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5.4.5 k9copy


K9copy is a DVD backup tool, which is able to shrink the content of a DVD9 to fit on a DVD5.

If you want to use k9copy, install the following packages:

  • k9copy
  • mencoder


5.4.6 Skype


Skype is a software for internet telephony, instant messaging etc.

If you want to use Skype, install the following package:

  • skype

Note: The medibuntu repository is required for this package.


5.4.7 XChat


With XChat you can join multiple IRC channels (Internet Relay Chat). File transfer is supported. You can customize XChat with various scripts and plugins.

If you want to use XChat, install the following packages:

  • xchat
  • xchat-systray


5.4.8 Realplayer


Realplayer is a player for RealMedia content.

If you want to use Realplayer, open a terminal and enter ...

wget -c
sudo dpkg -i realplayer_10.0.8-0.1_i386.deb


5.4.9 Audacity


Audacity is a software to edit audio files.

If you want to use Audacity, install the following package:

  • audacity


5.4.10 Gtkpod


With gtkpod you can manage your iPod. Many iPods are supported, including iPod mini, iPod Photo, iPod Shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod Video.

If you want to use gtkpod, install the following package:

  • gtkpod


5.4.11 Wine


Taken from the Wine Homepage: "Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix".

With wine you can run a lot of windows software on linux. A list of software that is known to work on wine can be found at

If you want to use wine, install the following package:

  • wine


5.4.12 Cedega


Cedega is the further stage of WineX with focus on Windows games. Many games are supported - a list of supported games (with screenshots) can be found at and

Cedega is not free. Have a look at the Homepage for details and pricing.

Note: The screenshots above were taken on Fedora 7 with Cedega version 5.2.3 (Game: Guild Wars). The actual Cedega version is 6.0.3.


5.4.13 VMware Server


With VMware Server you can install guest operating systems as Windows, Linux, NetWare or Solaris.

If you want to use VMware Server, install the following packages:

  • xinetd
  • build-essential

Afterwards open in your browser. Download the latest version (.tar.gz) and register to get a serial number.

Now open a terminal, switch to the directory where you downloaded the VMware Server, and unpack it. After that switch to the unpacked files and start the installer.

tar xvfz VMware-server-1.0.4-56528.tar.gz
cd vmware-server-distrib/
sudo ./

You will be asked a few questions about install paths etc. - simply hit enter for every question. You also have to accept the license agreement (if you agree to it). At last enter your serial number. The VMware Server is now available in the gnome applications menu.



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There's no need for a page and a half dealing with how to install codecs anymore. You can simply place a link to the package in the howto page. See how to install codecs, Java, and Flash. This makes writing howtos really easy.

From: Anonymous

The author of this HOWTO should be ashamed of this work. Over and over again throughout the article, the use of non-free software is advocated and pushed onto the reader.

It makes me sick.