The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) - Page 3

7 Install Additional Software

To install additional applications, open the 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 (if the field does not appear, try restarting Synaptic).

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:

The following packages need to be installed if you want the applications of the above primary choice (* is a wildcard; e.g. vlc* means all packages that start with vlc):

  • flashplugin-installer (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • audacity
  • gimp
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • k3b
  • kino
  • eclipse
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • nautilus-dropbox
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • virtualbox
  • skype (32 bit version only, leave it out for 64 bit)
  • banshee
  • icedtea-plugin
  • gdebi
  • pinta
  • deluge
  • marble
  • libreoffice
  • winff
  • openjdk-7*

These are the packages for all the other possible alternative applications (you don't need to install them if you are happy with the above selection):

  • chromium-browser
  • amarok
  • vuze
  • bluefish
  • gstreamer0.10*
  • gtkpod
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • evolution
  • googleearth-package
  • soundconverter
  • soundkonverter
  • kolourpaint4
  • mypaint
  • qbittorrent
  • okular
  • xcfa
  • clementine
  • exaile

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. Accept the licenses and proceed:

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 Inventory (II)

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

[x] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager

[x] Pinta

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

[x] Pidgin

[x] Dropbox

[x] Gwibber Social Client

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

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

[x] Winff

[ ] KompoZer
[x] Eclipse

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

[x] gdebi

[x] Synaptic Package Manager

[x] gedit

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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.