The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 9.04 - 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 on 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 on Mark:

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

  • amarok
  • flashplugin-nonfree
  • amule
  • amule-utils-gui
  • azureus
  • banshee
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • transmission
  • msttcorefonts
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer*
  • gtkpod-aac
  • sun-java6* (except sun-java6-doc)
  • k3b
  • mplayer
  • mozilla-mplayer
  • quanta
  • kompozer
  • vlc*
  • xchat-gnome
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • rhythmbox
  • helix-player
  • mozilla-helix-player
  • googleearth
  • acroread
  • mozilla-acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • thunderbird
  • evolution
  • skype
  • virtualbox-ose

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

Confirm your selection by clicking on 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 on Close:

To finish the VirtualBox installation, we must add the user that will run VirtualBox (falko in this example) to the vboxusers group. Open a terminal (Accessories > Terminal) and run:

sudo usermod -G vboxusers -a falko


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 10.0r22) 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:

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

[x] Firefox
[ ] 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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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: 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: Randall Stross at: 2009-05-05 01:50:37

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

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