The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) - Page 4

5 Installed Software

5.1 Multimedia

Rhythmbox (audio player)
Totem (video player)


5.2 Graphics

Gimp (edit images/photos)
F-Spot (photo manager)


5.3 Office

OpenOffice (office suite)


5.4 Internet

Firefox (web browser)
Evolution (email client)
Pidgin (instant messenger)
Ekiga (internet telephony)
Transmission (bittorrent client)


5.5 System

Compiz-Fusion (desktop effects)
Ntfs-3g (NTFS read/write support)


6 Additional Software

I present you a little assortment of additional software to make the agony of choice easier for you. I don't recommend to install all this software - there is no point in installing three audio-players etc... Don't forget to deinstall an already installed software if you are going to install a replacement.

How to install or deinstall software is explained in step 4.


6.1 Medibuntu


Some packages like the Adobe Reader are not available in the standard-repositories. The easiest way to make such packages available to your system is to add the medibuntu repository. If you want to add this repository open a terminal ...

... import the repository ...

sudo wget -O /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


6.2 Recommended

6.2.1 Microsoft's TrueType Core Fonts

Some fonts, including Arial, Times New Roman and Verdana for example.

If you want to use these fonts, install the following package:

  • msttcorefonts

You will see this window during the setup. Simply click on "Forward".


6.2.2 W32codecs & Others

Codecs needed to play MS stuff and some other video formats.

If you want to use these codecs, install the following packages:

  • w32codecs
  • libdvdcss2


6.2.3 Adobe Reader


With the Adobe Reader you can open PDF-documents.

If you want to use the Adobe Reader, install the following packages:

  • acroread
  • acroread-plugins
  • mozilla-acroread

Note: The medibuntu repository is required for these packages.

After the installation is finished the Adobe Reader is available in the GNOME applications menu.

Click on "Edit" in the top menu and select "Preferences".

Choose 96dpi as resolution and save the settings.


6.2.4 Adobe Flash Player


The Adobe Flash Player enables your browser to play embedded Flash content.

If you want to use the Adobe Flash Player, install the following package:

  • flashplugin-nonfree


6.2.5 Sun's JAVA JRE

Sun's JAVA package adds full Java support to your system.

If you want to use Java applications or run java applets within Firefox, install the following packages:


  • icedtea-java7-jre
  • icedtea-java7-plugin

Alternatively (if you encounter problems with the java packages above):

  • sun-java6-jre
  • sun-java6-plugin


6.2.6 NTFS Configuration Tool


With nfts-config you can enable or disable write capability for all your internal and/or external NTFS devices.

If you want to use ntfs-config, install the following package:

  • ntfs-config


6.3 Replacements

6.3.1 Audacious (possible replacement for Rhythmbox)


Audacious is a lean audio-player.

If you want to use Audacious, deinstall Rhythmbox and afterwards install the following packages:

  • audacious
  • audacious-plugins-extra
  • audacious-crossfade


6.3.2 MPlayer (Possible replacement for Totem)


MPlayer is a video player with many features - supporting nearly every known video format, e.g. MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ and PVA (the w32codecs from step 5.1.2 are needed to support some of the listed formats).

If you want to use the MPlayer, deinstall Totem and afterwards install the following packages:

  • mplayer
  • mozilla-mplayer
  • mplayer-fonts
  • mplayer-skin-blue


6.3.3 Digikam (possible replacement for F-Spot)


Digikam is a photo management software.

If you want to use Digikam, deinstall F-Spot and afterwards install the following packages:

  • digikam
  • kipi-plugins
  • showfoto


6.3.4 K3B (possible replacement for Brasero)


K3B is a burning suite with a lot of features.

If you want to use K3B, deinstall Brasero and install the following packages:

  • k3b
  • libk3b2-extracodecs
  • normalize-audio
  • transcode
  • sox
  • vcdimager


6.3.5 Azureus (possible replacement for transmission)


Azureus is an easy to use bittorrent-client with a great many features.

If you want to use Azureus, deinstall transmission and install the following package:

  • azureus
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From: at: 2008-07-03 15:30:57


just want to share my opinion on the article. I followed the instructions in the how-to, which screwed my multimedia (for example: the firefox stopped playing some contest). After additional digging I found another article which appears to be more consistent and gives more details: and it helped me to get back all the multimedia functionality.

Although I found all additional repositories (mentioned on that page) before it helped me to sort out the difference between gstreamer vs xine engines and other codecs, and what should be installed. As a bonus I can play ape files as well now .

IMHO: the how-to  should give more tech details not just nice snapshots. After all it is not fashion forum .

Thanks anyway for the how-to, I would miss some good staff like filezilla (did not know it does exist on linux)  or streamtuner...


From: Anonymous at: 2011-04-14 15:44:00

These open source operating systems are rather useless for the average user. Don't give up the illusion to share a free non-zero-cost-software, don't forget people need effective software instead of timewasting nightmares.

From: Anonymous at: 2008-11-18 02:40:02

Hi, I ran into a problem after following this guide. I am not totally sure what the problem is. But after this guide (removing Totem and use Mplayer) i could not play my favorite online music anymore (beatles-a-rama). After remove mplayer and reinstall totem it plays perfectly again.  If anyone get the same problem, I hope this can help.

From: at: 2008-06-09 03:39:56


msttcorefonts does not show up in the repositories anymore.


From: Kostas Belivanis at: 2008-09-22 03:43:08

Please inform me if there is a problem with it but this is such a perfect introduction to linux world that I'd like to advertise it!!!!!!!

Thanks made my life easier...

From: Rube83 at: 2008-10-05 14:27:31