The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 10.10 - Page 4

11 Opera

Open a browser and go to; select Ubuntu as the distribution and then default package and click on the Download Opera button:

A download dialogue should come up automatically. Select Open with and then select Browse... from the drop-down menu:

Select /usr/bin/gdebi-kde from the Choose Helper Application window:

In the Firefox download dialogue, you should now see Open with gdebi-kde - select that option and click on OK:

A Package Installer window comes up. Click on the Install Package button to install Opera:

Type in your password:

Opera is now being installed. Afterwards, you can close the Package Installer window:


12 Google Picasa

Open Firefox and go to and select the right .deb package for your architecture (i386 or amd64):

A download dialogue should come up. Select Open with gdebi-kde:

Then install the package exactly as shown for Opera.


13 RealPlayer (For i386 Systems Only)

(RealPlayer is available for i386 systems only. If you are on an x86_64 system, please skip this chapter.)

Open Firefox and go to Click on the Download the DEB Installer link:

A download dialogue should come up. Select Open with gdebi-kde:

Then install the package exactly as shown for Opera.


14 Google Earth

At the time of this writing, the was no Google Earth .deb package available from the Ubuntu/Medibuntu repositories as it was the case for previous Ubuntu versions, but we can simply install the Google Earth package for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) from the Medibuntu repositories - it works on 10.10 as well. Go to and select the right package for your architecture (i386 or amd64). A download dialogue should come up. Select Open with gdebi-kde, and then install the package exactly as shown for Opera.


15 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

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

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] KTorrent
[x] Vuze
[x] Kopete
[x] 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: 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.