Whatcha Runnin’ Man? (Linux Applications — part 1)

I’ve had several folks send emails asking about what parts that I’d build into a machine, what themes are in use in my screenshots, and what programs I’d recommend for a new Linux user.  As one who favors the ‘work smarter’ over the ‘work harder’ method, I thought I’d post this info over the next few posts, rather than sending a 32 page email to them all.

Groovy!  You’ve got your new Ubuntu machine up and running, and you’re wondering what apps you’ll want to install.  Before you go searching the apps in the repositories, let’s make sure you have some key repositories added to ease your transition to Linux. Before you have much of a chance to look around, you’ll be greeted by the Update Manager.  This cat will be a great friend.

  • On the Update Manager dialog box, choose the ‘Settings’ button

    Update Manager

    Update Manager

  • You’ll be taken to the ‘Updates’ tab of the Software Settings dialog.  On ‘Updates’ tab make sure all items are selected as below.

    Software Sources - Update tab settings

    Software Sources — Update tab settings

  • On the ‘Ubuntu Software’ tab make sure all items are selected as below.

    Software Sources - Ubuntu Software tab settings

    Software Sources — Ubuntu Software tab settings

  • On the ‘Third Party Software’ tab make sure all sources are selected as below.

    Software Sources - Third Party Software tab settings

    Software Sources — Third Party Software tab settings

  • Select the ‘Add…’ button and then paste into APT line:
    deb http://​download​.virtualbox​.org/​v​i​r​t​u​a​l​b​o​x​/​d​e​b​ian jaunty non-free
  • Click the ‘Add Source’ button

    Add Source

    Add Source

  • A must add for all Linux gamers is the PlayDeb repository.  Select the ‘Add…’ button and then paste into APT line:
    deb http://​archive​.getdeb​.net/​u​b​u​ntu jaunty-getdeb games
  • Click the ‘Add Source’ button as in the previous example
  • On the ‘Authentication’ tab select ‘Ubuntu CD Image…’ and click the ‘Remove’ button

    Software Sources - Authentication tab

    Software Sources — Authentication tab

  • On the ‘Statistics’ tab, select the ‘Submit statistical information’ to help the developers know what is being used etc. and close out of the Software Settings dialog and the Update Manager dialog
  • Open ‘Terminal’ (Applications->Accessories->Terminal)
  • Next we’ll add the VirtualBox key (paste into console):
    sudo wget ‑q http://​download​.virtualbox​.org/​v​i​r​t​u​a​l​b​o​x​/​d​e​b​i​a​n​/​s​u​n​_​v​b​o​x​.​asc ‑O- | sudo apt-key add -
  • Next we’ll run a full update before we start adding software.
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
  • It may ask you if you wish to continue with the update, type ‘Y’ and hit the ‘enter’ key
  • Go grab a snack, this may take a bit.
  • You may be prompted to reboot with a ‘Restart Required’ dialog after the upgrade has completed.  Go ahead and click on the ‘Restart Now’ button, it won’t take long.
  • Log back in and open ‘Terminal’ (Applications->Accessories->Terminal)
  • Then we’ll add the PlayOnLinux repository and key (paste into console):
    sudo wget http://​deb​.playonlinux​.com/​p​l​a​y​o​n​l​i​n​u​x​_​j​a​u​n​t​y​.​l​ist ‑O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
    sudo wget ‑q http://​deb​.aplu​.fr/​p​o​l​.​gpg ‑O- | sudo apt-key add -
  • Add the Medibuntu repository and key (paste into console):
    sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/‘lsb_release ‑cs‘.list –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list; sudo apt-get ‑q update; sudo apt-get –yes ‑q –allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring; sudo apt-get ‑q update
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
  • It may ask you if you wish to install the keyring, type ‘Y’ and hit the ‘enter’ key
  • We’ve added the PlayDeb repository.  So let’s add its key as well (paste into console):
    wget ‑O- http://​archive​.getdeb​.net/​g​e​t​d​e​b​-​a​r​c​h​i​v​e​.​key | sudo apt-key add -
  • Next we need to complete a bit of clean up and remove install CD from the Repository list (paste into console):
    cd /etc/apt/
    sudo gedit sources.list
  • A text editor named gedit will open the file ‘sources.list’
  • Delete the following line (usually within the first few lines) from the file:
    # deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 9.04 _Jaunty Jackalope_ — Release i386 (20090420.1)]/ jaunty main restricted
  • Then save and close this file

{cont to Whatcha Runnin’ Man? (Linux Applications — part 2)}

4 comments for “Whatcha Runnin’ Man? (Linux Applications — part 1)

  1. Zashkaser
    August 6, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Hello. I think the article is really interesting. I am even interested in reading more. How soon will you update your blog?

    • August 6, 2009 at 9:14 am

      Hope to have some new stuff posted soon! Stay Tuned, and Keep Watching the Skies!

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