The Perfect Desktop - Mepis 11 - Page 3

6 Install Additional Software

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

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):

  • f-spot
  • flashplugin-nonfree
  • filezilla
  • icedove
  • amule
  • amule-utils-gui
  • vuze/azureus
  • xchat
  • xchat-gnome
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • scribus-template
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • banshee
  • mplayer
  • gtkpod-aac
  • xmms2*
  • empathy
  • libdvdcss2
  • kino
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • vlc*
  • gxine
  • gxineplugin
  • xine-plugin
  • transmission
  • gstreamer0.10*
  • bluefish
  • eclipse
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • openjdk-6*
  • icedtea6-plugin
  • acroread
  • opera
  • googleearth-package
  • google-chrome-stable
  • w64codecs/w32codecs
  • skype
  • kompozer
  • virtualbox-ose
  • brasero
  • totem
  • sound-juicer
  • gedit
  • rhythmbox

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 Flash Player

We've just installed the Adobe Flash Player 10 in the previous chapter (from Debian-Multimedia). If you type about:plugins in the Firefox/Iceweasel address bar, you should now see it enabled.

 

8 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.

 

9 Google Earth

In chapter 6, we have installed the package googleearth-package which is a utility to automatically build a Debian package of Google Earth. This means, Google Earth is not yet installed; we have to first build a .deb package of it with the help of googleearth-package, and then install the .deb package.

Open a terminal (System > Terminal) and become root:

su

Now you can build the Google Earth .deb package as follows:

make-googleearth-package --force

[...]

Package: googleearth
Version: 6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1
Section: non-free/science
Priority: optional
Maintainer: <root@mepis1>
Architecture: amd64
Depends: ttf-dejavu | ttf-bitstream-vera | msttcorefonts, lsb-core, libqtcore4, libgl1-mesa-glx, ia32-libs (>= 20110609), lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1), lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1), lib32z1 (>= 1:1.1.4), libc6-i386 (>= 2.0), libc6-i386 (>= 2.1.3), libc6-i386 (>= 2.2), libc6-i386 (>= 2.3), libc6-i386 (>= 2.3.2), libc6-i386 (>= 2.4) , ia32-libs-gtk
Suggests: nvidia-glx-ia32
Description: Google Earth, a 3D map/planet viewer
Package built with googleearth-package.
dpkg-deb: Paket »googleearth« wird in »./googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb« gebaut.
Success!
You can now install the package with e.g. sudo dpkg -i <package>.deb
[root@mepis1 ctest]#

If you don't see any errors, then you should find the Google Earth .deb package in the current directory:

ls -l

[root@mepis1 ctest]# ls -l
insgesamt 34412
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 15094 26. Dez 2010 debian-multimedia-keyring_2010.12.26_all.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 15094 26. Dez 2010 debian-multimedia-keyring_2010.12.26_all.deb.1
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 15094 26. Dez 2010 debian-multimedia-keyring_2010.12.26_all.deb.2
drwxr-xr-x 2 ctest users 4096 30. Aug 15:48 Desktop
drwxr-xr-x 2 ctest users 4096 31. Aug 13:37 Documents
drwxr-xr-x 2 ctest users 4096 28. Feb 2010 Downloads
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 35115098 31. Aug 13:40 googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb
drwxr-xr-x 8 ctest users 4096 8. Nov 2006 Mail
drwxr-xr-x 2 ctest users 4096 14. Mär 2004 Music
drwxr-xr-x 2 ctest users 4096 12. Mär 2004 Pictures
drwxr-xr-x 2 ctest users 4096 4. Sep 2003 Shared
[root@mepis1 ctest]#

To install google earth, first install the gdebi package. Therefore, enter following command into a terminal:

apt-get install gdebi

Now you can install Google Earth as follows:

gdebi googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb

 

10 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
[ ] Picasa

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

[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

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

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

Programming:
[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Eclipse

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

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