The Perfect Desktop - Mepis 11 - Page 2

3 Update The System

Before you install any new software it is always a good idea to update your system and all exisiting packages. To do that, log in as root first. Open a Terminal (Console) from the main menu and enter:


Now you are logged in as root user. Use the following commands afterwards and cofirm with the given key to proceed:

apt-get update

apt-get upgrade


4 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus to see which of our needed applications are already installed:

You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, where [ ] is an application that is missing):

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

[x] Firefox/Iceweasel
[ ] Opera
[ ] Google Chrome
[x] Flash Player 10
[ ] FileZilla
[ ] Thunderbird/Icedove
[ ] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[ ] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[ ] Azureus/Vuze
[ ] Empathy IM Client
[ ] Skype

[ ] Google Earth
[ ] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus
[ ] gedit

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[ ] Audacity
[ ] Banshee
[ ] MPlayer
[ ] Rhythmbox Music Player
[ ] gtkPod
[ ] XMMS
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[ ] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[ ] Real Player
(i386 only)
[ ] Totem
[ ] Xine
[x] Brasero
[ ] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Eclipse

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

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Mepis.


5 Configure Additional Repositories

Some packages like the Adobe Reader are not available in the standard Debian repositories. The easiest way to make such packages available to your system is to add the Debian-Multimedia, Opera and Google.

First, get back to the terminal and make sure you are logged in as root by entering


if you are not root yet and download gedit:

apt-get install gedit

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list afterwards:

gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add contrib and non-free to the official Squeeze repositories that are already in the file, e.g. as follows...

deb squeeze main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze main contrib non-free

deb squeeze/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze/updates main contrib non-free

deb squeeze-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze-updates main contrib non-free

... and add the Debian-Multimedia (you can find a mirror close to you here), Opera and Google repositories, e.g. like this:

deb squeeze main non-free
deb-src squeeze main non-free
deb squeeze non-free
deb stable main

Then install the keys for the added repositories:

dpkg -i debian-multimedia-keyring_2010.12.26_all.deb

wget -O - | apt-key add -

wget -q -O - | apt-key add -

Finally update your package-list:

apt-get update

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From: Jonquil at: 2011-09-19 00:02:23

I'm a little confused. Is this supposed to be a review?

From: Anonymous at: 2012-05-17 15:59:28


 You are to "review" these Instructions on "Howto" make "The Perfect Desktop - Mepis 11"

  Uhhhm, notice how the word "review" is NOT in the Penguin dictionary under "Howto", and Vice verca ... ?



From: Anonymous at: 2011-09-18 21:41:26

I have found that most windows users want to be able to simply use a photo manager and upload their pics to facebook, or easily email them. The only easy way in linux I have found, is using digikam for photo management, and thunderbird for pim. Digikam which easily exports to facebook and can access  thunderbird to email pics. Thunderbird with google calendar plugins installed, makes a very nice pim. 

 As of yet I have had no luck intigrating evolution  and shotwell (very good programs on their own) and evolution always mangles my contacts imported from yahoo, or palm. Google contacts is the only contact manager that hasn't mangled my contacts on import.

 I believe to seduce window users, we need programs which are simple to use and when it comes to photos, easy to manage and send to email and facebook and the like. Digikam is not the most simple, but is fully loaded and meets all other expectations and is fully capable of making a windows user happy.

From: Louis at: 2011-09-17 20:14:12

dvdrip gives you dependency errors ...

yes but only because you didnt use pinning for your multimedia packages.

If pinning is used you can choose from which tree your installing and dont have dependecies messages.


From: Stevo at: 2011-09-19 06:14:20

As you noted, MEPIS comes with the Adobe Flash plugin installed via the Debian flashplugin-nonfree package.  The debian-multimedia version is called mozilla-flashplayer, but does not need to be installed....instead, update the installed version with this terminal command (and check frequently for updates):

su -c 'update-flashplugin-nonfree --install --verbose'

The main debian-multimedia repository is already in sources.list, it is just disabled.  It is a good idea to change it to the nearest mirror, though.

Also present in sources.list but disabled are the MEPIS Community repositories, which have many updated and unique programs.  You need to  enable them and set the preferred distro to "mepis" in the Synaptic settings to upgrade programs that are both in the MEPIS and MEPIS CR repos, such as VLC (currently 1.1.11 in the CR)

From: Loic at: 2012-02-06 03:50:41

Thank you very much. This information was really useful especially for guys like me. I installed Mepis 11 on  my PC less than 24 hours ago and yet i already have all the softwares i need. Except Picasa. Google came up with a new version and they've not compiled one for linux yet.