The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) - Page 5

6.4 Optional

6.4.1 Unrar

With this package you'll be able to unpack rar-files. If you want to use unrar, install the following package:

  • unrar


6.4.2 Network Traffic Applet

With this applet you can monitor the speed of your network devices.

If you want to use the network traffic applet, install the following package:

  • netspeed

Afterwards add the applet to the gnome-panel. Right click on the panel, choose "Add to panel" and select the applet.


6.4.3 Filezilla


Filezilla is an ftp-client with many features - supporting FTP, FTPS, FTPES and SFTP.

If you want to use filezilla, install the following package:

  • filezilla
  • filezilla-locales


6.4.4 Gparted


With gparted you are able to resize, move and format partitions - many file systems are supported.

If you want to use gparted, install the following package:

  • gparted


6.4.5 Streamtuner


Streamtuner is a stream directory browser. With Streamtuner you can listen to SHOUTcast streams etc.

If you want to use Streamtuner, install the following package:

  • streamtuner


6.4.6 K9Copy


K9copy is a DVD backup tool, which is able to shrink the content of a DVD9 to fit on a DVD5.

If you want to use k9copy, install the following packages:

  • k9copy


6.4.7 Skype


Skype is a software for internet telephony, instant messaging etc.

If you want to use Skype, install the following package:

  • skype

Note: The medibuntu repository is required for this package.


6.4.8 XChat


With XChat you can join multiple IRC channels (Internet Relay Chat). File transfer is supported. You can customize XChat with various scripts and plugins.

If you want to use XChat, install the following package:

  • xchat


6.4.9 Audacity


Audacity is a software to edit audio files.

If you want to use Audacity, install the following package:

  • audacity


6.4.10 Gtkpod


With gtkpod you can manage your iPod. Many iPods are supported, including iPod mini, iPod Photo, iPod Shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod Video.

If you want to use gtkpod, install the following package:

  • gtkpod


6.4.11 Wine


Taken from the Wine Homepage: "Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix".

With wine you can run a lot of windows software on linux. A list of software that is known to work on wine can be found at

If you want to use wine, install the following package:

  • wine


6.4.12 Cedega


Cedega is the further stage of WineX with focus on Windows games. Many games are supported - a list of supported games (with screenshots) can be found at and

Cedega is not free. Have a look at the Homepage for details and pricing.


6.4.13 VMware Server


With VMware Server you can install guest operating systems as Windows, Linux, NetWare or Solaris.

If you want to use VMware Server, install the following packages:

  • xinetd
  • build-essential

Afterwards open in your browser. Download the latest version (.tar.gz) and register to get a serial number.

Now open a terminal, switch to the directory where you downloaded the VMware Server, and unpack it. After that switch to the unpacked files and start the installer.

tar xvfz VMware-server-1.0.5-80187.tar.gz
cd vmware-server-distrib/
sudo ./

You will be asked a few questions about install paths etc. - simply hit enter for every question - with the exception of the question if you want the installer to run after the installation.

Now download this patch. After that open a terminal and switch to the folder where you downloaded the patch. Unpack the patch and copy the included .tar-files to the VMware module-sources directory.

tar xvfj vmware.tar.bz2
cd vmware/
sudo cp vm* /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/

Now type in:


Answer all the questions with "yes" and accept the license agreement (if you agree with it). After that you'll be asked a few questions about install paths etc. - simply hit enter for every question. At the end you have to enter your serial number.

As a last resort we have to replace a library - otherwise VMware Server won't start:

sudo ln -sf /lib/ /usr/lib/vmware/lib/

The VMware Server is now available in the gnome applications menu.


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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