The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 11.10 - Page 4

10 Google Earth

In chapter 7, we have installed the package googleearth-package which is a utility to automatically build a .deb package of Google Earth. This means, Google Earth is not yet installed; we have to first build a .deb package of it with the help of googleearth-package, and then install the .deb package.

Open a terminal (System > Terminal) and become root:

sudo su

Now you can build the Google Earth .deb package as follows:

make-googleearth-package --force

Package: googleearth
Section: non-free/science
Priority: optional
Maintainer:  <root@howtoforge-VirtualBox>
Architecture: amd64
Depends: ttf-dejavu | ttf-bitstream-vera | msttcorefonts, lsb-core, libqtcore4, libgl1-mesa-glx, ia32-libs (>= 20080808), lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1), lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1), lib32z1 (>= 1:1.1.4), libc6-i386 (>= 2.0), libc6-i386 (>= 2.1.3), libc6-i386 (>= 2.2), libc6-i386 (>= 2.3), libc6-i386 (>= 2.3.2), libc6-i386 (>= 2.4), libgl1-mesa-glx | libgl1 , ia32-libs-gtk
Suggests: nvidia-glx-ia32
Description: Google Earth, a 3D map/planet viewer
 Package built with googleearth-package.
dpkg-deb: building package `googleearth' in `./googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb'.
You can now install the package with e.g. sudo dpkg -i <package>.deb

If you don't see any errors, then you should find the Google Earth .deb package in the current directory:

ls -l

root@howtoforge-VirtualBox:/home/howtoforge# ls -l
total 34316
drwxr-xr-x 3 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-17 13:18 Desktop
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-18 10:27 Documents
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-17 13:13 Downloads
-rw-r--r-- 1 root       root       35104614 2011-10-18 10:22 googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb                                                           
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-17 13:13 Music
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-17 13:13 Pictures
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-17 13:13 Public
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-17 13:13 Templates
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-17 13:13 Videos

Now you can install Google Earth as follows:

gdebi googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb


11 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] Shotwell Photo Manager
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Chromium
[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] Gwibber Social Client

[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice 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] Eclipse

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

[x] gDebi


12 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-gtk from the Choose Helper Application window:

In the Firefox download dialogue, you should now see Open with gdebi-gtk - 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:

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From: at: 2011-10-20 21:11:51

Have you considered BlueGriffon instead of Kompozer?

Kompozer seems to be an outdated and discontinued projet.

BlueGriffon looks like a much better option to me.



From: darkduck at: 2011-10-21 10:20:18

I prefer Qutim... or Pidgin.

 Kopete does not have all the protocols I need...

 Here is my review of Kubuntu 11.10, if interested...

From: Anonymous at: 2012-01-01 22:50:45

Thanks for the tutorial! However I noticed that the somethings are outdated on this tutorial.

For example, the Picasa downlink is non existant. Picasa's main page says that Kubuntu/Ubuntu 11.10 is not supported by them (as far a deb pacakge).

Another example is the use of Chromium when you could use Chrome (both stable or beta)

 It would be great if you can also provide the way to install all these from a comman-prompt like the similar tutorial for Fedora 16 which helps script installation rather quickly (i.e. adding the repositoroes using apt-get-repositories, and apt-get install)...etc


Keep up the great work, and thanks