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7 Install Additional Software

To install additional applications, open the Synaptic Package Manager (Dash > Synaptic Package Manager):

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
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer* (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • gtkpod
  • k3b
  • kino
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • eclipse
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xchat-gnome
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • evolution
  • virtualbox-ose
  • chromium-browser
  • googleearth-package
  • skype (32 bit version only, leave it out for 64 bit)
  • banshee
  • transmission
  • icedtea-plugin
  • gdebi

After you've selected the desired packages, click on the Apply button. Confirm your selection by again 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. Accept the licenses and proceed:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:

 

8 TrueType Fonts

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like LibreOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:

 

9 Google Earth

In chapter 7, we have installed the package googleearth-package which is a utility to automatically build a .deb package of Google Earth. This means, Google Earth is not yet installed; we have to first build a .deb package of it with the help of googleearth-package, and then install the .deb package.

Open a terminal (Dash > Terminal) and become root:

sudo su

Now you can build the Google Earth .deb package as follows:

make-googleearth-package --force

[...]
Package: googleearth
Version: 6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1
Section: non-free/science
Priority: optional
Maintainer:  <root@howtoforge-System-Product-Name>
Architecture: amd64
Depends: ttf-dejavu | ttf-bitstream-vera | msttcorefonts, libfreeimage3, lsb-core, libqtcore4, libgl1-mesa-glx , ia32-libs-gtk , msttcorefonts
Suggests: lib32nss-mdns, libgl1-nvidia-glx-ia32
Description: Google Earth, a 3D map/planet viewer
 Package built with googleearth-package.
dpkg-deb: building package `googleearth' in `./googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb'.
Success!
You can now install the package with e.g. sudo dpkg -i <package>.deb
root@howtoforge-System-Product-Name:

If you don't see any errors, then you should find the Google Earth .deb package in the current directory:

ls -l

root@howtoforge-System-Product-Name: ls -l
total 67236
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 Apr 26 15:35 Desktop
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 Apr 26 15:35 Documents
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 Apr 26 15:35 Downloads
-rw-r--r-- 1 howtoforge howtoforge     8445 Apr 26 15:17 examples.desktop
-rw-r--r-- 1 root       root       35096276 Apr 27 11:23 googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root       root       33688483 May 19  2011 GoogleEarthLinux.bin
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 Apr 26 15:35 Music
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 Apr 26 15:35 Pictures
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 Apr 26 15:35 Public
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 Apr 27 11:21 Screens
-rw-rw-r-- 1 howtoforge howtoforge     2408 Apr 27 11:23 setup
-rw-rw-r-- 1 howtoforge howtoforge      873 Apr 27 09:29 setup~
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 Apr 26 15:35 Templates
drwxrwxr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 Apr 27 09:16 the_perfect_desktop_ubuntu_studio_10.10
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 Apr 26 15:35 Videos
root@howtoforge-System-Product-Name:

I want to install the .deb package using gdebi which takes care of all dependencies.

gdebi googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb

 

10 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far. Our inventory should now look like this:

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

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Chromium
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Vuze
[x] Empathy IM Client
[ ] 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] Eclipse

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

[x] gdebi

[x] Synaptic Package Manager


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