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Including MakeUseOf favorites such as Dropbox, Google Chrome, Skype, and VLC, the new MakeUseOf Linux Pack is the easy way to set up a new Linux computer. Quickly and easily install all your favorite software in just a few clicks, without having to manually add a variety of software sources.

Back in July we, along with our good friends at Ninite, unveiled our MakeUseOf Pack of Windows software MakeUseOf Pack 2010: 20+ Essential Windows Apps in One Pack MakeUseOf Pack 2010: 20+ Essential Windows Apps in One Pack Read More . That was great, but we couldn’t leave our Linux friends out of the fun!

While this pack is built primarily around Ubuntu, users of many Debian-based distributions should be able to make use of it. Simply check the programs you want, download a single .deb package and install it; Ninite will take care of the rest for you.

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The programs you can select from include:

  • Chrome
  • Skype
  • Pidgin
  • Thunderbird
  • Transmission
  • Banshee
  • VLC
  • Open Office
  • Gnome Do
  • The GIMP
  • Dropbox
  • Wine
  • Restricted Extras (codecs, Java, Flash and more)

Find the pack over at Ninite.com. Enjoy, and stay tuned for our Mac Pack.

Like the pack? Let us know below. Having troubles, or want to see more software included? Also let us know below.

  1. Lott11slott
    October 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I agree just get Ultimate Edition it has every thing plus all codecs and plugin for video and audio, no need to install any thing., and it is 32/64 bit.
    it has Wine, Ultramatix, and Ubuntu tweaks, compix, well every thing most people need for every day use, and programing basics, graphics, and video editing.
    what can you ask from it, and if it is not there, just use synaptic to get it.

  2. Uncletom_aries
    October 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    i can't uninstall chrome

  3. Ingleshank61
    October 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Just get Ultimate Edition 2.7. Or 2.8 when it goes final. Got all that and more.

  4. reikipete
    October 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I'm hooked on Quicken and FasStone, will these 2 work also?

  5. dreams
    October 2, 2010 at 9:54 am

    What do you ppl think if everything comes bundled like in windows... Evrthing is hidden from user... The main motive of open source is lost... Give ur comments

  6. KT
    October 1, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Unlike windows i find installing linux apps quite easy. apt-get or even synaptic/software centre. But this could be useful for new converts, and actually makes sense to integrate into the new SW center

  7. paradoxblue
    September 29, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    NO MAIN STREAM! If Linux becomes main stream like Windows it will eventually BECOME Windows.

    • Aibek
      October 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      hey, excellent point! :-)

    • Robert_M
      November 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm

      Well a company doesn't have to be number 1 to be successful. Also, how many companies do you know are willing to settle for less than "main stream?"

  8. Fran Cisco
    September 28, 2010 at 2:05 am

    main stream here we come!

  9. vs8
    September 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    You forgot Ubuntu Tweak.

    @Rohan GIMP is not pre-installed on Ubuntu anymore.

    Beginning on 10.10 the installer will give you the option of installing mp3 and I believe some other codecs.

  10. Anonymous
    September 27, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    You forgot Ubuntu Tweak.

    @Rohan GIMP is not pre-installed on Ubuntu anymore.

    Beginning on 10.10 the installer will give you the option of installing mp3 and I believe some other codecs.

  11. Rohan
    September 27, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I believe transmission, openoffice and GIMP come pre-installed onto ubuntu.....why put them here?

    • Xavier
      November 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm

      Gimp doesn't, at least in 10.10. The other two do though.

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