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35 Cools Applications to install on the most popular Linux distribution: Ubuntu (Chaper I).

Ubuntu 8.04 is undoubtedly one of the most popular Linux distribution especially for Linux newbies , now overall it is extremely usable an good but a very limited number of applications are by default shipped with Ubuntu 8.04 . Now here in this article we look at a number of really good applications that are not shipped by default with Ubuntu as well as instructions on installing them.
Installing/Enabling additional Repositories

Now many applications need additional repositories to be installed or some to be enabled in Synaptic package manager so before trying out steps given below ensure that repositories in order.
Launch Synaptic Package Manager (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager ) , then in Synaptic package manager go to (Settings -> Repositories ) you will find window like this . Ensure that all the check boxes are marked leaving source code(if you want to you can enable this also but you are not going to need this unless you are software developer) the dialog box should look like this .

Now you have to add additional repositories , close synaptic package manager and type the following command in the terminal window (Application -> Accessories -> Terminal )

    wget -q http://packages.medibuntu.org/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -


    sudo wget http://medibuntu.sos-sts.com/sources.list.d/feisty.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

after completing above steps type

sudo apt-get update

Now your system should be ready for installing extra codecs .

IMPORTANT : In General i don't recommend adding unknown repositories it is risky and could pose a security risk to your computer , however the repository i am adding above is official repository(Medibuntu) whose reference i got from official Ubuntu website so you should not worry about adding repository i mentioned above .

Here is the offical Ubuntu documentation with reference to Medibuntu repository

1. Opera Web Browser.

Opera is a excellent web browser available on a number of different platforms including Windows,Linux and Mac OS X . Now opera has a number of really good features it includes a download manager , bit torrent client has a excellent rendering engine and a number of other really good features .

To install opera type the following command in the terminal (Application -> Accessories -> Terminal ) window : -

    wget http://opera.eurenet.net/linux/920/final/en/i386/shared/opera_9.20-20070409.6-shared-qt_en_i386.deb

    sudo aptitude install libqt3-mt

    sudo dpkg -i opera_9.20-20070409.6-shared-qt_en_i386.deb

After completing above step launch opera from (Applications -> Internet -> Opera )

2. Downloader For X.

Downloader for X is a nice download manager that allows downloading files from Internet , pausing them and downloading them later . It also supports splitting file into number of segments so that files could be downloaded quickly . However one thing that i didn't like about is it's interface is somewhat difficult as compared to some of the download manager available on Windows.

Anyways to install " Downloader for X " type the following command in the terminal window.

    sudo aptitude install d4x
Read also: Seq24 is a software MIDI music sequencer that runs under Linux.
After installation is over launch ¨Downloader for X¨ by typing ¨d4x¨ in the terminal window , or by going to (Applications-> Internet -> Downloader for X )

3. AmaroK.

Amarok is one of the most popular music player on the Linux Platform , it based on KDE libraries but still it can be used independently on ubuntu too with little or no problem.It features a extremely user friendly interface and is extremely feature rich .
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To install amaroK type the following command in the terminal window (Application -> Accessories -> Terminal )

    sudo aptitude install amarok

and after completing above step go to (Application -> Sound & Video -> AmaroK) to launch amaroK audio player.

AmaroK running on Ubuntu

4. Skype.

Skype is a popular VOIP application , allowing one to make voice calls over the internet . To install Skype type the following command in the Terminal Window (Application->Accessories -> Terminal ),keep in mind that Skype is downloaded from Medibuntu repositories and not Ubuntu hence be sure you have activated the repositories correctly as described in first step of this article.

    sudo aptitude install skype

After completing above step you could launch skype from (Applications -> Internet ->Skype)

Skype Registration page on Ubuntu.

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5. Scribus.

Scribus is one of the most impressive Desktop Publishing application that is free and cross platform . Scribus is available on Windows , Mac OS X , Linux , OS/2 etc . It is highly suited for preparing file for professional quality image setting equipment .It has high end page layout features of the kind found in Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign.

It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms. Example uses include writing small newspapers, brochures, newsletters, posters and books.

Anyways , to install scribus type the following command in the terminal (Application ->Accessories -> Terminal )
    sudo aptitude install scribus

and after completing above step launch scribus by typing "scribus" in terminal window.

6. VLC Media Player.

VLC Player is another of popular video player available under Linux . It is released under GNU General Public license and is available for different platform including Windows,Linux,BeOS,Mac OS X etc. VLC player is based upon free open source libraries like libdvdcss,FFMpeg for decoding various video formats.One Important feature of VLC Player is it's ability to play files over NetWork Protocols.

The Frontend of VLC player is created using wxWidgets toolkit and it's appearance can be changed by using different skins. One Popular feature of VLC Player is it's ability to play files that are incomplete/broken or partially downloaded , making it useful for previewing file while downloading on file-sharing networks.

To install VLC Player type the following command in the terminal window :

  sudo apt-get install vlc 

and after completing above step launch vlc player from

7. Google Desktop.

 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 type the following command in the terminal window : -

    wget http://dl.google.com/linux/google-repo-setup.sh

    sudo bash google-repo-setup.sh

Now after completing above steps to install Google Desktop Search type the following command in the terminal window : 

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install google-desktop-linux

After completing above step logout of gnome session and relogin you would find the following dialog window.

Now after choosing appropriate option 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.

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About Hugo Repetto

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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