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    After Installing Lubuntu
    Guide (Things to do & Apps to Install)


    Index:

    1- Things you need to do after installing Lubuntu

    2- How To Install Applications in Lubuntu?
    a- Applications in Repo
    b- Applications NOT in Repo

    3- Applications You Can Install in Lubuntu

    4- Applications You Can Install in Lubuntu with Workaround (not directly)

    5- Applications You Can NOT Install in Lubuntu

    6- General Notes

    7- How To Remove Applications

    8- Your Favorite Application in Lubuntu rather than the default ones
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    Things to do after installing Lubutnu



    Things to do after installing Lubutnu



    1- You need to be connected to the Internet. Connect to the Wireless Network (You may need to Enter Security Password) OR Connect via Wired Network.

    2- Menu > Accessories > LXTerminal

    3-
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
    4-
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lubuntu-restricted-extras
    5- Some basic Applications/Utilities are not available so you may want to add them:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install numlockx parcellite
    numlockx = To Turn your Num Lock ON after logging in - there is a workaround to set Num Lock ON before logging in - will be explained later.

    parcellite = Clipboard Manager. It's to save whatever you copy and paste. By default, it's not installed. If you close the application/window you are copying from, you will have nothing to paste so this application is very helpful, at least for me
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    How To Install Applicaitons in Lubuntu?

    How To Install Applicaitons in Lubuntu?

    A - Applications in Repositories
    B - Applications NOT in Repositories


    A- Applications in Repositories
    There are three (3) simple ways to install ANY Applications from the Official Repositories:

    1- LXTerminal
    Menu > Accessories > LXTerminal



    For many users, The Terminal is the easiest and the fastest way to install the desired program/application. However, it could be a nightmare for new comers to Linux. PLEASE, do not be afraid, it will never bite you. Once you'll use it as per these instructions, you'll love it and might be addicted to it just like myself.

    To install any program/application from the official repositories, please follow the following basic steps:

    1-
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    2-
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install <packagename>
    Example:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install vlc
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install firefox
    You could also do this if you know what programs/applications you want to install:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install vlc firefox
    Just leave one space between each package or program.

    Sometimes, some programs have dependencies to be installed with them. If you issue the install command just like above, it will ask you whether to install all the dependencies or not. IF YOU KNOW what you are doing, then you can use "-y" at the end so it will not ask you whether you want to install them or not. Example:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install vlc -y




    2- Synatpic
    This could be the favorite tool for many users, myself is included even though I tend to use The Terminal more often. Synaptic, which comes by default with Lubuntu, is VERY easy to use and straightforward.

    Menu > System Tools > Synaptic Package Manager

    You need to type your password so that you can use it.




    And the main interface of Synaptic will be:




    To install any program/application, you need first to Click on "Reload" then Click on the Search Button and Type whatever you are looking for.




    Then

    Right Click on the package name and select "Mark for Installation".




    In case there are some dependencies to be installed, Mark them too and then Click "Apply" on the main interface of Synaptic.




    3- Lubuntu Software Center (LSC)
    Yes indeed. Stephen Smally and others developers are are working so hard on Lubuntu Software Center which hopefully will be included by default with Lubuntu 12.04.

    Please check this update regarding LSC:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Lubuntu Software Center 0.0.2 is out!
    this is the first stable version, you can grab the tarball at http://launchpad.net/lubuntu-software-center
    Now we need your tests, you comments and your hints.

    Regards

    Stephen Smally

    P.S. the PPA is always updated, but is recommended only for test.
    In the next section, I'll explain how to add it to your Lubuntu Installation.




    B - Applications NOT in Repositories

    You can find lots of programs and applications in the official repository. However, some applications are not there by default and you need to add them first then install them.

    Usually, the easiest and the fastest way, as always, is The Terminal. However, you can also do that with Synaptic but to be honest, I'm trying to use The Terminal as much as possible whenever possible.

    Examples of these applications and How To add each one of them:

    1- Lubuntu Software Center:


    From LXTerminal, please run these commands:
    Code:
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:lubuntu-desktop/ppa
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lubuntu-software-center
    After installing LSC, you'll find under System Tools Sub-Menu.

