The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) - Page 3

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Submitted by falko (Contact Author) (Forums) on Mon, 2009-11-02 17:45. ::

6 Install Additional Software

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

Type in your password:

In the Synaptic Package Manager, we can install additional software. You can use the Quick search 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
  • flashplugin-nonfree
  • amule
  • audacity
  • azureus
  • banshee
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer*
  • gtkpod-aac
  • sun-java6* (except sun-java6-doc)
  • k3b
  • kino
  • mplayer
  • mozilla-mplayer
  • quanta
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • xchat-gnome
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • helix-player
  • mozilla-helix-player
  • googleearth
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • thunderbird
  • skype
  • virtualbox-ose

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 be asked to accept a few licenses:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:

 

7 Flash Player

To see if the Flash Player has been installed correctly, open Firefox and type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 10.0r32) among them:

 

8 TrueType Fonts

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

 

9 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again:

Our inventory should now look like this:

Graphics:
[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

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

Office:
[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice 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] Helix Player
[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


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Submitted by Stomfi (not registered) on Wed, 2009-11-04 05:56.

These articles are a good starting point, but I think a Windows user needs their apps to be at least as good as if not better.

I've found that adding the Antbar to Firefox make Youtube downloaders happy. Adding FX-Foundry and extra paintbrushes to the GIMP pleases Photoshop users.

Multimedia is video as well as music and DeVeDe is an ease of use way to burn all those Youtube flash clips onto a DVD. Although the experts can use the shell to extract music from video, one can't go past pytube for ease of use in this area. It can make ring tones as well.

Why is wine missing from the list. I regularly use SpinItAgain to convert second hand LPs and tapes to CDs. Another ease of use application. Who needs the overhead of a VM especially as it might not talk to the real hardware cards. Actually there is a lot of Windows freeware and shareware that will run quite happily under wine.

Apart from a non-programmer GUI builder like runrev, running free and shared software is the main problem I get with Windows users. I have my own short list, but someone out in the greater web could do the community a service by running a compatibility list for all the great tools the Windows community has written for its users.

Submitted by Anonymous (not registered) on Wed, 2009-11-04 01:30.

I did not have the package 'googleearth' there.

so what I had to do was the following:

$ sudo apt-get install googleearth-package
$ make-googleearth-package --force
$ sudo dpkg -i googleearth*.deb