Media players and desktop apps
first update the package lists with
sudo apt-get update
or, if you update the list more than once a day, you can use
sudo apt-get update -o Acquire::Pdiffs=true
which dowwnloads only the differences in packages lists, and can save you time - but it will take longer than a normal update if you haven't updated for a few days.
sudo apt-get install mplayer gnome-mplayer mencoder vlc audacious gimp pinta imagemagick k3b k9copy dvdrip
sudo apt-get install xpdf x11-tools xfce4-taskmanager xfprint4 xfce4-notes-plugin xfce4-screenshooter xfce4-dict x-tile xarchiver gstreamer-0.10 gnome-icon-theme-symbolic
* xfce4-cpugraph-plugin xfce4-netload-plugin xfce4-wavelan-plugin xfce4-systemload-plugin xfce4-mount-plugin xfce4-places-plugin xfce4-timer-plugin xfce4-volumed
sudo apt-get install clipit pidgin uget clamtk pyrenamer easytag catfish gdmap gparted testdisk unetbootin qshutdown ksnapshot kcharselect luckybackup feh cheese meld regexxer bleachbit htop etherape transmission yelp gnome-color-chooser systemsettings gnome-icon-theme-symbolic
1. video players, winamp-style music player, image browser, image manipulators, a steady cd/dvd burner with many features including ripping, a dvd ripper
2. document viewer, calculator etc, xfce task manager, windows tile man, archive manager
3. clipboard manager, xchat client, download manager, virus scanner, batch file renamer, id3 tag writer, file search, graphical disk map, gnome disk usage analyser, partition manager, disk rescue, usb live OS installer, shutdown timer, kde screenshot taker, character map, files backup utility, gnome webcam app, file/directory comparison app, file text search/replace, system cleanup app, system monitor, network monitor, torrent downloader, help agent, Gnome's desktop colour editor, KDE's control panel, grey icon set
to enable conversion of wav to mp3 or mp3 to wav (and other formats) -ie ripping an audio cd or making an audio cd in K3B...sudo apt-get install libk3b6-extracodecs normalize-audio
In KDE's control panel you can set the appearance and colors of all KDE apps which is handy.
* Xfce panel plugins: if updating to Xfce 4.10 don't install these now as you'll need to recompile them from source to work on 4.10. Xfce from Debian repo's is 4.8.
xfce plugins http://goodies.xfce.org/...
recommends for xfce http://wiki.xfce.org/...
ClamTK virus scanner
A GUI for Clamav - mainly it's used for scanning potentially infected files received from Windows machines to prevent sending on infected files etc.
Latest version be installed from .deb file from clamtk website - from repository it will report out-dated GUI and virus definitions.
these are Linux-specific anti-trojan programssudo apt-get install rkhunter chkrootkit
sudo rkhunter --propupd
sudo rkhunter --checkall
sudo rkhunter --update
sudo chkrootkit -x | less
add web sites to the /etc/hosts file to block lots of nasty stuff - http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/
sudo leafpad /etc/hosts
when done adding,sudo service networking restart
or can try hostsblock http://gaenserich.github.io/hostsblock/
=======================================================================================================================================================================sudo apt-get install gnome-system-tools kdemultimedia-kio-plugins gnome-font-viewer ttf-mscorefonts-installer
gnome configuration editor sets things in gnome app's
gnome system tools enables user management
kdemultimedia-kio-plugins enables reading and conversion of audio from CD's in KDE app's
mscorefonts include Times, Tahoma, Verdana, Ariel etc.
to enable transparency of the roxterm terminal emulator, check "enable display compositing" in Xfce Settings manager > Windows Tweaks.
clipit: set automatic paste
gnome mplayer resizes to full size on every play (bad for HD video) -enable playlist, or try in Pref's >Interface >only allow one instance, >remember window location and size, >uncheck "resize window when new video is loaded" and Alt-F8 drag smaller on the first video.
bluetooth mouse doesn't get detected or doesn't pair -replace mouse battery! click on pair (not set up) in bluetooth manager and enter 0000, and if it doesn't connect switch off the mouse for a minute or two and back on, e voila, it's connected.
network manager gives this message: "system policy prevents modification of network settings" and asks for root key to logon to network
sudo leafpad /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.policy
search for org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.settings.modify.system
at the end of that section change <allow_active>auth_admin_keep</allow_active>
gthumb no video play -check got installed: gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-tools libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev phonon-backend-gstreamer
gwenview no video play
Wine is a platform for installing Windows applications on Linux. It doesn't hurt anything to install it and it works quite well (except for glitches in the apps themselves), and is indeed very useful if you really need a Windows app working. But it's quite a lot of disk space, some 400Mb installed?
I've found out that I can do what I need to do without it -that's image editing and uploading. Digikam says it all really -even though it needs some better features. Picasa demanded quite a sizable disk space allowance for my 70,000 pics, some 12Gb for its db3 cache on my box. Also, Google aren't continuing support for it on Linux. So it's time to get off it and get on with using what alternative apps Linux has for image processing. See my Image processing page.
first enable multiarch (as per Google earth install, step2), then
sudo apt-get install wine:i386
see here binarytides.com/
check the latest version http://www.winehq.org/
Step 4 - CD ripper, audio editor, Chromium, Opera, Bible, GPS setup, Viking, Skype