The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 10.3 (GNOME) - Page 4

6 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 Computer > Install Software:

Type in the root password:

The YaST Package Selector comes up:

You can use the Search field to search for specific packages. To mark a package for installation, select it in the left window and then click on the Install > button to push it to the right window.

Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. xmms* means all packages that start with xmms) and click on Accept afterwards:

  • opera
  • gst-*
  • gstreamer010*
  • opensuse-codecs-installer
  • sound-juicer
  • amarok
  • amarok-yauap
  • MozillaThunderbird
  • MozillaThunderbird-translations
  • aMule
  • Azureus
  • ktorrent
  • xchat
  • xchat-gnome
  • acroread
  • scribus
  • scribus-templates
  • audacity
  • MPlayer
  • rhythmbox
  • gtkpod
  • xmms*
  • dvdrip
  • vlc
  • vlc-mozillaplugin
  • xine-*
  • xine-lib (without it Xine will not be able to play videos properly)
  • gnomebaker
  • k3b*
  • w32-codec-all
  • libdvdcss
  • nvu
  • kdewebdev3
  • free-ttf-fonts
  • libqt4 (needed by Skype)
  • libqt4-dbus1 (needed by Skype)
  • libqt4-devel (needed by Skype)
  • libqt4-x11 (needed by Skype)
  • findutils (needed by VMware Server)
  • glibc-devel (needed by VMware Server)
  • findutils-locate (needed by VMware Server)
  • gcc (needed by VMware Server)
  • flex (needed by VMware Server)
  • lynx (needed by VMware Server)
  • compat-readline4 (needed by VMware Server)
  • gcc-c++ (needed by VMware Server)
  • make (needed by VMware Server)
  • kernel-source (needed by VMware Server)

Confirm your selection by clicking on Confirm:

It's possible that a few packages are conflicting with others. You can resolve the problems as shown below (make sure you install xine-lib; don't install libxine1 if necessary):

The packages are now being downloaded from the repositories and installed (you also might have to insert your OpenSUSE 10.3 DVD). This can take a few minutes, so please be patient:

After the installation, YaST asks you if you'd like to install more packages. Choose No and leave YaST:


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

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

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice 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] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] GnomeBaker
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] NVU
[x] Quanta Plus

[ ] VMware Server
[ ] TrueType Fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS Partitions

So Picasa, Skype, Google Earth, VMware Server, and TrueType fonts are still missing.

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From: at: 2007-10-10 15:04:11

Unfortunately this HOWTO will lead to a lot of users complaining the package management is still much to slow: You will get a list of predefined online repositories. Select them all to make sure your system can install all available OpenSUSE 10.3 packages if they are needed. This is a really stupid suggestion, and a total contradiction to Note that it should be used with care, however; you should only add an extra repository when you need it and when you know what it will provide. Adding many repositories will slow down your package manager’s start-up time and adding repositories that you don’t know about can ruin your system!

From: at: 2007-10-18 07:32:28

I wouldn't go as far as calling an 'enable all' stupid but it has to be acknowledged that some repositories actually contain conflicting files and older versions which can create confusion.

I would advocate not to switch on more than you absolutely have to, because it's not just the update time (it's caching now so it's a little bit better than it used to be).  You main problem is that without the repository enabled you may never see any updates appear, which is not good from a security point of view.

This leaves you two options: enable monthly to catch up, or leave them on entirely which gives you the aforementioned delays..

From: at: 2007-10-12 17:10:32

Thanks for the article. (Un)fortunately I found it after I bumped into troubles with my OpenSUSE 10.3 Gnome. I'm fairly new to OpenSUSE, but I got pretty far on my own with the OS setup (from CD not DVD) and app installs. The article clarified some things for me about adding software during/after setup, and the checklist approach for desired apps was helpful.

From: at: 2007-10-13 17:29:28

In the Package Selector, by default the Search has Name, Summary, Description, and RPM Provides selected. If you leave it that way and search for e.g. opera, you will still have 100 Available Software to choose from. I suggest going into the Package Selector's Search function and unchecking Summary, Description, and RPM Provides. I hope this approach still work okay with the author's list.

While I'm at it, I would go with ktorrent-feature-dht instead of ktorrent. And, having moved over from KDE, not sure what irc client or multiple-chat client is good on gnome. Or cd burner for that matter.

From: at: 2007-10-13 17:44:51

The "rpm -f MicrosoftFonts-1-jen14.noarch.rpm" command doesn't work on my new install. rpm just prints out a list of command options.

 Also why not just open the terminal by... right-click on desktop, select Open Terminal.

 Anyway, very helpful guide. Thanks!

From: at: 2007-10-13 17:55:06

(I was wrong about rpm -f, I see you meant rm -f)

Google earth complains about missing Vera fonts. Not clear how to install these.

Google Earth complains about running OpenGL in slow software emulation mode.