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    Recommended apps to install

    inside of a week still since my ubuntu installation, and was wondering what applications people would consider as essential, whether they're utilities or whatever.

    i'm not much of a command line type (done a small amount as a legacy of my mac background), i'd call myself an enthustiac dabbler, are there any helper type apps for this area of linux ?

    or is it book is best, if so can anyone recommend a good (relatively inexpensive) book for a beginner.

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    Re: prolly been asked a few times before.

    oh great, really shouldn't post just afer waking up, just seen the sticky about command line helping.


    i'll expand on the original question somewhat then, i really would like to get to grips with compiling as it looks like i am going to need a few driver modules that aren't off the shelf so to speak.
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    Re: prolly been asked a few times before.

    For sure there's some software you'll want just to have.

    ubuntu-restricted-extras - this is for mp3's and flash and stuff like that.
    openjdk-7-jre and icedtea-7-plugin - if you want java support.

    Then some others that you might like.

    rhythmbox - my favorite music player
    vlc - my favorite video player
    geany - favorite code editor
    asunder - rip cd's
    bleachbit - for cleaning unneeded files
    gufw - a firewall if you want it
    deluge - my favorite bittorrent client
    fortune-mod - display fortunes via command line

    You can look at these in the software center and install them or you can install them on the command line. To install packages you use `apt-get' and the arguement `install'. Because it need root privelidges, you use sudo, which is S uper U serDO . The super user is the root user, but you can't use that account like your own, it's only there for `administration'.

    So the command all together would be
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install
    But you need to tell it which packages too so it really is
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install package-name package2 ... packageN
    #and to remove
    sudo apt-get remove package-name
    you can update and upgrade packages too using this method. Using
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    #and
    sudo apt-get upgrade


    To view the manual page for a command use the man command.
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    man <command_you_want_to_know_about>
    I recommend at least skimming the apt-get man page.

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    Kopkins
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    Re: prolly been asked a few times before.

    thank you for your reply kopkins, I shall look at that link you sent a little later.

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    Re: Recommended apps to install

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    Re: prolly been asked a few times before.

    Quote Originally Posted by sparklyballs View Post
    i'll expand on the original question somewhat then, i really would like to get to grips with compiling as it looks like i am going to need a few driver modules that aren't off the shelf so to speak.

    you will need build essentials for compiling. and instructions are usually provided in the packaged driver module (such as how to do it, prerequisites...).
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    Re: Recommended apps to install

    Quote Originally Posted by sparklyballs View Post
    inside of a week still since my ubuntu installation, and was wondering what applications people would consider as essential, whether they're utilities or whatever.

    i'm not much of a command line type (done a small amount as a legacy of my mac background), i'd call myself an enthustiac dabbler, are there any helper type apps for this area of linux ?

    or is it book is best, if so can anyone recommend a good (relatively inexpensive) book for a beginner.
    synaptic package manager.

    I don't think there is such a thing as must have, but if you want to try out a bunch of different apps, installing through synaptic is far easier and quicker than the software center.
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    Re: Recommended apps to install

    If you have a webcam, Cheese
    From the Google site, Chrome
    GIMP
    Audacious
    ubuntu-manual

    As previously (but inaccurately) suggested, build-essential

    What makes you think you might need driver modules?

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    Re: Recommended apps to install

    If you want to learn about compiling then you could check out linux from scratch. It will teach you how to compile a linux distro from source.

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    Re: Recommended apps to install

    unetbootin for making bootable linux USB stick
    pdf reader = evince (not helpfully named Document Viewer) good for cut and paste from pdf
    scribus pdf convertor
    clementine for recording off internet stream
    jack for cd ripping
    libreoffice-writer (closer to Microsoft word functionality and much better than abiword or openoffice)
    Dolphin as File Manager (file manager (PCManFM 0.9.9 not pcfman) is awful and slow (sorry guys))
    leafpad (brilliant little text editor for HUGE text files)
    gnumeric (spreadsheet)
    ibus-pinyin (for chinese IME)
    clipit (so that stuff cut to clipboard buffer is available after you quit the application)
    fbreader for epub files

    I don't know why you'd want to fiddle with drivers either?

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