The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) - Page 2

7 Install Additional Software

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

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
  • rhythmbox
  • vuze
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer* (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • gtkpod
  • k3b
  • kino
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • eclipse
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xchat-gnome
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • thunderbird
  • virtualbox-ose
  • chromium-browser
  • googleearth-package
  • skype (32 bit version only, leave it out for 64 bit)
  • gnome
  • transmission

After you've selected the desired packages, click on the Apply button. Confirm your selection by again 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:

Upon installing the GNOME desktop environment, you will be asked which one of the installed environments you would like to choose as your default. After all packages have been installed, click on Close:


8 TrueType Fonts

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like LibreOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:


9 Google Earth

In chapter 7, we have installed the package googleearth-package which is a utility to automatically build a .deb 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 (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and become root:

sudo su

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@howtoforge-VirtualBox>
Architecture: amd64
Depends: ttf-dejavu | ttf-bitstream-vera | msttcorefonts, lsb-core, libqtcore4, libgl1-mesa-glx, ia32-libs (>= 20080808), 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), libgl1-mesa-glx | libgl1 , ia32-libs-gtk
Suggests: nvidia-glx-ia32
Description: Google Earth, a 3D map/planet viewer
 Package built with googleearth-package.
dpkg-deb: building package `googleearth' in `./googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb'.
You can now install the package with e.g. sudo dpkg -i <package>.deb

If you don't see any errors, then you should find the Google Earth .deb package in the current directory:

ls -l

root@howtoforge-VirtualBox:/home/howtoforge# ls -l
total 34328
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-14 11:04 Desktop
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-14 10:37 Documents
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-14 10:37 Downloads
-rw-r--r-- 1 howtoforge howtoforge      179 2011-10-14 10:22 examples.desktop
-rw-r--r-- 1 root       root       35107978 2011-10-14 12:39 googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-14 10:37 Music
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-14 10:37 Pictures
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-14 10:37 Public
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-14 10:37 Templates
drwxrwxr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-14 11:53 Ubuntu One
drwxr-xr-x 2 howtoforge howtoforge     4096 2011-10-14 10:37 Videos

I want to install the .deb package using gdebi which takes care of all dependencies.

gdebi googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.6.0-1_amd64.deb


10 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have sofar. Our inventory should now look like this:

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

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Chromium
[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
[x] Gwibber Social Client

[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

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

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

[x] GNOME desktop environment

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From: Anonymous at: 2011-10-18 16:47:45

Why should I want to replace Windows with a Linux distro? Most people want to run certain software. In my case my favorite programs and games don't run on Linux. Also Linux has a bad user interface. The only time Linux is better is on the server. On the desktop Windows rules. I've have worked with Linux for over ten years and have yet to find it working well on the desktop.

When I talk about Windows I mean Windows 7, the best desktop operating system despite it's shortcomings.

The Linux distros I've used are Red Hat, Debian, Slackware, Puppy Linux, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, and perhaps some more.


From: Anonymous at: 2011-10-19 10:45:44

Because some people value their freedom of choice and expression and wish to use that freedom to choose for themselves.

 Are you suggesting that your opinion is so valid that everyone in the world should abandon theirs and just do what you tell them to?

 Falko thankfully takes the time to produce these howto's to enable people to have a look at a different OS and some different apps.  He suggests loads of software that I don't like and won't use, but I'm not going to criticise him for providing instructions on how to install it.  It's all about choice.  You've made yours (and a perfectly acceptable choice that is), don't stop others from making theirs.



From: Anonymous at: 2012-04-01 16:01:19

I think webuilder and conky should be part of the install.


Linux is a fringe OS that is less tested and works far less than Windows.  You will never convince the fringe linux user that windows is the way to go.   To the intelligent user, you want an OS that just works and doesn't break.  The OS is secondary to the software, and should be invisible.  It is a crying shame linux user need to spend so much time in the command line and reading to get things working.


Will a fringe OS, like pinguy or easenix, of a fringe OS, make a mark in the big picture?  No, not apparently.  But yes, in the long run.    


We would still be stuck in 1989 if mainstream build it yourself arguments won out.   It has been through demonstrated and adopted models that has pulled the community forward.


Just do it.--  You must idiot proof, to prove you are not the idiot.

From: Other Anonymous coward :) at: 2011-10-19 21:46:45

Linux is the right platform to work, is not good for games, not even for HD multimedia. Why? Because such applications are plagued with patented software. AVCHD uses a patented compression algorithm, you can not install a totally free linux distribution to play that. If you keep buying such patented stuff, you are collaborating with developers against freedom, (patents are the main threat against free software). Unless you have lots of stock shares, or you are a direct partner of such companies. You are not receiving nothing in exchange for such collaboration, more over you are likely to pay a lot for such membership. Why do you not collaborate with free software developers by spending some time helping to design games, programming, or just support them with a donation. In this way one day the software you like will be available in a free platform. With more freedom to modify. The only reason to have Windows 7 in your computer is because you are forced to buy your computer with one license included, and many proprietary hardware manufacturers do not include drivers and software for linux. They do not hesitate to place software for MS-Windows and MacOS. Why? Because they want to own everything, so they place patents for that sake.

From: Anonymous at: 2011-10-20 10:32:28

In my experience HD multimedia was far better on linux (unpaid experience). ffmpeg, x264 and such projects are making linux fun. Most media players run linux.(i have two:- my samsung tv inbuilt as well as asus o!play hd2) Infact most upcoming devices will run linux kernel in any form from vanilla to android. As you said my 1080p avchd videos from hd cam doesnt perform as good as 720p h264/mkv stuff provided that i have decent gpu(drivers does matter). Ati Catalyst drivers are most horrible thing i faced in linux world- Still doesnt work with gnome 3(open source driver does work but no acceleration). Nvidia way better.

From: roddo at: 2011-12-29 09:17:37

Linux as a desktop can be very, very good (ubuntu).

How well any distribution performs, given the maturity of what they have to play with, is largely down to its creator.

Interface-wise, you have a variety to choose from, something windows doesn't offer.

You may well have a thing for windows, as many do, and it is pretty nice (as it should be, given what you pay for it) but in my experience windows is not inherently better on the desktop than any of the major linux distributions.

From: jonny rocket at: 2011-10-19 15:01:43

DO NOT install any google software!  you will never get it off your hard drive.  google tracks you way too much.  other than that all the other stuff looks good.

From: Linocks at: 2012-01-12 23:12:40

It would appear the Picasa download no longer exists :