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Ubuntu 10.10 Post Installation Guide for Great Desktop

The latest Ubuntu released. Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat introducted with some Great Features. The Latest Gnome 2.32, Shotwell Photo Manger and lot more  are included in Ubuntu 10.10.

After installing Ubuntu 10.10 from a Live CD you will get a nice desktop with great functionality. But for a User you need more soft wares to work your Ubuntu Great. There are lot of free software available for every need. Just search for a software and install from Ubuntu software center is a good experience. You will get a brief description of software in ubuntu software center.

Here is a small list of essential softwares needed in popular categories to work everything fine.

Download Ubuntu 10.10

You can download Ubuntu 10.10 from ubuntu repositories and Ubuntu Mirrors. The downloads are CD Image or bittorrent files.

Ubuntu Varients

are also available. for customized needs.

Ubuntu Restricted Extras

Ubuntu Restricted Extras is a very interesting thing. This will install lot of custom softwares for everyday needs. 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.

For this open the terminal then type.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

This will take a while to install whole package. Keep your terminal open until the whole package list will be installed. Otherwise you want to start everything from the scratch.

To install the packages below you just search in ubuntu software center and press install. But the command terminal command will do the work more faster.

Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak is a great Package to Control the different features of desktop. It is a great configuration tool for ubuntu. The current Version is 0.5.7.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Graphics Packages for Ubuntu 10.10


A great Photo Editing and retouching software that can do gif animations . Will replace your Photoshop

sudo apt-get install gimp


You can Just Search GIMP in Applications > Ubuntu Software Center and Press Install.


A great Vector drawing and logo creating software which will replace Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.

sudo apt-get install inkscape


You can Just Search Inkscape in Applications > Ubuntu Software Center and Press Install.

Inkscape need some additional python libraries. So it is a bit heavy for an install.


A Good Photo manager and Album Collection Organizer.

sudo apt-get install fspot


A Good Photo Manager from Google. This Package will be downloaded from Google Picasa Website.

deb, for Debian/Ubuntu i386:


All downloads are approximately 30 MB: Picasa software (13 MB), Wine (11 MB) and Gecko engine (6 MB).

New Features:


  • Improved integration with Picasa Web Albums You can sync your Picasa 3 and Web Albums edits, change your online album settings from Picasa, and delete online albums from Picasa.
  • Better uploading with the upload Drop-box and bandwidth throttling.
  • New Retouch tool to remove unsightly blemishes and improve photo quality.
  • Improved Collage tool lets you have total artistic control over your collage content and layout.
  • Auto red-eye: same results, less work for you.
  • Easily add text or watermarks to your photos.

Internet Utilities for Ubuntu 10.10

Browsers for Ubuntu 10.10

Firefox is the default browser for Ubuntu 10.10. You can Try other popular browsers like Google-chrome and Opera

Google Chrome

Google Chrome want be downloaded from Google Website.

Chromium Browser

Chromium is Google’s open source web browser project. You can use it as google chrome. Chromium comes without google specific customizations. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Now you will find it under Applications > Internet > Chromium Web Browser.


Opera is a good alternative browser for good internet experience. You can Download Opera From Opera Website.

Email Clients for Ubuntu 10.10

Evolution is the default email client for Ubuntu 10.10 But you can try thunderbird


Thunderbird is a good email client from Mozilla Foundation.

sudo apt-get install thunderbird

Chat Clients for Ubuntu 10.10

Empathy is the default IM Client for Ubuntu 10.10. Other IM Clients are pidgin,skype,amsn etc..


Pidgin is an open source IM application. It can handle various accounts . It is based on libpurple library.

sudo apt-get install pidgin


Skype is a proprietary integrated VOIP and video conferencing program similar to Ekiga. To install skype on Ubuntu 10.04  just click on the Ubuntu 8.10+ 32bit version or Ubuntu 8.10+ 64 bit version.

Download skype


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

Bit torrent Client for Ubuntu 10.10


It is the bittorrent client for ubuntu 10.10

sudo apt-get install transmission

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


Vuze is the next version of Azureus. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install vuze

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

Office Packages for Ubuntu 10.10

Openoffice is installed by default. It includes Openoffice Writer – A good Document Editor, Openoffice Calc – A Spreadsheet Editor, Openoffice Impress – A Presentation Creator and Manager and Openoffice Draw – A Drawing creator. You can also try Abiword and Gnumeric.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

This will help to read pdf documents more effectively. The default Document Viewer will handle pdf files. But you get more features with this programme

sudo apt-get install acroread


Scribus is a good DTP application to prepare industry standard books for publishing and more …

sudo apt-get install scribus


Dia is a good diagram editor. Will help you to create a variety of diagrams like Flow chart, Database, Circuit, Logic, UML etc ..

