To Do List After installing Ubuntu 11.10 aka Oneiric Ocelot


Oneiric Ocelot, that’s the new Ubuntu version we would be using for the next 6 months. It has, as always, improved and it’s better than its predecessors. It has a lot more UI work and it will please those coming from Mac OS. The Ubuntu font is getting better and I really like it and using it as my default everywhere on my system. It’s more and more “search and enter/click” than “click, click, click…”. With the latest developments in how we actually use things these days, it’s the right path. In a few years, the way we currently view our file structure would become old school. In Oneiric Ocelot, this idea has been pushed to all parts where all applications that have about the same purpose are put together for easy access. So let’s check what’s new in a fresh installation.

Top menu bar

the settings menu now include display settings, startup applications, attached devices, systems settings and the usual shutdown menu items. Those menu items are the ones we usually need when trying to customize the OS, so it makes sense to give easy access to them.
the system settings menu item brings you a dialog where all settings icons are in one place, again nice easy access to everything about settings.

Software Center

The software center basically the Ubuntu app store has got even better. Better categorisation rating, what’s new… It now has the ability, through Oneconf, to sync installed applications between computers which is awesome. You can now have the same set of applications on all your desktop/notebook setups.

Now the followings could be done by using the Ubuntu Software Center, but if you’re like me and like to see what’s behind all the magic “click click click”, follow along.

First let’s get backed up by more repositories, bring up the dashboard and type “terminal” which shows you the terminal icon for u to launch it. Then manually edit your sources list with:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

you can replace its contents with mine  :)

Get your system up to date with :

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

Now that all your current programs are on their latest version, let’s install some useful stuff:


Ubuntu is getting popular so it might be getting some nasty shit along. so be a little carefull with some antivirus :

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

Ubuntu equivalent : ClamAV, Avast


sudo apt-get install clamav clamtk


wget && sudo dpkg -i avast4workstation_1.3.0-2_i386.deb

– Essential tools for compiling from sources

some applications aren’t available in repositories. so you’ll have to compile them from sources. for that you’ll need to install some tools:

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

Java runtime environment

As a commenter IanW noted the current java in the archives repos are outdated. to get the latest version head over to the Java site…here: where you can test you installation to find out what you have loaded and get the new version for 32 or 64bit OS’s. It has to be manually installed. Instructions here:

– 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 totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 libjpeg-progs flac faac faad sox ffmpeg2theora libmpeg2-4 uudeview flac libmpeg3-1 mpeg3-utils mpegdemux liba52-0.7.4-dev gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 gstreamer0.10-gnonlin gstreamer0.10-sdl gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-schroedinger gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer-dbus-media-service gstreamer-tools ubuntu-restricted-extras

* Enable dvd support

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

* Flash

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

– 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.

Add the launchpad repositories

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa && sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install wine playonlinux

– 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

– Graphical web browser

Windows equivalent : Internet explorer, firefox

Ubuntu equivalent : Firefox, chromium

Firefox (installed by default oneiric)

sudo apt-get install firefox

Chromium (open source equivalent of Google Chrome)

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

– 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

– Graphical Email client

Windows equivalent : Outlook

Ubuntu equivalent : Evolution, Thunderbird


sudo apt-get install evolution evolution-mapi


sudo apt-get install thunderbird

– 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


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

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

Emesene only for MSN Messenger.

sudo apt-get install emesene


Windows equivalent : skype

Ubuntu equivalent : skype


sudo apt-get install skype

– Viewing PDF files

Windows equivalent : Adobe Reader

Ubuntu equivalent : Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader

sudo apt-get install acroread

– Adobe Air

chmod +x ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

– Music / MP3 / OGG Players

Windows equivalent : iTunes, Winamp

Ubuntu equivalent : Rhythmbox, Banshee, Amarok


sudo apt-get install rhythmbox


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


sudo apt-get install amarok amarok-common

– Vector Graphics Editor

Windows equivalent : Adobe Illustrator

Ubuntu equivalent : Inkscape


sudo apt-get install inkscape

– Image Editor

Windows equivalent : Adobe Photoshop, Paint.Net

Ubuntu equivalent : GIMP


sudo apt-get install gimp gimp-data gimp-plugin-registry gimp-data-extras


sudo apt-get install pinta

– 3D Graphics Applications

Windows equivalent : 3D Studio MAX

Ubuntu equivalent : Blender


sudo apt-get install blender

– Simple Yet Advanced Text Editor

Windows equivalent : Notepad ++

Ubuntu equivalent : GEdit


sudo apt-get install gedit gedit-plugins gedit-developer-plugins

– Office Applications

Windows equivalent : Microsoft Office

Ubuntu equivalent : LibreOffice


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

sudo apt-get install libreoffice libreoffice-pdfimport libreoffice-math libreoffice-wiki-publisher libreoffice-report-builder libreoffice-gnome