    You can also download and install LSC from here: https://launchpad.net/lubuntu-software-center


    2- LXScreenshot:

    LXTerminal, please run these commands:
    Code:
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:lubuntu-desktop/ppa
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lxscreenshot
    LXScreenshot will be found in: Menu > Accessories > LXScreenshot


    3- Faenza Icon Theme

    From LXTerminal, please run these commands:

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme
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    Applicaitons You Can Install "directly" in Lubuntu

    Note: All installation instructions will be given here based on LXTerminal. To use Synaptic, please refer to this section.

    Theoretically, any application/program you can install in Ubuntu, you can also install it on Lubuntu. However, that does not mean it's 100% true. Some applications/programs need a workaround while few could not be installed for some reason.

    In this section, I'll try to cover most of the applications you can install. If your favorite application is not listed, please don't feel bad

    1- Firefox
    Personally, I can't use any machine if Firefox is not installed. Or to be more specific, both Firefox and Chromium MUST be installed
    I'm NOT going to talk about Firefox vs Chromium vs Other Browsers - this endless war/debate will never end.

    To install Firefox, please run this command from LXTerminal:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install firefox



    2- VLC
    It's my favorite media player. I prefer to use one application for everything and whenever I need to watch or listen to something, I use VLC.

    Code:
     sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc



    3- GNOME Applications


    a- GNOME Screenshot
    By default, if you press "Print Screen" button on your Keyboard, a Screenshot will be saved on your home folder. You don't really have full control over that. To make life easier, you can install your favorite Screenshot Program. For me, I prefer GNOME Screenshot.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-screenshot
    Note: some may prefer shutter:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install shutter


    b- GNOME System Monitor:
    LXTask is the default system monitor for Lubuntu. If you don't like it, you can install your favorite.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-system-monitor



    4- Shotwell:
    I always need a program to do some basic functions like Crop and stuff so I need something else rather than the default installed program.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install shotwell



    5- Libre Office
    :
    Surprised? don't be. It's true that Lubuntu meant to be used for Low Specifications Hardware but many users with better/new hardware are using it too. As already mentioned above, you can install most if not all of your favorite applications and programs in Lubuntu.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libreoffice -y
    Note that: If you don't have enough space (HDD) or memory (RAM), better not to install "libreoffice". AbiWord is installed by default.


    6- Cairo Dock
    OH YES, you can for sure

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cairo-dock -y
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    Applicaitons You Can Install in Lubuntu not directly or with Workaround

    Some applications/programs can't be installed directly as explained previously. In this section, I'll try to cover some of these programs which are widely used:

    1- Skype:
    I have previously updated the Wiki Pages and added How To Install Skype. I see no point to re-do that again here so please have a look at this link
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    Applications You Can NOT Install in Lubuntu

    A List of Applications/Programs that users have reported which don't work with Lubuntu for some reason either for a known bug or other restrictions.

    I'll update this list on daily basis either based on Threads here on this forum where users reports problems, Launchpad or if someone posted on this thread stating that Application ABC didn't work.

    Thank you!
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    Genral Notes

    1- Before installing any application or program, you need to refresh and update your Repositories. To do so, please run this command from LXTerminal OR Click Reload in Synaptic:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    To understand more about this command, please search on google or check this.
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    How To Remove Applications?

    How To Remove Applications?


    1- By using LXTerminal:
    To un-install or remove any application/program, please run this command:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove <packagename>
    For example:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove vlc
    In order to completely remove an application, please use:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge <packagename>
    For example:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge vlc
    You can use the same option like "-y" with the above two commands:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge vlc -y



    2- By using Synaptic:

    Same as we did before when we wanted to install an application but this time, the process is a little bit different with one simple step.

    Type the name of the application you want to remove (use "Search" button), Right Click on the package name and Select "Mark for Removal" or "Mark for Complete Removal". I always use the 2nd option - Complete Removal. After that hit Apply and that's all.


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    Your Favorite Application

    If you have any favorite application and you would like to inquire about OR you want to test it but don't know how, please post here and I'll take care of the rest


    * List Of Users-Favorite Applications in Lubuntu rather than the default:


    * List Of Users' Applications TO BE TESTED in Lubuntu:



    *These two list will be updated as per users input


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    Note ...

    Please note that this guide will be updated on daily basis

    Thank you for reading!

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