There is a new version of this tutorial available for Kubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal).

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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:

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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