The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) - Page 3

6 Installing The Synaptic Package Manager

Kubuntu's Add/Remove Programs tool shows only a selection of all available software - therefore we install the Synaptic Package Manager now and use that instead to install our wanted packages. Open a terminal (System > Konsole):

In the terminal, type

sudo apt-get install synaptic

to install Synaptic.


7 Install Additional Software

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

Type in your password:

Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. gstreamer* means all packages that start with gstreamer):

  • gimp*
  • f-spot
  • ubufox
  • flashplugin-nonfree
  • kubuntu-restricted-extras
  • filezilla
  • thunderbird
  • evolution
  • amule-utils-gui
  • amule
  • azureus
  • scribus
  • gnucash
  • skype
  • opera
  • googleearth
  • acroread*
  • mozilla-acroread
  • audacity
  • banshee
  • kmplayer
  • mplayer*
  • mozilla-mplayer
  • rhythmbox
  • gtkpod-aac
  • xmms2*
  • dvdrip
  • kino
  • sound-juicer
  • vlc*
  • gstreamer*
  • helix-player
  • mozilla-helix-player
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • gnomebaker
  • non-free-codecs
  • msttcorefonts
  • libdvdcss2
  • kompozer
  • bluefish
  • quanta
  • sun-java6* (except sun-java6-doc)
  • totem
  • totem-mozilla

There are also lots of other applications available that you can install as well if you like.

You can use the search function to search for the desired packages:

To select a package, click on the checkbox left of it and select Mark for Installation from the menu:

If a package has dependencies, click on Mark to install them as well:

After you've selected all wanted packages, click on the Apply button:

Confirm your selection by clicking on Apply again:

Afterwards all selected packages are being downloaded and installed:

If the progress bar doesn't move on, click on the Details arrow to see what is happening - some packages require that you accept their license so you must type in y. The installation will then continue:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:

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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.