The Perfect Desktop - Slackware 12 - Page 7

13 Inventory (IV)

In the inventory list below I made the assumption that you installed the other applications from section 12 and checked them off with an [x]. Our inventory should now look like this:

Graphics:
[x] The GIMP
[ ] Google Picasa

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Java Runtime Environment
[x] Flash
[x] RealPlayer
[x] aKregator
[x] Pidgin
[x] Xchat IRC
[x] gFTP
[x] BitTorrent
[x] Guarddog
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Skype

Office:
[x] OpenOffice.org
[x] Adobe Acrobat reader
[x] Kontact
[x] Scribus
[x] kmymoney2

Sound & Video:
[x] Audacious
[x] K3B
[x] Noatun
[ ] VLC Media Player

Programming:
[x] Quanta Plus
[x] Kate
[x] The Java 2 SDK

System Utilities:
[x] htop
[x] iptraf
[x] netstat
[ ] Filelight
[x] KDE Info Center
[x] Konqueror

Other:
[ ] VMware Server
[x] NTFS-3G driver
[x] FUSE

 

14. Installing .bin files

Together we will install Google Picasa and Google Earth.

Install Google Picasa

Open your browser window to http://picasa.google.com/linux/. Click Download Picasa for Linux:

Then click:

Save the file:

In this example I created a directory named googlePicasa in my /downloads directory to save the file to:

You don't need to be root to run this installer.

In the terminal we run,

sh picasa-2.2.2820-5.i386.bin

Select your Options and then click Begin Install:

To start Picasa click Start:

Click I Agree:

Select a scanning option and click Continue:

Picasa opens:

To start Picasa at any time click the K Menu->Graphics->Picasa

Install Google Earth

Get the software at http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html

Click Agree and Download:

Save the file to your downloads directory:

You don't need to be root to install Google Earth.

To install type,

sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin

Google Earth's default settings are OK, so click on Begin Install:

After the Google Earth installation, you can either select to start it immediately or to quit. I select Quit here (although it doesn't matter what you select):

Google Earth is at K Menu->Internet>Google Earth

In Google Earth you can view the Universe as well as the Earth. Click View->Switch to Sky:

 

15 Inventory (V)

Our inventory should now look like this:

Graphics:
[x] The GIMP
[x] Google Picasa

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Java Runtime Environment
[x] Flash
[x] RealPlayer
[x] aKregator
[x] Pidgin
[x] Xchat IRC
[x] gFTP
[x] BitTorrent
[x] Guarddog
[x] Google Earth
[x] Skype

Office:
[x] OpenOffice.org
[x] Adobe Acrobat reader
[x] Kontact
[x] Scribus
[x] kmymoney2

Sound & Video:
[x] Audacious
[x] K3B
[x] Noatun
[ ] VLC Media Player

Programming:
[x] Quanta Plus
[x] Kate
[x] The Java 2 SDK

System Utilities:
[x] htop
[x] iptraf
[x] netstat
[ ] Filelight
[x] KDE Info Center
[x] Konqueror

Other:
[] VMware Server
[x] NTFS-3G driver
[x] FUSE

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From: at: 2007-10-12 17:59:29

Congratulations for your fantastic article! I just want to tell the Slackers about a new project I started a couple of months ago: QTGZManager. It is a front end to pkgtools written in C++/Qt4. Everyone who uses it seems satisfied. But you shouldn't take my word for it. Discover yourself at:

http://jtgzmanager.sf.net

http://sf.net/projects/jtgzmanager 

Thank you. 

Alexandre Albuquerque Arnt.

From: at: 2007-12-11 04:13:24

Hi Alexandre,

Thank you for your nice comments.

Best, 

 ~Brian

From: at: 2008-06-06 10:29:48

A brilliant example of a how-to article, well done! Many thanks for your efforts, as they have saved me a lot work.

 

From: Anonymous at: 2009-02-20 12:26:54

Hi

slackpkg is now included in the standard distribution. Select a mirror in the file /etc/slackpkg/mirrors, read the man page and away you go. It makes security updates much simpler. BTW its run from the command line as root.

 

ros

From: at: 2007-10-15 21:35:02

Hi,

  • VMware needs the /etc/rc.d/rc0.d through /etc/rc.d/rc6.d and /etc/init.d, which by luck were created before.
  • /etc/init.d/vmware is not, at least for me, executed at startup, so I moved it to /etc/rc.d/rc.vmware and added this file to /etc/rc.d/rc.local.

Reference: http://www.cs.ucr.edu/~jbyrne/vmware.htm

From: at: 2007-10-28 03:07:22

Hi,

Thanks for your comment.

You're correct that VMware needs those directories.   But they're created during the Slackware 12 installation routine.

The only directory you need to create prior to installing VMware-server-1.0.4 on Slackware 12 is /etc/pam.d.

~Brian



From: at: 2007-10-12 11:56:00

I am very new to Slackware, I found this How To interesting, but I guess it will be even better if 2 issues are addressed.

First, Slackware is often installed by the installer with generic huge kernel and on startup udev issues error messages when it tries to load things that already are in the kernel. A desktop with error messages is imperfect, right?

Second, it is sometimes desireable to uninstall or reinstall software. Whenever the installation gets to a tgz package, it should be emphasized that it is a good idea to store the package. When there is no tgz, it is interesting if it is possible to create one.

I would also add something linked to the kernel, like nVidia driver, and something not trivial to ?onvert to tgz, like ruby (it compiles the --prefix into executales).


From: Anonymous at: 2008-11-19 03:15:31

Very good Bryan!! Thanks...

From: Anonymous at: 2009-01-21 19:21:58

Excellent m8, ty:)

From: Anonymous at: 2009-07-12 16:34:53

good job, useful stuff :)

From: Anonymous at: 2010-05-28 07:20:09

Slackware 13.1 is out with many improvements. If you could make a new guide that would be perfect and helpful for many people.