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9 Skype

To download Skype, go to, and hover the mouse over the Download now button. Select the appropriate download link from the menu:

In the Firefox download dialogue, select Open with Install/Remove Software (default):

Click on Install:

Follow the installation instructions afterwards, you will need to type in the root password. Afterwards, the package gets installed.


10 Helix Player

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

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


11 Picasa

Go to and select the rpm, for Red Hat/Fedora/Suse/Mandriva i386 or x86_64:

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


12 Google Earth

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


Then run

cd /home/howtoforge/Desktop

chmod 755 GoogleEarthLinux.bin
./GoogleEarthLinux.bin --target /tmp/ge
cd /tmp/ge/
mv setup.gtk setup.gtk2
cd /tmp/ge

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:

cd /home/howtoforge/Desktop
rm -f GoogleEarthLinux.bin


13 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

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

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Chromium
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Empathy
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice 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: Joseph

Some of the text feels left over from earlier guides - that said, the earlier guides were very nice. For instance, Flash is at version 11, but the guide lists version 10. Also, there's no need to go through a terminal, wget, etc. to get Google Earth anymore. An rpm or deb for Google Earth is available from and you can install it with PackageKit or zypper or rpm. While this isn't strictly relevant, Google Picassa is no longer being actively developed for Linux. The lastest available version is a beta of 3.0 while Windows has 3.8. In that case, if a user is still using Picassa on Windows they might want to run 3.8 with WINE rather that substitute the inferior Linux version. As is Picassa might not continue as a desktop application anyway in the future.

 Despite those minor quibbles,great article - it's excellent for showing to people who make knee-jerk comments about it's not really possible (for anyone) to switch to Linux because some (unnamed) software they (and usually an implied everyone else) use isn't available. Most of the programs you're installing have Windows versions and are probably being used by most Windows users now, and the others are equal or better replacements of other Windows free software - such as k3b for InfraRecorder or CDBurnerXP. 

By: nagyp

During following the tutorial, Java didn't appear for me in FIrefox when entering about:plugins.

So I installed it like described on the following page (12.1 x86_64):