Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy 64 bit - Desktop HOWTO

This tutorial describes how to configure a Ubuntu/Kubuntu 64 Bit Desktop for daily use.

Multimedia Codecs, Java, Flash

Flash and Java sun plugin do not work on Ubuntu 64 bits after running this comand, but fonts and codecs should work fine.

# java , fonts, codecs
# The ubuntu-restricted-extras package installs the Sun JDK, which requires the user to accept the Sun License.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Java, Skype 1.4, Acrobat, GoogleEarth, Proprietary and Others

On Ubuntu goto to System->Administration->Software Sources->Third Party Software and select "Add". You can also edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add lines to the end of the file.

# Canonical repository (VMWare and DB2 Express)
# enable this on the Software Sources Management tool (tab third-party) from ubuntu or kubuntu menu

# Google Linux repository
deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable non-free

# Miro - The free open-source video platform.
deb http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/pculture.org/miro/linux/repositories/ubuntu gutsy/

# Virtual Box
deb http://www.virtualbox.org/debian gutsy non-free

# MediaTomb
deb http://apt.mediatomb.cc/ feisty main

# medibuntu repositories
# run this command to add this repository
sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/gutsy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

To get the GPG key for Picasa and Virtual Box

# Google Key
wget -q -O - http://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -

# Virtual Box Key
wget -q http://www.virtualbox.org/debian/innotek.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

# medibuntu Key
wget -q http://packages.medibuntu.org/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update

# Mediatomb Key
wget http://apt.mediatomb.cc/key.asc -O- -q | sudo apt-key add -

For installation execute the following commands:

# Update the index of your repositories
sudo apt-get update

# Mediatomb UPnP MediaServer with a nice web user interface. Share your media with PS3 and XBOX devices.
sudo apt-get install mediatomb

# Acrobat Reader
sudo apt-get install acroread acroread-escript acroread-plugins

# Google Earth
sudo apt-get install googleearth

# Skype
sudo apt-get install skype-static

# Miro - The free open-source video platform.
sudo apt-get install miro

# help on configuration of proprietary drivers
sudo apt-get install restricted-manager

# KDE download manager
sudo apt-get install kget

# OSS voip, softphone, video conference tools
sudo apt-get install ekiga wengophone twinkle

# image and publishing tools
sudo apt-get install krita scribus inkscape karbon

# Kexi is considered as a long awaited Open Source competitor for Microsoft Access, Filemaker and Oracle Forms.
# Kivio is an easy to use diagramming and flowcharting application
# KPlato is a project management application.
sudo apt-get install kplato kivio kexi

### Advanced usage
# Very Fast Virtual Machine (faster than VMWare) and a very easy GUI
sudo apt-get install virtualbox

# visual partition editor
sudo apt-get install gparted

# Sun Java 64 bits, but does not include a firefox java plugin
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

# a firefox java plugin that does not work very well
sudo apt-get install icedtea-java7-plugin

# If you need VPN support via knetworkmanager/network manager
sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn network-manager-pptp network-manager-vpnc

# To change the default JVM run the command below and select the relevant version.
# If you only have one JVM this step should not be required.
sudo update-alternatives --config java