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  1. 5 Install Additional Software
  2. 6 Inventory (II)

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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By: Falko Timme