The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 11.04 - Page 2
3 Update The System
Before we go on, we should check if there are any updates available for our system. Start the KPackageKit package manager (System > Software Management):
Click on Software Updates. This will show you a list of available updates. Mark the checkboxes of all updates that you want to install (it is recommended to install all updates) and click on Apply:
Type in your password:
Afterwards the updates are being downloaded and installed:
When the update is complete, you can leave KPackageKit (if a new kernel was amongst the updates, a system restart is required to make the changes effective. If this is necessary, you will see a Restart button. Click on that button to restart the system.).
The system is now up-to-date.
4 Inventory Of What We Have So Far
Now let's browse all menus to see which of our wanted applications are already installed:
You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, where [ ] is an application that is missing):
Sound & Video:
So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Kubuntu 11.04.
5 Configure Additional Repositories
Some packages like the Adobe Reader are not available in the standard Kubuntu repositories. The easiest way to make such packages available to your system is to add the Medibuntu repository.
First we open a terminal (System > Terminal):
First off, we edit /etc/apt/sources.list...
sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list
... and enable the natty partner and Ubuntu Extras repositories (if they are not already enabled):
Then save the file.
To enable the Medibuntu repository, please do the following:
Import the repository:
sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
Import the gpg-key and update your package-list:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
6 Installing The Synaptic Package Manager
I prefer the Synaptic Package Manager over Kubuntu's built-in package manager, therefore I install it as follows (still in the terminal):
sudo apt-get install synaptic
to make Synaptic display packages from third-party repositories.