The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 10.10 - 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-installer (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • amule
  • audacity
  • vuze
  • banshee
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer*
  • gtkpod
  • brasero
  • kino
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • quanta
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • totem
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • kubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • thunderbird
  • virtualbox-ose
  • rhythmbox
  • skype

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 And Java

To check if the Flash Player and Java are installed on the system, 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 10.1 r85)...

... and the IcedTea (Java) plugins 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
[x] Skype
[ ] 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
[ ] 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: 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.