The Perfect Desktop - PCLinuxOS 2007 - Page 4

6 Installing Additional Software

Now, still in Synaptic, we can install additional software:

We are going to install the following packages:

  • f-spot
  • picasa
  • opera
  • gftp
  • evolution
  • amule
  • bittorrent-gui
  • skype
  • googleearth
  • gnucash
  • gnucash-hbci
  • gnucash-ofx
  • scribus
  • audacity
  • banshee
  • banshee-ipod
  • rhythmbox
  • gtkpod
  • xmms*
  • dvdrip
  • kino
  • sound-juicer
  • vlc*
  • RealPlayer
  • RealPlayer-rpnp
  • win32-codecs
  • totem*
  • xine-ui
  • gnomebaker
  • nvu
  • bluefish
  • kdewebdev-suite
  • webcore-fonts
  • ntfs-config
  • perl-devel (needed by VMware)

You can use Synaptic's Search function to search for the packages:

To select a package for installation, click on the checkbox in front of it and select Mark for Installation from the menu that comes up:

If a package has a dependency that needs to be satisfied, a window will pop up. Accept the dependencies by clicking on Mark:

After you've selected the desired packages, click on the Apply button:

Confirm your selection by clicking on Apply:

The packages are now being downloaded from the repositories and installed. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient:

After the installation, a window will pop up with a message from the webcore-fonts package. It's no error message, it just tells you where to find more information about this package. Click on the Close button:

Afterwards, you can close the Synaptic Package Manager.


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

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] gFTP
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Bittorrent
[ ] Azureus
[x] Kopete
[x] 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
[x] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] GnomeBaker
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

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

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

So only Azureus, Adobe Reader, and VMware Server are missing...


8 Adobe Reader

To download Adobe Reader, go to and select the following:

Operating system: Unix/Linux
Version: Linux (.rpm)
Your language

Then click on Continue:

Then click on the Download Adobe Reader:

Save the file to the hard disk (e.g. the desktop, which is /home/falko/Desktop in this example):

After the download has finished, open a terminal (e.g. System > Terminals > Konsole) and type in


to become root.

Then go to the directory where you saved the Adobe Reader .rpm file (e.g. /home/falko/Desktop) and install it like this:

cd /home/falko/Desktop/
rpm -ivh AdobeReader_enu-7.0.9-1.i386.rpm

Adobe Reader is now being installed. If you see this message:

error: failed to stat /proc/bus/usb: No such file or directory

you can ignore it.

Afterwards, delete the Adobe Reader .rpm file:

rm -f AdobeReader_enu-7.0.9-1.i386.rpm


9 Azureus

To install Azureus, we must still be logged in as root on the shell. We can download the Azureus .rpm file from this address:


Afterwards, we install it like this:

rpm -ivh azureus-

If you see this message:

error: failed to stat /proc/bus/usb: No such file or directory

you can ignore it.

Then we delete the Azureus .rpm file:

rm -f azureus-

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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