The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 10.3 (GNOME) - Page 5

8 TrueType Fonts

Open Firefox and download the file Save it on your hard drive (e.g. on the Desktop):

Then open a terminal (Computer > More Applications... > Gnome Terminal):

In the terminal, type


to become root.

Then go to the directory where you've saved the MicrosoftFonts-1-jen14.noarch.rpm file (e.g. /home/falko/Desktop) and install the TrueType fonts like this:

cd /home/falko/Desktop
rpm -e agfa-fonts
rpm -ivh MicrosoftFonts-1-jen14.noarch.rpm
rm -f MicrosoftFonts-1-jen14.noarch.rpm

Afterwards, you can open a word processor like OpenOffice, and you should find a lot of new fonts there (like Arial, Verdana, etc.).


9 Skype

To download Skype, go to, and choose OpenSUSE 10+:

Save the file to your hard drive (e.g. /home/falko/Desktop):

Open a terminal again and become root:


Then go to the directory where you've saved Skype and install it like this:

cd /home/falko/Desktop
rpm -ivh skype-
rm -f skype-


10 Google Earth

To install Google Earth, open a terminal and become root:


Then run

cd /home/falko/Desktop
sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin

This will download Google Earth and start the installation. A Google Earth Setup window opens. Accept all default settings and click on Begin Install:

After the installation, you can click on Quit or on Start, if you want to start Google Earth now:

Afterwards, we delete the Google Earth installer:

rm -f GoogleEarthLinux.bin


11 Picasa

To install Google's Picasa, open a terminal and become root:


Then run

cd /home/falko/Desktop
rpm -ivh picasa-2.2.2820-5.i386.rpm
rm -f picasa-2.2.2820-5.i386.rpm


12 Inventory (III)

This is what we have now:

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

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] gFTP
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Azureus
[x] Bittorrent
[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] 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
[x] TrueType Fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS Partitions

So everything is installed except for VMware Server...

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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.