that your lack of imagination coupled with your single brain cell is too much of an effort for you.  Just stick to breathing only.  You should turn off that PC and send it back to where you bought it.  I'm sure the return policy has a section "too f**ing dumb".  Even I don't have the heart to swear at you - I'm sure the lack of oxygen at birth had something to do with this.


Don't try to explain something that wouldn't be understand by users like this. You'll waste your time and get fight with somebody, and it's not good for your heart. Try to hang up with some "less-brain-dead-people", and you'll be happy. As I mentioned, "less-brain-dead-people" means "people like US that is very interested in good systems....not whom is very occupied making objections that don't make sense.....

 "It is just a waste of time try to give pearls to porks....."

By: fab

what makes this desktop or distro perfect?

why do people always think that there actually IS the perfect desktop! there's nothing like a perfect thing. it's all about choice and individualism. if your opensuse desktop would be perfect, why would you wait for an update or a new release of the distro? hm...

By: Anonymous

After all this effort, at the end of the day, all you will have is a brain-dead interface. This is an interface that, when you are attaching a file to an email, opens a tiny 5-inch dialog in your 20-inch screen. To see all of your files, you have to expand the dialog size. Then you have to drill down several levels of directories to select the file for attachment. For the next attachment, it opens the same tiny 5-inch dialog (which you have to resize - again) at the same place as before. Then you have to drill down the same levels of directories to select the next attachment for your email. This interface is too dumb to remember where you last were, or what size you left the dialog. The same is true for saving or opening files in other applications. This is an embarrassing blight on the Linux landscape. The cringe factor when switchers to Linux mention this shortcoming is huge. Apparently intelligent programmers think this is the OK way to go. And apparently millions of GNOME users think this is a productive use of their time. They are partly brain-dead themselves: the part that says 'why should I be stuffing around with this?' is broken.

By: Anonymous

Why pay Microsoft and Gates for their monopoly business ? it is not perfect , but a very good and secure software

By: Tony Starr

What is this guy talking about? You don't make any sense at all. I almost certain that I wouldn't be the first person to call you a moron. This article will effectively draw more attention towards opensuse as an alternative to a windows desktop which happens to be exactly what some people are looking for.

By: Anonymous

LOL - i got a good laugh at your post.  Calling linux users brain dead when the only critique you have relates to attaching files to emails and saving files.  So, if that is the extent of what you use a computer for then linux really isn't for you - stick with windows, an os for the truelly braindead.   A typical linux user is a power user, who understands and know hows to use the power and flexibility under the hood that is inherent to linux.  So go suck on an egg, I think I hear your mommy calling you - time for bed.

By: Anonymous

I have been an Ubuntu user for the past few years, but I am always trying out the other main distros to see how they are progressing.  SUSE has always been one of my favorites and this tutorial helped me get up and running quick and painlessly.  Thanks for you continued effort in creating great tutorials for new users and experts.  As for the few other comments posted on here, you guys need to get a life, take the flame wars elsewhere

By: Anonymous

I couldn't agree with this post more.  The Perfect Desktop series is a great introduction for people who are not fluent in *nix systems.  Of course the term perfect is subject to who says it.  At the end of the day, the tutorial does accomplish its goal: To create a desktop environment to replace a Windows environment.  Keep 'em coming.  Good work.

By: Gauss

Nice walkthrough.

I have some questions that I think leads to essential info for a guide with such a title.

- How much hard disk space takes all the installation with the selected software? I want to know this to figure out my partitioning scheme to my needs.

- Which version do you recommend? 32 bits or 64 bits? I think OpenSUSE has a 32 bits kernel with PAE to manage huge amounts of RAM in case the 32 bits version has its advantages. I just want to know if the 64 bits version it's mature enough with at least a good support for embedded Java, Flash, etc.

By: Anonymous

>I think OpenSUSE has a 32 bits kernel with PAE to manage huge amounts of RAM incase the 32 bits version has its advantages.

Hardly, because 32 bit programs are still limited to 4 GB (3 GB with a 32-bit kernel even).

>I just want to know if the 64 bits version it's mature enough with at least a good support for embedded Java, Flash, etc.

Yes it is. Why do you think it's not? Because Debian (and subsequently Ubuntu) made a mess of it time ago?

By: Anony

You shouldn't download a file as root, even if you are putting it in you home dir. That way won't be able to mess with it later as a normal user.