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Additions to a default Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon install

by Pierre-Yves Landuré last modified 2008-10-31 21:01

This article guides you through the completion of your Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon 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 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, choose between the links below the one that fit you:

New in Gutsy Gibbon

Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon bring a amazing new feature to ease install of additionnal software. If you want to install only some of the software list in this page, you can do it by simply clicking on the links put on the packages' names. This is not a security breach, since these packages are installed using apt-get and your configured repositories. It's only a little helper for lazy people :D

Configuration of apt repositories list

First, we reset our sources.list. It happens that in some cases (for example, when the installation is done without Internet connection), most of the repositories needed by this guide are disabled. We create a backup of our original sources.list :

/usr/bin/sudo /bin/cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.orig

And we replace it by a "complete" version, with all the needed lines uncommented.

/usr/bin/sudo /usr/bin/wget \

We remove the ability to get packages from the install CD-Rom :

sudo sed -i -e 's/^\(deb cdrom:\)/#\1/' /etc/apt/sources.list

We enable the partner repository (aka. commercial repository) of Canonical Ltd. :

sudo sed -i -e 's/^# \(.*gutsy partner.*\)$/\1/' /etc/apt/sources.list

We add the Medibuntu witch contains various heavily needed packages.

echo "## MEDIBUNTU
deb gutsy free non-free

# Sources repository (uncomment if you want to download sources)
# deb-src gutsy free non-free" \
| sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

We install the GPG key signing the medibuntu repository :

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

We add the Gutsy Gibbon Wine HQ repository. You can find more details on Wine for Ubuntu on this page :

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

We also install the key signing this repository :

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

Once the apt sources configured, we update the list of available packages :

sudo apt-get update

Local network with a 'dot local (.local)' extension

If your local network domain end with a .local extension, and that you have problems to connect to it, you need to disable avahi. To do this, just run the following command lines :

sudo sed -i -e 's/^\(AVAHI_DAEMON_START\)=.*/\1=0/' /etc/default/avahi-daemon
sudo /etc/init.d/avahi-daemon stop

Missing packages installation

If you weren't connected to Internet during the install of your Ubuntu, some packages can be missing to your system.
  • For Xubuntu only : Open Office desktop integration is incomplete. Here is a command line that enhance Open Office graphical user interface in Xubuntu (Thanks to Oxdot) :
sudo apt-get install
  • To complete the language support :
sudo apt-get install
  • To complete the Windows share support :
sudo apt-get install samba
  • To enable the date and time update by Internet :
sudo apt-get install ntp

Java 1.6 install

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

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

Then, we choose Sun JRE 6 as our default Java machine with this command :

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

You can check that Java plugins are working by visiting about:plugins using Firefox.

Multimedia support enhancement

In order to be able to read inline Web video (well, some of it), you need to install the VLC plugin for Mozilla Firefox :

sudo apt-get install mozilla-plugin-vlc

To be able to read most of the video available on Internet, you need to install more codecs. This is done by running this 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 gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad \
gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-schroedinger

If you want to enable sound files preview in Nautilus, use this command line :

sudo apt-get install mpg321 vorbis-tools

If you want to read DVD, you need to install gxine and DVD decrypting libraries :

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 libdvdnav4 libxine1-ffmpeg gxine

Warning : if you encounter problems to read DVD, it is likely that is due to a problem with Medibuntu libdvdcss2 package. To solve the problem, run the following command lines :

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/

For the moment i've not be able to find the codecs need to play DVD using Totem.

Note : If you want to use Totem to read your DVD (witch i do not recommand), run this command line :

sudo apt-get install totem-xine

Desktop effects

In Gutsy, desktop effects are available by default. In order to enable them, go in the "Visual effects" tab of "System -> Settings -> Appearance". If the default settings are not sufficient for your needs, you can tweak them using the compizconfig-settings-manager :

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Hard disk checkup

In order to avoid to think when your hard disk has a problem, this command line simplify the correction of errors during the repair of a partition with problems :

/usr/bin/sudo /bin/sed -i -e 's/\(FSCKFIX=\).*/\1yes/' /etc/default/rcS 

Don't worry, it is not dangerous. It do what you would have done by hand if you were confronted to the problem. Only professional file system rescuers should have this setting to No (for me, it is clearly a rest of the days where Linux was made for geeks by geeks)).

Enhancement of the command line interface

Colorized Man pages

If you want to have a little color in your man pages, you can install the page reader most :

/usr/bin/sudo /usr/bin/apt-get install most

And use it as your default page reader :

/usr/bin/sudo /usr/sbin/update-alternatives --set pager /usr/bin/most

Additional tools installation

If this software list does not fit your needs, you can read the yekCim article on this subject : Logiciels sous Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon.

