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  1. 6 Install Additional Software
  2. 7 Acrobat reader
  3. 8 Inventory (II)
  4. 9 Links

6 Install Additional Software

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

Type in your password:

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

Select the following packages for installation :

  • filezilla
  • shotwell
  • chromium-browser
  • picasa
  • opera
  • evolution
  • amule
  • vuze
  • skype
  • google-earth-stable
  • acroread
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • rhythmbox
  • sound-juicer
  • gtkpod
  • xmms2*
  • dvdrip
  • kino
  • vlc*
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • k3b
  • normalize-audio
  • sox
  • vcdimager
  • bluefish
  • eclipse
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gwibber
  • virtualbox

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:

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

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 accept some licenses. Click on Forward to continue the installation:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:

You can leave the Synaptic Package Manager afterwards.

7 Acrobat reader

Goto the site


Download the installer & open the terminal.

cd ~/Downloads
chmod +x AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu.bin
sudo ./AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu.bin


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] Shotwell Photo Manager
[x] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Chromium
[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] Gwibber Social Client

[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice 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] Bluefish
[x] Eclipse

[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 e.g. by opening LibreOffice 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: Dan Saint-Andre

I always enjoy your "perfect desktop" articles and value them in my must-read library. I find myself hungry for the rest of the story.  Specifically, loading all of this software onto a workstation means that I can do something with it. However, in many cases, there is a lot of additional configuration and set-up work before packages are completely useful.

 One example of this is VirtualBox.  After your steps above, the bits are on my disk and I can launch something. However, there is much to accomplish before I can in fact install and run a suite of executables specific to MicroSoft® Windows™.

Lastly, I would encourage folks to load the entire suite of LibreOffice™ components including Impress for presentations, Draw for line art and Base for structured data.

~~~ 0;-Dan

By: BigAl

Thank you for another, very clear and easy to follow tutorial. A couple of small points though. First is that the update icon is not at the top of the (GNOME) page, it is nown at the bottom right in the panel.


 The second is that in all the installations I have done there is never any option to reboot. It ejects the Live DVD then stops. The installation script seems to stop with a black box, not quite a terminal window, that says ModemManager has stopped. You have to power off, then power on again yourself

 When you start the update process, the first and only update is for Update manager itself (A new version of update manager is available.
old version = 4.6.2 new version = 4.6.7). Once this is done the process starts again and the updates are downloaded and installed - 343 in my case.


I hope that this helps someone