To Do List After installing Ubuntu 10.10 aka Maverick Meerkat

Yep it’s this time of the year again!!! with the fresh baby from Ubuntu, Maverick Meerkat, yep10.10. It didn’t escape from its predecessors attributes : being better than the previous release, more changes to make the user experience better, etc…Some of the noticeable changes are a fast boot, a new font dubbed “Ubuntu Font Family” which is great actually, a richer UX addition on the music experience from the notification bar, more social by default…Some changes you may not notice are the removal of “aptitude” package manager by default keeping only “apt-get”, a new repository for Third parties developers who want to ship their latest softwares located at http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu…Ok let’s customize the beast :)

1 – Expand the Software Repository List

First of all, lets make Ubuntu “see” more packages. Go to the terminal and edit your sources.list with :

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Here is the content of my sources.list which I think is quite complete to have all the necessary applications you could ever need. So delete the whole content of your sources list and replace it with the content of mine

Save it. Now import the necessary repositories keys to avoid “apt-get” crying about some missing keys, go to the terminal and type:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com DCF9F87B6DFBCBAE F9A2F76A9D1A0061 A040830F7FAC5991 2EBC26B60C5A2783

Get your system up to date with :

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Now all your programs will run on the last version.

2 – Anti-Virus

Windows equivalent : AVG AntiVirus, NAV, TrendMicro, F-Prot, Kaspersky, …

Ubuntu equivalent : ClamAV, Avast

ClamAV

sudo apt-get install clamav clamtk

Access it through System Tools → Virus Scanner .

Avast

wget http://files.avast.com/files/linux/avast4workstation_1.3.0-2_i386.deb && sudo dpkg -i avast4workstation_1.3.0-2_i386.deb

Access it through Accessories → avast! Antivirus .

3 – Essential tools for compiling from sources

sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall cdbs devscripts dh-make fakeroot libxml-parser-perl check avahi-daemon

4 – Java runtime environment

Java is a very important thing to install, now that many programs like Azureus need it to run. So type:

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin equivs

6 – Multimedia

Windows equivalent : windows media player, real player, vlc, mplayer

Ubuntu equivalent : vlc, mplayer, helix player

To have Ubuntu playing all kinds of stuff, you need to install many codecs. So on the Terminal, type:

* Installing vlc and mplayer (plays almost everything):

sudo apt-get install vlc mplayer

* Common packs

sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder mpeg2dec vorbis-tools id3v2 mpg321 mpg123 libflac++6 ffmpeg libmp4v2-0 totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 libjpeg-progs libquicktime1 flac faac faad sox ffmpeg2theora libmpeg2-4 uudeview flac libmpeg3-1 mpeg3-utils mpegdemux liba52-0.7.4-dev

* Gstreammer 0.10

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 gstreamer0.10-gnonlin gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-sdl gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-schroedinger gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse totem-gstreamer

* More programs

sudo apt-get install gstreamer-dbus-media-service gstreamer-tools ubuntu-restricted-extras

* Enable dvd support

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 && sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/./install-css.sh

* Flash

sudo apt-get install gsfonts gsfonts-x11 flashplugin-nonfree

7. Tweak your eyecandy

Ubuntu 10.04 comes with compiz fusion effects OOTB but doesn’t offer a way to customize them.

In a terminal copy/paste this:

sudo apt-get install simple-ccsm

Now navigate to System → Preferences → Simple CompizConfig Settings Manager .

8 – Missing Windows software?? Run Windows softwares in Linux!!!

Run Windows Applications such as 7zip, Google Sketchup, AutoCAD, Dreamwaver, Flash MX, Fireworks MX, IE6, IE7, Safari, Itunes, Windows Media Player and many more…

Play Windows Games in Linux like Age Of Empires, Call Of Duty, Diablo, Fear, Fallout, Far Cry, Grand Theft Auto, Half Life, Halo, Hitman, Max Payne, Need For Speed, Prince Of Persia, Sim City Star Wars, The Simsworld of warcraft , Tomb Raider, Warcraft, World Of Warcraft, Counterstrike and many other can be played.

