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Ubuntu 10.04 is on its way as you can surely see in the accompanying image. Normally when a new release comes out, a lot of people (myself included) like to start over with a fresh install.

There are 3 reasons for doing it this way:

  • Distro updates sometimes work, sometimes fail and at other times they “sort of” work leaving you with a system that is not as snappy as it should be or has some other trouble which was not there before the upgrade.
  • You just need to backup the home folder and you are good to go, even that is not required if you have the home folder on a separate partition.
  • Installation takes about 20-30 minutes, all of which you can spend on Facebook/Twitter if you are installing using the Live CD.

This time around Ubuntu 10.04 is touting some great UI and design changes. Moreover, this being an LTS release, there are all the more reasons to go with the fresh install route. So if you decide to do so, come the 29th, here are some of the Ubuntu applications that you might want to install on a fresh Lucid Lynx install.

Ubuntu Restricted Extras

While not strictly an application in the true sense, Ubuntu Restricted Extras takes care of a number of software and codecs that other Ubuntu applications may require and that cannot be shipped with Ubuntu for legal reasons. All you have to do is fire up a terminal and issue the following command

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

This will install Java, Flash, some proprietary fonts and a bunch of codecs, enabling you to view most video files and play your favorite audio formats and a lot more essential software that you may not use directly but is important all the same.

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Google Chrome

Yes, Ubuntu ships with Firefox and to some Firefox is good enough, but Google Chrome is definitely the faster of the two and a good choice for an alternate browser if not the primary browser. It is not uncommon to have more than one browser on a computer.

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Installing Google Chrome is easy, head on over to the Google Chrome Page, click on the big Get Chrome button, choose the 32-bit or the 64-bit deb package depending upon your computer, when the download completes double click to install Chrome. Google quietly adds its repositories to software sources so that you can get automatic updates.

The GIMP

Ubuntu no longer installs GIMP out of the box. They say the GIMP is aimed at intermediate to advanced users, and not everyone’s cup of tea. While that makes sense, I think it is too useful a software to not have on your computer.

Installation of this Ubuntu application is easy – you can use the new Ubuntu Software Center (Applications > Ubuntu Software Center), search for The GIMP and click install or a quick sudo apt-get install gimp would suffice as well.

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If using the Ubuntu Software Center you can also install additional GIMP plugins and brushes while you are at it.

VLC

One of the best media players out there. Not only does it play a variety of file formats you can also do a lot more with it, as this Lifehacker post would no doubt show you. The this Ubuntu application is available via Ubuntu Software Center.

Checkgmail

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Ubuntu 10.04 includes what is called the MeMenu. Justin wrote about it a few days back Ubuntu 10.04 Integrates All Your Inboxes [Linux] Ubuntu 10.04 Integrates All Your Inboxes [Linux] Read More . While it does an excellent job of integrating chat, Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, it is nice to keep tabs with your Gmail account(s) as well.

Sure you can configure evolution to sync with your Gmail account, however if all you need is a notification when a new mail arrives you can try Checkgmail. It supports multiple accounts and Google Apps accounts as well as labels within your Gmail. Available via Ubuntu Software Center or a simple sudo apt-get install checkgmail.

Gnome Do / Launchy

Gnome-do and Launchy are Ubuntu application launchers that can help you start applications without having to find your way around the menus. You hit a hot key, type in the first few characters of the name, hit enter and the application is there. In addition both of these can do additional work like calculations, Twitter updates etc via plugins. While Gnome-Do is available via the Ubuntu Software Center, you would have to download a deb package to install Launchy.

Beagle

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Beagle gives you desktop search on Ubuntu. It indexes your files and allows you to search within file contents as well. Beagle is also available in the Ubuntu Software Center. Once installed, give it some time to build up the index, then you can search.

Cheese

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Cheese is a software for your webcam. It allows you to use your webcam to record videos and take photos. What makes it interesting are the different types of effects that you can play with while clicking photos. It gives you live previews of the photo with the effect applied. Very cool.

Dock

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If you like a little eye candy you should get one of the many docks available for Ubuntu. Docky, which was originally available as a plugin for Gnome-do is our favorite and most feature rich. Other alternatives include AWN dock and Cairo dock.

All of these – Docky, Cairo and AWN are available via the Ubuntu Software Center. There are even more options if you are interested 8 Power Docks For Your Linux Machine 8 Power Docks For Your Linux Machine Read More .

Compiz Settings Manager

If you have a relatively new computer you can take advantage of the eye-candy Compiz offers. While some of the effects are enabled by default and you can choose to use “extra” effects via System > Preferences > Appearance, you get real control using Compiz Config Settings manager. It is available via the Ubuntu Software Center (search for “ccsm”) or you can do a quick sudo apt-get install ccsm. Once installed you can tweak Compiz to your liking getting all the effects like you want.

There are so many other Ubuntu applications that we can write about. We have tried to include the apps most users would like to have on their computers. You can definitely find tons of software for any niche you are interested in. I for one like to install VIM as soon as I can, while Eclipse, Inkscape, Conduit, Dropbox are some of the other favorite ones. Ubuntu tweak is also a great software that lets you tweak various aspects of Ubuntu.

Make sure you check out our Linux section for other app suggestions and reviews.

How about sharing some love and letting us know what you like to put on a fresh Ubuntu install?

  1. Retro
    June 23, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Songbird, DeVeDe, Pidgin, Xchat, Pan, and Thunderbird.

