Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Post Installation Guide



Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala
Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala is Out . Download Now from Ubuntu Website. After Installation Just Tweak the ubuntu for more prettier performance. New installer, new artwork (themes, icons, wallpapers, login screen), ext4 filesystem, grub2, new software versions (Gnome 2.28.1, Firefox 3.5.3), the anticipated Software Center (instant access to thousands of free and open-source applications) and many many other improvements, bug fixes and changes are presented in Ubuntu 9.10.

Download Ubuntu 9.10 , install it or upgrade from the previous Ubuntu 9.04 and let’s get started. Some Essential Post Installation Things to do after Ubuntu 9.10 for better performance and feel . Let’s get started!

Unlock Restricted Extras on Ubuntu 9.10

The Ubuntu Restricted Extras will install Adobe Flash Player, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) (sun-java-jre) with Firefox plug-ins (icedtea), a set of Microsoft Fonts (msttcorefonts), multimedia codecs (w32codecs or w64codecs), mp3-compatible encoding (lame), FFMpeg, extra Gstreamer codecs, the package for DVD decoding (libdvdread4, but see below for info on libdvdcss2), the unrar archiver, odbc, and cabextract. It also installs multiple “stripped” codecs and avutils (libavcodec-unstripped-52 and libavutil-unstripped-49). This is a single command approach. On Linux Command Shell Type

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Audio and Video Playback on Ubuntu 9.10

Playing a Video (XVid, DivX etc.) or Audio (MP3) file has become essential and easy.  Just double click the file, Totem Player will automatically download the needed codecs. But the codes can be installed manually. Just look above at Ubuntu Restricted Extras.

DVD Playback

To play encrypted DVDs install libdvdcss2 is a must. In Ubuntu 9.10, just like Ubuntu 9.04, there is no need to manually configure the Medibuntu repository. If you have previously installed Ubuntu Restricted Extras skip the following command. If you haven’t open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

Next Type :

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

MPlayer Alternative to Windows Media Player,

Mplayer and smplayer (mplayer’s GUI) for video playback in Karmic Koala. It supports almost any video type, external subtitles as well as DVD playback as long as you have the needed codecs installed as shown previously. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install mplayer smplayer

VLC Media Player

Video Lan Client (VLC) is a  multimedia player that plays anything you want. VLC supports many formats without need for additional codecs. Simply install it by typing:

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse


K9copy is a free open source DVD backup, copying, compression, and authoring utility that requires libdvdcss. For other info, see this or this guide. You can easily create MPEG-2. MPEG-4, or DVD videos with this utility. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install k9copy


DVD::Rip is a DVD backup/copy program, written in GTK-based perl, that uses the transcode video/audio processing and conversion tools. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install dvdrip rar


2ManDVD is a GUI utility for creating DVD videos. It is the successor of ManDVD. A Guide To 2Man DVD here


DeVeDe is a program to create video DVDs and CDs suitable for home players (i.e. VCD, sVCD or CVD) from any source video file that is supported by MPlayer.

Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and Firefox Java Plugin

JRE used to run java based programmes in your browser like Webex . The JRE is directly installed from Sun Website. Close Firefox if it’s running, open a terminal and type:

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

Sun Java Development Kit (JDK)

If you want to build applications, applets, and components using the Java programming language you need to install JDK.

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk

Install Google Earth on Ubuntu 9.10

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install googleearth-package
make-googleearth-package --force
sudo dpkg -i googleearth*.deb

Compiz Fusion on Ubuntu 9.10

Compiz Fusion allows you to use advanced desktop effects such as the rotating cube desktop. Nice 3D desktop Effects and Nice Visual Effect on the move.

sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-main 
compiz-fusion-plugins-extra emerald librsvg2-common fusion-icon

Run Applications -> System Tools -> Compiz Fusion Icon. A blue icon will appear to the tray. From here you can configure Compiz-Fusion.

Conky on Ubuntu 9.10

Conky is a light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop.

sudo apt-get install conky

Screenlets for Ubuntu 9.10

Screenlets are small applications that are laying on your desktop. Eye candy stuff and useful in many ways. Just type:

sudo apt-get install screenlets

Go to Applications -> Accessories –> Screenlets choose the screenlet you want click launch/add (you can choose Auto start on login)

You can download additional screenlets from www.gnome-look.org or screenlets.org from http://screenlets.org/index.php/Category:UserScreenlets

XChat IRC Client for Ubuntu 9.10

XChat is an IRC chat program for both Linux and Windows. It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations etc. Even file transfers are possible. For install type:

sudo apt-get install xchat

You will find it under Applications -> Internet -> XChat IRC

Ubuntu 9.10 uses empathy as its default IM (Instant Messaging) client. A few others IMs are:

aMSN for Ubuntu 9.10

aMSN is an MSN Messenger utility that functions like the original client. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install amsn

You will find it under Applications -> Internet -> aMSN

Emesene on Ubuntu 9.10

Emesene is an MSN messenger client that uses a simplified interface similar to the original client a great tool for msn people. To install it type

sudo apt-get install emesene

You will find it under Applications -> Internet -> Emesene

Skype In Ubuntu 9.10

Skype is a proprietary integrated VOIP and video conferencing program similar to Ekiga. It is a very nice tool for video chat in linux. And many users are using Skype.

sudo apt-get install skype

Deluge On Ubuntu 9.10

Deluge is a lightweight, Free Software, cross-platform BitTorrent client. Nice for Download Torrents.

sudo apt-get install deluge

You will find it under Applications -> Internet -> Deluge BitTorrent client

Vuze For Ubuntu 9.10

Vuze is the next version of Azureus . High Speed Full featured Torrent Client in Linux. To install it on Karmic type:

sudo apt-get install vuze
You will find it under Applications -> Internet -> Vuze
the above information is a littke sneak peek to what is available in Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10. Pass this information to your friends. Popularise Ubuntu 9.10. The Future operating system for free world.



  1. Did you actually get Webex working in 9.10? How? There is no libstdc++5 and without it, seems Webex again gets stuck at 100% libstdc++6 does not seem to help.

  2. Thank you so much for step by step guidance.Its very helpful in the way that things are very clear.One can get solution to most of the problems after installing.

  3. How do I get Adobe Flash on my Karmic Koala. I’m no techie, but in the flash site, I only found APT for Ubuntu 9.04. Is that applicable for 9.10?

    1. OK. I resolved the problem. Thankx axel for the great guide. I copied because I need the infos all time. Not intented to hurt you. If any problem just post a comment I am ready to withdraw this article.

  4. No bad feelings Ranjith. Besides I support Open Source Software and knowledge as well. Just put a reference in the beginning to the original article and we are ok. The same for the ubuntu 10.04 guide.


    1. Thanks Axel for allowing this article as is. I need this info everyday. I am a buzzy Ubuntu Installer. That is why I copied this for me. No bad feelings. Give respect and take respect is my policy like you.

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