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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:

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:  <[email protected]>
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
[email protected]:~#

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

ls -l

[email protected]:~# ls -l
total 67196
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 35118382 Oct 25 15:32 googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 33688483 May 19  2011 GoogleEarthLinux.bin
[email protected]:~#

I want to install the .deb package using gdebi which takes care of all dependencies.

gdebi googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb


11 Opera

If you like Opera more than Firefox or Chromium, you have to download it directly from their website. Open a browser and go to; 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):

cd /home/falko/Downloads/
sudo gdebi opera_12.02.1629_amd64.deb


12 Kompozer

Unfortunately Kompozer isn't available from the Ubuntu 12.10 repositories, therefore you have to install it as follows:

cd /home/falko/Downloads

sudo dpkg -i kompozer*.deb


13 Nightingale

Nightingale is not available in the Ubuntu repositories and has to be downloaded from their website at Click on the big 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.


14 Adobe Reader

Open a browser and go to; click on the Download now button:

Click on the Save File button to store the Adobe Reader installer on your hard drive:

Open a terminal and go to the directory where the download was stored (e.g. /home/falko/Downloads):

cd /home/falko/Downloads


ls -l

to find out how the file is named:

[email protected]:~/Downloads$ ls -l
total 64584
-rw-rw-r-- 1 falko falko 42950036 Oct 26 12:04 AdbeRdr9.5.1-1_i486linux_enu.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 falko falko  7858708 Apr 24  2012 kompozer_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1ubuntu2_amd64.deb
-rw-rw-r-- 1 falko falko  2145516 Apr 24  2012 kompozer-data_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1ubuntu2_all.deb
-rw-rw-r-- 1 falko falko 13176436 Oct 26 11:28 opera_12.02.1629_amd64.deb
[email protected]:~/Downloads$

In this case it is named AdbeRdr9.5.1-1_i486linux_enu.bin. Make the file executable and then run it to install Acrobat Reader:

chmod 755 AdbeRdr9.5.1-1_i486linux_enu.bin
sudo ./AdbeRdr9.5.1-1_i486linux_enu.bin


15 Inventory (III)

All wanted applications are installed now:

[x] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager

[x] Pinta

[x] Firefox
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Deluge
[x] 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


You are welcome to leave recommendations for software in the comments for the next issues!

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From: jfiosi

This article is a perfect example of how the members of the Linux community help each other! Thanks for the step-by-step guide. I have an older laptop which will be the target of your advice. Excellent job, I hope you write more articles targeting the newly interested. The pros don't need handholding; they are engaged in forums and groups. The newbies need the love!

From: Anonymous

sudo ./AdbeRdr9.5.1-1_i486linux_enu.bin
[sudo] password for amber:
sudo: unable to execute ./AdbeRdr9.5.1-1_i486linux_enu.bin: No such file or directory


Once again, any ideas why so many failures in your instructions ???