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  1. 3 Update The System
  2. 4 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

3 Update The System

First we have to make sure that all packages on our new Debian system are up-to-date. To do this, we open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):

In the terminal, we run

su

to become root. Afterwards, we run the following two commands:

apt-get update

apt-get upgrade

Afterwards, the system should be up-to-date.

 

4 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now lets browse all menus under Applications 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):

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

Internet:
[x] Iceweasel (Firefox)
[ ] Opera
[ ] Flash Player
[ ] gFTP
[ ] Icedove (Thunderbird)
[x] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[x] Bittorrent
[ ] Azureus
[x] Gaim
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[ ] Xchat IRC

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

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

Programming:
[ ] Nvu
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

Other:
[ ] VMware Server
[ ] TrueType fonts
[ ] Java
[ ] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

So some applications are already on the system...

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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