The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1) - Page 7

10 Flash Player

To see if the Flash plugin (which we installed before) 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 9.0r31 which is the newest one at the time of this writing) among them:

You can now open a web site of which you know that it uses Flash. For example, has video news in Flash. You should be able to see (and hear) the Flash movies:

Another web site that uses Flash movies is YouTube, for example.


11 TrueType Fonts

Open Firefox and download the file Select Open with Software Installer (default) in the Firefox download dialogue:

In the window RPM Installation, select Install:

Type in your root password:

It is possible that the package has an unknown signature. Continue by clicking on Yes:

The package is being installed. Afterwards, click on Done:


12 Java

Download and install it exactly as shown for the TrueType fonts in chapter 11.


13 RealPlayer

To install RealPlayer, visit in Firefox and select the RealPlayer 10.0.8 Gold RPM package. Install it exactly as shown for the TrueType fonts in chapter 11.

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From: at: 2007-05-11 06:48:27

Thanks to Falko for this great guide! Just some extra pointers:

In addition to the methods listed here, there's also a simple official way to add the official Mandriva software repositories. It's explained at the Wiki -

Setting up repositories with this method will set up the official non-free repository. This repository contains the Java plugin, so it is not necessary to download it from MCNL as recommended in the article: you can just install the java-1.5.0-sun-plugin package.

Finally, please note that the Mandriva GTKPod package does in fact install a menu entry. It's just that if you switch to the GNOME menu system as Falko recommends, you don't see it, as the GNOME menus do not cover all applications. If you stick with the default Mandriva menu system, you will see the GTKPod menu entry. Also contrary to what the article says, GTKPod does come with an icon: /usr/share/icons/gtkpod.png . There are larger and smaller versions in /usr/share/icons/large and /usr/share/icons/mini .

Thanks again to Falco for the guide!

Adam Williamson


From: at: 2007-05-11 12:56:14

When there's both a PLF and an MDV version of a package, they're usually exactly the same (PLF and MDV actually share several .src.rpms) except that some legally dubious features are enabled in the PLF package but not in the MDV package. So it usually makes more sense to install the PLF package than the MDV one. This is the case for, for e.g., xine, gtkpod and vlc in the list of packages. The PLF builds all include support for patent-encumbered codecs that aren't enabled in the MDV build.

From: at: 2007-05-14 14:13:55

instead of two commands (urpmi.update -a ; urpmi --auto-select) there is a single command that performs the same: urpmi --auto-update

From: at: 2007-05-11 11:26:27

It would be nice if you had not relied on previous experience for documenting how to add media. For example, you can add all the media for the distribution (excluding PLF) with one command, e.g.:

$ urpmi.addmedia --distrib

The GUI way with Mandriva Control Center is the same. From the main Media manager screen, click "Add", then choose "Distribution sources", and choose a mirror.

Note that all available media are added, but some are disabled by default (specifically the backport and test media). They can easily be enabled from the Media Manager.  Adding the --interactive flag to the urpmi.addmedia commain will allow you to choose which media should be enabled when initially adding them.