The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) - Page 2

3 Update The System

Before we go on, we should check if there are any updates available for our system. Start the Adept package manager (System > Adept Manager):

In Adept, click on the Fetch Updates button to check for updates:

The packages database is now being updated:

If there are any updates available, you can pick them one-by-one and click on the Apply Changes button, or you click on Full Upgrade to install all available updates.


4 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, where [ ] is an application that is missing):

[ ] The GIMP
[ ] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[ ] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[ ] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[ ] Thunderbird
[ ] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[x] KTorrent
[ ] Azureus
[x] Kopete
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Konversation

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

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[ ] Audacity
[ ] Banshee
[ ] MPlayer
[ ] Rhythmbox Music Player
[ ] gtkPod
[ ] XMMS
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[ ] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[ ] VLC Media Player
[ ] Helix Player
[ ] Totem
[ ] Xine
[ ] GnomeBaker
[x] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

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

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Kubuntu 8.04 LTS.


5 Configure Additional Repositories

Some packages like the Adobe Reader or Opera 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 and enable the hardy partner repository.

Open the Adept package manager again:

Click on the Adept menu and select Manage Repositories:

In the Software Sources window, go to the Third-Party Software tab and mark the hardy partner repositories:

To enable the Medibuntu repository, click on the Add button:

In the Add APT repository window, fill in the following line and click on OK:

deb hardy free non-free

Then click on Close:

The package database is now being updated:

Click on Fetch Updates afterwards to check for new updates:

If new updates are available, click on the Full Upgrade button...

... and then on Apply Changes to install them:

The updates are then being downloaded and installed:

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From: Kristofer Åberg at: 2008-10-02 15:56:30

This seems like a great guide. I have used Kubuntu for the last half year, and will try this out.

Though, even for a new Linux user like myself, I wonder if the guide is not a too much copy of how Ubuntu / Gnome is managed. Isn't there already a package management tool in Kubuntu, the Adept Manager? On Wikipedia it says "Kynaptic is a graphical package management tool based on KDE and APT using the same code base as Synaptic." and on the site about Adept Manager, it says it replaced Kynaptic. So why then install Synaptic?

Also, why install so many photo editors and multimedia programs? Isn't one program enough for watching movies...? But thanks again, I will try it when I get home!

From: m_gol at: 2009-01-13 18:37:47

I'm sorry but You're missing something - Kubuntu 8.04, on the contrary to Ubuntu 8.04, is *NOT* an LTS edition! See

From: Anonymous at: 2008-11-03 03:37:29

A great guide that I will recommend to to others. Only one problem, Kubuntu 8.04 is not a Long Term Support edition.