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The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1) - Page 6

8 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 Control Center > Software Management > Look at installable software and install software packages. Browse the applications on the left and mark the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. amule* means all packages that start with amule):

  • amule*
  • gftp
  • googleearth
  • amarok*
  • audacity
  • banshee*
  • gtkpod (mdv)
  • xmms*
  • dvdrip
  • vlc* (mdv)
  • gnomebaker
  • azureus
  • k3b*
  • kdewebdev* (not kdewebdev4*)
  • xine-* (mdv)
  • libdvdcss2
  • win32-codecs
  • cabextract (needed by msttcorefonts)
  • java-1.4.2-gcj-compat (needed by j2re)
  • libstdc++5 (needed by realplayer)
  • kernel-source (needed by VMware Server)
  • xinetd (needed by VMware Server)
  • perl-devel (needed by VMware Server)
  • opera
  • flash-player-plugin

Make sure you select the kernel-source package that suits your installed kernel.

Also, sometimes there are multiple packages with the same name available. Select the package with the highest version string (this is not valid for the kernel-source package - it must match your installed kernel!). It is also possible that the same package is available from mdv and plf. In such a case I select the mdv package, although that shouldn't matter.

Sometimes it is possible that a selected package has a dependency that can be satisfied by more than one package. The system will tell you and lets you select one of the packages. It doesn't matter which one you pick:

If a package has a dependency, a window will pop up (unfortunately it doesn't tell you what other packages are required - I think this is a bug). Accept the (not-shown) dependencies by clicking on Ok:

After you've selected the required packages, click on Apply. A new window will open with all packages that are going to be installed. Confirm by clicking on Yes:

The packages are downloaded and installed:

After the installation, click on Quit to leave the Software Management window:


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

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] gFTP
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Bittorrent
[x] Azureus
[x] Gaim
[ ] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[ ] 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] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[ ] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] GnomeBaker
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] Nvu
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

[ ] VMware Server
[ ] True Type fonts
[ ] Java

One thing you will notice is that gtkPod isn't listed anywhere in our menu although we know we installed it. That's no problem, only gtkPod's menu entry is missing. Let's create it:

Right-click on Applications and select Edit Menus:

Go to Sound & Video and click on New Item:

Fill in the following:

  • Name: GTKPod
  • Command: gtkpod (in lowercase letters - that's the command that starts gtkPod).
  • Comment: GTKPod

Unfortunately no gtkPod icon has been installed on the system, so there's no need clicking on the No Icon button to select a gtkPod icon. Click on OK to leave the Create Launcher window:

Then close the Main Menu window:

You should now find gtkPod in the menu (under Sound & Video):

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