The Perfect Desktop - PCLinuxOS 2010 (KDE) - Page 4

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  1. 9 OpenOffice
  2. 10 TrueType Fonts
  3. 11 Inventory (III)
  4. 12 Links

9 OpenOffice

OpenOffice cannot be installed through Synaptic on PCLinuxOS - instead, PCLinuxOS provides a script which downloads and installs OpenOffice. To install OpenOffice, go to Office > Get OpenOffice:

Type in the root password:

Select your language:

Click OK (the message tells us that Synaptic is set to delete all cached RPM packages, but during OpenOffice installation, this setting will be changed so that the OpenOffice RPM packages will be temporarily cached in /var/cache/apt/archives):

The script downloads and installs OpenOffice:

Click Yes to reset the Synaptic cache settings (so that all cached RPM packages will be deleted again, as it was before the OpenOffice installation):

Click OK to finish the installation:

You can now find OpenOffice in the Office submenu:


10 TrueType Fonts

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor (like OpenOffice). You should now find your new Windows fonts there:


11 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

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

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

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

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

[x] Kompozer
[x] Bluefish

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


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By: Anonymous

I enjoy these tutorials, however I do have to ask why would you choose F-Spot over Digikam? If you are using a Gnome UI, F-Spot would make sense. But, with a KDE UI, Digikam is a much better and natural choice.

By: Anonymous Pinguinista

Thank you for these tutorials; they've been a big help to me. They are a great starting point when you've just installed a new distro and would like to get a quick overview.

I'd like to add two tips which you did not mention in your tutorial. I hope new PCLinuxOS users will find them helpful.

To help you select the fastest repository, there is a mini-script available called Repository Speed Test. It will run a test of the available repos and report back a list of ranked results (from fastest to slowest). If I remember correctly, when it finishes it will even give you the option of enabling the fastest repo in your Synaptic sources list.

You can find it under: Software Center > Repository Speed Test. 

To add multimedia codecs (libdvdcss, win32codecs, etc.) in one step:

Start up Synaptic, search for the task-multimedia package and install it.

By: Davey

Nice thorough run-through that shows off PCLOS's amazing ease and functionality. My one quibble is, before opening Synaptic, open Repo Speed Test from the menu, let it do its test and choose the fastest available repo for you.

By: gemilang

Why install both Brasero and K3B ? PCLinuxOS come with SMPlayer. Why install another VLC Media Player, Totem and Xine ?

By: Anonymous

Firewall needs to be put to On. Icon on desktop. Add Locale icon is on the desktop - where do you live/language/time etc Codecs to add via synaptic incluse libdvdcss, lame, win32codecs-all Hint - dont forfet to lock both your icons and widgets when noy tinkering For safety backup your perfect desktop /home regularly

By: Anonymous

I've found these tutorials useful in the past.  Of course not everyone will want the same, or as much, software as the writer, and some have commented on the selection.  That's fine and doesn't change the usefulness of the tutorials, though "The Perfect Desktop" is perhaps not the best name when the software choices are controversial-perhaps "My Perfect Desktop" would be a more accurate choice.

By: Anonymous

Thanks, I am new to Linux and am trying to set up PC Linux OS Zen Mini on my PC. I know what I want, just not exaclty what it is called in Linux software. This really helped. I now know names and functions when using the package manager. I want a minimal install with just the few things I want. Zen is a great starting place. I do know some multi platform open source software, as I have used Source Forge for years on MS Windows. I love Clementine and VLC player and music is the most important thing to me.

Just a suggestion to the posters here. Do not try to look like you are smarter or a better Linux user than the author. He had the knowledge to write the article. If you believe a piece of software is better, say exactly why, and on what hardware. I am installing to an older computer, resources mean alot. Is it better because it has more functions (uses more recources)? Is it better because it is lighter, but does almost the same, and only lacks functions few users would ever want?

Not everyone will want the same desktop, what is perfect, is what works best for me! You see, because of what is important to me, Audacity and Easy MP3 Gain will be on my desktop. Now all I need is a batch audio convertor. I am ready to try OOG files.