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:

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

Internet:
[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

Office:
[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

Programming:
[x] Nvu
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

Other:
[ ] 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 http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2_allversions.html 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

su

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: ftp://ftp.pbone.net/mirror/www.pclinuxos.com/apt/pclinuxos/2007/RPMS.testing/

wget ftp://ftp.pbone.net/mirror/www.pclinuxos.com/apt/pclinuxos/2007/RPMS.testing/azureus-2.5.0.4-2pclos2007.i586.rpm

Afterwards, we install it like this:

rpm -ivh azureus-2.5.0.4-2pclos2007.i586.rpm

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-2.5.0.4-2pclos2007.i586.rpm

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From: at: 2007-05-30 10:50:30

I think it's a great idea to try and get people to move from Windows to linux (any distro), but all the howtos (including this one) get a bit over-exuberant on the apps being installed.  I notice you have included Thunderbird and Evolution.  Surely it would have been better to just have one mail client ?  The same applies to CD/DVD burning packages.  And how many media players can you use at once.  I think this is indicative of the struggle to move people from Windows.  Pick a player and make sure it can use all the appropriate codecs to allow the user to play anything they like.

Sure a choice of mail clients is nice, but if a user sets them both up and uses them both to retrieve mail, they will end up with (approx) half their mail in each. 

Maybe I'll put my typing where my mouth is and produce a howto to replicate the out-of-the-box Windows experience.

From: admin at: 2007-05-31 10:15:11

This is just for demonstration purposes. Of course, you can install all the software, but you can also pick only the software that you need. The tutorial just shows how to install all software, but it's up to you which software you install.

From: at: 2008-08-01 01:17:15

Thank you for the how to Falko,

One question, when you list programs of what you think should be on PCLinuxOS 2007 like Firefox, OpenOffice etc, that whole list, do you mean I should have those saved first in my Windows Programs folder or get them after I install Linux?

I am an infant with Linux so please keep that in mind.

Thank you,

Thomas Lowe

From: Anonymous at: 2008-09-26 09:32:19

I'm sure you have worked it out by now but...

To install programs in PCLinuxOS (like other Linux distros) you select them from a repository list, unlike Windows where you need to find them yourself and hope it works. The repository (package manager) contains the latest versions of compatable software.

Hope that has helped and please correct me if that sounded wrong.

From: Philippe at: 2009-02-13 08:16:08

Am trying to install the program on my laptop and keep getting the same error message:

ERROR: Unable to mount loop filesystem,

Commant were:

Losetup /dev/loop0 initrd/cdrom/livecd.sqfs

mount -r -t squashfs /dev/loop0, initrd/loopfs

Dropping you to a limited shell

Loading /initrd/binash

Then the pc is frozen. Out of curiosity I tried to check what would happen on my other laptop (the first is on Windows XP and the 2nd one on Windows Vista) and I get the same error message.

Can you help?

From: Christo at: 2009-05-03 20:10:51

Hi Falcon ,

You have really put out some  great stuff out there .... It is very very useful..... But I am having an doubt and request you to clear it. . . . .

I am having Windows Xp installed on my system but I am also in need of LINUX. . . . Can u tell me any way in which I can install LINUX with formatting any data and having XP also installed on the  same system. . . . Please let me know if it is possible because earlier I had both Xp and Win 98 on my system in which i could login to the desired Operating system . .  . I want to know if the same is possible for XP and LINUX......

PLz reply soon....

From: Anonymous at: 2009-03-05 23:17:59

I know nothing about linux, but I wanted an alternative to windows, and this tutorial really helped me with the intalation of pclinuxos2007.  More simple than this you can not ge it.

 

thank you Falcon

From: Joseph at: 2009-03-06 19:10:11

Sorry, I got to exited when I finally installed PCLOS that I wrote "Falcon" instend of Falko. I know you are not permited to ask for help but if you know how to or know of a tutorial like this o very similar, on how to dual boot pclinux07 and win xp pro  I will really apricited.  I had tried few of them but no luck so far.

Thank you again  Falko  

From: at: 2008-03-05 15:17:51

Hi Falko,

If the user doesn't want to install additional software in Section 6 then the user needs to do the following to update his/her system. 

After, clicking "Reload" and "Our packages database gets updated":

- click "Mark All Upgrades"

- then, click "Apply" so that the system can "remove" "install" "upgrade" the packages.

- by doing the above this will at least give the user an updated system if the user decides not to "Installing Additional Software" in section 6.

Is what I wrote above accurate?  Thanks. 

 

From: at: 2007-05-25 03:11:02

I am a convert to PCLOS for the last 8 months.  I thought PCLOS 2007 was great as-is, you article has some hints on how it can be even better for me.  One additon from PCLOS forum member exterm:  "One thing to add if you play around with Vmware you need to grab the KDEvelop packages "  Thanks for confirming my choice of distros!  Great article!

From: at: 2007-05-29 15:39:08

I really like your write-up. This is how articles should be done-- with pictures to show you every step. Nice job.

However, I noticed a bit of bad information on page # 3. You advised people to select more than one repository. However, all those repos sync from Ibiblio, so they may not have the same packages at the same time. Long story short, only use 1 official repository at a time to avoid headaches.

Other than that, great job!

From: at: 2007-06-09 13:03:37

I really do like PCLOS 2007.

I have several pc's running this distro in my home network.
Even my wife can do all her daily pc tasks with it. 

With this manual i was able to install all my missing requirements.

Thanx for sharing !! 

From: at: 2007-07-22 00:58:40

Just went through this entire guide an installed PCLinuxOS on my computer. Works great! =)

It seems though the app Azureus is no longer on the server you provided. Instead I just used:

wget http://www.gtlib.gatech.edu/pub/metalab/distributions/texstar/pclinuxos/apt/pclinuxos/2007/RPMS.extra/azureus-2.5.0.4-3pclos2007.i586.rpm

then to install it:

rpm -ivh azureus-2.5.0.4-3pclos2007.i586.rpm