  2. Jal Desai
    May 24, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Already Instapaper'd this page and visiting it for the 3rd time. Nice list. Wish it was longer.. may be 30 apps worth installing on Ubuntu ;)

  3. Flandal
    May 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    thanks for tips, I'd like to try Gnome-do and Launchy.

  4. forksdude
    May 12, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Could u please post a tutorial on How to uninstall the ubuntu server edition in a dual boot running with Windows Vista, because i found many tutorial online, but they are not helping me.

  5. Thierry Andriamirado
    May 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    claws-mail is another great mail reader. Fast, lighter than evolution,
    better controls on mail your mail filters and directories

    Le dimanche 09 mai 2010 à 04:44 +0000, Disqus a écrit :

  6. Anonymous
    May 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Well, I always install LOTS of programs after an Ubuntu fresh install. Here's my suggestions: alltray, clamav, adobe reader, kompozer, abiword, bleachbit, gmount-iso, gimp, gpaint, xsane, amsn, amule, elinks, firestarter, gftp, gnome-gmail-notifier, google chrome, google earth, liferea, multiget, sun-java6-jre, ultrasurf, xchat, gnome-games, foobillard, lbreakout2, pes 2010, second life, audacity, cheese, sound-juicer, mplayer, gnome-mplayer, gnome-alsamixer, openshot, realplayer, vlc, winff, xvidcap, wine, rar, unrar, unace, glipper, p7zip-full, gparted, ttf-mscorefonts-installer, unetbootin, flashplugin-installer, noip2, xampp, veetle, firefox video downloadhelper plugin, gstreamer ffmpeg, gstreamer plugins bad and ugly, ffmpeg, w32codec-all, libdvdcss, ubuntu-restricted-extras, and so on... :) It's an extense list, I know, but it might interest someone.

  7. Jonas Hansen
    May 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I made a hole script for installing default apps.
    http://seedboxdh.doesntexist.com/jonas/std-install/

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2010 at 3:00 am

      I would be very interested in seeing your script. New to Ubuntu and Linux for that matter. Your link is currently down though. TIA

  8. Trinae Ross
    May 9, 2010 at 4:44 am

    I prefer to use Chromium (the open-source version of Chrome) in Ubuntu and it rocks. Evolution is a little wonky with offline mail reading of certain emails, so I downloaded Thunderbird and everything is good.

    • Thierry Andriamirado
      May 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm

      claws-mail is another great mail reader. Fast, lighter than evolution,
      better controls on mail your mail filters and directories

      Le dimanche 09 mai 2010 à 04:44 +0000, Disqus a écrit :

  9. mkquist
    May 9, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Gmount iso, Streamtuner for music streams (records!) and definitely Cairo dock

  10. loybuckz
    May 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Google Chrome is faster compared to Firefox. But I still love Firefox because of the add-ons. I have both on my unit.. :D

    http://tektipsentriks.blogspot...

  11. Beiquel
    May 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I'll try Lucid Lynx in 30 minutes. Is Google Chrome or Firefox good. I don't deceide it..

  12. loybuckz
    May 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I think you can squeeze in Ubuntu Tweak. It's very useful IMO.

    http://tektipsentriks.blogspot...

  13. Anonymous
    May 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I think you can squeeze in Ubuntu Tweak. It's very useful IMO.

    http://tektipsentriks.blogspot.com/

  14. loybuckz
    May 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I think you can also squeeze in Ubuntu Tweak.

    http://tektipsentriks.blogspot...

  15. Anonymous
    May 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I think you can also squeeze in Ubuntu Tweak.

    http://tektipsentriks.blogspot.com/

  16. Jamie Krug
    May 3, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Thanks! I also like KeePassX for password storage, and gscan2pdf for very simple scanning to PDF.

    As for a dock, I simply chose the Docky theme under GNOME-Do > Preferences > Selected Theme, and then get rid of the bottom panel (I add the trash to the top panel). Note that I have not installed the Docky package -- does that add much? I'm completely psyched about recently discovering GNOME-Do and the Docky theme--much preferred to AWN for me.

    I'm also curious what more Launchy might add, above and beyond Do? Thanks again!

  17. Jamie Krug
    May 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Thanks! I also like KeePassX for password storage, and gscan2pdf for very simple scanning to PDF.

    As for a dock, I simply chose the Docky theme under GNOME-Do > Preferences > Selected Theme, and then get rid of the bottom panel (I add the trash to the top panel). Note that I have not installed the Docky package -- does that add much? I'm completely psyched about recently discovering GNOME-Do and the Docky theme--much preferred to AWN for me.

    I'm also curious what more Launchy might add, above and beyond Do? Thanks again!

  18. Lisa
    April 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks for this. I'm really new at Linux and I just installed the 10.04 RC, but wasn't quite sure where to start with it. This helped.

  19. Lisa
    April 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for this. I'm really new at Linux and I just installed the 10.04 RC, but wasn't quite sure where to start with it. This helped.

  20. Thierry Andriamirado
    April 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Nice list of apps to install on #Ubuntu Lucid.. except that I'd install tracker in place of beagle

  21. Andy
    April 25, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Also playing DVDs with copy protection is very useful...

  22. FritzPinguin
    April 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Still running the beta on my EeePC 901, I can hardly wait for the final release...

  23. Anonymous
    April 25, 2010 at 4:34 am

    if you have more than 1 harddisk, Mountmanager is a great tool

  24. an0n
    April 25, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Fusion-icon is also handy for Compiz/Metacity switching.

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