Install Playonlinux. It’s based on wine. Wine is a compatibility layer for running Windows programs in Linux.

sudo apt-get install wine playonlinux

9 – Clipboard Management

By Default in ubuntu when u copy something from an application and closes the application u will not be able to access it from the clipboard. And also when u copy severals text in serial u only have the last on available to you in the clipboard. To solve that install either of the following but Glipper is better because it supports plugins.

Glipper

sudo apt-get install glipper

Then right click ur panel → Add to Panel then drag Clipboard Manager to ur panel

Parcellite

sudo apt-get install parcellite

10 – Archiver/ Packing software

Windows equivalent : winrar, zip, 7zip

Ubuntu equivalent : tar, unrar, p7zip, arj, unace

It’s bad when you don’t have Internet on your computer/notebook, but you have to pack/unpack something but the file format isn’t recognized by the system. To prevent from this bad situation, you can install a bunch of packing software by typing this on the terminal:

sudo apt-get install unace rar unrar zip unzip p7zip-full p7zip-rar sharutils uudeview mpack lha arj cabextract file-roller

11 – Graphical web browser

Windows equivalent : Internet explorer, firefox, opera

Ubuntu equivalent : Firefox, opera, chromium

Opera

sudo apt-get install opera

Firefox (installed by default intrepid)

sudo apt-get install firefox

Chromium (open source equivalent of Google Chrome)

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser chromium-browser-l10n

12 – Download Manager

Windows equivalent : Free download manager

Ubuntu equivalent : Multiget

MultiGet is a http/ftp downloader with a nice GUI for linux desktop users. It can run on almost all desktops without any configuration. It has many powerful functions comparing to others.

sudo apt-get install multiget

Access it through Applications → Internet → MultiGet .

13 – Graphical Email client

Windows equivalent : Outlook

Ubuntu equivalent : Evolution, Thunderbird

Evolution (installed by default in maverick)

sudo apt-get install evolution evolution-mapi

Access it through Applications → Internet → Evolution Mail .

Thunderbird

sudo apt-get install thunderbird

Access it through Applications → Internet → Mozilla Thunderbird Mail/News .

14 – Instant Messanging protocal clients

Windows equivalent : MSN messenger, Yahoo messenger, QQ, AIM, Gtalk, ICQ,IRC

Ubuntu equivalent : Empathy, Pidgin, emesene

Empathy IM Client (installed by default)

Add the related launchpad repository :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:telepathy/ppa && sudo apt-get update

Then install it by running the following :
sudo apt-get install empathy telepathy-mission-control-5 telepathy-gabble telepathy-butterfly telepathy-haze telepathy-idle telepathy-salut telepathy-sofiasip libtelepathy-farsight0 python-tpfarsight galago-eds-feed python-galago python-galago-gtk msn-pecan

Access it through Applications → Internet → Empathy IM Client .

Pidgin

Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once. Supported chat networks: AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MySpaceIM, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo!, Zephyr

Add the launchpad repository :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pidgin-developers/ppa && sudo apt-get update

Then install it :
sudo apt-get install pidgin pidgin-data pidgin-lastfm pidgin-guifications msn-pecan pidgin-musictracker pidgin-plugin-pack pidgin-themes

Access it through Applications → Internet → Pidgin Internet Messenger .

Emesene only for MSN Messenger.

Add the launchpad repository :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bjfs/ppa && sudo apt-get update

Then install it :
sudo apt-get install emesene

Access it through Applications → Internet → Emesene .

15 – VOIP

Windows equivalent : skype

Ubuntu equivalent : skype

Skype

sudo apt-get install skype

Access it through Applications → Internet → Skype.

16 – Viewing PDF files

Windows equivalent : Adobe Reader

Ubuntu equivalent : Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader

sudo apt-get install acroread

Access it through Applications → Office → Adobe Reader.

17– Adobe Air

wget http://airdownload.adobe.com/air/lin/download/latest/AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
chmod +x ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

Access it through Applications → Accessories → Adobe Air Application Installer.

18 – Music / MP3 / OGG Players

Windows equivalent : iTunes, Winamp

Ubuntu equivalent : Rhythmbox, Banshee, Amarok

Rhythmbox

sudo apt-get install rhythmbox

Access it through Applications → Sound & Video → Rhythmbox Music Player.

