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  1. 7 Install Additional Software
  2. 8 TrueType Fonts
  3. 9 Inventory (II)

7 Install Additional Software

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

Type in your password:

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 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:

The following packages need to be installed if you want the applications of the above primary choice (* is a wildcard; e.g. vlc* means all packages that start with vlc):

  • flashplugin-installer (necessary only if you didn't check the Install this third-party software checkbox during installation)
  • audacity
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • k3b
  • kino
  • eclipse
  • kompozer
  • scribus
  • vlc*
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • acroread
  • non-free-codecs
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2
  • virtualbox-ose
  • skype (32 bit version only, leave it out for 64 bit)
  • banshee
  • icedtea-plugin
  • gdebi
  • shotwell
  • pinta
  • deluge
  • dropbox
  • marble
  • libreoffice
  • winff
  • gedit
  • openjdk-6*

These are the packages for all the other possible alternative applications (you don't need to install them if you are happy with the above selection):

  • chromium-browser
  • amarok
  • vuze
  • bluefish
  • gstreamer0.10*
  • gtkpod
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • rhythmbox
  • xine-ui
  • xine-plugin
  • evolution
  • googleearth-package
  • totem
  • soundconverter
  • soundkonverter
  • kolourpaint4
  • mypaint
  • qbittorrent
  • okular
  • xcfa
  • brasero
  • clementine
  • exaile

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

Confirm your selection by again 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 have to answer a few questions. Accept the licenses and proceed:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:


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 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far. Our inventory should now look like this:

[x] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager

[x] Pinta

[x] Firefox
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Deluge
[ ] Skype
[x] Marble

[x] Pidgin

[x] Dropbox

[x] Gwibber Social Client

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

Sound & Video:
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] Winff

[x] KompoZer
[x] Eclipse

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

[x] gdebi

[x] Synaptic Package Manager

[x] gedit

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By: Anonymous


thank you sooo much for your dedicated work. For anyone, even a bit advanced users, an excellent piece of work.

Amazing to get it out there so fast.

thanks again

By: Anonymous

Just a note for all Xubuntu beginners: two very useful tips.  First. to use alt+right key for resizing windows.  Just right-click somewhere near the bottom right corner of a window while holding down the alt key to resize (xfce is otherwise not sensitive enough and it can be frustrating trying to find that sweet spot without this trick).  Second, an interesting and useful windows trick with xfce is to scroll while the mouse is in the window border - this scrolls up the windows leaving only the title bar, and vise versa, which can be a neat way to navigate windows that other desktops don't offer. For what it's worth, as far as appearance goes I always do the following immediately: use desktop settings to change the icons display to leave a clear desktop; use the settings editor to not show the removables files (now the desktop is really clear); and in settings manager switch to the Xubuntu Bluebird theme for window borders.  Hopefully xfce devs will realize some day that no, most of us do not want to see a dozen drive icons on our desktop (!).


Thanks for the great tutorial - I've been an xubuntu user for two years and this an excellent walk through.