The Perfect Desktop - Pinguy OS 11.04 - Page 2

3 Update The System

Now it's time to check for updates and install them. You can start the Update Manager by going to System > Administration > Update Manager:

The Update Manager tells you which updates are available (you can click on the Check button to refresh the list). Click on Install Updates to install them:

Type in your password. Afterwards the Update Manager will most likely show you many more mackages that have become available. Install them as well:

The updates are being downloaded and installed (this can take a few minutes). If the Manager asks to do additional changes, confirm with OK:

When the update is complete, click on Close (if a new kernel was amongst the updates, a system restart is required to make the changes effective. If this is necessary, you will see a Restart Now button. Click on that button to restart the system.).

The system is now up-to-date.


4 Flash Player And Java

If you have checked the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation, the Flash Player and Java should already be installed on the system.

To check this, open Firefox and type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 10.3 d162)...

... and the Java plugins among them:


5 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, whereas [ ] is an application that is missing):

[ ] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[ ] Chromium
[ ] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[ ] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[ ] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[ ] Vuze
[x] Empathy IM Client
[x] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC
[x] Gwibber Social Client

[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

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

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

[x] VirtualBox
[x] TrueType fonts
[x] 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 Pinguy OS.


6 Configure Additional Repositories

Some packages like the Adobe Reader are not available in the standard Ubuntu repositories. The easiest way to make such packages available to your system is to add the Medibuntu repository.

First we open a terminal (System > Terminal):

First off, we edit /etc/apt/sources.list...

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

... and enable the natty partner and Ubuntu Extras repositories (if they are not already enabled):

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
## 'partner' repository.
## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
deb natty partner
deb-src natty partner

## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
## developers who want to ship their latest software.
deb natty main
deb-src natty main

Then save the file.

To enable the Medibuntu repository, please do the following:

Import the repository:

sudo wget$(lsb_release -cs).list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Import the gpg-key and update your package-list:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

Then run

sudo update-apt-xapian-index

to make Synaptic display packages from third-party repositories.

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From: Anonymous at: 2011-09-03 03:25:39

Thank you, I love Pinguy OS.

From: Randy Fry at: 2011-09-05 02:59:03

Why so many media players, disc burning titles, and photo editors? I would think this list could be parred down some.

From: bob at: 2011-09-06 19:12:37

As to the comment about paring down the software selection:

One of the ways this "Perfect Desktop" series can be used is to check for something about a particular package. That is, the series doesn't have to be used just the way it is written, which appears to be for novices installing the system.

While I agree with the commenter that the list of software is more than most would wish to bother with, I also agree with the writers in including all of the packages. Including such a wide range of packages makes the article useful to some who just need to install a package (or perhaps a few) and don't know where to find it-or them, increasing the useful audience for the articles.

From: Mike G at: 2011-09-07 00:02:12

I agree with Randy, why so many redundancies in software?  Pinguy is my current distro of choice and I do appreciate this article.  Like most people I have my own list if favorite apps and regardless of what is packaged with a distro I delete out what I don't like and add the apps that I do like.

From: Anonymous at: 2011-09-06 12:57:52

Ubuntu based.... really? :(