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Complements to the install of a Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

by Pierre-Yves Landuré last modified 2008-10-31 21:02

This article guides you through the completion of your Ubuntu Feisty Fawn default install. At the end of this page, your system will be ready for daily use.

Other Ubuntu versions

This howto is available for many versions of Ubuntu. If you do not use Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn, choose between the links below the one that fit you:

Configuration of apt repositories list

We add the Medibuntu repository that contains very interesting packages.

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

We configure apt to trust the GPG key signing the Medibuntu repository :

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

We add the Wine HQ repository for Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. For more informations about this repository, visit

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/feisty-winehq.list

We configure apt to trust this repository :

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Once you've modified your apt configuration, you need to update the list of available packages

sudo apt-get update

Missing packages

If you were not connected to the Internet during the installation of your Feisty Fawn, some packages may be missing of your system.
  • To add support for Windows file sharing:
sudo apt-get install samba
  • To enable the Internet time update:
sudo apt-get install ntp

Java 1.6

In order to install JRE 6, run the following command line:

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-fonts

You now need to setup JRE 6 as the default Java runner. You can do this with :

sudo update-java-alternatives --set java-6-sun

You can check that the java plugin is working by visiting about:plugins in Mozilla Firefox.

Improvement of the multimedia support

In order to read the video inside some web sites, you need to install the VLC (aka. Video LAN Client) plugin for Mozilla Firefox:

sudo apt-get install mozilla-plugin-vlc

If you want to use Totem to read most of the video files available on the internet, you need to complete gstreamer setup. Run the following command line:

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 \
gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mpegdemux gstreamer0.10-gl gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly \
gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse libxine-main1 libxine-extracodecs \
gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse

You can enable the preview of music files in Nautilus by running the following command line:

sudo apt-get install mpg321 vorbis-tools

The last but not the least, in order to read DVD movies, you need to install gxine and the DVD decryption libraries :

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 libdvdnav4 libdvdplay0 gxine

Note: If you want to use Totem to read your DVD movies (witch i do not recommend), run the following command line :

sudo apt-get install totem-xine

Additional tools installation

Essential ones

The tools listed below are the ones that really miss to the default setup of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn. You should not hesitate to install it.

  • brasero : A very good CD / DVD burning tool for Gnome.
  • exaile : A Amarok clone for Gnome. My favorite music player.
  • filezilla : A really great FTP client.
  • liferea : The syndication feed reader for Gnome.
  • mozilla-thunderbird : Mozilla foundation mail client.
  • msttcorefonts : free Microsoft fonts.
  • nautilus-open-terminal : allow you to open a terminal from the Nautilus context menu.
  • tomboy : The famous little yellow paper for Gnome.
  • ttf-xfree86-nonfree : non free fonts from Multiverse.
  • unrar : Tool to read *.rar files.
  • unace : Tool to read *.ace files.
  • vim-gnome : GUI for Vim text editor.
  • wine : A Windows API implementation that allow you to run some Windows executables.
  • xchat : A really great IRC client for Gnome.

In short, just run this command line :

sudo apt-get install brasero exaile filezilla liferea \
mozilla-thunderbird \
msttcorefonts nautilus-open-terminal tomboy ttf-xfree86-nonfree \
unrar unace vim-gnome wine xchat

Nice ones

You do not really need the following tools, but some are really usefull and having them close to your hand does not hurt:

  • gnochm : Microsoft Windows help files (*.chm) reader.
  • dvdrip : Tool to rip DVD movies using transcode. It is very simple to use and give nice results.
  • easytag : With this tool, you can edit MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files informations (Artist, Track name, etc...).
  • audacious : A enhanced version of Beep Media Player, a WinAmp clone for Linux.
  • wallpaper-tray : This little software find its place in the notification area and regularly change your screen background by picking from your images folders.
  • subtitleeditor : This tool is a great subtitle creation workshop. But it also allow you to resync the subs you download from Internet.

In short, just run this command line :

sudo apt-get install gnochm dvdrip easytag audacious \
wallpaper-tray subtitleeditor

Some great software are available from other repositories. Please read the according howtos in order to install them.

Other softwares

  • openssh-server : Serveur Secure SHell. Allow you to connect to your computer over the network.
  • build-essential : Package installing the minimum required to compile software on your Ubuntu.
sudo apt-get install openssh-server build-essential


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