The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 13 XFCE - Page 3

6 Install Additional Software

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

Type in your password:

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

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:

The following packages need to be installed if you want the applications of the above primary choice (* is a wildcard; e.g. openjdk-6* means all packages that start with openjdk-6):

  • flashplugin-installer
  • audacity
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • k3b
  • kino
  • eclipse
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • virtualbox-ose
  • skype (32 bit version only, leave it out for 64 bit)
  • shotwell
  • pinta
  • deluge
  • dropbox
  • marble
  • libreoffice
  • winff
  • openjdk-6*

These are the packages for all the other possible alternative applications (you don't need to install them if you are happy with the above selection):

  • chromium-browser
  • opera
  • amarok
  • vuze
  • bluefish
  • gtkpod
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • rhythmbox
  • xine-plugin
  • evolution
  • googleearth
  • soundconverter
  • soundkonverter
  • kolourpaint4
  • mypaint
  • qbittorrent
  • okular
  • xcfa
  • clementine
  • exaile

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

Confirm your selection by again 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 have to answer a few questions. Accept the licenses and proceed:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:


8 TrueType Fonts

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like LibreOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:


9 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far. Our inventory should now look like this:

[x] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager

[x] Pinta

[x] Firefox
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Deluge
[ ] Skype
[x] Marble

[x] Pidgin

[x] Dropbox

[x] Gwibber Social Client

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

Sound & Video:
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] Winff

[x] KompoZer
[x] Eclipse

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

[x] gdebi

[x] Synaptic Package Manager

[x] gedit


10 Skype for 64 bit Systems

While Skype is only available for 32 bit systems in the Ubuntu repository, you can download it for 64 bit systems on their homepage. Therefore go on and select the right version to download:

The package will be saved in your default download folder, which is the Downloads folder in your personal folder. Open a terminal and install it from there as follows (replace my username with yours and the version of Skype with the one you downloaded, if it has changed since this writing):

cd /home/howtoforge/Downloads/
gdebi skype-ubuntu_2.2.0.35-1_amd64.deb


11 Nightingale

Nightingale is not available in the Ubuntu repositories and has to be downloaded from their website at Click on the great download button and open the downloaded archive with the archive manager. The application doesn't need to be installed since it can be started directly from the downloaded directory.


12 Links

You are welcome to leave recommendations for software in the comments for the next issues!

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From: syncdram at: 2012-08-10 14:42:44

I've been noticing more and more from articles that discuss the perfect desktop concerning anything ubuntu, the one common denominator is the all carry XFCE. This really says a lot. Kinda makes you wonder if canonical is intentionally destroying ubuntu?

From: Rob at: 2012-08-10 18:31:04

Tasty tasty!!!!!

From: Mint user since version 9 at: 2012-08-13 17:07:07

I have been using Mint since version 9. No install problems works great. Then with version 12 Cinnamon and Mate caused some issues but got it working. Then with 13 tried to install Mate and XFCE. Both would boot to live CD but both crashed during the install process. Seems that the install slideshow was the culprit. So you have to do sudo apt-get remove ubiquity-slideshow before the install and then run install and will work fine. Another annoying problem is with audio. Previous versions had the audio porting to the normal green audio out jack. However some bright cookie somewhere changed the driver and sound only comes out the black port. I will note that the PC hardware has not changed since first installation of Mint 9. I have to say that XFCE is much lighter on resources and works better then GNOME on older systems. It took me some time to find the solution to these problems and I hope this helps someone.