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Adobe Flash player

  • download the latest flashplayer 64 bit version from
  • extract the downloaded file ( is generated)
$ mv /home/yusuke/.flashplayer
$ ln -s /home/yusuke/.flashplayer/ /home/yusuke/.mozilla/plugins


  • adobe.comからLinux 64bit版のFlashプラグイン(rpm版)をDLする。
    $ cd ~/Downloads
    $ su
    $ rpm -i flash-plugin-

Intel Fortran Compiler (version 12.0 update 3)

$ su
$ sh ./
  • If gcc++ is missing, the installer complains. Install it a priori.
  • after installation, edit .cshrc appropriately. The following is an example.
if (`uname -m` == x86_64) then
       set IFC_ROOT = /opt/intel/fc11.3.174
       set IFC_ROOT = /opt/intel/fc111
setenv PATH $IFC_ROOT/bin:$PATH
source $IFC_ROOT/bin/compilervars.csh intel64
setenv INCLUDE $IFC_ROOT/mkl/include:$INCLUDE


  • Skype is still a 32-bit application, so you must include 32-bit library. To do so, assign 32-bit Mandriva repository:
urpmi.addmedia tmp_Main_32_release
urpmi.addmedia tmp_Main_32_updates
urpmi.addmedia tmp_MIB_Basic_64
  • then install Skype
urpmi skype --allow-suggest --auto --force
  • finally, clean up the mounted repositories.
urpmi.removemedia tmp_Main_32_release
urpmi.removemedia tmp_Main_32_updates
urpmi.removemedia tmp_MIB_Basic_64

ptetex3 (Latex with Japanese fonts)

  • Go to the ptetex3 official website at

and download the latest ptetex3 (ptetex3-20090610.tar.gz as of May 6, 2011), tetex-src-3.0.tar.gz, and tetex-texmf-3.0po.tar.gz. But if you have installed tetex with Mandriva Control Center properly, the last two files may not be requisite.

  • Extract tarball(s) such that: tar xzvf ptetex3-20090610.tar.gz
  • Duplicate my_option.sample to my_option: cp -p my_option.sample my_option. For now I do not edit my_option file.
  • Since "getline" conflicts with the one in stdio.h, make yourself root and edit
vi /usr/include/stdio.h

and comment out the following lines temporarily:

extern _IO_ssize_t getline (char **__restrict __lineptr,
                        size_t *__restrict __n,
                         FILE *__restrict __stream) __wur;

then make yourself back to your username, and submit the make command:

$ su
$ make install

During "make", it may complain that

warning: FT_OpenType_Validate is disabled.
Replace FreeType2 with "otvalid" enabled version.

while you could ignore it because this is for text layout aligning vertically which is not used significantly.

  • Revert back stdio.h file to its original shape.
  • Edit your .cshrc file such that
# ptetex3 (Japanese) setting
 setenv PATH /usr/local/teTeX/bin:$PATH
 alias platex   "platex -kanji=utf8"
 alias ptex     "platex -kanji=utf8"
 alias ptexsjis "platex -kanji=sjis"
 alias ptexeuc  "platex -kanji=euc"
  • Enjoy ptetex3 by using "platex" or "ptex". Ghostscript does not work properly, so you have to compromise.
  • DVI ==> PDF conversion is done with "dvipdfmx". xdiv works with Japanese fonts.

NX Client (NoMachine version)

  • Go to
    • Go to "Download" section, then get x86_64 Linux RPM version of nxclient
  • Make yourself "root" in the directory where you have the rpm file.
$ su
$ rpm -i nxclient-3.5.0-5.x86_64.rpm
  • Execute nxclient
    • In connection wizard, use localhost and port = 8888 if you are connecting your nx server through ssh tunnel, otherwise specify the hostname and port = 22. A DSA key must be provided. The file is for example located at ~/.ssh/dsa_id (depending on where you retrieve the key file).


  • Mencoder may complain that is missing.
  • If you encounter this issue, in Konsole (or any terminals), make yourself root
    $ su
    $ cd /usr/lib64
    $ ln -s
    Then mencoder should work.