The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 10.10 - Page 4

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 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 Mark:

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

  • amarok
  • opera
  • skype
  • empathy
  • flashplugin-installer
  • amule
  • amule-utils-gui
  • vuze
  • banshee
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • transmission
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • openoffice.org
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer0.10*
  • gtkpod
  • sun-java6*
  • k3b
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • quanta
  • kompozer
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xchat-gnome
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • rhythmbox
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • thunderbird
  • evolution
  • virtualbox-ose

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

Confirm your selection by clicking 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 Close:

 

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 10.1 r85) 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:

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

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Vuze
[x] Empathy IM Client
[x] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

Office:
[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
[ ] RealPlayer
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

Programming:
[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

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

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From: Nicka at: 2010-11-01 11:33:20

First off, great job and a really in-depth guide for novice users. The only part I question is the latter part of page 3. I assume this guide is primarily meant for users migrating from Windows to Linux/Ubuntu? I have found that if not most, at least a great many Windows users are terrified of the command line. Over the years I have had serious problems guiding users to open a command prompt and enter "ipconfig" on Windows. IMHO these beginners guides should avoid anything command line in order not to scare people away. Yes, it's the fastest and easiest way to do a loooot of things (if not most) on a *nix-box, but the cold truth is that migrating users want to do it the hard and graphical way for a while. They have all the time in the world to befriend the terminal when they have their system up and running. Otherwise you have done a great job, and I hope it will safely guide a lot of newcomers to the wonderful world of free software/GNU/Linux/Ubuntu!

 

From: Anonymous at: 2010-11-05 09:06:21

Did you really need multiple programs that do the same thing (2 browsers, 3 audio players, 2 burners, 3 BT clients, 5 media players!!) ?

 And Ubuntu comes with a default PDF reader that isn't a huge gigantic hog like Adobe Reader, so it seems an unnecessary addition.

If you like BlueFish you'll love Geany.