The Perfect Desktop - Debian Squeeze - Page 5

11 Google Picasa

Go to and select the right .deb package for your architecture (i386 or amd64):

Save the file to your computer:

After the download has finished, open a terminal and become root:


Then go to the directory where you have saved Picasa, e.g. /home/falko/Downloads:

cd /home/falko/Downloads

Take a look at the contents of the directory:

ls -l
[email protected]:/home/falko/Downloads# ls -l
total 38188
-rw-r--r-- 1 falko falko 31747574 Feb 11 16:35 picasa_3.0-current_amd64.deb
[email protected]:/home/falko/Downloads#

You can now install Picasa as follows:

gdebi picasa_3.0-current_amd64.deb

Afterwards you can delete the Picasa .deb package:

rm -f picasa_3.0-current_amd64.deb


12 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 Click on the Download the DEB Installer button:

A download dialogue should come up. Select Save File:

Then install the package exactly as shown for Picasa.


13 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

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

[x] Firefox/Iceweasel
[x] Opera
[x] Google Chrome
[x] Flash Player 10
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird/Icedove
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Empathy IM Client
[x] Skype
(i386 only)
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[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] Real Player
(i386 only)
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Eclipse

[x] VirtualBox
[x] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partition


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By: Kev

What's the point of installing multiple packages that have the same purpose? How many web browsers and email clients do you need? There's pointless duplication, what are you going to do with 3 IDEs when Eclipse can do it all?

What's the point you're trying to make? There's too much choice available and you can't decide?

This looks more like a new Windows PC full of factory installed crapware.

By: Anonymous

I am sure e.g. installing more browsers is very useful because some pages are difficult to load e.g. in FF but work fine in Chromium or for a quick "preview" I use Opera etc. ;-)

By: Anti-troll

Kindly do not feed the troll. Same comment on every guide, if you don't like/need the others, don't install them. At least you have a choice, unlike ie.

By: Mark Sporr

I am interested in your reasoning for adding Adobe Reader. What does it give you that an open source package like Evince does not?


By: Anonymous

It runs in the same window, provides pdf print, save, zoom, rotate and the user's focus is retained in the current window. With AJAX apps, jumping the focus is an issue.


64bit.deb for ubuntu works with wrapper and 32bit-libs and 32bit headers 

By: Ariya

Isn't Debian wasting our precious time?

After downloading the CD1 and waiting more than half an hour to install it, one has to go through the rigmarole of adding extra software, deleting practically useless software and waste about another 3-4 hours, while one can get all these by downloading Ubuntu Kubuntu or any of its derivatives, even by downloading Aptosid, Saline OS, Crunchbang, which are Debian derivatives and 'ready-to-work' within a minute?

Debian may have 29,000 packages, but it doesn't have good developers of an OS. It should go on making 'packages', but leave OS making for young and talented, or employ them to do the OS making. These young guys have enough brains to produce pleasing distributions, while Debian can't. 

Sorry to say that it was much easier to install Windows 7 than Debian 6 and Windows 7 is ready to go, bugs or not, bloated or not.

I believe that the old guys in the Debian would kill any love for Open Source, if they keep on doing the 'geek-only' OS. Maybe, the only solace for the Open Source community is Ubuntu and its derivatives, Debian's derivatives, and such lovely distros like Puppy Linux and its Pupplets, Austrumi from Slackware, Slitaz, etc.

Even Tiny Core, which is also a base-system, does the job magnificently. It can be installed and all necessary needed software can be installed too, and it comes with a GUI.

Why one needs such BLOATED Debian today in 2011 is a mystery...

By: Anonymous

Not actually. If you install Windows on a fresh system, it takes around 3-4 hours to make it usable. You have to install Chrome(unless you are happy with IE), anti virus, huge service packs, office suite, development tools, drivers for your latest hardware. And while you are doing this, your machine will be restarted quite a few times. And once you are done with all this, you will have a slow system with average UI(which tries hard to copy most of the things from Mac) and which shows UAC for every mouse click even if your's is an admin account.

Now compare the above with Debian install. Isn't it better to spend the time once so that you can have a better performing, stable system - with proper security in place that doesn't ask for annoying confirmation once you have SUed? Choice is yours !!

By: bringmeuptospeed

On Mint12, Debian6, Ubuntu11.10 I get a kernel panic on install.  It does not happen with the debian text installer but with all the gui & live disk boots.  The mint4win doesnt work correctly either.  This is odd because it used to install all these distros before the new Samsung sata hard drive

Kernel panic- not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (0,0)

Debian is junk on laptop wifi & because I don't know what the linux guts are, I'm that ?!*_ of luck with it.

The archlinux people say about the Toshiba Satellite L645 wifi broadcom brcm80211 bcm4313
but I don't want to use their distro.

I was hoping I could just have a computer with a well supported linux OS on it but it's not working out at all.  I'm 2 1/2 months into this linux thing but I still can't get an install with what I need with which to work.  I've run the compatibility mode, tried bios settings, HD jumpers fine but get a kernel panic on all three distros.  Now only win7 or debian6 "textmode" installs.

debian sux laptop wifi

By: Anonymous

Of course debian is not wasting time... its the most stable of the linux distros its preferred by many linux admins for its servers capabilities and security features... but its not ubuntu studio with every package precharged... besides its faster than ubuntu and windows 7

maybe youd like to use windows seven because its all there already... 

this setup is just a custom for a linux user its all here and its free...

maybe debian its not for you if you wanted to be all plug n play.. use macOS for that

have a nice one, buddy

By: Townie

The OP complains of wasting time, why?  Contrary to your belief, Debian does work out of the box. In your opinion it may not have what you want installed but to someone else it may be perfect. Either way you can choose the install what  you want rather than rely on the Developers choosing for you. It's not about being a geek either, Synaptic makes things as easy as they can be.

Also, the point of the tutorial seems to be missed by some. It's not about installing everything on the list, only what you want to. The instructions are there to choose from a broad base of applications and for the end user to filter out what suits their needs.

As for leaving things for Ubuntu, No thanks. I prefer things to work.

By: Aron Knifström

I like the guide very much, it shows the install and how to add additional software. This is good for anyone who wants to tryout Debian.

It's worth to mention that you can find the latest netinstall iso image here (its like 6.0.1a now):

And there is also many flavors of Live CD's that can be useful. (can be used with CD, DVD and USB memory)

Best regards



I`ve never managed to install new NVIDIA drivers (I have an GeForce GTX 570) in debian stable. Can someone help me?

By: Anonymous

I'm completely new to Linux, and found the article very useful. I didn't install all the software you suggested, just what I needed; but you pointed me in the direction of how to do it very succinctly.

Thanks for taking the time :-)