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Check-list after installing Ubuntu 10.10 – Maverick Meerkat

Tomorrow Maverick Meerkat (Ubuntu 10.10) will arrive, and as usual I’m making a little check-list while I’m waiting :)

Things found in Ubuntu Software Centre that you just need

  1. Ubuntu Restricted Extras (ubuntu-restricted-extras): Gives you all the codecs you need :)
  2. Sun Java (sun-java6-bin, sun-java6-jre): Can only be installed after installing Ubuntu Restricted Extras
  3. Gufw (gufw): Graphic user interface for the firewall in Ubuntu
  4. Wine (wine1.2, wine1.2-gecko): Compatibility layer for running Windows applications
  5. Gnome Format (gnome-format): A tool to easily format (erase and initialize) external memory media like USB sticks or SD/MMC flash cards
  6. ClamTK: GUI for ClamAV – Antivirus (it can be discussed if you need one or not, read more here: Antivirus)
  7. Simple backup suite: Backup software

Misc (found in Ubuntu Software Centre):

  1. GIMP: The GNU Image Manipulation Program
  2. Gmail Notifier
  3. VLC: Media Player that can play almost everything
  4. Adobe Reader I just can’t stand the default pdf-viewer…
  5. Okular: The best pdf-viewer ever! (Why do you need two pdf-viewers you may ask? Because Okluar doesn’t show up in the browser)
  6. PDF-shuffler: Easy pdf editor
  7. Calibre: E-book converter and library management
  8. R Commander: Graphical interface to the R environment for statistical computing
  9. Exaile: In my opinion the best music player for Linux

Must haves, you have to install manually:

  1. Ubuntu Tweak: Makes life much easier (can be used to easily edit the window buttons) :)
  2. Moonlight: A free Silverlight clone
  3. Prey: Open source anti-theft solution for Linux, Mac, PCs & Phones
  4. BleachBit: Kind of like CCleaner for Windows

Misc you have to install manually:

  1. Dropbox For syncing and sharing files. Can be used to share and sync files with Windows, Mac and Linux (Gnome) and smartphones. My favourite <3
  2. Adobe Air and then TweetDeck
  3. Skype
  4. Calibre: E-book converter and library management. I know it’s mentioned above as well, but I prefer the “download”-version.
  5. Kdenlive: Free and open source video editor for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and FreeBSD

Other things that have to be done:

  1. Enable Compiz Desktop Effects
    Open the Appearance window
    * System > Preferences > Appearance
    * Select ‘Desktop Effects’ Tab
    * Check either ‘Normal’ Or ‘Extra’
  2. Install more fonts by copying this into the Terminal
    sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1 && sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts && sudo apt-get install ttf-larabie-straight ttf-larabie-deco mplayer-fonts xfonts-terminus-dos xfonts-terminus xfonts-terminus-oblique xfonts-mona tv-fonts ttf-tuffy ttf-sjfonts ttf-sil-padauk ttf-sil-ezra ttf-paktype ttf-georgewilliams ttf-fifthhorseman-dkg-handwriting ttf-farsiweb ttf-essays1743 ttf-opensymbol ttf-nafees ttf-mgopen ttf-gentium ttf-freefont ttf-dustin ttf-devanagari-fonts ttf-dejavu-extra ttf-dejavu-core ttf-dejavu ttf-bpg-georgian-fonts ttf-bitstream-vera ttf-alee
  3. Remove Computer Janitor from the menu before you get tempted to use it (DO NOT USE IT! Use Ubuntu Tweak or BleachBit instead)
  4. Follow this guide to be able to watch encrypted DVDs in Ubuntu: How to watch encrypted DVDs in Ubuntu?
  5. In general make the system work and look as you want it to ^^

Must have add-ons in Firefox

  • Dictionaries & Language Packs
  • MediaPlayerConnectivity: Allow you to launch embed video of website in an external application with a simple click
  • GBookmarks: Cool application that works together with Google Bookmarks, and saves all you bookmarks on the web, so in that way you can have your bookmarks with your were ever you go
  • Clipmarks: Fun way to bookmark)
  • FireFTP: My favourite FTP-client
  • Adblock Plus: Keeps the adds away
  • FLASH-AID: Remove conflicting flash plugins from Ubuntu Linux systems and install the appropriate version according to system architecture.

09/10/2010 at 22:13 1 comment

How to watch encrypted DVDs in Ubuntu?

This is one of the questions people often ask me when they are trying Ubuntu for the first time. For in Ubuntu, unlike in Linux Mint (one reasons why I recommend Linux Mint for those who new to GNU/Linux), watching encrypted DVDs doesn’t work right out of the box. This is because this feature is a part of the package repository Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) that isn’t included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc).

I’m just going into show you how to install the package that let you play encrypted DVDs and not how to add the Medibuntu repository (but if you want to you cant read about how to do that here: Medibuntu.

The GUI Way

  1. Open Synaptic (System >Administration > Synaptic Package Manager ) or Ubuntu Software Centre if you’re using Ubuntu 10.04 (Applications -> Ubuntu Software Centre)
  2. Search for ubuntu-restricted-extras (Ubuntu users), kubuntu-restricted-extras (Kubuntu users) or xubuntu-restricted-extras (Xubuntu users) and install this package
  3. Then search for the package named libdvdcss2 and install it
  4. You should now be able to watch encrypted DVDs on your system :) If you didn’t find libdvdcss2 try the Terminal Way’s step

The Terminal Way:

  1. Open the Terminal:
    Ubuntu: Applications > Accessories > Terminal
    Kubuntu: KMenu > System > Terminal Program (Konsole)
    Xubuntu: Applications menu -> System -> Terminal
  2. Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras with this command:
    Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    Kubuntu: sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras
    Xubuntu: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras
  3. Then install try to install libdvdcss2 with the command sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 if it didn’t work try the command below that’s matching your system (if you don’t know which one, try the one for i386).

    1. wget -c
    2. sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_i386.deb


    1. wget -c
    2. sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu4_amd64.deb


    1. wget -c
    2. sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-2medibuntu2_powerpc.deb
  4. And there! You should now be able to watch encrypted DVDs!

And in case someone is wondering: I recommend using VLC for watching DVDs in Ubuntu (you can find it in Synaptic and Ubuntu Software Centre or you can just install it by using this command: sudo apt-get install vlc).

16/06/2010 at 21:24 4 comments

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