Banshee

sudo apt-get install banshee banshee-extension-ubuntuonemusicstore banshee-extension-appindicator banshee-extension-lyrics banshee-extension-mirage

Access it through Applications → Sound & Video → Banshee Media Player.

Amarok

sudo apt-get install amarok amarok-common

Access it through Applications → Sound & Video → Amarok.

19– Hard Disk Partitions Manager

Windows equivalent : Symanted Partition Magic

Ubuntu equivalent : GParted

GParted

sudo apt-get install gparted ntfsprogs menu ntfs-config

Access it through System → Administration → Partition Editor.

20 – Vector Graphics Editor

Windows equivalent : Adobe Illustrator

Ubuntu equivalent : Inkscape

Inkscape

sudo apt-get install inkscape

Access it through Applications → Graphics → Inkscape Vector Graphics Editor.

21 – Image Editor

Windows equivalent : Adobe Photoshop, Paint.Net

Ubuntu equivalent : GIMP

GIMP

Add the launchpad repository :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn && sudo apt-get update

Then install it with the following command :
sudo apt-get install gimp gimp-data gimp-plugin-registry gimp-data-extras

Access it through Applications → Graphics → GIMP Image Editor.

PINTA

Add the launchpad repository :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moonlight-team/pinta && sudo apt-get update

Then install it with the following command :
sudo apt-get install pinta

Access it through Applications → Graphics → Pinta Image Editor.

22 – 3D Graphics Applications

Windows equivalent : 3D Studio MAX

Ubuntu equivalent : Blender

Blender

sudo apt-get install blender

Access it through Applications → Graphics → Blender (windowed).

23 – Simple Yet Advanced Text Editor

Windows equivalent : Notepad ++

Ubuntu equivalent : GEdit

GEdit

sudo apt-get install gedit gedit-plugins

Access it through Applications → Accessories → Text Editor.

24 – Office Applications

Windows equivalent : Microsoft Office

Ubuntu equivalent : OpenOffice

OpenOffice

sudo apt-get install openoffice.org

Access it through Applications → Office

25 – Microsoft Visio

Windows equivalent : Microsoft Visio

Ubuntu equivalent : Dia

Dia

sudo apt-get install dia

Access it through Applications → Graphics → Dia Diagram Editor

26 – Microsoft Project

Windows equivalent : Microsoft Project

Ubuntu equivalent : OpenProj

OpenProj

wget http://nchc.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/openproj/openproj_1.4-2.deb && sudo dpkg -i openproj_1.4-2.deb

Access it through Applications → Office → OpenProj

27 – Development IDE

Windows equivalent : Dreamweaver

Ubuntu equivalent : Quanta, Kompozer, NetBeans

Quanta

sudo apt-get install quanta

Access it through Applications → Programming → Quanta Plus

Komposer

sudo apt-get install kompozer nvu

Access it through Applications → Internet → Kompozer

NetBeans

sudo apt-get install netbeans

Access it through Applications → Programming → NetBeans IDE

28 – Source Control Management

Windows equivalent : TortoiseSVN

Ubuntu equivalent : RabbitVCS

RabbitVCS

Add the launchpad repository :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rabbitvcs/ppa && sudo apt-get update

Then install it :
sudo apt-get install rabbitvcs-nautilus
killall nautilus

Right Click on any folder or file and access the RabbitVCS submenu

29 – Graphical FTP clients

Windows equivalent : CuteFTP, SmartFTP

Ubuntu equivalent : FileZilla

FileZilla

This is great FTP program, very complete, in my opinion, the best one for linux.

On the terminal type:

sudo apt-get install filezilla filezilla-common

Access it through Applications → Internet → FileZilla FTP Client.

30 – P2P Clients / Servers, File Sharing

Windows equivalent : utorrent, azureus, emule

Ubuntu equivalent : Deluge, azureus, amule

Bittorent clients

Deluge (written in python)

Add the launchpad repository :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/ppa && sudo apt-get update

Then install it :
sudo apt-get install deluge-torrent

Access it through Applications → Internet → Deluge Torrent.

Azureus: Uses Java to run, very complete but a bit heavy

sudo apt-get install azureus

Access it through Applications → Internet → Azureus.

