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Installing Additional Software

Quite a bit of additional software on top of the basic Ubuntu system will be needed. First I install using apt-get install:

  • emacs, programmers editor

  • eclipse, SDK for Java but also useful for C or C++ programming

  • apache2, the WEB server

  • gnome-system-tools, user and group management

  • tkdiff showing differences between ascii files. Very useful!

I install skype as described in https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Skype.
In order to get the camera correctly working (shows upside down) first install the 32 bit version of v4l1compat.so:
apt-get install libv4l-0:i386. Then create the file Skype in /opt/bin with the following contents:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so /usr/bin/skype
Finally add /opt/bin to your execution path e.g. in .bash_profile.

To get the skype button in the bar of start buttons to work, copy /usr/share/applications/skype to
~/.local/share/applications and modify the Exec line to point to /opt/bin/Skype

  • git is needed to download bleeding edge softwarercs the revision control system

  • rcs the revision control system

  • svn (apt-get install subversion) another program to give access to source repositories

  • imagemagick image format conversion programmer

  • gimp the image manipulation program

  • k3b dvd burner

Please try those programs and if you don't know what they are doing, have a look at the man pages.

-- Uli Raich - 2016-02-18


Topic revision: r1 - 2016-02-18 - uli
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