The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 12.10 - 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 Upgrades:

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

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

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 Firefox 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.


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
[x] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[x] KMail
[ ] Deluge
[ ] Skype
[ ] Marble
[ ] Kopete
[ ] Dropbox
[ ] Gwibber Social Client

[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

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Kubuntu 12.10.


6 Install Synaptic Package Manager And Configure Additional Repositories

I like to install the applications I need with Synaptic Package Manager instead of the installed Muon Manager, that's why I need to install that before I can go on with the other packages. Open a terminal (Applications > System > Terminal)...

...and enter the following:

sudo apt-get install synaptic

Some packages are not available in the standard Ubuntu repositories. The easiest way to make such packages available to your system is to add the Medibuntu repository.

Again, open a terminal and edit /etc/apt/sources.list...

sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list

..., enable the quantal partner and Ubuntu Extras repositories (if they are not already enabled):

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
## 'partner' repository.
## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
deb quantal partner
deb-src quantal partner

Then save the file.

To enable the Medibuntu repository, please do the following:

Import the repository:

sudo wget$(lsb_release -cs).list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Import the gpg-key and update your package-list:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

Then run

sudo update-apt-xapian-index

to make Synaptic display packages from third-party repositories.

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From: Anonymous at: 2012-11-19 21:28:36

KDE Rules! Thank you gnome for driving me away.

 I would suggest Kdenlive for video editor. What a step up from openshot, anyway. My son was easlity able to use it after having used Openshot quite a bit. Have not tried Kino lately but I find KDE/Qt apps to be typically far superior to the gnome/Gtk style ones.

Clementine is by far the best player, in my opinion.

 Also can we call Gimp: 'Gimp', not 'The Gimp'. Do we call photoshop "the photoshop". Of course not. Its just one of those irritations, sorry.

From: keith at: 2012-11-20 11:53:19

Every time I do a clean install of Kubuntu, I end up googleing, "Best things to add to Kubuntu" Because I seem to have a sudden blank when it is time to do this again, what are the best programs. 

 Your tutorial was the easiest to use and the best laid out of any I have ever used. Thanks

 The only note is that Gedit doesn't come on a clean install and your first instruction, to add the medibuntu repos used gedit instead of Kate, I have done this before and so getting Gedit was easy, But it might be enough to send a newby back to google. Or worse, Windows.

 Such a small detail in an otherwise great set up

From: admin at: 2012-11-21 10:22:01

Thanks for the note. I've adjusted the tutorial to use kate instead of gedit. :-)

From: Sonap at: 2012-11-28 03:53:10

Great guide, i followed it to the letter after fresh install on Kubuntu 12.10 as a new user to the linux world and it is flawless. Much appreciated. 

Ps. didn't install the alternative applications and i chose Google Earth prior to Marble cause of extra functions.