The Perfect Desktop - Pinguy OS 11.10 (Beta) - 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 Menu > Other > Update Manager or by clicking on the tiny shield-icon on the top-right corner. Before you install something, you need to enter your password:

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

It may occur that Docky needs to be closed to install some updates. If that happens, you can just start it again under Menu > Accessories > Docky.

 

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 11.1 r102)...

... and the Java plugins (IcedTea) 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):

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

Internet:
[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

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

Sound & Video:
[ ] Amarok
[ ] Audacity
[ ] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[ ] 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

Programming:
[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Eclipse

Other:
[ ] 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 (Menu > Accessories > Terminal):

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

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

... and enable the oneiric 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 http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu oneiric partner
deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu oneiric partner

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Ubuntu's
## 'extras' repository.
## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
## developers who want to ship their latest software.
deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu oneiric main
deb-src http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu oneiric main
[...]

Then save the file.

To enable the Medibuntu repository, please do the following:

Import the repository:

sudo -E wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update

Then run

sudo update-apt-xapian-index

to make Synaptic display packages from third-party repositories.

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From: at: 2011-12-14 16:32:03

Sorry to be a "Debby Downer", but when I read "full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop" and saw the screen shots, I was thinking "By Windows, did you mean OS X?".

From: Anonymous at: 2011-12-15 09:59:01

No way, a Windows user would barf at that! How can it be a replacement for Windows if a Win user would run away from it, screaming?

From: Anonymous at: 2011-12-14 01:07:49

What about in the Gnome 3 environment?

From: snickie at: 2014-01-07 17:41:47

When you choose an operating system you want to use certain software. In my case I want to use some games and certain multimedia software which aren't as good in any Linux distro i have tested, and these are many. That Linux should work better in older computer is a myth if you want a graphical user interface (Gnome or KDE). I have tested Linux Mint and Ubuntu on a computer with Windows XP, Windows XP is more responsive than any Linux distro I've tested especially if you want a good media experience. I can't understand why Flash video is so CPU-intensive on Linux compared to Windows. Additionally I could not get my Epson scanner working properly under Linux. If you just want to surf the web, create documents or program then Linux is a good choice because it is free. But the small user-base makes it less interesting if you are serious with creating software. Nowadays Microsoft has good free developing software available. But as always, try it and see if you want to switch. I have used Many Linux distros for over ten years now but my favorite os is still Windows 7 ultimate. It's a pity MS made the Windows 7 successor a stupid combination of a tablet and a desktop system. When Windows 7 no longer is supported I hope there are more interesting os:es to choose from.

From: Suprised at: 2011-12-14 20:20:21

Thanks for the article. I just want to encourage people to look at this OS as I was surprised at how good it is. The developer has done an excellent job at taming Gnome Shell and is equal - if not better than Mint. It is really worth a look. I installed the cut down version allowing me to install what I want rather than a whole heap of stuff I never will use.

Surprised

From: Anonymous at: 2012-03-29 04:57:12

Thankyou!!  It's great.

From: cactusneedle at: 2012-04-12 17:08:01

Had to look for a new Linux distro for my old HP Compaq Notebook and found Pinguy last (after 15 others).  Very pleased with this distro, especially that you've keep a functioning Remastersys software installed (a must have for me or I'm gone).  I did have trouble trying to install the mini version (it just hung at the first page and woudn't go further), but the full install worked just fine.  I'm not a brand new Linux user but I do demand ease of use and Pinguy meets that qualification nicely.   Made a note to myself to send on a contribution soon.  Thank you Pinguy!