The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 9.04 - Page 3

3 Update The System

Now it's time to check for updates and install them. This is done using the Update Manager. If you see the Update Manager in the top panel, you can start the Update Manager by clicking on it...

... otherwise you can start the Update Manager by going to System > Administration > Update Manager:

The Update Manager tells you which updates are available (you can click on the Check button to refresh the list). Click on Install Updates to install them:

Type in your password:

The updates are being downloaded and installed (this can take a few minutes):

When the update is complete, click on Close.

(If a new kernel was amongst the updates, a system restart is required to make the changes effective. If this is necessary, you will see a blue reboot icon in the upper right panel. Click on the blue reboot icon to restart the system.)

The system is now up-to-date.


4 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus to see which of our needed applications are already installed:

You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, where [ ] is an application that is missing):

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

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

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

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

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

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

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Ubuntu Studio 9.04.


5 Configure Additional Repositories

Some packages like the Adobe Reader are not available in the standard Ubuntu repositories. The easiest way to make such packages available to your system is to add the Medibuntu repository.

First we open a terminal (Accessories > Terminal):

First off, we edit /etc/apt/sources.list...

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

... and enable the jaunty partner repository:

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
## 'partner' repository.
## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
deb jaunty partner
deb-src jaunty partner

Then save the file.

To enable the Medibuntu repository, please do the following:

Import the repository:

sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Import the gpg-key and update your package-list:

sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install medibuntu-keyring && sudo aptitude update

Then run

sudo update-apt-xapian-index

to make Synaptic display packages from third-party repositories.

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From: stojo01 at: 2009-05-17 00:34:33

I got stuck on the openoffice install it hangs in part



Recommend you skip openoffice install

From: Safer Code at: 2009-05-05 15:58:21

Jaunty is fine but has serious problems with the graphics card. So, please consider that before switching to it. This post explains more:

Ubuntu Jaunty Graphics Problems

From: Anonymous at: 2009-05-05 14:19:29


Nice tutorial, but just wondering, why go through all the hassle if you can just use Wubi, get Ubuntu on you desktop/laptop as a second boot system and bob is you uncle!

I jsut set up my system like this - Win XP as base, then Ubuntu 9.04 through Wubi as second boot option. All sorted.

Apparently  Ubuntu is a bit slower in this mode, but I have not seen any significant lags. Moreover I have seen improveemnt in some task over XP!

Plus I use dual screen setup - so my main work area is a hi-res standalone lcd, and on the laptop I have all the other tidbits, like VLC media player, messenger, browser etc. Works fine without all the regular installation hassle!

The apps repository system is brilliant and you can jsut click what you want to install once you have the base system running and all happens automagically! No more hassle with terminal and sudoing everything! Even my wifi was configured autmoatically!

Woo-hoo go *Buntu go! (jsut a little fan boishness...)

Mr G

From: Randall Stross at: 2009-05-05 01:50:37

Great howto. This makes Ubuntu Studio much easier to install.

From: july04 at: 2009-07-02 18:31:46

if (for example) your pc is infected from a virus and can't boot your primary O.S. you get stuck

if you get a virus in your ms virtual machine you copy "on the fly" another M$ machine while quietly continuing to work in the linux host :-)

From: at: 2009-05-08 07:22:48

I wonder why Opera browser is not in the repository?


From: Sigurd at: 2009-08-12 09:03:34

Ubuntu 9 looks great and is an excellent Windows replacement. Debian is much faster than Windows XP for example. The  only thing Linux lacks is peripheral drivers. I have a Lexmark Wireless Network printer that uses a crappy Windows based driver that cannot be installed in Ubuntu.

Hardware vendors should be more aware of the possibilties of Linux Distro's in SOHO environments!

Great article and website by the way.

Sigurd Felix