There is a new version of this tutorial available for Debian 6 (Squeeze).

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7 Installing Additional Software

Now that we have added additional repositories, a lot more packages are available in our package manager for installation, especially a big deal of our needed packages. To install them, go to Applications > Add/Remove Software:

Type in the root password:

The Package Manager opens. Go to the List tab. Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. mplayer* means all packages that start with mplayer) and click on Apply afterwards:

  • amarok
  • amarok-visualisation
  • amule
  • audacity
  • azureus
  • banshee
  • bittorrent
  • bittorrent-gui
  • bluefish
  • dvdrip
  • f-spot
  • ffmpeg
  • flash-plugin
  • gftp
  • gnomebaker
  • gnucash
  • gstreamer-plugins*
  • gtkpod
  • k3b
  • k3b-extras
  • kdewebdev
  • kino
  • lame
  • mjpegtools
  • mplayer*
  • ntfs-3g
  • scribus
  • thunderbird
  • vlc
  • xchat
  • xchat-gnome
  • xine
  • xine-lib
  • xine-skins
  • xinetd (needed by VMware Server)
  • xmms*

Click on Continue:

The Package Manager resolves the dependencies of the chosen packages:

Click on Continue again:

The chosen packages and their dependencies are downloaded:

It is possible that there are other unknown keys. Accept them by clicking on Import key:

The chosen packages are installed:

Click on OK to finish the software installation:


8 Inventory (II)

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

Our inventory should now look like this:

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

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] gFTP
[x] 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
[x] 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

One of the packages we've just installed is the Flash Player 9 for Linux. To see if it works in our Firefox browser, open Firefox and type in


in the address bar. In the page that loads you should see that Flash is listed:

You can now open a web site of which you know that it uses Flash. For example, has video news in Flash. You should be able to see (and hear) the Flash movies:

Another web site that uses Flash movies is YouTube, for example.

A few applications are still missing, so let's install them now.

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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