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

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) - Page 4

10 Opera

Open a browser and go to; select Ubuntu as the distribution and then Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, 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 will come up. Click on Save File to download the package to your hard drive:

After the download has finished, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and go to the directory where the package has been saved (the default location is the Downloads folder in your home directory, i.e. ~/Downloads):

cd ~/Downloads

The package can then be installed as follows:

sudo gdebi picasa_3.0-current_* 

Afterwards, you can delete the .deb package:

rm -f picasa_3.0-current_* 


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] Empathy IM Client
[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: Anonymous

As a relative newbie I thought the article was very well written and presented - very useful.

Thank you!

By: tranquilpenguin

The only problem I have is I cannot watch ANY .wmv files in Firefox. It asks me to download the video. If I download, I can watch fine.

 I can stream .avi & .mpg no problems.

 What do I need to do for .wmv streaming???



By: oesgur

i was not sure too. and i selected 9.10 karmic koala. it worked fine for me

By: RapMan

Nice, but it is not necessary to use terminal anymore. Just download Ubuntu Tweak, select the repositories you need and install the software you need. Works fine for me and I have the same result even faster.


Just curious, Why install the version of Opera for Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope when you could have selected to install Opera for this version of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala?

By: Gérald

Opera has a repository and a key to be used in Ubuntu, offering to install it via Synaptic or Software Center.

By: tdw

Ok, so putting the 'perfect' adverb aside as there's clearly no way for everyone to come to an agreement on what constitutes 'perfect', you really can't fault this article as you have.

The author's assumptions were clearly laid out off the top, then the remainder showed how to achieve it. That's the whole point of the article - define 'perfect desktop' from the author's perspective then illustrate how to build it. You did get an article on what software to install. If you want to install different software, then do your research to decide what will work best for you and follow the template outlined in this article to install it.

Why are you griping about how to make it look like windows? If you want a windows desktop, then buy a windows machine and load windows software on to it. Windows seems to be your standard for perfect as implied by your comments so why are you even here complaining about a linux installation?

While I may not agree with the author's definition of what constitutes a perfect desktop, I think he's done a good job showing how to install all the software for those of us new to linux (this is my first forray into the linux world having been a dos/windows user for over 20 years). Thanks Falko! Well done.

By: Becker

I'm sorry but I thought these articles were a joke. All they do is tell you to install a bunch of software, most of which is duplicated and how can someone choose if they've never used linux before??

I expected a tutorial on what software to install, how to configure that software if required and then what changes to make to the default install to have it behaving/looking like a "Real" Windows desktop.

For example removing the top panel in Ubuntu and configuring the bottom panel to mimic Windows, adding icons on the desktop for My_Computer, Home & the Trash can and program icons like Firefox, Evolution and Empathy. What app do I open when I want MS_Paint?? I want to watch a movie (DVD) what is the Windows Media Player replacement? Vlc?, Totem?, RealPlayer? I'm confused.

I'm sorry but this is just so wide of the mark. I can't recommend it to any of my Windows friends to help them transition from Windows to Linux