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The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) - Page 3

6 Install Additional Software

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

Type in your password:

In the Synaptic Package Manager, we can install additional software. You can use the Quick search field to find packages. To select a package for installation, click 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 Mark:

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

  • amarok
  • gimp
  • flashplugin-nonfree
  • amule
  • audacity
  • vuze
  • banshee
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer*
  • gtkpod-aac
  • sun-java6* (except sun-java6-doc)
  • k3b
  • kino
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • quanta
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xchat-gnome
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • realplayer
  • googleearth
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • thunderbird
  • virtualbox-ose

After you've selected the desired packages, click the Apply button:

Confirm your selection by clicking Apply:

The packages are now being downloaded from the repositories and installed. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient:

You might be asked to accept a few licenses:

After all packages have been installed, click Close:

 

7 Flash Player

To see if the Flash Player has been installed correctly, 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 10.0r45) among them:

 

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

Office:
[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice 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] Quanta Plus

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

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Anonymous

Even better, why not just type "sudo apt-get install amarok gimp flashplugin-nonfree amule audacity vuze banshee bluefish dvdrip filezilla ttf-mscorefonts-installer gnucash gstreamer* gtkpod-aac sun-java6* (except sun-java6-doc) k3b kino mplayer smplayer quanta kompozer scribus vlc* mozilla-plugin-vlc xchat-gnome xmms2* sound-juicer realplayer googleearth acroread non-free-codecs ubuntu-restricted-extras libdvdcss2 xine-ui xine-plugin thunderbird virtualbox-ose"?

By: Anonymous

Yeah.... staying clicking and searching all those packages would take too ages. Although I don't believe apt would understand the '(except sun-java6-doc)' :)

By: Fredl

Sure it would if you put it in the "install"-line this way: sun-java6-doc- (notice the trailing hyphen?)

By: Joseph

 I had to use this:

sudo apt-get install amarok gimp flashplugin-nonfree amule audacity vuze banshee bluefish dvdrip filezilla ttf-mscorefonts-installer gnucash gtkpod-aac sun-java6*  k3b kino mplayer smplayer quanta kompozer scribus vlc* mozilla-plugin-vlc xchat-gnome xmms2* sound-juicer acroread ubuntu-restricted-extras xine-ui xine-plugin thunderbird virtualbox-ose

 Just take out the ones that error and do them manually thru synaptic