Emule Donkey Clients

Amule

Add the launchpad repository :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:happyaron/amule-dlp && sudo apt-get update

Then install it with the following command :
sudo apt-get install amule-dlp amule-dlp-gnome-support amule-dlp-utils-gui amule-dlp-daemon

Access it through Applications → Internet → aMule.

31 – Programs for CD burning with GUI

Windows equivalent : Nero, Roxio Easy CD Creator

Ubuntu equivalent : K3b, Brasero

K3b

Nero is available for linux,but its not free.A trial is available for 1 month usage and later it asks or activation code.But K3B is as good as Nero.Have a good feature set as Nero.

sudo apt-get install k3b k3b-data libk3b6

Access it through Applications → Sound & Video → K3B.

Brasero (installed by default in Maverick)

sudo apt-get install brasero

Access it through Applications → Sound & Video → Brasero Disc Burning .

33 – Install Vista like gadgets.

Windows equivalent : Vista Sidebar

Ubuntu equivalent : google-gadgets

Google gadgets

sudo apt-get install google-gadgets-gtk

This will complete the installation.

Now press Alt+F2, and type “ggl-gtk” to start them. You should see a small icon show up in your system tray, and a sidebar. Right click on any of them and select ‘Add Gadgets’ to show a menu. If you’d like to have Google Gadgets start automatically, go to System – Preferences – Session, click ‘Add’, paste ‘Google Gadgets’ for the name and ‘ggl-gtk’ for the command. Click OK and Close, and you’re good to go.

34 – Google Desktop

Google Desktop allows one to full text search of a user’s e-mail, computer files, music, photos, chat, and Web pages viewed,OpenOffice documents , PDF files and more .

Now similar tools already existed on Linux like beagle (supported by novell ) , meta tracker etc . However Google Desktop search is not based on any of these tools and uses its proprietary algorithms to search for files on the computer ,also being 1.0 release and more stable then these products it could be preferred over tools like beagle .

To install Google Desktop Search type the following command in the terminal window : -

sudo apt-get install google-desktop-linux

Access it through Applications → Google Desktop → Google Desktop

Now after choosing appropriate option through Applications → Google Desktop → Google Desktop Preferences, you would find Google Desktop icon in the bar at the top of the screen , now it would automatically scan and index files on computer and store it in local database which could be searched using web browser .

35 – Photo Management

Google Picasa

Google Picasa is an extremely professional good looking photo management application available on Windows ,Linux and Mac OS. Now Google Picasa has a number of features that many photo management software on Linux dont have further Google Picasa looks very user friendly as compared to similar open source application available on linux . Now Google Picasa for Linux is not a native linux application but runs on Linux thru application layer called wine which allows many windows application to run flawlessly on Linux.

Now to install Google – Picasa type the following command in the terminal window

wget http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/pool/non-free/p/picasa/picasa_3.0-current_i386.deb && sudo dpkg -i picasa_3.0-current_i386.deb

Access it through Applications → Graphics → Picasa → Picasa

36 – Map Viewing and Management

Google Earth

To install Google Earth type the following command in the Terminal Window.

sudo apt-get install googleearth

After downloading is over you will get a screen like this press ¨Yes¨ to accept the license agreement and complete software installation.

Now you can launch Google Earth from Application → Internet → Google Earth

37 – Gmail Notification

Checkgmail

If you would like to get notified when you have a new mail in your google mail account, checkgmail is for you. To install Checkgmail type the following command in the Terminal Window.

sudo apt-get install checkgmail

Now you can launch it from Application → Internet → CheckGmail

38 – Configure Firewall
If you are concern about your security, then it is pertinent that you activate the firewall and prevent any unauthorized access to your computer.

UFW is installed by default, but if you need a graphical interface, install GUFW.

sudo apt-get install gufw

39– Gnome Do

Gnome Do is a small application that allows you to search and do things faster and more efficiently in your Ubuntu machine. It is similar to QuickSilver in Mac and Launchy in Windows. For those who have not tried Gnome Do before, it might take some time for you to get used to it. But once you’re hooked to it, there will be no turning back for you.Gnome Do also comes with a dock interface that you can use it like any other docks.

sudo apt-get install gnome-do

Now you can launch it from Application → Accessories → Gnome Do

40 – Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak allows you to tweak your system settings, all in one place. You can install new applications, customize your desktop settings, configure your startup applications, changing the system filetype association and many more tweaks in this single application.

