What do you install in your Ubuntu?

I’ve been keeping lists for a few years of the applications that I install every time I do a fresh install of Ubuntu. I recently made a new list for Ubuntu 11.10

  • Cheese
  • Chromium Web Browser
  • CompizConfig Settings Manager
  • Dropbox
  • EasyTAG
  • Enable Commercial DVD Playback
  • FileZilla
  • Geany
  • Opera Web Browser
  • RapidSVN
  • Spotify
  • The GIMP
  • Ubuntu Restricted Extras
  • VLC
  • Wakoopa

The applications that I install haven’t changed a whole lot over the years, but it leaves me wondering what applications make the cut for others!


7 Responses to “What do you install in your Ubuntu?”

  • using Firefox 8.0 Firefox 8.0 on Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:8.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0

    You post has good timing! Shortly after my upgrade to 11.10 my Linux box crashed hardcore. I’m still sorting out the root cause but I was just thinking about getting a list similar to this one together so I’m not scrambling after each install to get things how I like them.

    I was going to post about a similar topic on my blog about my list of Dev tools that I install on my dev machines. Do you already have a post like that around here somewhere? If so can you send me a link? If not, I’ll let you know when I get mine together.

  • using Opera 11.62 Opera 11.62 on GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en) Presto/2.10.229 Version/11.62

    Although I tried to get used to the Unity way of implementing the global menu for over half a year, I have to definitively conclude that Ubuntu’s implementation isn’t very good and everything related to it can go on an uninstall list, even on my netbook.

    1) If the menu and your indicators overlap, strange things ensue. Whether you approach from the left or right makes no difference and this results in parts of the menu being invisible and the indicators being inaccessible.

    2) It’s always hidden by default. I hate that. I want it to be always visible, unless there’s overlap with the indicators. Using it for all this time hasn’t changed that want one bit.

    Also, to my install list I’d add such basics as Synaptic and GDebi. I hadn’t noticed their absence on my older, updated Ubuntu.

  • using Opera 11.52 Opera 11.52 on GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en) Presto/2.9.168 Version/11.52

    Oh yeah, a clipboard manager (specifically Parcellite) is probably one of the most important things I forgot to mention. The way the clipboard works in Linux absolutely sucks. I don’t mind that the selection clipboard and Ctrl+C/V clipboards are separate and all that, but if I copy something and then close the application from which I copied I still expect to be able to freaking paste!

  • using Opera 11.52 Opera 11.52 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.9.168 Version/11.52

    Another big one I forgot is something like Gnome Do or Launchy. I presently use Gnome Do, but I used to use Launchy in Windows and if the Linux version is sufficiently bug-free by now I might switch back to it.

  • using Opera Next 12.00 Opera Next 12.00 on Ubuntu 11.10 x64 Ubuntu 11.10 x64
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; Edition Next; Ubuntu/11.10; en) Presto/2.9.220 Version/12.00

    It is rather annoying that something like Parcellite isn’t installed by default.

    According to feedback in the Ubuntu Software Center, Parcellite isn’t compatible iwth Unity anyway. However, Clipit (which is a fork of Parcellite) is compatible.

    I’ve used these in the past, but I’d prefer to use one that just loads with no visual indicators and just “works” in the background. The indicator icon and menu are wasteful to me. Maybe I should fork it myself and strip out the bloat. 😀

  • using Opera 11.60 Opera 11.60 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.10.229 Version/11.60

    True, a setting somewhere for the keyboard shortcut to display the history should be sufficient. I’m surprised it isn’t built into Gnome by default, though of course I’d expect it to have no options if it was. :p

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