The Perfect Desktop - gOS 3.0 Gadgets - Page 3

6 Install Additional Software

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

Type in your password:

Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. gstreamer* means all packages that start with gstreamer):


  • amarok
  • f-spot
  • flashplugin-nonfree
  • amule
  • audacity
  • azureus
  • banshee
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • msttcorefonts
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer*
  • gtkpod-aac
  • sun-java6* (except sun-java6-doc)
  • icedtea-java7*
  • k3b
  • kino
  • mplayer
  • mozilla-mplayer
  • quanta
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • xchat-gnome
  • xmms2*
  • bittornado
  • bittornado-gui
  • googleearth
  • acroread*
  • mozilla-acroread
  • sound-juicer
  • helix-player
  • mozilla-helix-player
  • non-free-codecs
  • libdvdcss2
  • opera
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • scribus
  • evolution

There are also lots of other applications available that you can install as well if you like.

You can use the search function to search for the desired packages:

To select a package, click on the checkbox left of it and select Mark for Installation from the menu:

If a package has dependencies, click on Mark to install them as well:

After you've selected all wanted packages, click on the Apply button:

Confirm your selection by clicking on Apply again:

Afterwards all selected packages are being downloaded and installed:

Some packages require that you accept their licenses:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:


7 Flash Player

To see if the Flash Player has been installed corectly, 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 9.0r124) 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:

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

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] BitTornado
[x] Azureus
[x] Pidgin
[x] Skype
[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] Helix Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

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

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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.