sudo apt-get install dia

Multimedia Applications for Audio Video Playback and Edit in Ubuntu 10.10

Media Players

Totem is the default media player in Ubuntu 10.10 and Rythembox is the default audio collection manager. You can try a variety of media players like Mplayer, VLC, Exale etc…

VLC Media Player

Many users prefer the Video Lan Client (VLC) as their multimedia player. VLC supports all formats without need for additional codecs. The universal player that plays anything you want .Simply install it by typing:

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse


Mplayer and smplayer (mplayer’s GUI) are best for handle video playback. 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 gnome-mplayer

You will find it under Applications -> Video & Sound -> SMPlayer

Audacious Audio Player

Audacious is an audio player for gnome. It look and feels like winamp. Lot of plug-ins and skins are available for audacious.

sudo apt-get install audacious


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

sudo apt-get install dvdrip


Audacity is a state of art audio recorder and sound editor in Ubuntu. You can edit dubb audio using this program. Lot of plug-ins are available for audio effects like audio reject, amplify, parametric equalizer etc…

sudo apt-get install audacity

For getting MP3 export in audactiy you want to install audacity-freeworld.


Kino is a good video editor available in Ubuntu. You can capture edit videos using kino. A simple great gui for every user from beginner to experts

sudo apt-get install kino


GTK pod is a good ipod manager. gtkpod will support iPod, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod photo, and iPod mini

sudo apt-get install gtkpod

Sound Juicer

Sound Juicer is a nice application for ripping cds. This programme support various codecs.

sudo apt-get install soundjuicer

For getting MP3 export in audactiy you want to install audacity-freeworld.


K3b is a full featured disc burning tool which has all the features of Nero Burning rom. The current version support Blu-ray burning also. This is a KDE Application. If you install on Gnome It will download all the KDE Libraries. This will be a real overload.

sudo apt-get install k3b

Brasero is the default CD- DVD Burning progrmme in Ubuntu 10.10.

Programming Tools for Ubuntu 10.10

Some great Programming IDEs like Eclipse,Netbeans are available in Ubuntu 10.10


Bluefish is a great HTML – CSS Editor in linux. It support code complete. Great editor for CSS also

sudo apt-get install bluefish


Geary is a very light weight feature rich IDE which support a variety of programming languages like C,PHP,Python,Pearl,Ruby,HTML,CSS,Javascript etc..

sudo apt-get install geany


Anjuta is the default programming IDE for GTK. By using this with Glade you can create great Gnome Programmes in a breeze.

sudo apt-get install anjuta

You can also try Netbeans, Eclipse for More Programming purpose like Java, Android etc ..

Also Vim and Emacs are powerfull editors featuring command line and GUI.

Eye Candy for Ubuntu 10.10

Compiz Fusion

Compiz Fusion allows you to use advanced desktop effects such as the rotating cube desktop.

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

sudo apt-get install conky


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

Cairo Dock

Cairo Dock is a light eye-candy fully themable animated dock for any Linux desktop. It has a family-likeness with OSX dock, but with more options.

sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

You will find it under Applications > Accessories > Cairo Dock

Gnome Do

GNOME Do (Do) is an intelligent launcher tool that makes performing common tasks on your computer simple and efficient. Do not only allows you to search for items in your desktop environment (e.g. applications, contacts, bookmarks, files, music), it also allows you to specify actions to perform on search results (e.g. run, open, email, chat, play).

sudo apt-get install gnome-do

You will find it under Applications > Accessories > Cairo Dock

Java Applications in Ubuntu 10.10

To run Webex or Gomeeting you need Java Runtime Enviroment [JRE] applicaiton.

To install this You want to enable other repositories. Enable that in System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager > Settings > Repositories > Other Software and enable the partner repository. Now you can either search for sun-java6-jre, sun-java6-plugin, sun-java6-jdk using Synaptic or type the following commands in a terminal.

Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and Firefox Java Plugin

confirm 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

Google Earth

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

Afterwards you will find Google Earth under Applications > Internet > Google Earth


Xsane is a great tool for your scanner control. This tool will help to scan documents and pictures effectively. You can control resolution, brightness, contrast etc …

sudo apt-get install xsane

You will find it under Applications > Graphics > Scanner Tool


Blender is the essential software solution you need for 3D, from modeling, animation, rendering and post-production to interactive creation and playback.

