The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint Debian 201009 - Page 4

6 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):

  • filezilla
  • evolution
  • amule
  • vuze
  • acroread
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • banshee
  • sound-juicer
  • gtkpod-aac
  • xmms2*
  • dvdrip
  • kino
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • k3b
  • normalize-audio
  • sox
  • vcdimager
  • w32codecs
  • gstreamer0.10*
  • kompozer
  • bluefish
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • sun-java6*
  • gdebi
  • 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:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:

You can leave the Synaptic Package Manager afterwards.


7 TrueType Fonts

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


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:

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

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Vuze
[x] Pidgin
[ ] Skype
[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
[ ] RealPlayer
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish

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

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From: Nick at: 2011-02-17 14:42:21

Hi Falko

Tried to load this onto Windows 7 64bit under VMWare Viewer.  Appeared to load OK but failed to complete and reload.  Loaded Debian Desktop under VMWare Viewer, clean load and faster than all previous desktops.


From: nganjukonline at: 2010-11-03 13:52:13

thanks for sharing... i think this linux distro is the best one at this time

From: Anonymous at: 2010-11-08 11:50:13

The biggest issue with most linux distributions is the hardware drivers (not including manufacturer drivers but less working opensource drivers). If someone really wants to trade in Windows for linux it would be very handy to have the manufacturer drivers installed autmatically

From: beast2k at: 2011-02-17 13:40:12

It's not a "perfect desktop" just because you installed a bunch of software. Drivers is as mentioned the biggest issue. Software is the easy part. We need video drivers, print drivers, sound issues solved these would be way more useful. Software installs are nice but...

From: Anonymous at: 2010-12-18 13:17:27

Thanks a million to the author for this great guide.

From: JamesIsIn at: 2011-01-04 23:53:58

Have you been able to get Opera to hand magnet links to Transmission? I have tried adding a Program (magnet) but I get a "Could not start external helper application" error from Opera.