The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) - Page 4

10 Google Earth

In chapter 7, if you chose Google Earth over Marble, you 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 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, libfreeimage3, lsb-core, libqtcore4, libgl1-mesa-glx , ia32-libs-gtk , msttcorefonts
Suggests: lib32nss-mdns, libgl1-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+0.7.0-1_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:~# ls -l
total 67196
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 35118382 Mai  1 15:32 googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 33688483 Mai 19  2011 GoogleEarthLinux.bin

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

gdebi googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb


11 Opera

If you like Opera more than Firefox or Chromium, you have to download it directly from their website. Open a browser and go to; select Ubuntu as the distribution and then default package and click on the Free Download button:

A download dialogue should come up. Select Save File:

The package will be saved in your default download folder, which is the Downloads folder in your personal folder. Open a terminal and install it from there as follows (replace my username with yours and the version of Opera with the one you downloaded, if it has changed since this writing):

cd /home/howtoforge/Downloads/
sudo gdebi opera_12.15.1748_amd64.deb


12 Kompozer

Unfortunately Kompozer isn't available from the Ubuntu 13.04 repositories, therefore you have to install it as follows:

cd /home/howtoforge/Downloads

sudo dpkg -i kompozer*.deb


13 Nightingale

Nightingale is not available in the Ubuntu repositories and has to be downloaded from their website at Click on the big download button and open the downloaded archive with the archive manager. The application doesn't need to be installed since it can be started directly from the downloaded directory.


14 Adobe Reader

Open a browser and go to; click on the Download now button:

Click on the Save File button to store the Adobe Reader installer on your hard drive. Open a terminal and go to the directory where the download was stored (e.g. /home/howtoforge/Downloads):

cd /home/howtoforge/Downloads


ls -l

to find out how the file is named:

howtoforge@howtoforge-VirtualBox:~/Downloads$ ls -l
total 64584
-rw-rw-r-- 1 howtoforge howtoforge 42950036 Mai  1 12:04 AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 howtoforge howtoforge  7858708 Apr 24  2012 kompozer_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1ubuntu2_amd64.deb
-rw-rw-r-- 1 howtoforge howtoforge  2145516 Apr 24  2012 kompozer-data_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1ubuntu2_all.deb
-rw-rw-r-- 1 howtoforge howtoforge 13176436 Mai  1 11:28 opera_12.15.1748_amd64.deb

In this case it is named AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin. Make the file executable and then run it to install Acrobat Reader:

chmod 755 AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin
sudo ./AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin


15 Inventory (III)

All wanted applications are installed now:

[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
[x] 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

[x] 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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You are welcome to leave recommendations for software in the comments for the next issues!

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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.