Add the launchpad repository :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-tweak-testing/ppa && sudo apt-get update

Then install it with the following command :
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Then access it through Applications → System Tools → Ubuntu Tweak

App Runner

App Runner is a small open source utility that makes it very easy to run any type of program/executable/script on any distro/OS that uses the nautilus file manager: Debian/Ubuntu/Super OS/Fedora/etc

wget http://hacktolive.org/files/app_runner/App_Runner_0.2.deb && sudo dpkg -i App_Runner_0.2.deb

Then right-click the file -> Scripts -> Run This App or Run This App (root)

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~ by Salimane Adjao Moustapha on October 2, 2010.

56 Responses to “To Do List After installing Ubuntu 10.10 aka Maverick Meerkat”

  1. i will do this when Ubuntu 10.10 is finally release. thanks

  2. Thanks for the list. It’s helping me setup my 10.10 install.

    Additionally, Launchy is my preference for app launcher :) Great little app and more concise than Gnome-do.

  3. The thing I love about Ubuntu is that there is so much tweaking you can do to get it looking and running exactly how you want it!

  4. thks for the list

  5. Installed Maverick today alongside Lucid–perfect, especially after running through your to-do list (as always)–thanks a million, again.

    One hitch: I can’t install Skype either from the repos or by downloading the .deb from Skype. Installing from the repos gets this error message:

    W: Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libqtcore4_4.7.0-0ubuntu2_i386.deb
    404 Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.166 80]

    W: Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libqt4-xml_4.7.0-0ubuntu2_i386.deb
    404 Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.166 80]

    W: Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libqt4-dbus_4.7.0-0ubuntu2_i386.deb
    404 Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.166 80]

    W: Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libqt4-network_4.7.0-0ubuntu2_i386.deb
    404 Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.166 80]

    W: Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/q/qt4-x11/libqtgui4_4.7.0-0ubuntu2_i386.deb
    404 Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.166 80]

    Well, it is new–assume this is just a bug that will be worked out over time.

    Thanks yet again!

  6. Roger–willco. Thanks again!

  7. FYI: I kept getting an error in your sources.list for the Dropbox source and the PlayOnLinux source. Partially because neither are offering specific Maverick packages yet (I don’t think) – but changing maverick to “lucid” works for the time being.

    Also in the Dropbox source entry, “maverick” is misspelled as “marverick”

    –bp

  8. by the way… this is a really great post – Thanks!!

  9. Hi, someone can help me?

    I want to install Empathy 2.9, I tried this

    http://live.gnome.org/Empathy/Install#Installation_Instructions

    But didn’t work.

    Thanks

  10. Hello Again,

    Really enjoying Maverick, still no problems. However, when I installed it I selected the option that encrypts the file system, not realizing that doing so would make it impossible to access the file system from my Lucid partition.

    Is there a way to DEcrypt my Maverick file system so that I can access it from Lucid?

    Thanks again and in advance.

    mike

  11. Thanks, Man.

  12. This is the coolest post I have ever seen in this year :) Thanks a lot for your time writing this post.

  13. I’m always trying to piece together terminal commands from posts. Yours is by far the best. Thanks!

  14. Thanks for the list. I used your sources.list file. But when I
    try to install vlc I get this error:

    $sudo apt-get install vlc mplayer
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    vlc : Depends: vlc-nox (= 1.1.4-1ubuntu1) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages

    Do you know why it’s complaining ?

  15. There is another way for beginners with Ubuntu to install some new programs without using the Terminal. If you are familiar with an Iphone jailbreaking and u know how to add sources in Cydia and how to install some applications u will understand very quickly this way cause it’s almost the same process.
    I’m Giving an exp. How to install Chromium (Google Chrome) on Ubuntu.
    Now on UBUNTU 10.10
    go to Applications –> Ubuntu Software Center
    then click Edit –> Software Sources
    Next, select “Other Software” tab and click – Add –
    Then copy and paste this ” ppa:chromium-daily/ppa ” in the box and click -Add Source –
    Back into Software Center, search for “Chromium” and install it.
    After installing, go to Applications –> Internet –> Chromium Web Browser.
    and enjoy browsing with chromium.
    you can do the same process just by adding some sources in Ubuntu 10.10.
    I will give some sources and u can fellow the same way
    the Sources:
    ppa:timekpr-maintainers/ppa -timekpr is parental program
    ppa:ferramroberto/minitube -minitube is for watchyoutube
    ppa:bisigi/ppa – bisigi is s cool theme
    ppa:ailurus/ppa – ailurus good to manage and config system

    you can also install ubuntu tweak it’s a good program with a lotta sources and apps.

