There is a new version of this tutorial available for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn).

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) - Page 4

10 Opera

Open a browser and go to; select Ubuntu as the distribution and then Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron and click on the Download Opera button:

A download dialogue should come up. Select Open with GDebi Package Installer (default):

A Package Installer window comes up. Click on the Install Package button to install Opera:

Type in your password:

Opera is now being installed. Afterwards, you can close the Package Installer window:


11 Google Picasa

Go to and select the right .deb package for your architecture (i386 or amd64). A download dialogue should come up. Select Open with GDebi Package Installer (default):

A Package Installer window comes up. Click on the Install Package button to install Picasa:

Type in your password:

Picasa is now being installed. Afterwards, you can close the Package Installer window:


12 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

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

[x] Firefox
[x] 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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By: Ted Weese

I have just begun the transition from Windows to Linux based operating systems, and that was a pretty good tutorial for someone that has no real previous knowledge of Ubuntu. I would recommend it to all the "first-timers" like myself.

By: Cywiro

Users of 32-bit systems do not require mozilla-acroread, and it's no longer available in Synaptic, so they needn't bother looking for it.
In previous versions of Ubuntu, acroread and mozilla-acroread were found in the medibuntu repository but now only amd64 versions are located there.

Users who require Adobe Reader and the browser plugin need only install acroread (which needs the archive-canonical partner repository enabled).

Glad to see you've replaced VMWare Server with VirtualBox this time but why the OSE version? As pointed out by another commenter, it would be better to install VirtualBox from its own repository. And why not include the VirtualBox Guest Additions? If you're going to have a virtual machine, you may as well have seamless integration and shared directories to make it really useful.

Thanks for your efforts with the "Perfect Desktop" series, they're always my first port of call when installing a new linux distro.

By: Cywiro

You lost all credibility with "absolutley"!

Why should we take advice from someone who doesn't even realize when the spellchecker is highlighting an error? (Oh yes, the red dots actually mean something).

Empty vessels and all that.

By: UbuntuUser

i love the step by step processes but i would like to say that command line editing of medibuntu repos are not needed. its best if u show the graphical way. thats much easier for computer novices. 

i would suggest to add

1. gnome backgrounds for more wallpapers

2. ubuntu tweak ( a classic tweak software and a lot of very useful 3rd party applications database)

3. Wine for running Windows based games( as there are no Linux ports or replacements for them,sadly! )

4. Empathy for google-talk voice chat 

5. Gizmo for yahoo messenger voice-chat

6. Virtualbox OSE does not have USB support which is much needed so its better to add virtualbox from its own repository.

7. simple backup/restore for backing up data incase of a failure.


By: Anonymous

You're right... I've created such a tutorial...more one about jazzing up than pumping up your ubuntu... take a look here:

By: Kevin DeKorte

mplayerplug-in is no longer being developed (almost 2 yrs now) and has been replaced by gecko-mediaplayer. So I would suggest that you update your instructions to reflect that.

By: Anonymous

Love what you've been doing. Keep up the good work. On a side note, it would be interesting sometime to see a Perfect Desktop install using only opensource programs. If that's even possible.

By: Rambling Johnny

It bloated and the standard document reader coming with gnome/ubuntu can read pdf just fine.

By: Al

VirtualBox works fine er, out of the box, no need for any fancy special commands. Don't know if you used to have to do that but it's not needed now.

By: Troberg

I noticed that everything after the OS install can be done through the command line. Why not include a copy-paste-able script for us lazy people, which does it all in one simple operation?

By: mathew vyse

This is designed for "first timers".

Windows migrators don't want, in general, to be scared off by lots of confusing terminal commands with little or no instruction (for simplicities sake).

The terminal command to add the user to the VirtualBox group is short and sweet plus the "gui-way" takes a lot of screen shots.

 Installing Opera and Picasso does, too... but it also shows windows users how to "download and install" applications "just like they did in Windows".

They see the only difference is rather than running an EXE file that has the installation instead they use DEB files and use the installer [which is the same for two completely different applications from different makes].

But yes, it would be nice to do that... in fact... you could put it in a comment! :)

By: doni

Why would you wan't firefox and opera too? evolution and thunderbird at the same time? any special reason? there are a few more redundant applications there...

By: admin

Quote from the tutorial:

"As you might have noticed, a few applications are redundant, for example there are two CD/DVD burning applications in my list (Brasero, K3B). If you know which one you like best, you obviously don't need to install the other applications, however if you like choice, then of course you can install both. The same goes for music players like Amarok, Banshee, Rhythmbox, XMMS or browsers (Firefox, Opera)."

By: Towhaul

Thank for for showing the install process. I'm a new Linux user and I must say this is the most informative article on how to install Linux I've seen. If Ubuntu added this tutorial to their software on opening then Linux has just taken another giant leap for Windows users.

Thank you so much!!!


I  read all these perfect desktop info packs. Just would like to no how big does the install finish on your hard drive.
Thanks for all the help I get from these sources.

By: Anonymous

Phrase Perfect Desktop , and the word Ubuntu do NOT belong in the same sentence!!!! EVER!!!!!! Unless that sentence states that "Ubuntu is absolutley the farthest thing possible from the perfect desktop".

By: Anonymous

if you wan to install multi media codec (ubuntu restricted extras) for ubuntu 9.04 download ubuntu restricted extras offline installer from here  follow the simple instructions provided in read me test file.

By: Anonymous

why is that link to rapidshare up? it would certainly be more safe installing it with synaptic. it's in the repositories.

By: HyRax

Just a note: when you install the "ubuntu-restricted-extras" package, this automatically includes Sun Java, the Microsoft Truetype Core Fonts and all the GStreamer codecs, so you don't need to manually choose the latter packages in Synaptic.

Other than that, great tutorial!


By: Anonymous

This is my second time I used this site to install my ubuntu, that is the ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex and the ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope. Its been very helpful. Thanks and Keep it up.

By: Metylerdurden

      This is ok, but I can't play myspace video or music. I prefer tutorials that use sudo apt command to install alot - this tutorial is slow.  Everything looks good as far as eye candy here just not the greatest tutorial I ever followed.       nice try

By: Anonymous

These tutorials have been very (very) time-saving for me.

Thank you so much!



When downloading Opera, one can now select Ubuntu 9.04.

When obtaining Picasa:

** The option to open with the package installer is not present as shown above
** Save the file
** Open the containing folder (likely Desktop, was for me, ymmv)
** Optional: move to another folder (I moved to a program specific folder under Downloads within my /home directory)
** Set permissions to Allow executing file as program (Permissions tab on the Properties dialog)
** Install as above

By: Gerardo

Thank you so much, I was actually Google-ing each little app I needed one at a time!!! Until I came across this.

By: morbri420

ty ty ty your out-line for the perfect desktop for linux worked great was user freindly. Im new to linux and i got threw it great thanks again for all your help with my linux ubuntu 9.04 set-up.

By: LM

This is excellent in illustrating the power of linux, the potential utility is huge.  Java did throw up a bit of difficulty for me though, generally in relation to overwriting of files. 

By: Anonymous

Why not try Ultimate Ubuntu 2.7 that has all that and more pre-installed and not have to fetch programmes off repositories... :). You might have to fetch the opera browser