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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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