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:


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

make-googleearth-package --force


Package: googleearth
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.
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:

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

[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

[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

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Eclipse

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

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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.