The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 10.10 - Page 2

3 Update The System

Before we go on, we should check if there are any updates available for our system. Start the KPackageKit package manager (System > Software Management):

Click on Software Updates. This will show you a list of available updates. Mark the checkboxes of all updates that you want to install (it is recommended to install all updates) and click on Apply:

Afterwards the updates are being downloaded and installed:

When the update is complete, you can leave KPackageKit (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 Restart button. Click on that button to restart the system.).

The system is now up-to-date.


4 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

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

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

[ ] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[ ] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[ ] Thunderbird
[ ] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[x] KTorrent
[ ] Vuze
[x] Kopete
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Quassel IRC

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

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

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] 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 Kubuntu 10.10.


5 Configure Additional Repositories

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

First we open a terminal (System > Terminal):

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

sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list

... and enable the maverick partner and Ubuntu Extras repositories (if they are not already enabled):

## 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 maverick partner
deb-src maverick partner

## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
## developers who want to ship their latest software.
deb maverick main
deb-src maverick main

Then save the file.

To enable the Medibuntu repository, please do the following:

Import the repository:

sudo wget$(lsb_release -cs).list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

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

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update


6 Installing The Synaptic Package Manager

I prefer the Synaptic Package Manager over Kubuntu's built-in package manager, therefore I install it as follows (still in the terminal):

sudo apt-get install synaptic

Then run

sudo update-apt-xapian-index

to make Synaptic display packages from third-party repositories.

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From: Anonymouser at: 2010-10-25 16:48:48

I went from Kubunto 9.10 to 10.10 this week and honestly I can barely tell the difference. There are a few minimal changes but the big one is Kpackagekit, they both made it better and unusable. They brought back the sections (games, office, multimedia,etc) which is not bad for newbies but everything after that is a mess. When the programs come out after a search, there is little info and you cant tell if you are clicking a program to be installed or removed. That part was just screwed up.

I dont really care if its synaptic or Kpackagekit and I have never bitched since its a tool often gets changed but this time around they blew it.

Dolphin is slightly different but not really better.

Ktorrent has added a few options and shutdown is excellent.

That said, I might be a little spoilt by my desktop. It seems a bit more responsive but in reality my last week has been no different that it has been since last october. Maybe thats the best compliment I can give it. It works, I like it and eventually they will fix Kpackagekit usability,..

My mom is using it, so is my dad. Windows is only a distant memory for them now. Kubuntu 10.10 will soon be on my 90 yr olds neighbours computer after I lent him my laptop when his was bogged down by viruses.


Oh yeah, my one peeve with KDE (not Kubuntu) is that you can configure the desktop to your own liking (which is the best kind of desktop: the one that suits your needs) and most seniors I install Linux for have bad vision (then again, mine is not better) so MAKE IT BIGGER is often repeated when it comes to fonts and panel size and icons when it comes to customizing their desktops.

The ONE thing that you can not customize is the size of the icons in the system tray. STILL. You can make anything bigger so that people can see but the most important things like the icons for keyboard layout (different languages), Kmix, Skype and Kopete icons in System Tray stay small. Many times Im told, 'I cant see them. Can you make them bigger?'  The magnification tool is not an option so these people are getting by by never closing Skype/Kopete or leaving always onscreen on a different virtual desktop.