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-
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By: Falko Timme