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The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 7.04 - Page 2

3 Update The System

When you log in for the first time, you will most likely see an orange software update icon in the taskbar (in the upper right corner) which means that updates for the installed software are available. To install the updates, click on that orange icon:

The Update Manager tells you which updates are available. Click on Install Updates to install them:

Specify your password:

The updates are being downloaded and installed (this can take a few minutes):

When the update is complete, click on Close:

Then close the Update Manager:

The orange software update icon is now gone. The system is up-to-date.


4 Edit Menus

By browsing the Applications menu, you will get an overview of what is already installed on the system. Unfortunately, it doesn't show all installed applications. For example, the CD Player is already installed, but not shown in the menu. Therefore we will edit the menu now to make it list this application as well.

Right-click on Applications and select Edit Menus:

Go to the Sound & Video submenu and enable CD Player. Afterwards, click on Close:

Now CD Player should be visible in the Sound & Video submenu.


5 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):

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

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

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

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

[ ] Nvu
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

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

So some applications are already on the system...

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