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The Perfect Desktop - PCLinuxOS 2009.1 - Page 2

3 Flash Player

PCLinuxOS 2009.1 installs the Macromedia Flash Player by default. To see if the Flash plugin is working, start Firefox. Then type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 10.0r15) among them:


4 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus to see which of our needed applications are already installed (of course, the Flash plugin isn't listed in the menus because it's a browser plugin - that's why we checked for its existence in the previous chapter). You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, where [ ] is an application that is missing):

[x] The GIMP
[ ] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[ ] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[x] KTorrent
[ ] Azureus
[x] Kopete
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[ ] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[ ] gtkPod
[ ] XMMS
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[ ] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[ ] VLC Media Player
[ ] Real Player
[ ] Totem
[ ] Xine
[ ] Brasero
[x] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] Kompozer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

[ ] VMware Server
[ ] True Type fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS partitions

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on PCLinuxOS 2009.1, and JAVA is also installed by default.


5 Configure Online Software Repositories

Now we configure the online software repositories that our PCLinuxOS 2009.1 system will use to install further software. Click on the Synaptic Package Manager icon in the panel:

We need root privileges to run Synaptic, so we must type in the root password:

After Synaptic has started, we go to Settings > Repositories:

The Repositories window comes up. Select one repository that is close to you. Click on OK afterwards:

A message comes up telling us that we need to click on the Reload button because we have changed the repositories:

That's what we do now: we click on the Reload button in Synaptic:

Our packages database gets updated:


6 Update The System

Now, still in Synaptic, we can check for the latest updates. Click on the Mark All Upgrades button. If there are updates available, you can then click on the Apply button to install them (if there are no updates available, the Apply button is greyed out).

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