– Microsoft Visio

Windows equivalent : Microsoft Visio

Ubuntu equivalent : Dia


sudo apt-get install dia

– Microsoft Project

Windows equivalent : Microsoft Project

Ubuntu equivalent : OpenProj


wget && sudo dpkg -i openproj_1.4-2.deb

– Development IDE

Windows equivalent : Dreamweaver

Ubuntu equivalent : Quanta, Kompozer, NetBeans


sudo apt-get install quanta


sudo apt-get install kompozer


sudo apt-get install netbeans

- Source Control Management

Windows equivalent : TortoiseSVN

Ubuntu equivalent : RabbitVCS


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

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

– Graphical FTP clients

Windows equivalent : CuteFTP, SmartFTP

Ubuntu equivalent : 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

– P2P Clients / Servers, File Sharing

Windows equivalent : utorrent, azureus, emule

Ubuntu equivalent : Deluge, azureus, amule

Bittorent clients


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

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

sudo apt-get install azureus

Emule Donkey Clients


sudo apt-get install amule

– Programs for CD burning with GUI

Windows equivalent : Nero, Roxio Easy CD Creator

Ubuntu equivalent : K3b, Brasero


Nero is available for Linux,but it’s 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


sudo apt-get install brasero

– Photo Management

Google Picasa

Google Picasa is a 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 don’t 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 && sudo dpkg -i picasa_3.0-current_i386.deb

if you’re using 64 bit OS, replace “picasa_3.0-current_i386.deb” with “picasa_3.0-current_amd64.deb”

– Map Viewing and Management

Google Earth

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

sudo apt-get install googleearth-package

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

– Configure Firewall
If you are concerned 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

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 file type 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

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 && sudo dpkg -i app-runner-0.5.2.deb

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

~ by Salimane Adjao Moustapha on October 22, 2011.

19 Responses to “To Do List After installing Ubuntu 11.10 aka Oneiric Ocelot”

  1. Thanks as always, Salimane. When I clicked on your ‘mine’ link (for sources.list) it opened:

    with the error message:

    Could not locate object

  2. As ever, this is brilliant stuff. I always find your ‘To do Lists’ a great help. I don’t think there is anyone to beat your recommendations and instructions. Thanks Salimane…again!

  3. Many thanks. Suggestions to get driver for Broadcom wifi?-yikes!

  4. The Adobe Air instructions are not working for me on a 64bit system, any help?

  5. If you’re using 11.10, I would also suggest the crowd-greeter package. They’ve really done the login a lot differently than previous versions, but it’s cool stuff.

  6. Thanks as always and sorry to bother you–above you wrote, “First add the launchpad repository” for Java Runtime Environment–how do we do that?

  7. Hi Salimane, just a quick point (that you may already know!) but the Java plug-in in the list above appears to be heavily flawed with a very major security hole. Your command loaded the faulty Java ™1.6.0_26 version. The new version Java 1.6.0_29 is not in the repo’s as far as I can see and is only available from Java’s site…here: where you can test you installation to find out what you have loaded and get the new version for 32 or 64bit OS’s. It has to be manually installed. Instructions here:

    Please edit this post out if it is not relevant or posting other links in not allowed. Many thanks.

    Ian PS. Keep up the good work

  8. Hi you are showing Evolution as an email client option, I had great difficulty running that without downloading my entire gmail account, So I opted for Thunderbird + Lightning. That was not straightforward but I think that’s been fixed since the TB version was upgraded in the repo. Just thought I’d mention about the Evolution. Thank you for your site

  9. Firstly – Let me just say – What a great post! Made me remember some of the things i had forgotten, and apologize for resurrecting an old post :)

    One thing i will say though – is for those of us in and around windows networks, for ease of use etc – i would suggest adding samba to the list.

    Also – in the photo editing section, you may want to consider adding RAW viewers/editors to the list such as libraw2 (this will output preview files and adds RAW capabilities to Shotwell), ufraw (and with that ufraw-batch and gimp-ufraw), and maybe even rawtherapee if using it on a higher end system.

    Maybe this is just because i use mine more for photography, but it is something else that gets added straight away, and i have learned to love Shotwell (with RAW Support, and add-ins for FB, Flicker etc.), and i dislike Picasa.

  10. I just tried this on ubuntu 11.10 but Multimedia comman packs return error, seems can’t find 3 libraries.

  11. Thats Wonderful guide for me!!!!!!

  12. Lucky day today finding this page ! Needed something close to MS Project and found just the right program thanks to your work .
    Excellent Piece thank you kindly Sir

  13. thank you, save me a lot of time

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