The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 5 Elyssa R1 - Page 4

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:

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

  • f-spot
  • picasa
  • opera
  • filezilla
  • evolution
  • evolution-plugins
  • amule
  • azureus
  • skype
  • googleearth
  • acroread
  • acroread-escript
  • acroread-plugins
  • mozilla-acroread
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • banshee
  • sound-juicer
  • gtkpod-aac
  • xmms2*
  • dvdrip
  • kino
  • vlc*
  • helix-player
  • mozilla-helix-player
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • k3b
  • normalize-audio
  • sox
  • vcdimager
  • non-free-codecs
  • gstreamer0.10*
  • kompozer
  • bluefish
  • quanta
  • msttcorefonts
  • sun-java6* (except sun-java6-doc)

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

You can use Synaptic's Search function to search for the 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:

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:

Some packages require that you accept their licenses (for example msttcorefonts, googleearth):

The installation continues:

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:

Our inventory should now look like this:

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

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Azureus
[x] Pidgin
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

Office:
[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

Programming:
[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

Other:
[ ] VMware Server
[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.:

So everything is installed except for VMware Server...

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From: at: 2008-09-02 19:58:16

Excellent howto!


 As you rightly say, everyone's perfect desktop will be slightly different, but that is the beauty of Linux - the options are all there for us to customise our own setup.


I have only moved over to Linux just over two months ago. I started off with Ubuntu 8.04, which I found very good, tried Mepis  7, which didn't quite suit me and have settled (for the time being anyway!) on Mint Elyssa, which, for me, is brilliant.


I didn't go the VM route as I wanted to get away from Windows (I now have a dual boot with XP) as much as possible but instead installed Wine and am able to run Macromedia Dreamweaver , which I need to maintain a website, without any problems.


 Mint Elyssa could just be the OS that woos away a lot of people from Windows.


Frank

From: at: 2008-06-27 09:38:10

Nice article.


It is sad that you don't talk about Linux Mint's software portal (http://www.linuxmint.com/software/) which, though not as complete as synaptic, is a cool feature and has now a good selection of daily use apps.