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6 Install Additional Software

To install additional applications, open the Synaptic Package Manager (System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager):

Type in your password:

In the Synaptic Package Manager, we can install additional software. You can use the Quick search field to find packages. 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:

Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. gstreamer* means all packages that start with gstreamer):

  • amarok
  • flashplugin-nonfree
  • amule
  • audacity
  • azureus
  • banshee
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • msttcorefonts
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer*
  • gtkpod-aac
  • sun-java6* (except sun-java6-doc)
  • k3b
  • kino
  • mplayer
  • mozilla-mplayer
  • quanta
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • xchat-gnome
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • helix-player
  • mozilla-helix-player
  • googleearth
  • acroread
  • mozilla-acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • thunderbird
  • skype
  • virtualbox-ose

After you've selected the desired packages, click on the Apply button:

Confirm your selection by 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 be asked to accept a few licenses:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:

To finish the VirtualBox installation, we must add the user that will run VirtualBox (falko in this example) to the vboxusers group. Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and run:

sudo usermod -G vboxusers -a falko


7 Flash Player

To see if the Flash Player has been installed correctly, 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 10.0r22) among them:


8 TrueType Fonts

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like OpenOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:


9 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again:

Our inventory should now look like this:

[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Pidgin
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

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

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Helix Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

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

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The package mozilla-acroread is not available in the Synaptic Package Manager. Comments attached to page 4 of this HowTo indicate that the lack of availability of the package is not an issue.

From: will

This is actually what I did:

> sudo apt-get install amule audacity azureus banshee bluefish dvdrip filezilla msttcorefonts gnucash gtkpod-aac k3b kino mplayer mozilla-mplayer quanta kompozer scribus xchat-gnome sound-juicer helix-player mozilla-helix-player acroread non-free-codecs ubuntu-restricted-extras libdvdcss2 xine-ui xine-plugin

 as i said before ... on to the other bits now


From: will


> sudo aptitude install ~ngstreamer0.10-plugins

From: will

I hope you moderate this post ... or take it as a time-saver for your next version of the page. I found it very time consuming to so this stuff with synaptic, so used command line.

I used something like :

>  sudo apt-get install amarok flashplugin-nonfree amule audacity azureus banshee bluefish dvdrip  filezilla  msttcorefonts  gnucash     gtkpod-aac     k3b     kino     mplayer     mozilla-mplayer     quanta     kompozer     scribus     xchat-gnome     sound-juicer  helix-player mozilla-helix-player          acroread     mozilla-acroread     non-free-codecs     ubuntu-restricted-extras     libdvdcss2    xine-ui     xine-plugin

(some of which I had to delete, but I'm sure you see the idea ... it's still running as I type.)

Next I will tackle:

 xmms2*     gstreamer*    sun-java6* (except sun-java6-doc)     vlc* 

 But not sure how to do this on command line - son't know if wildcards are accepted by apt-get.