The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 9 (Isadora) - 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-aac
  • xmms2*
  • dvdrip
  • kino
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • realplayer
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • k3b
  • normalize-audio
  • sox
  • vcdimager
  • non-free-codecs
  • gstreamer0.10*
  • kompozer
  • bluefish
  • quanta
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • sun-java6*
  • 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] RealPlayer
[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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From: Cippa Lippa at: 2010-05-20 22:51:08

I have stopped reading at this: "The GIMP - free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop"

From: dave at: 2010-05-21 17:38:39

Why get uppetty about not being able to use a program which you most likely pirated?  Isn't that a little like going to the police because someone ripped you off on a drug deal?  You should thank your lucky stars that someone had the decency to make something as nice as the GIMP and then give it away for free.

 ..seriously, wtf are you doing that is so complicated and important that you need CMYK or any of the other Photoshop features, not currently found in the GIMP?  If you need Photoshop, go buy it and run Wine or just run Windows.

From: Anonymous at: 2010-05-23 15:54:08 Works for me still.

From: Cippa Lippa at: 2010-05-20 23:09:27

Alternatives to The Gimp:


From: brian at: 2010-08-15 18:13:01

Outstanding tutorial!  thank you SO much :-)

You need to change your password though, it's pretty weak ;p ;p


From: isadora curious at: 2011-01-24 17:52:22

Excellent! It's like you wrote it just for me. Thank you so much.

From: Izzy at: 2010-05-20 03:30:02

There is one error in your tutorial, Microsoft's True Type fonts are installed, but in order to use them, you need to reload the fonts cache. The easiest way to do this is to log-off and log back on. If you do not want to log-off, then you can reload the font cache by clicking on meny >> All Applications >> Accessories >> Terminal, and then type "sudo fc-cache -fv" without the quotation marks, and hit enter. I recommend that you update the article, because someone might open up Writer, and be surprised because they will not be available.