The Perfect Desktop - Pinguy OS 11.04 - Page 3

Want to support HowtoForge? Become a subscriber!
 
Submitted by CSch (Contact Author) (Forums) on Thu, 2011-09-01 17:50. ::

7 Install Additional Software

To install additional applications, open the Synaptic Package Manager (System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager) and type in your password:

In the Synaptic Package Manager, we can install additional software. You can use the Quick filter field to find packages. To select a package for installation, click on the checkbox in front of it and select Mark for Installation from the menu that comes up:

If a package has a dependency that needs to be satisfied, a window will pop up. Accept the dependencies by clicking on Mark. Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. gstreamer* means all packages that start with gstreamer):

  • amarok
  • gimp
  • flashplugin-installer (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • amule
  • audacity
  • vuze
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer* (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • k3b
  • kino
  • smplayer
  • quanta
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • picasa
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • opera
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • evolution
  • virtualbox-ose
  • chromium-browser
  • googleearth
  • skype
  • transmission
  • banshee

After you've selected the desired packages, click on the Apply button. Confirm your selection by clicking on Apply. The packages are now being downloaded from the repositories and installed. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient:

You might have to answer a few questions:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close. 

 

8 Inventory (II)

Our inventory should now look like this:

Graphics:
[x] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager
[x] Picasa

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Chromium
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Vuze
[x] Empathy IM Client
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC
[x] Gwibber Social Client

Office:
[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[ ] RealPlayer
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

Programming:
[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

Other:
[x] VirtualBox
[x] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

 

9 RealPlayer (For i386 Systems Only)

(RealPlayer is available for i386 systems only. If you are on an x86_64 system, please skip this chapter.)

Open Firefox and go to http://uk.real.com/realplayer/other-versions. Click on the correct .deb link:

A download dialogue should come up. Hit Open with and browse GDebi Package Installer (default). Click on OK to confirm:

Select Install Package afterwards and enter your password. Click on Close after the installation.

 

10 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

Graphics:
[x] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager
[x] Picasa

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Chromium
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Vuze
[x] Empathy IM Client
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC
[x] Gwibber Social Client

Office:
[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] RealPlayer
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

Programming:
[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

Other:
[x] VirtualBox
[x] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

 

11 Links


Please do not use the comment function to ask for help! If you need help, please use our forum.
Comments will be published after administrator approval.
Submitted by Anonymous (not registered) on Tue, 2011-09-06 13:57.
Ubuntu based.... really? :(
Submitted by Randy Fry (not registered) on Mon, 2011-09-05 03:59.
Why so many media players, disc burning titles, and photo editors? I would think this list could be parred down some.
Submitted by Mike G (not registered) on Wed, 2011-09-07 01:02.
I agree with Randy, why so many redundancies in software?  Pinguy is my current distro of choice and I do appreciate this article.  Like most people I have my own list if favorite apps and regardless of what is packaged with a distro I delete out what I don't like and add the apps that I do like.
Submitted by bob (not registered) on Tue, 2011-09-06 20:12.

As to the comment about paring down the software selection:

One of the ways this "Perfect Desktop" series can be used is to check for something about a particular package. That is, the series doesn't have to be used just the way it is written, which appears to be for novices installing the system.

While I agree with the commenter that the list of software is more than most would wish to bother with, I also agree with the writers in including all of the packages. Including such a wide range of packages makes the article useful to some who just need to install a package (or perhaps a few) and don't know where to find it-or them, increasing the useful audience for the articles.