Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Easily install Dropbox, Skype, and Google Music Manager in openSUSE 12.2

Quite frankly, the instructions we can usually find on how to install +Skype, +Dropbox, and Google Music Manager tends to be obfuscated and unusually complicated. No clue why this is seeing as it is actually drop dead simple. The methods I show here are equally applicable to 32 bit and 64 bit openSUSE 12.2. Due to this simplicity I have decided to include all three pieces of software in one tutorial.

Skype

Skype is stupidly simple to install. Simply navigate to their website, download the RPM and install. There is not a 64 bit version, just use the 32 bit one. Our package management will resolve all the dependencies. You should not have to do any prep work at all. On my systems, the PackageKit installation works fine... that is simply select the default action to Install Package from Firefox. If however this does not work, you can simply use Zypper to do the job:

cd ./Downloads
zypper in skype-4.1.0.20-suse.i586.rpm
Boom, that is it.


Dropbox

The easiest way to install +Dropbox  for +GNOME is to use 'Direct Install' from http://www.software.opensuse.org. Here is a nice link straight to the package. Though it says it is the Nautilus extension, it pulls in all of Dropbox as well.

Google Music Manager

Installing Google Music Manager is slightly less straightforward, but still very simple. Due to a dependency issue we will have to use Zypper to install it. Simply follow this link to find and download the appropriate package for your system. Save the file, do not use the PackageKit installer. Now open up a terminal and do the following.

cd ./Downloads
sudo zypper in google-musicmanager*
 Zypper will complain about supposedly missing a dependency. It is not actually missing and will work anyway. Choose option 2, ignoring the problem and installing anyway:

Problem: nothing provides qtwebkit needed by google-musicmanager-beta-1.0.54.4672-0.x86_64
 Solution 1: do not install google-musicmanager-beta-1.0.54.4672-0.x86_64
 Solution 2: break google-musicmanager-beta-1.0.54.4672-0.x86_64 by ignoring some of its dependencies

Choose from above solutions by number or cancel [1/2/c] (c):