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The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 12.1 (GNOME) - Page 3

6 Configure Online Software Repositories

Now we configure the online software repositories that our OpenSUSE 12.1 system will use to install further software. Go to Activities > Applications > YaST:

You will have to type in the root password. In YaST, select Software Repositories:

The Configured Software Repositories window opens. Click on the Add button:

Select Community Repositories:

You will get a list of predefined online repositories. Select them all to make sure your system can install all available OpenSUSE 12.1 packages if they are needed. Click on OK afterwards:

Now the lists of available packages are being downloaded from the repositories. It's possible that your system doesn't know the public keys of all repositories, so if you see a message like this, you can click on the Trust button:

You might as well have to accept a few licenses:

Afterwards, close YaST and open a terminal to install a few more repositories. Log in as root with:


Enter your password and use the following commands to add the needed repositories:

zypper ar -f
zypper ar -f libdvdcss
zypper ar -f
zypper ar -f

Update the repositories with

zypper ref


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 Activities > Applications > Install/Remove Software:

Type in the root password. The Software Manager window comes up. If there is a file that is signed with an unknown key, you will get the following prompt. Usually you can just use it anyway, so click Yes:

You can use the Find field to search the repositories for packages:

To mark a package for installation, check the checkbox in front of it:

Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. xmms2* means all packages that start with xmms2; flashplayer should have been installed with your updates, if not, install it now):

  • opera
  • filezilla
  • MozillaThunderbird
  • MPlayer
  • xmms2*
  • dvdrip
  • vlc
  • vlc-mozillaplugin
  • acroread
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • rhythmbox
  • gtkpod
  • sound-juicer
  • xine-ui
  • libxine1-codecs
  • k3b
  • libdvdcss2
  • libdvdcss2-32bit (you don't need this on a 64 bit system)
  • kompozer
  • free-ttf-fonts
  • fetchmsttfonts
  • gstreamer-0_10
  • gstreamer-0_10-32bit (you don't need this on a 64 bit system)
  • gstreamer-0_10* (only those packages belonding to your architecture)
  • java-1_6_0-openjdk
  • java-1_6_0-sun-plugin
  • lsb (needed by Helix Player)
  • libqt4-devel (needed by Skype)
  • virtualbox
  • bluefish
  • chromium
  • ffmpeg
  • lame
  • w32codec-all
  • libxine1
  • libdvdplay0
  • libmad0
  • sox
  • libxvidcore4
  • xvidcore
  • libavcodec52
  • libavdevice52
  • libvlccore4
  • libvlc5
  • libquicktime0

Click on the Apply button afterwards and confirm your selection by clicking on Apply again:

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 accept a few licenses:

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