The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) - Page 2

3 Update The System

Now it's time to check for updates and install them. This is done using the Software Updater. Start it searching for Software Updater in the Applications menu:

Click on the Install Now button to install all available updates.

Afterwars, click Restart to finish the update if needed.

The system is now up-to-date.


4 Flash Player

If you have checked the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation Flash Player 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 11.2 r202) 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

[ ] Pinta

[x] Firefox
[x] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[ ] Deluge
[ ] Skype
[ ] Marble

[ ] Pidgin

[ ] Dropbox

[ ] Gwibber Social Client

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

Sound & Video:
[ ] Audacity
[ ] Banshee
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[ ] VLC Media Player
[ ] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] Winff

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Eclipse

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

[ ] gdebi

[ ] Synaptic Package Manager

[x] gedit

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Ubuntu 13.04.


6 Configure Additional Repositories

Some packages 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.

Open a terminal and edit /etc/apt/sources.list...

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

..., enable the raring 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 raring partner
deb-src raring partner

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

Finally install Synaptic:

sudo apt-get install synaptic

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From: Max at: 2013-05-11 16:17:17

Could I suggest Wine as an addon to the desktop. I'm not sure if Wine fits your criteria for putting these together, but I think it would be useful.

Other than that, keep up the good work; I can't count the times I've used these as an assist to get a new operating system up and running.


Thanks a big lot,



From: Marcello Caetano at: 2013-05-14 11:59:55

Good day, I am Brazilian, really like your posts, and even rode a VPS server through one of his tutorials.

Just to add, I would put in programming a very good program, much like the eclipse, the Sublime Text 2.

Use and recommend.

Marcello Caetano
IT Analyst

From: A. Y. M Shahruz Zahrat at: 2013-05-20 17:05:46

I really like these guides. Go through the installation process following these guides and in the end you'll feel like you have a perfect pc. I just installed Ubuntu (x86_64) following these guide on my dell notebook even though I could get it done all on my own.

Now for 64 bit systems I'd like to add a note. Before you install adobe reader using this tutorial:

1) open synaptic

2) search for ia32-libs

3) mark the package for installation and click apply

 Do it. Otherwise you won't be able to run the binary.

From: OllieG at: 2013-05-23 08:04:53

Thanks for the post, helps a lot. However, is there a video editing software capable of replacing software on Windows such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere Pro? If I could just find a good replacement in this field I would no longer use Windows at all.

From: Anonymous at: 2013-08-04 15:33:57

Unfortunately no, video editing is still at infancy stage in Linux as a whole. If you are talking about professional class video editor then you will have to stick to Windows.

 There is one software considered 'the best' for Linux called "OpenShot" but will be basic if compared to software you have mentioned. Tthere is also a paid software coming up that may be somewhat better but don't remember the name.

PS:  Just in case, you are into 3D rendering/animation then "Blender" is the best open source contender against 3Ds Max or Maya.