Professionals and novices can easily and inexpensively publish stand-alone, secure, multi-platform content to the web, CD-ROMs, and other media. …

sudo apt-get install blender

You will find it under Applications > Graphics > Blender


Stellarium is a real-time 3D photo-realistic nightsky renderer. It can generate images of the sky as seen through the Earth’s atmosphere with more than one hundred thousand stars from the Hipparcos Catalogue, constellations, planets, major satellites and nebulas. Near 40 MB.

sudo apt-get install stellarium

You will find it under Applications > Education > Stellarium

You can also try a lot of softwares like Shutter – Screen shot tool, Blogilo – Offline Blog client, Wine – Windows programme runner, Virtualbox-ose – Run Windows desktop on virtual Machine, VMware – A virtualization platform, Hydrogen – An audio sequence generator and more . Just search on Ubuntu Software Center you can find a lot of softwares ready to install.

Ubuntu Login Screen GDM Configuration Tool

The new ubuntu is coming with GDM 2, which is used to manage the login system. It is not themeble as the old login screen. But there is a tool available to change the Background image, Login Sound, Theme of GUI. Which is GDM2Setup .

To install Gdm2 setup

-add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gdm2setup/gdm2setup

-install GDM2Setup:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install python-gdm2setup

Once installed, you will find GDM2 Setup under System > Administration > Login Screen (GDM2Setup).

Last Click

This make Ubuntu 10.10 a great OS for developers and end users with cool experiance. For Installing apt-get you need a broad band internet connection in your computer.

All in One Ubuntu 10.10

If you bored reading this lengthy article and if you want all the softwares on one click just go infondlinux. It is a post configuration script for Ubuntu. Provides security tools

# download:

$ wget http://infondlinux.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/infondlinux.sh

# install:

$ sudo infondlinux.sh


distributed under New BSD Licence

created by t0ka7a

version 0.4

this script provides a post-installation on Ubuntu.

careful: the script closes current firefox instances.

debian packages

– vim

– less

– gimp

– build-essential

– wipe

– xchat

– pidgin

– vlc

– nautilus-open-terminal

– nmap

– zenmap

– sun-java6-plugin et jre et jdk

– bluefish

– flash-plugin-nonfree

– aircrack-ng

– wireshark

– ruby

– ascii

– webhttrack

– socat

– nasm

– w3af

– subversion

– wireshark

– mercurial

– libopenssl-ruby

– ruby-gnome2

– traceroute

– filezilla

– gnupg

– gpa

– rubygems

– php5

– libapache2-mod-php5

– mysql-server

– php5-mysql

– phpmyadmin

– extract

– p0f

– spikeproxy

– ettercap

– dsniff :

* arpspoof – Send out unrequested (and possibly forged) arp replies.

* dnsspoof – forge replies to arbitrary DNS address / pointer queries on the Local Area Network.

* dsniff – password sniffer for several protocols.

* filesnarf – saves selected files sniffed from NFS traffic.

* macof – flood the local network with random MAC addresses.

* mailsnarf – sniffs mail on the LAN and stores it in mbox format.

* msgsnarf – record selected messages from different Instant Messengers.

* sshmitm – SSH monkey-in-the-middle. proxies and sniffs SSH traffic.

* sshow – SSH traffic analyser.

* tcpkill – kills specified in-progress TCP connections.

* tcpnice – slow down specified TCP connections via “active” traffic shaping.

* urlsnarf – output selected URLs sniffed from HTTP traffic in CLF.

* webmitm – HTTP / HTTPS monkey-in-the-middle. transparently proxies.

* webspy – sends URLs sniffed from a client to your local browser

– unrar

– torsocks

third party packages

– tor

– tor-geoipdb

– virtualbox

manually downloaded softwares and version

– dirBuster (1.0-RC1)

– truecrypt (7.0a)

– metasploit framework (3.4.1)

– webscarab (latest)

– burp suite (1.3.03)

– parosproxy (3.2.13)

– jmeter (2.4)

– rips (0.34)

– google-chrome (latest)

– origami-pdf (latest)

– pdfid.py (0.0.11)

– pdf-parser.pym (0.3.7)

– mediawiki (1.16.0)

– sqlmap (0.8)

– fierce (latest)

– wifite (latest)

– pyloris (3.2)

– skipfish (1.67)

– hydra (5.7)

home made scripts

– hextoasm

– md5crack.py (written by Corbiero)

– chartoascii.py

firefox extensions

– livehttpheaders

– firebug

– tamperdata

– noscript

– flashblock

– flashgot

– foxyproxy

– certificatepatrol

– chickenfoot 1.0.7

All these software will be installed on a single shot.

2 thoughts on “Ubuntu 10.10 Post Installation Guide for Great Desktop”

  1. Hi

    I am trying to install ubuntu 10.10 server amd 64 in IBM server 3200 m3 model .

    But GUI not at all comming .
    Please help me how to do .

    Thanks & Regards

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