Essential ones

The tools listed below are the ones that really miss to the default setup of Ubuntu. You should not hesitate to install them :

  • audacious : A better Beep Media Player. WinAmp fans, this is for you.
  • brasero : A very good CD / DVD burning tool for Gnome.
  • deluge-torrent : One of the best BitTorrent for Gome. Lightweight and powerfull.
  • exaile : A Amarok (or ITunes) clone for Gnome. My favorite music reading software.
  • filezilla : A really really fine FTP client.
  • firefox-themes-ubuntu : Some Ubuntu flavored themes for Mozilla Firefox.
  • liferea : Lecteur de flux de syndications de Gnome.
  • thunderbird : the mail client of the Mozilla foundation.
  • msttcorefonts : free Microsoft fonts.
  • nautilus-open-terminal : allow to open a terminal from the Nautilus context menu.
  • tomboy : A post-it software for Gnome.
  • ttf-xfree86-nonfree : Multiverse non-free fonts.
  • unrar : Tool to read *.rar files.
  • unace : Tool to read *.ace files.
  • vim-gnome : Vim text editor GUI.
  • wine : A free implementation of the Windows API.
  • xchat : A really great IRC client for Gnome.
In short, just run this command line :
sudo apt-get install audacious brasero deluge-torrent exaile filezilla \
  liferea thunderbird \
msttcorefonts nautilus-open-terminal tomboy ttf-xfree86-nonfree \
 unrar unace vim-gnome wine xchat firefox-themes-ubuntu

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:

  • comix : A cbr file reader, for reading your favorite digital comics.
  • opera : A nice web browser, available in "parner" repository (recommends flashplugin-nonfree).
  • kopete : KDE instant messaging client. Unlike Pidgin, it allow you to use your webcam.

  • gnochm : Microsoft Windows help files reader.

  • dvdrip : A tool to rip DVD using transcode. It is really powerfull and easy to use.
  • easytag : A tool to edit MP3 and Ogg Vorbis information tags.
  • kompozer : A WYSIWYG HTML editor to create your Internet site.
  • wallpaper-tray : A little software that take place in the notification area and regularly change your background by picking in your image library.
  • subtitleeditor : I often play video with subtitles. This little tool is a great subtitle editor that can be used to resynchronize subtitles with the video (I just love the fact that this software show the sound volume graphic).
In short, just run this command line :
sudo apt-get install comix kopete gnochm dvdrip easytag kompozer \
  wallpaper-tray subtitleeditor flashplugin-nonfree opera

Some softwares are available in other repositories. Please read the according  guides.

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


If you want more informations on games available on Gutsy Gibbon, you can read yekCim guide on this subject : Jeux sous Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon.

2D games

  • atomix : A thinking game where you must build molecules using atoms... Review your chemistry and have fun.
  • beneath-a-steel-sky : A point-and-click in a science-fiction universe.
  • defendguin : Defender for linux... Save the penguins !.
  • fillets-ng : A commercial reflexion game became free. You guide a couple of fish across various levels.
  • flight-of-the-amazon-queen : A point-and-click where you are a pilot flighting over the amazon jungle.
  • flobopuyo : A Puyo Puyo clone, a well known Tetris-like.
  • freeciv-client-gtk : A Civilization II clone. A very good game.
  • frozen-bubble : A nice puzzle game where penguins replace Bubble Bobble ghosts.
  • gnome-sudoku : The well known numbers game for Gnome.
  • gweled : A puzzle game really nice, for coffee pauses :D
  • mirrormagic : A thinking game where you use mirrors to reflect a laser ray.
  • pathological : A thinking game where to need to match balls of the same color. Pleasant ;D
  • pingus : A game where you must save a bunch of stupid little pets.... black, white, and yellow ;) (nope, not the blue, white and green ones).
  • powermanga : A shoot-them-up with a quite slow ryhtm, but that is really addictive. You can by new weapons, new ships, ... And the graphics are beautiful.
    • ri-li : A game where a train must get its wagons back in a railroad maze. Very cute ;)
  • wormux : Worms for Linux... Blow up your friends :D
  • xwelltris : A 3D tetris. Strange.
  • wesnoth-all : One of the best turn by turn strategy game of the world (yep, even compared to Heroes of Might and Magic) (ttf-sazanami-gothic is recommended).

3D accelerated games

  • chromium : A great OpenGL shoot-them-up. (Begin with "fish in the barrel" difficulty).
  • gltron : A 3D tron game. Beautiful.
  • lincity-ng : A SimCity clone for Linux.
  • nexuiz : A quality FPS.
  • planetpenguin-racer : One of my favorite game, involving Tux and a beautiful music.
  • rrootage : A shoot-them-up in wire 3D and a bunch of final Boss. Beautiful !. Only problem : it is in japanese. A read of the man page is mandatory before playing.
  • supertux : A super-mario like where Tux is the heroe.
  • tremulous : A FPS where many species make war.
  • vegastrike : A space combat simulation in the spirit of Wing Commander Privateer, X2 : The threat...


This page is inspired by many others that i thanks :


Fantastic !!!

Posted by Yordan Georgiev at 2008-12-14 15:12
Many thanks !!! You have been Googled up to the top !!!


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