The Perfect Desktop - Debian Etch (Debian 4.0) - Page 4

5 Install Additional Software

To install additional applications, go to Desktop > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager:

You will have to provide the root password:

In the Synaptic Package Manager window, select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. MPlayer* means all packages that start with MPlayer):

  • f-spot
  • gftp
  • icedove* (select only the locales you need)
  • amule
  • amule-utils-gui
  • azureus
  • xchat*
  • gnucash
  • scribus
  • scribus-template
  • amarok
  • audacity
  • banshee*
  • mplayer
  • gtkpod
  • xmms* (not xmms2*!)
  • kino
  • kinoplus
  • vlc*
  • xine-ui
  • k3b
  • bluefish
  • quanta
  • java-*

You can use Synaptic's search function to find the above packages:

To select a package for installation, click on the checkbox left to the package name and select Mark for Installation in the menu that opens:

Some packages have additional dependencies that need to be installed so that the package works. Accept the additional packages by clicking on the Mark button:

After you've selected all of the above packages, click on the Apply button:

Click on Apply again in the Summary window:

The selected packages are now being downloaded and installed:

After the packages have been installed, a window opens that says that the changes have been applied. Click on Close and close the Synaptic window afterwards.


6 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again:

(If you don't find some applications anywhere in the menu although you know you've just installed them, log out and in again to the desktop. Afterwards they should be listed.)

Our inventory should now look like this:

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

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

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

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

[ ] Nvu
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

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

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From: at: 2007-05-03 04:55:14

finally...a great walkthrough to get the Deb OS up and running..not being familiar with apt-get and options this proved invaluable in getting an system up and running.. ..thx again.

From: at: 2007-05-19 18:39:27

Do you really need 9 seperate media players, 2 mail clients, 3 cd-burning apps, 4 web browsers, and 4 bittorrent clients (including opera and gtorrent)? No.

From: admin at: 2007-05-20 09:16:14

This is just for demonstration purposes. Of course, you can install all the software, but you can also pick only the software that you need. The tutorial just shows how to install all software, but it's up to you which software you install.

From: at: 2007-05-20 19:42:22

I came to that conclusion. Kind of made me snicker though. It is a great write up, dont get me wrong! But it just seemed like it could have been summed up with "Install Debian then get Automatix."

From: at: 2007-08-13 11:03:00

Personally, I feel you should have added a third partition of /home. It's one of the good qualities of Linux that should not be left out for simplicity sake... It takes a little more work during the installation process but the end result is an easier to upgrade system.

No windows nor gates, yet complete freedom! 

From: at: 2007-11-21 11:47:57

I didn't know about automagix before reading your howto. It looks promising. Unfortunately I found out that this tutorial only works for i386, not amd64, since automagix2 is not supporting amd64 on debian etch (yet). Perhaps it's good to mention this in the howto.
I assume that it's not a good idea to point to the gutsy sources for automagix2 (which do support amd64), or do you think there is no harm in trying that, i.e. mixing distributions?

From: fonok at: 2008-10-14 12:24:16

Usefull things at boot prompt:

DO NOT press Enter !

say: install tasks="kde-desktop" - if you want KDE instead of Gnome

sometimes acpi makes problems (I had with netinstall CD on a 'barebone' type PC):

say: install acpi=off

From: fonok at: 2008-10-14 12:27:09

and of course:

say: install tasks="no-desktop"

if you do not want to have any desktop - e.g. server setup

From: at: 2008-01-20 00:41:27

I found this link helpful when Debian 4.0 r2 caused Automatix to quit.


From: at: 2007-05-02 18:05:45

It depends on what you DL. I downloaded a ISO of Debian 4, which also - by default - installs KDE. Just look for the filename that has 'KDE' in it. I prefer it over Gnome myself. - Kc

From: Anonymous at: 2008-11-24 19:21:16

The automatix2 program seems to have been abandoned, so at least pages 5 and 6 of this howto need to be reconstructed with other means of installing the software, since automatix is now gone.