*liveVoyager 12.04 User Guide - Post-installation

Post-installation

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In this section you will learn how to improve the use of the system. If you are using the Firefox browser, you can install the suggested software, directly from the browser by clicking on the shown links.

Simple Compositing

Some of you don't need Compiz visual effects. Maybe you don't have the proper hardware, or use proprietary drivers for your graphics card, or simply don't want to waste computer resources, however you could desire a simplified compositing. In this case, xfwm4, the default window manager for Xfce, works very well! Go to:

Main Menu → Settings → Settings manager → Windows manager Settings

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then go to the "Compositor" tab, and select "Enable display compositing"

xfwm4

Eventually make other choices according to your taste, selecting other effects.

Epiphany

Mozilla Firefox seems too much heavy for many users. If you want something faster and more standards-compliant, a WebKit browser is a good choice. Webkit is the layout engine used by Epiphany and Chromium, for fast pages rendering, faster than Gecko, used by Firefox. If you want something that is the default browser, try Epiphany. You can add the Epiphany and WebKit PPAs, to keep them updated. APT Line: ppa:webkit-team/epiphany
APT Line: ppa:webkit-team/ppa
Click here to install epiphany-browser

Chromium

Google Chrome is out of open source, so was born the Chromium project. For those who want more than what's offered by Epiphany, there is Chromium.
APT Line: ppa: chromium-daily/beta
Click here to install chromium-browser

Media Center

Moovida is an excellent media center, perfect for setting up a Home Theater PC (HTPC), or as a TVPC, like Neuros Link, using the GStreamer multimedia framework to support playback of almost every file type.
Click here to install moovida

Audio Player

If you fell that Clementine is too heavy, you can install Aqualung.

sudo apt-get install aqualung

Vectorial Graphics

Inkscape is an amazing vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X. It support many advanced SVG features and puts them in a very well designed interface. All those who plan to work on vector objects, needs this application.
APT Line: ppa:inkscape.testers/ppa
Click here to install inkscape

3D Graphics

Blender is a powerful software to create 3D images. It was already used to make movies like Open Movie Projects. Click here to install blender.

Desktop Publishing

Scribus is a desktop publishing application (DTP), designed to make high-quality, and professional level files, suitable for newspapers, brochures, newsletters, posters and books production.
APT Line: ppa:scribus/ppa
Click here to install scribus

Microblogging

Gwibber is a microblogging client for those who frequently visit websites like Identi.ca, Twitter, Jaiku, Facebook, Digg, and others. It is included in Ubuntu, but you have to add repos for updates.
APT Line: ppa:gwibber-team/ppa

Backup

Back up system is a very important function to preserve your data, and documents. Back In Time should be your choice.
Click here to install backintime-gnome

Partitions editor

You can partition other disks, your USB drives, your iPod or any other writable device plugged-in your computer, using the Gnome Partition Editor.
Click here to install gparted

Virtual machine

If you want to test, the new Ubuntu version, but you want to do it safely, install VirtualBox. There is a completely open source version of it (vboxgtk). It can be installed through Synaptic or Terminal. The repos require you to add the security key with this command:

wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/sun_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

APT Line: deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid non-free
Click here to install virtualbox-3.1

Antivirus

Normally you don't need an antivirus in Linux, but if you want to avoid troubles to users of other operating systems, you can install ClamTk Virus Scanner, a graphical front-end for ClamAV.
Click here to install clamtk

Adobe Flash Player

Although you have the software package with restrictions installed by default, you may give an opportunity to use Gnash, an open source flash player listed as a high priority Free software Foundation project. To install it, you must first be sure you don't have Adobe Flash Player installed. You can check this through Ubuntu Software Center, Synaptic Package Manager, or by the terminal with this command:

sudo apt-get purge flashplugin-installer nspluginwrapper

Then you can install the plugin Gnash.
APT Line: ppa:gnash/ppa
Click here to install mozilla-plugin-gnash

For those that use a 64-bit system and who need a flash player, Adobe has released the only 64-bit version for Linux! Is not in the repositories, as it is in alpha stage, but it is easy to install. Just download the. Tar.gz file from this page, extract the file in your home directory and enter the following command in Terminal:

sudo cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

Dropbox

Dropbox is a great cross-platform application to share, store and sync files online and between computers. This software is amazing and provide 2 GB of free disk space for software, with unlimited file size!
Instructions for installation (in English) here. (.deb or repositories)

Wine

Wine is a necessary application for those who can not live without Windows applications. You can install your Windows applications on your Ubuntu machine and run them as if they were in Windows.

sudo apt-get install wine

Once you've installed Wine, remember to start its configuration (Applications → Wine → Configure Wine) before installing your applications in Wine.

More Free Open Source Software

Remove unused software, and cleaning the system

Uninstall unnecessary packages helps to reduce the number of updates and to make the system more compact and efficient. Assuming you do not use Evolution, F-Spot, Rhythmbox, Tomboy and GNOME games:


sudo apt-get remove rhythmbox f-spot tomboy evolution evolution-common evolution-exchange evolution-plugins evolution-webcal gnome-games gnome-games-data

Finally a reorganization:


sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get clean

Configuring Firefox & Thunderbird

Both Firefox and Thunderbird have the opportunity to share the same "profile folder", no problem if you use Windows or Linux. When (re) install Linux or Windows, you only need to set up your profile so that the program knows wher's your "profile folder"

firefox -P

thunderbird -P

Now you have your bookmarks, contacts and emails!

Useful Firefox extensions

How to install fonts in liveVoyager

Red Hat Liberation Fonts

Liberation Fonts are great GPL+exception replacement, provided by Red Hat for the three main Microsoft fonts: Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier New.

sudo apt-get install ttf-liberation

Microsoft Fonts

The Liberation Fonts are intended as a substitute for Microsoft fonts. If you still want to install the Microsoft fonts, here is the procedure:

sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

The ttf-mscorefonts-installer was called msttcorefonts in the previous Ubuntu versions.
If you have already installed the ubuntu-restricted-extras or non-free-codecs meta-packages, the ttf-mscorefonts-installer will be installed on your system.

How to install any fonts in liveVoyager

  1. Open your home folder in Thunar
  2. Enable the option "Show Hidden Files" from the "View" menu
  3. Create a new folder called ".fonts" (with the dot!)
  4. Copy all the fonts you need into the new folder. Your Windows fonts can be copied from C: \Windows\Fonts
  5. For some applications it is necessary to reboot the system

How to install Virtualbox

You can install the Virtualbox OSS version directly from Synaptic. However, the Open Source version does not include USB support, so it is recommended to install VirtualBox downloading the latest version from the official website.

Once done, you may need to reboot your computer. After that, the menu item may appear in the System Tools menu. Alternatively, start VirtualBox in a terminal.
To run Virtualbox correctly, you have to be in the "vboxusers" group. Join this group using the following command:

sudo adduser user_name vboxusers

To share any folder as a network device, just enter the following command at the MS-DOS prompt:

net use x: \\vboxsvr\your_shared_folder

After each kernel updating, you may need to recompile the Virtualbox kernel with the following command:

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

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