The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 11.2 (GNOME) - Page 4

7 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 Computer > Install Software:

Type in the root password:

The Software Manager window comes up:

Make sure that you select the Available button (it should have a colour slightly different compared to the Upgrades and Installed buttons). You can use the search field to search for specific packages. If you've found a package that you'd like to install, mark it and click on the Install button:

A new column will be added on the right side which lists the selected packages (and their dependencies which will be installed automatically):

Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. xmms* means all packages that start with xmms):

  • picasa
  • opera
  • MozillaThunderbird
  • Vuze
  • MPlayer
  • mplayerplug-in
  • xmms*
  • dvdrip
  • vlc
  • vlc-mozillaplugin
  • acroread
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • scribus-templates
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • rhythmbox
  • gtkpod
  • sound-juicer
  • xine-ui
  • libxine1-codecs
  • k3b
  • w32codec-all
  • libdvdcss
  • kompozer
  • kdewebdev4
  • free-ttf-fonts
  • gstreamer-0_10*
  • java-1_6_0-openjdk
  • java-1_6_0-openjdk-plugin
  • java-1_6_0-sun-plugin
  • GeoIP (needed by aMule)
  • libGeoIP1 (needed by aMule)
  • lsb (needed by Helix Player)
  • libqt4-devel (needed by Skype)
  • virtualbox-ose
  • aMule

Click on the Apply button afterwards:

The packages are now being downloaded from the repositories and installed. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient:

You might have to reboot the computer afterwards:

To do so, go to Computer > Shutdown...

... and select Restart from the following dialogue:


7.1 Additional Codecs

Now open Firefox and go to Select Open with YaST Meta Package Handler (default) in the Firefox download dialogue:

This is a meta package that installs some additional codecs - just follow the YaST installation wizard:


7.2 Finish The VirtualBox Installation

To finish the VirtualBox installation (we've already installed the virtualbox-ose package), we need to add our desktop user (falko in my case) to the vboxusers group. To do this, open a terminal and become root:


Run the following command...

usermod -G vboxusers falko

... and log out of your desktop and back in for the changes to take effect.


8 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again.

Our inventory should now look like this:

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

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] Gnome FTP
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Pidgin
[ ] Skype
[ ] 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
[ ] Helix Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

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

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

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From: Dalton Roberts JR at: 2010-05-26 20:46:03

I find it very interesting how most of the review and many website do not tell people about the major repository problems that users will run into and how the they to toggle there firefox in order to surf the web. These problems for a newbie is a distro killer.