The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 12.04 - Page 3

6 Install Additional Software

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

In the Synaptic Package Manager, we can install additional software. You can use the Quick filter 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
  • chromium-browser
  • skype (only available for 32-bit systems)
  • empathy
  • icedtea-plugin
  • amule
  • amule-utils-gui
  • vuze
  • banshee
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • libreoffice
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer0.10*
  • gtkpod
  • openjdk-6*
  • k3b
  • smplayer
  • kompozer
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • rhythmbox
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-plugin
  • evolution
  • scribus
  • kino
  • googleearth-package
  • virtualbox-ose
  • gdebi
  • eclipse
  • thunderbird
  • gwibber
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer

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 And Java

To see if the Flash Player and Java have 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 11.2 r202) and the IcedTea (Java) plugins among them:


8 TrueType Fonts

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

9 Google Earth

In chapter 6, we have installed the package googleearth-package which is a utility to automatically build a .deb package of Google Earth. This means, Google Earth is not yet installed; we have to first build a .deb package of it with the help of googleearth-package, and then install the .deb package.

Open a terminal and become root:

sudo su

Now you can build the Google Earth .deb package as follows:

make-googleearth-package --force

Package: googleearth
Section: non-free/science
Priority: optional
Maintainer:  <root@howtoforge-VirtualBox>
Architecture: amd64
Depends: ttf-dejavu | ttf-bitstream-vera | msttcorefonts, libfreeimage3, lsb-core, libqtcore4, libgl1-mesa-glx , ia32-libs-gtk , msttcorefonts
Suggests: lib32nss-mdns, libgl1-nvidia-glx-ia32
Description: Google Earth, a 3D map/planet viewer
 Package built with googleearth-package.
dpkg-deb: building package `googleearth' in `./googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb'.
You can now install the package with e.g. sudo dpkg -i <package>.deb

If you don't see any errors, then you should find the Google Earth .deb package in the current directory:

ls -l

root@howtoforge-VirtualBox:~# ls -l
total 67180
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 35096726 May 10 11:21 googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 33688483 May 19  2011 GoogleEarthLinux.bin
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root      284 Mar  6 15:58 precise.list

Now you can install Google Earth as follows (use the name of the package the previous command gave you):

gdebi googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb


10 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] Shotwell Photo Manager

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

[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice 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

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Eclipse

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

[x] gdebi

[x] gedit

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From: Aleve Sicofante at: 2012-05-22 21:02:42

Please stop calling The GIMP a "replacement" for Adobe Photoshop or LibreOffice a "replacement" for MS Office. Have you ever seen those popular apps referred to as "the prorpietary commercial replacement" for the free ones?

Let's grow up and define applications for what they do, not for what some think they are trying to catch up to.

From: Gord Jeoffroy at: 2012-05-23 14:43:42

I share the sentiment! But this also helps put the apps in context for the newcomer. Simply calling The GIMP a "graphics program" doesn't paint as specific a picture as "it's like Photoshop."

From: Anonymous at: 2012-05-23 16:10:30

"Have you ever seen those popular apps referred to as "the prorpietary commercial replacement" for the free ones?"


Maybe we should start doing that. :D


Does anyone know if Ubuntu studio has a real time kernel or not?

From: Maxei at: 2012-09-30 10:40:14

"Does anyone know if Ubuntu studio has a real time kernel or not?"

Not exactly real time: Ubuntu Studio 12.04 uses the 3.2.0-23-lowlatency kernel. AFAIK, there is not yet a real-time kernel for Ubuntu Studio. I was using the 11.04 version (with a 'standard' kernel), and installed a low latency from alesio's repository. It was working ok for me: no xruns, but eventually, the updates of the system hogged it all to a slow responsive ubuntu. I was fed up of how slow it became ("thanks" to those nasty sob updates!).

I installed this 12.04 version, with xfce, and seems so, so, and is faster or more responsive than previous 11.04. However, I am now having terrible xruns! But I have NO intention to install updates; not again that mistake!!!

I need to find ways to eliminate xruns. Anyone??

From: Brian at: 2013-11-15 14:12:14

To get rid of xruns, you're going to have to make sure you are running the lowlatency kernel. Then, the first recommendation I'd make is to completely disable WiFi.

 I've never had a problem with any Ubuntu install's performance deteriorating over time because of updates. However, in saying that, I do always wait about a week after a new kernel is installed (just in case the new one is flakey) and if all okay after the week, zap all old kernel images and headers.

From: Anonymous at: 2012-05-23 18:33:11

did I miss the anti-virus?  Can't call it perfect desktop without one, right?


From: Anonymous at: 2012-08-14 20:10:52

there are open source free security programs but hacking a Linux based computer is extremely hard. Linux is actually safer than most other operating systems you come across in terms of security. why? because everything that effects the "System" of the computer is protected by your Root password/verification, a hacker can't do anything to your system without your permission.

 In short Linux by it's self is safer than a windows PC with expensive security programs.

From: Anonymous at: 2012-05-24 20:49:06

There really is no open source replacement for quicken that can connect to your bank and reconcile your transactions.