The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 12.04 - Page 4

8 TrueType Fonts

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like LibreOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:


9 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far. Our inventory should now look like this:

[x] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager

[x] Pinta

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

[x] Kopete

[x] Dropbox

[x] Gwibber Social Client

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

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

[x] Winff

[x] KompoZer
[x] Eclipse

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

[x] gdebi

[x] Synaptic Package Manager

[x] gedit


10 Skype For 64Bit Systems

While Skype is only available for 32 bit systems in the Ubuntu repository, you can download it for 64 bit systems on their homepage. Therefore go on and select the right version to download:

The package will be saved in your default download folder, which is the Downloads folder in your personal folder. Open a terminal and install it from there as follows (replace my username with yours and the version of Skype with the one you downloaded, if it has changed since this writing):

cd /home/howtoforge/Downloads/
gdebi skype-ubuntu_2.2.0.35-1_amd64.deb


11 Nightingale

Nightingale is not available in the Ubuntu repositories and has to be downloaded from their website at Click on the great download button and open the downloaded archive with the archive manager. The application doesn't need to be installed since it can be started directly from the downloaded directory.


12 Links

You are welcome to leave recommendations for software in the comments for the next issues!

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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?