There is a new version of this tutorial available for Linux Mint 17.1 (Rebecca).

The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 10 (Julia) - Page 3

7 Install Additional Software

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

Type in your password:

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

Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. gstreamer0.10* means all packages that start with gstreamer0.10):

  • picasa
  • opera
  • filezilla
  • evolution
  • amule
  • vuze
  • skype
  • googleearth
  • acroread
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • banshee
  • sound-juicer
  • gtkpod
  • xmms2*
  • dvdrip
  • kino
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • k3b
  • normalize-audio
  • sox
  • vcdimager
  • non-free-codecs
  • gstreamer0.10*
  • kompozer
  • bluefish
  • quanta
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • virtualbox-ose

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

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:

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

Confirm your selection by 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 see some messages. Click on Forward to continue the installation:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:

You can leave the Synaptic Package Manager afterwards.


8 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again:

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] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Vuze
[x] Pidgin
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat 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] 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

Microsoft's TrueType fonts are now installed, you can check that for example by opening the OpenOffice Writer. Take a look at the available fonts, and you should find fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana, etc.:


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By: Anonymous

alot of those applications are redundant.   Firefox and Opera?  just pick one! It already comes with rhythm box too,  it was a good list of stuff, but it's redundant for each section in regards to choices you want.  but feel free since it's your system to clutter up :)

By: johnp

 He already mentioned that at the beginning and why he included them.

(As you might have noticed, a few applications are redundant, for example there are two CD/DVD burning applications in my list (Brasero, K3B). If you know which one you like best, you obviously don't need to install the other applications, however if you like choice, then of course you can install both. The same goes for music players like Amarok, Banshee, Rhythmbox, XMMS or browsers (Firefox, Opera).)

By: DetroitGeek

The Nvidia Drivers that are added with Hardware Drivers as well as the latest on the Nvidia site do not work with the version of xorg supplied with this release as of driver version 19.21.  Personally I run the KDE flavor of Mint/Ubuntu and have watched Konqueror and VirtualBox bring the xserver to it's knees everytime I try to use it.  This phenomenon doesn't rear it's ugly head unless you enable Xinarama.  Nvidia seems to be aware of this problem and is working on it.


Multimonitor Nvidia users beware!


By: Anonymous

Look, I love Linux to death, and support it at every turn. Heck, I even have Mint 9 set up on several of my laptops, but let's be honest here - GIMP is not a replacement for Adobe Photoshop.

 Being a developer by trade, this is my biggest pain in trying to cut the cord to Microsoft. If you've never used Photoshop, maybe Gimp would be a suitable replacement, but once you've used Photoshop, using Gimp is an exercise in futility.

By: Galaxy

Thanks for the comprehensive how-to on Mint 10.  One small clarification.  The open source version of Virtualbox, which is downloaded using the Package Manager (synaptic) per the article, does not support USB.

 For full USB support, the PUEL version of Virtualbox must be downloaded from and installed. Google "virtualbox PUEL download" (no quotation marks) for links to details about the difference between the two versions and where to download the PUEL edition.

Once downloaded, to install it, navigate to its location and double click on the icon or file name.  No need to use the terminal.

By: Anonymous

sudo apt-get install dude picasa opera filezilla evolution amule vuze skype googleearth acroread gnucash scribus amarok audacity banshee sound-juicer gtkpod xmms2dvdrip kino vlcmozilla-plugin-vlc xine-ui xine-plugin k3b normalize-audio sox vcdimager non-free-codecs gstreamer0.10kompozer bluefish quanta ttf-mscorefonts-installer virtualbox-ose

do this for copy paste pls kimmo

*note: i hope there's a text editor in that list cuz there isn't one. also a laptop-specific one would be nice

also you're the man

By: Anonymous

apt-get install picasa opera filezilla evolution amule vuze skype googleearth acroread gnucash scribus amarok audacity banshee sound-juicer gtkpod xmms2 dvdrip kino vlc mozilla-plugin-vlc xine-ui xine-plugin k3b normalize-audio sox vcdimager non-free-codecs gstreamer0.10-x kompozer bluefish quanta ttf-mscorefonts-installer virtualbox-ose

fixed not sure i got everything but anywhoo