The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 12.04 - Page 2

3 Update The System

Now it's time to check for updates and install them. This is done using the Update Manager (Applications > System > Update Manager):

The Update Manager tells you which updates are available. If some of them need dependencies it tells you so - in that case, mark them for installation by clicking on Mark Updates:

Confirm with OK:

Finally, click on Install Updates:

Enter your password for authentication:

The updates are now being downloaded and installed:

If a new kernel was amongst the updates, a system restart is required to make the changes effective.

To perform a restart open the menu and click on Leave > Restart > Restart Computer:

The system is now up-to-date.


4 Flash Player And Java

If you have checked the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation Flash Player should already be installed on the system but Java has to be installed manually.

To check this, the simplest way is to install Firefox. Open the menu and find the Firefox installer. Click on Install once you start it:

Type in your password for authentication:

Firefox will be installed afterwards...

Once Forefox starts, type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 11.2 r202) plugins among them.

We will install Java a few steps below.


5 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus to see which of our needed applications are already installed:

You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, whereas [ ] is an application that is missing):

[ ] The GIMP
[ ] Shotwell Photo Manager

[ ] Pinta

[x] Firefox
[ ] FileZilla
[x] Kopete
[ ] Deluge
[ ] Skype
[ ] Marble

[ ] Dropbox

[ ] Gwibber Social Client

[x] KMail

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

Sound & Video:
[ ] Audacity
[ ] Banshee
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[ ] VLC Media Player
[x] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] Winff

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Eclipse

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

[ ] gdebi

[ ] Synaptic Package Manager

[ ] gedit

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Kubuntu 12.04.

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From: Jürgen at: 2012-07-12 22:48:42

Just to make this clear: I'm a long term Linux user and a very stron supporter for free software and Open-Source ... but just the first page gave me goose bumps ...

GIMP as a full on replacement for Adobe Photoshop ... you obviously never ever have taken pictures under water and tried to clean them ... it is possible with GIMP but takes you about 20 times longer. 

Shotwell for managing pictures is great ... but nowhere near as professional as Lightroom - in this case we luckily do have an alternative - non free but great - Corel Aftershot Pro (former Bibble).

 What I really don't like about this article is that you do not stress out that this is for the "normal user" ... it is claimed as "change and you have it all" - what is utterly wrong.

 If I would be willing to switch operating systems after reading this article - as a photographer I would get really fast frustrated ... so might be other users in different areas ... 

 As I said: free software is great, but rather then just putting a random list online with installation instructions - I would inform people and at least ask them: "what do you want to do with your computer?"




From: Anonymouser at: 2012-07-14 02:29:06

Seriously, Banshee over Amarok?

Isnt Dragon Player still the default player? Works fine on the Kubuntu 11's I have working, didnt even bother defaulting to VLC, Dragon Player is a great minimalist-fullscreen player.

Most people like Kubuntu (especially since its been usable from 10.04 on) because its as close as you are going to get to a KDE vanilla desktop.

Whatever floats your boats but as someone who started adding his parents, inlaws and aunts-uncles since Kubuntu 10.04 LTS, I have to say that the KDE experience has been quite amazing for all. Everyone is ready for the 12.04 LTS and most have used my laptop recently and we will try to make everything exactly how they have been using the past 2years on Linux.

Almost a dozen people over 70, who either used Windows XP or Vista last or who never used a computer before that I have had to do minimal-none support on.


Total success for Windows to Linux switch on Kubuntu 10.04 LTS for all of them. And I just started using Linux just a few years earlier with PCLinuxOS2007.


Im happy they have made the switch very easy at for 10.04 LTS users..




From: Anonymous at: 2012-07-12 16:44:33

It would be nice to include Inkscape (Vector Graphics Editor) and KDEnlive (NonLinear Interactive Video Editing application)


From: Tony at: 2012-07-13 09:35:06

Why use Skype 2.2 when v4 is out?