The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 12.10 - Page 3

7 Install Additional Software

To install additional applications, open the Synaptic Package Manager (Applications > System > Synaptic Package Manager):

Type in your password:

In the Synaptic Package Manager, we can install additional software. You can use the Quick filter field to find packages:

To select a package for installation, click on the checkbox in front of it and select Mark for Installation from the menu that comes up:

If a package has a dependency that needs to be satisfied, a window will pop up. Accept the dependencies by clicking on Mark:

The following packages need to be installed if you want the applications of the above primary choice (* is a wildcard; e.g. vlc* means all packages that start with vlc):

  • flashplugin-installer (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • audacity
  • shotwell
  • kopete
  • gimp
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • kino
  • eclipse
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • kubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • virtualbox-ose
  • skype
  • banshee
  • icedtea-plugin
  • gdebi
  • pinta
  • deluge
  • nautilus-dropbox
  • marble
  • winff
  • libreoffice
  • openjdk-7*
  • gwibber

These are the packages for all the other possible alternative applications (you don't need to install them if you are happy with the above selection):

  • chromium-browser
  • amarok
  • vuze
  • bluefish
  • gstreamer0.10*
  • gtkpod
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • rhythmbox
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • evolution
  • googleearth-package
  • totem
  • soundconverter
  • soundkonverter
  • kolourpaint4
  • mypaint
  • qbittorrent
  • xcfa
  • brasero
  • clementine
  • exaile
  • thunderbird
  • pidgin
  • kmymoney

After you've selected the desired packages, click on the Apply button.

Confirm your selection by again clicking on Apply:

The packages are now being downloaded from the repositories and installed. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient:

You might have to answer a few questions. Accept the licenses and proceed:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:


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

[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice Calc
[ ] 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

[ ] KompoZer
[x] Eclipse

[x] VirtualBox
[x] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions
[x] gdebi
[x] Synaptic Package Manager

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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.