The Perfect Desktop - Pinguy OS 11.10 (Beta) - Page 3

7 Install Additional Software

To install additional applications, open the Synaptic Package Manager (System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager) and type in your password:

In the Synaptic Package Manager, we can install additional software. You can use the Quick filter field to find packages.

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.

Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. gstreamer* means all packages that start with gstreamer):

  • amarok
  • gimp
  • flashplugin-installer (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • amule
  • audacity
  • vuze
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer* (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • k3b
  • kino
  • smplayer
  • eclipse
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • picasa
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • acroread
  • opera
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • evolution
  • virtualbox-ose
  • chromium-browser
  • googleearth
  • transmission
  • banshee
  • rhythmbox

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:

You might have to answer a few questions:

Some packages may not be accessible for some reasons. Click Yes to skip them.

If following error occurs, just click Close and try to install again.

After all packages have been installed, click on Close. 

 

8 Inventory (II)

Our inventory should now look like this:

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

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

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

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[ ] RealPlayer
[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

 

9 RealPlayer (For i386 Systems Only)

(RealPlayer is available for i386 systems only. If you are on an x86_64 system, please skip this chapter.)

Open Firefox and go to http://uk.real.com/realplayer/other-versions. Click on the correct .deb link:

A download dialogue should come up. Hit Open with and browse GDebi Package Installer (default). Click on OK to confirm:

Select Install Package afterwards and enter your password. Click on Close after the installation.

 

10 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

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

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

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

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] RealPlayer
[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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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!