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The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 9.04 - Page 4

11 Opera

Open a browser and go to; select Ubuntu as the distribution and then Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron and click on the Download Opera button:

A download dialogue should come up automatically. Select Open with and then select Browse... from the drop-down menu:

Select /usr/bin/gdebi-kde from the Choose Helper Application window:

In the Firefox download dialogue, you should now see Open with gdebi-kde - select that option and click on OK:

A Package Installer window comes up. Click on the Install Package button to install Opera:

Type in your password:

Opera is now being installed. Afterwards, you can close the Package Installer window:


12 Google Picasa

Open Firefox and go to and select the right .deb package for your architecture (i386 or amd64):

A download dialogue should come up. Select Save File:

After the download has finished, open a terminal again and go to the location where you've saved the downloaded file (e.g. on your desktop):

cd ~/Desktop

You can now install Picasa as follows:

sudo dpkg -i picasa_3.0-current*

Delete the package afterwards to clean up your system:

rm -f picasa_3.0-current*

That's it, Picasa is now installed.


13 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

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

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] KTorrent
[x] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Kopete
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Quassel IRC

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

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

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

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


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From: Anonymous

For the best KDE experience, particularly for newbies I would strongly suggest Mandriva which has a control center like Windows. Also would suggest the use of KDE applications eg. digikam instead of F-Spot or picassa and Kontact (Kmail) instead of Evolution.