    Have a fun and Enjoy !

  16. Re: CheckGmail

    If you get any errors from this program after loading up your ‘labels’ then make sure you don’t have spaces in the labels. This solved my error.

  17. This is the gospel!!! Thanks for the post and taking the time.

  18. Don’t you find this list to be a sad commentary on the state of Linux on the desktop? I sure do. Well Ubuntu 10.10, exactly as all the earlier versions of it, is here and pretty much useless on my desktop. Can’t wait for 11.04. Will it be any better? Sure! Will it be any useful on the desktop? Not a chance!

  19. For some reason after I added these Repository & Ran an update on my current 10.10 system. Firefox was removed and now I no longer seem to have a wifi connection – whats it done to my system?

  20. The network icon has gone so gnome network manager must have been removed.. its all werid as hell why would it remove all this stuff?

  21. Could type the following @ a terminal to check if it’s still present: “sudo apt-cache showpkg gnome-power-manager | less”.

    If suspend and hibernate disappear (which happened with my kernel upgrade) try re-installing pm-utils & pmtools.

  22. I had a friend who is new to UBUNTU and he use Quickbooks Pro (Accounting software) on Windows so he ask me if there is an alternative for that. I made a search for him and I find out this program called GNUCASH after he installed the soft he said to me it’s the ONE :). So for people who has small business give it a try. Plus there’s a tons of programs for accounting.

  23. Sir,
    Do you know any tricks on how to speed up firefox on ubuntu 10.10?
    I just installed it. My internet is too slow.

    • @Carlos
      I think the best way to speed up Firefox is to use no/less extensions, or you can switch to Google Chrome, it’s the fastest out there
      Thanks

    • One must be really stupid to use Firefox on Linux. Firefox is the fastest, least buggiest and has most extensions on Windows. The same goes for Thunderbird, OpenOffice, Komodo Edit and most of the other open source applications… So if you depend on these type of applications Windows is the platform to run them on.
      Linux is pretty crappy as a platform for running MY applications.

  24. @Carlos
    You can switch to Google Chrome as Salimane suggests (and/or Chromium). If you’re willing to do a little config editing you can setup Firefox to use RAM for it’s caching which when I tried it seems to have improved its response times. 2nd vote for using as few extensions in Firefox as possible.

  25. Increase internet speed u may tweak the value to 524288 of u r internet by doing this >>>
    got to Terminal and type this
    sudo su then type “enter”
    sudo gedit/ect/modprobe.d/bad_list “enter” this opens a text file
    type this : “alias net-pf-10 off” into the text file the save and close it. this shuts off unnecessary internet protocol IPV6.
    Then type this in terminal
    sudo gedit/ect/sysctl.conf
    this open a new text file copy and paste this :

    net.core.rmem_default = 524288

    net.core.rmem_max = 524288

    net.core.wmem_default = 524288

    net.core.wmem_max = 524288

    net.ipv4.tcp_wmem = 4096 87380 524288

    net.ipv4.tcp_rmem = 4096 87380 524288

    net.ipv4.tcp_mem = 524288 524288 524288

    net.ipv4.tcp_rfc1337 = 1

    net.ipv4.ip_no_pmtu_disc = 0

    net.ipv4.tcp_sack = 1

    net.ipv4.tcp_fack = 1

    net.ipv4.tcp_window_scaling = 1

    net.ipv4.tcp_timestamps = 1

    net.ipv4.tcp_ecn = 0

    net.ipv4.route.flush = 1

    This speeds up your broadband connection by changing the size of the data packets that are being exchanged into more manageable sizes so as not to overload your connection.

    finally type “sudo sysctl -p” into the Terminal followed by “Enter.” This resets the text file configurations for broadband Internet after adding the information from Step 2. Restart your
    computer after completing these to assure all changes take hold

  26. there is another way to speedup u r internet by installing Powertweak-Linux
    used to tune your kernel and hardware configuration for optimal performance.

