The Perfect Desktop - Xubuntu 12.04 - Page 4
10 Google Earth
In chapter 7, if you chose Google Earth over Marble, you 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:
Now you can build the Google Earth .deb package as follows:
Maintainer: <[email protected]>
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_188.8.131.527+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:
[email protected]:~# ls -l
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 35118382 May 11 15:32 googleearth_184.108.40.2067+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 33688483 May 19 2011 GoogleEarthLinux.bin
I want to install the .deb package using gdebi which takes care of all dependencies.
If you like Opera more than Firefox or Chromium, you have to download it directly from their website. Open a browser and go to http://www.opera.com/browser/download/; select Ubuntu as the distribution and then default package and click on the Download Opera button:
A download dialogue should come up. Select Save File:
The package will be saved in your default download folder, which is the Downloads folder in your personal folder. Open a terminal and install it from there as follows (replace my username with yours and the version of Opera with the one you downloaded, if it has changed since this writing):
12 Skype for 64 bit Systems
While Skype is only available for 32 bit systems in the Ubuntu repository, you can download it for 64 bit systems on their homepage. Therefore go on http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/linux/ and select the right version to download:
The package will be saved in your default download folder, which is the Downloads folder in your personal folder. Open a terminal and install it from there as follows (replace my username with yours and the version of Skype with the one you downloaded, if it has changed since this writing):
Nightingale is not available in the Ubuntu repositories and has to be downloaded from their website at http://getnightingale.com. Click on the great download button and open the downloaded archive with the archive manager. The application doesn't need to be installed since it can be started directly from the downloaded directory.
- Xubuntu: http://xubuntu.org/
You are welcome to leave recommendations for software in the comments for the next issues!