The Perfect Desktop - gOS 3.0 Gadgets - Page 2

3 Update The System

When you log in for the first time, you will most likely see a software update icon in the upper right corner (there should also be a pop-up originating from that icon saying that software updates are available) which means that updates for the installed software are available. To install the updates, click on that icon:

The Update Manager tells you which updates are available. Click on Install Updates to install them:

Type in your password:

The updates are being downloaded and installed (this can take a few minutes):

When the update is complete, click on Close:

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 blue reboot icon in the upper right panel. Click on the blue reboot icon to restart the system. Confirm by clicking on Restart Now:

After the reboot, the system is up-to-date.


4 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus to see which of our needed 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):

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

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[ ] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[ ] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[ ] BitTornado
[ ] Azureus
[x] Pidgin
[x] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[ ] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

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

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

[ ] VMware Server
[ ] TrueType fonts
[ ] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on gOS 3.0 Gadgets.


5 Configure Additional Repositories

Some packages like the Adobe Reader are not available in the standard Ubuntu repositories. The easiest way to make such packages available to your system is to add the Medibuntu repository.

First we open a terminal (gOS > Accessories > Terminal):

First off, we edit /etc/apt/sources.list...

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

... and enable the hardy partner repository (because some packages such as Opera are available only in that repository):

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
## 'partner' repository. This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is
## offered by Canonical and the respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu
## users.
deb hardy partner
deb-src hardy partner

Then save the file.

To enable the Medibuntu repository, please do the following:

Import the repository:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Import the gpg-key and update your package-list:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update

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From: loxley at: 2008-10-07 07:31:52

Consider using Virtualbox, it's open source, VMWare is not.

From: at: 2008-10-14 09:30:30

I had a bit of spare time this weekend, so i took the cd with gOS and pushed it into my HP E-pc 40. Very easy installation, nice theme colors and the bottom menu i like it.
But so little info on the internet about the new OS.

I want to recommend it to anyone new to Linux (like me ). Works out of the box, not easy to find you way.

From: Anonymous at: 2008-12-23 14:20:22

Falco might consider mentioning in his tutorial that in partitioning the disk, th choice of "Guided-Use Entire Disk" is only a good choice if you plan to totally destroy anything on the target hard drive. I can just see the 14-year-old who follows this guide and blows away his family's computer, all the data, and the OEM OS installation. That will win "Linux for beginners" a lot of fans.

From: stone at: 2009-08-11 07:39:03

I'm trying to run gOS on my 32-bit pentium IV desktop and as the system tries to book to X windows then this command appears

BusyBox v1.1.3 (Debian 1:1.1.3-5ubuntu12) Built-in shell (ash)
 Enter 'help; for a list of built-in commands.


 what should i do. What does it mean?

Any help.

From: mahjongg at: 2010-02-27 17:06:50

The appearance of busybox (she "swiss knife" for software engineers), is a sure sign that during the install a crash occurred, either because of failing hardware, or because of a serious bug (not very likely), or because the system ran out of memory (at least 512MB should work fine), or files on the install medium are missing (bad burn, or damaged .ISO file).

 Check that the CD works on another computer, if not its certain that the CD is bad.

 If your system has enough memory, try pressing F4 in the boot menu, and choose "safe boot", if that works you may have an unsupported video system.