  27. another another way to add for speeding u r internet is Local DNS cache for fast browsing.
    by this from Terminal
    sudo apt-get install dnsmasq

    or this go System ->>> Administration ->>> Networking
    Click the DNS tab
    press the Add button and type 127.0.0.1 and press enter
    click on a different entry so that 127.0.0.1 isn’t highlighted and then click and drag 127.0.0.1 to the top of the list.
    then press OK.

    to measure your speed improvement
    type this : $dig google.com

    enjoy !

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  29. thanks for the list, can you add bigsi themes to the list…cheers

  30. Hi, thanks for the list, used also the one for Lucid.
    This time I keep getting this error message:

    E: Could not get locked file /var/cache/apt/archives/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock directory /var/cache/apt/archives/

    when running this in the terminal:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall cdbs devscripts dh-make fakeroot libxml-parser-perl check avahi-daemon

    Could use some help.

  31. [...] Yep it's this time of the year again!!! with the fresh baby from Ubuntu, Maverick Meerkat, yep10.10. It didn't escape from its predecessors attributes : being better than the previous release, more changes to make the user experience better, etc…Some of the noticeable changes are a fast boot, a new font dubbed "Ubuntu Font Family" which is great actually, a richer UX addition on the music experience from the notification bar, more social by def … Read More [...]

  32. I’ve already installed Google Gadgets, but i can’t run. alt+f2 “ggl-gtk is not working :(

  33. Looks like VirtualBox 4.x has moved to a different repository:

    http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

    Read down a bit on the page. It should be:

    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian maverick contrib

  34. Amazing. thanks a lot.

  35. Waste of time adding AV in Linux IMO

  36. Note, selecting ‘gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad’ instead of ‘gstreamer0.10-schroedinger’
    E: Unable to locate package gstreamer0.10-pitfdll
    E: Couldn’t find any package by regex ‘gstreamer0.10-pitfdll’

    Any idea how to fix this? Thanks

  37. I haven’t tried everything but just the trouble you have gone to is praiseworthy to me.
    Google earth still has the same problem.It wants to bur doesn’t open!
    Thanks

  38. Which would be an easy to use back up program for Ubuntu 10.10 something like the system tools in windows OS …tried a few options in the ubuntu software center but could’nt understand how to make them work & so uninstalled..any suggestion would be appreciated,
    Thanks and regards

  39. Hi ,
    Is there an equivalent like the orbit downloader which integrates into firefox to record radio streams…well I guess Im lost I am actually looking for something to record streams playing on Amarok..new to ubuntu…still reeeling under the after effects of using xp for the past zillion years…Help!!!

  40. Avast error:An error occured in avast! engine: Invalid argument
    Help!!!! Ubuntu 10.10

  41. Hey, thanks for the list, really great!

    I get an error installing Skype. I did replace my /etc/apt/sources.list with yours:

    $ sudo apt-get install skype
    [sudo] password for jhartley:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package skype is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘skype’ has no installation candidate

  42. My skype error seems to be because to repositories were ‘disabled’. I don’t know what this means in terms of the content of sources.list, but I enabled these two sources via the Ubuntu Software Center, Edit / Software Sources… / Other Software:

    Canonical Partners
    Canonical Partners (source code)

    I checked the checkboxes for these two entries, and then Skype installs fine.

  43. I am loving the 10.10 netbook edition but am I missing something ? How would I access the filesystem? When i open folders and files It lists 6 … I would like to access other drives and even a ntfs partition …. HELP PLZ !!!

    • Hey Leeroy, I faced the same problem when I was new to it.

      Goto Trash on the Side Panel.Once u open it u’ll get a new icon on the Panel (A Folder with a mouse pointer). Thats the default File Manager of Ubuntu Netbook Edition. Right-click on it and select “Keep in Launcher”. U’ll be able to access it directly from the Panel hereafter.

      I don’t know if there’s a direct method but this is how I got my solution.

  44. Thanks for the list, it’s been a great help setting up Maverick.

  45. my laptop is not connecting to the internet i have installed Ubuntu 10.10 in it but internet is not working

  46. Very nice guide.

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