The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 10.04 - Page 3

7 Install Additional Software

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

  • firefox
  • gimp
  • f-spot
  • evolution
  • flashplugin-nonfree
  • amule
  • audacity
  • vuze
  • banshee
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer*
  • gtkpod-aac
  • sun-java6*
  • brasero
  • kino
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • quanta
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • totem
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • realplayer
  • googleearth
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • kubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • thunderbird
  • virtualbox-ose
  • rhythmbox

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:


8 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 10.0 r45) among them:


9 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:


10 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
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] KTorrent
[x] Vuze
[x] Kopete
[ ] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Quassel 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] RealPlayer
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

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

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

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From: kaddy at: 2010-05-21 12:20:10

only problem is that Kubuntu has always been and "WILL" always be a lower than average KDE distribution of Linux... Kde fans are better off using alternate kde distros, such as OpenSuse, Mandriva or my favourite... Arch Linux. Sadly there isn't many good Kde distros out there but I am predicting more distros in the future adopting Kde judging by the handling of Gnome 3 and its short comings and lack of innovation

From: kelp at: 2010-05-26 15:47:35

Bullshit, Kubuntu has become one of the better KDE distro's out there..

Calling Arch a kde distro only proves you don't know what you're talking about.

From: claydoh at: 2010-05-26 23:51:07

I would disagree. Kubuntu works darn well for quite a lot of folks, how is it less of a choice than any of the others - in real terms? I personally have had  my issues with Madriva (going all the way back to 2002!) and Arch, but I never would tell someone  to NOT consider either one. If you are going to disparage a distro, maybe some hard facts or even personal experiences would better make your point. 

From: Anonymous at: 2010-05-27 09:21:51

Suse kde dose get a lot of high praise, but i find ubuntu mixed with kde apps works for me.

From: Anonymous at: 2010-05-26 07:59:42

Again, why do you need so many photo management, email, internet-applications? Why do we need several different applications for one task?

Why don't OS developer want to develop existing applications better but always start a new one which will never be complete enough...

From: Laine at: 2010-08-01 12:01:32

I am with kde since 7 years now.
Maybe you can help me?

I just switch to Kubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04) with Firefox 3.6.8 and amule 2.2.6
I added the package amule-gnome-support
as indicated from version 9.10 and higher
the command whereis ed2k:

Nemesia Nemesia @: ~ $ whereis ed2k
ed2k: / usr/bin/ed2k / usr/share/man/man1/ed2k.1.gz
When I click on a link ed2k
He always tells me that the protocol is not associated.
It is true that there is no ed2k to Edit> Preferences> Applications.

I also tried to create the strings and Boolean strings
with''true''values as for older versions, but nothing happens.

thank you in advance if you have a solution for me Kubuntero.

From: Sofie at: 2010-09-25 13:18:15

Falko, great job. Everything new installation I'm visiting. It's so helpful. Thx.

From: NotQuiteAnonymous at: 2010-10-08 03:21:50

F-Spot is a Gnome app, and Picasa runs through its own version of WINE.  Surely Digikam can do the job of both, and keeps the KDE theme a little stronger?

From: Anonymous at: 2010-05-26 00:39:03

Why do you want to use Synaptic when KpackageKit is available?

From: Seeker5528 at: 2010-05-20 17:38:32

Rather than instructing people to edit their sources.list to add the medibuntu repository, it would be better to have them create a new medibuntu.list file in /etc/apt/sourceslist.d/ then add the repository information there.

Later, Seeker

From: at: 2010-05-26 03:10:32

First I'd like to say great Howto article.

Some things I may suggest for new users:

  • To avoid the terminal (because I know some people seem to be scared of using it or just hate it) new users can,  add the partner repositories by selecting System Settings, Add and Remove Software, Settings, Edit Software Sources, then select them. I add all: main, universe, restricted, & multiverse – and you can also change where they're downloaded from.

  • On the Other Software tab you can check that the partner repositories are selected

  • On the Updates tab Since I like the latest software available, I select Pre-released updates and Unsupported updates in addition to the  Important security updates, and Recommended updates. (I wouldn't recommend these pre-release/unsupported updates for everyone)

  • To add the medibuntu repository, it's just easier to copy and past into the terminal the command from: The terminal must be used to do this. But it is the fastest easiest way of doing it.(Knowing commands and how to use the terminal, you can actually get some stuff done much faster than using a GUI.) **I like Google Earth, available in the medibuntu - makes for easy installation via the package manager.

  • I too prefer and recommend Synaptic package manager, and I would definitely suggest installing the kubuntu-restricted-extras

  • Skype is now officially in the repositories (the partner repositories)

  • If you choose to download and save deb packages instead of installing right away, again to avoid the terminal, you can just use Dolphin (the file manager) go to your download folder and click on the deb file and Gdebi will install it (of course make sure the architecture matches 32bit or 64bit) 32bit packages can be installed on 64bit systems but you'll have to use the terminal and force install it using apt-get. I have to do this with Lightscribe packages which are not available in 64bit 

From: Dann at: 2010-05-25 22:40:42

The only application that I would disagree with is F-Spot. Installing it requires many mono dependencies as well as being covered by Microsoft Patents. Whereas Digikam and KolourPaint would be even better replacements, digikam for photos and kolourpaint for basic editing along the lines of paint.exe on a Windows system. Plus they are both QT-based, meaning they both fit in properly to the kde system.

From: Mr Muckaround at: 2010-05-26 04:29:56

Such a broad generalism, as the concept of a "perfect desktop" will vary from user to user.

 I've got to wonder though why install Thunderbird and Evolution surely one application is suitable. On that note why not present Kontact / the KDE PIM suite as a viable option?

 Also why bother with Acrobat Reader at all, KDE's Okular fills the role admirably.

I could go on, Amarok (KDE) and Rhythmbox / Banshee as well???

K3B (KDE) both is a burning app and capable of ripping so why bother with Brasero & Sound Juicer. Totem (GTK) and not Kaffeine (KDE).

 In going down this track not only are you ignoring a number of excellent KDE applications but at the same time losing the benefits of their excellent intergration with said desktop environment.

 I also run KDE  having 'migrated' over from GNOME about 6 months ago.

In order to give it a 'fair go' I stuck with 'pure KDE', for a time. As things stand now I've introduced three "best of breed" applications that are non KDE, where I've found the 'native' apps lacking in a feature I need.

What you describe is hardly a perfect desktop from my point of view, more like application overkill.

From: David at: 2010-07-15 11:03:22

Very nice article, but I suggest a new user try the KDE-specific apps first. Not only are they (obviously) well integrated in a KDE system, they are often as good or better than the alternatives. New users simply tend to become confused when confronted by too many choices, in my experience. 

 I'd add a few other apps that I have found worthwhile on my own Kubuntu system. For example, the Calibre ebook reader handles many different formats for those who like to read downloaded books regularly.

 I dispense completely with the too-bloated and security-problematical Adobe Reader...KDE's built-in Ocular is far smaller, faster, and has some extremely helpful features to boot. 

 There are many utilities that can be helpful, too. For a writer, for example, getting a well-organized font selection is helpful--I use Fontmatrix for this.

 Finally, I suggest setting up a separate partition for root with another, larger one for /home. That way, the entire system isn't hosed when the inevitable update rolls around.