Monday, January 16, 2012

Main programs to install in Xubuntu

The drivers are already there (most of them : for my HP Compaq nx8220 laptop I needed no supplementary drivers - except for my Cannon LBP1220 printer)

A lot of good programs are installed by default in Xubuntu (even more in Ubuntu): Firefox (which you don't need to replace), some audio-video players, text editors and image viewers.
You do not have to go to google, search, download and install programs yourself like in Windows.
Go to Ubuntu Software Center - a program that is installed by default - to search and install new programs.
But what are the programs to install?
My top selection at this point:

The office suite: Open (Libre) Office
A powerful image editor (GIMP) is installed by default
Gwenview (lighter image viewer and editor)
Gpicview (even lighter)
K3b (cd/dvd burner)
Acetone ISO (iso mounter)
KDownloader (torrent app.)
uGet (download manager, increasing download speed, somewhat similar to Internet Download Manager of Windows)
SMPlayer - excellent video player
Clementine - good audio player.
Quod Libet - audio player.
Multiget (download manager) (to integrate in Firefox: by FlashGot add-on: In FlashGot : More Options…Add.... search for the program. Finally change "[URL]" to[url=URL] [refer=REFERER])
Advanced Setting (a program to adjust more settings)

Wine - to run some Windows programs in Ubuntu
Audacious - simple music player
Qmmp - simple music player
(see page on audio players)
XCFA & Sound Converter
Dvd95 Converter & k9copy

Not all programs are accessible for download in Ubuntu Software Center. Then, they can be found on the Internet or they can be installed (and uninstalled) in the Terminal. A program that is downloaded in the "deb" format will be opened in Ubuntu Software Center and installed. Installing from other formats it's not something that I can teach somebody about. Not yet.

PROGRAMS TO BE DOWNLOADED AND INSTALLED (deb format - open in Ubuntu Software Center):
Google Chrome
Opera Browser
SubDownloader (search and download subtitles for your movies)

To install VLC:
sudo apt-get install vlc

To install the language panel plug-in (to display and switch the keyboard language):
sudo apt-get install xfce4-xkb-plugin

To install JDownloader:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jd-team/jdownloader
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install jdownloader

TO UNINSTALL IN TERMINAL [example to uninstall ‘app’ - replace with the name of the program]
sudo apt-get remove app

To also remove configuration files:
sudo apt-get --purge remove app
(also check and delete directory in ‘home’)

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