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The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 7.04 - Page 3

6 Install Additional Software

To install additional applications, go to Applications > Add/Remove...:

The Add/Remove Applications window opens. Select All available applications in the Show: menu:

Select the following packages for installation:

  • Amarok
  • aMule
  • aMule GUI
  • Azureus
  • Banshee Music Player
  • BitTorrent
  • Bluefish Editor
  • CD/DVD Writer GnomeBaker
  • dvd::rip
  • Evolution
  • gFTP
  • GnuCash Finance Management
  • GStreamer extra plugins
  • GStreamer ffmpeg video plugin
  • GStreamer plugins for aac, xvid, mpeg2, faad
  • GStreamer plugins for mms, wavpack, quicktime, musepack
  • gtkpod
  • gxine
  • Java 1.4 plugin for mozilla/firefox
  • Java Web Start 1.4
  • K3b
  • Macromedia Flash plugin
  • MPlayer Movie Player
  • MPlayer Plugin for Mozilla
  • Drawing
  • Presentation
  • Spreadsheet
  • Database
  • Printers
  • Print Jobs (CUPS)
  • Quanta Plus
  • Rhythmbox Music Player
  • Sound Juicer CD Extractor
  • Sun Java 5.0 Plugin
  • Sun Java 5.0 Runtime
  • Sun Java 6 Web Start
  • Thunderbird Mail
  • VLC media player
  • XChat IRC Client
  • Xine extra plugins

There are also lots of other applications available that you can install as well if you like.

A few packages require interaction when you select them. For example, some packages are maintained by the Ubuntu community, others are categorized as unsupported or restricted. Accept them by clicking on Install:

Some other packages have dependencies that must be installed as well if you select such a package. For example, aMule GUI has some dependencies. When you select aMule GUI, a new window will pop up telling you about the dependencies. Install them as well by clicking on Install All:

After you've selected all wanted packages, click on the Apply button in the lower right corner of the Add/Remove Applications window. A new window opens (Apply the following changes?). Confirm your selection by clicking on Apply:

Please type in your password:

Afterwards all selected packages are downloaded and installed:

Some packages require that you accept their licenses (for example j2re1.4 and sun-java5-bin):

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:


7 Flash Player

To see if the Flash plugin (which we have just installed) is working, start Firefox. Then type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 9.0r31 which is the newest one at the time of this writing) among them:

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.


8 Edit Menus Again

We have installed BitTorrent in step 6, but it doesn't show up in the menu, so we have to enable it.

Right-click on Applications and select Edit Menus:

Go to the Internet submenu and enable BitTorrent. Afterwards, click on Close:

Now BitTorrent should be visible in the Internet submenu.

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