Software Installs for Ubuntu 12.10

After first installing Ubuntu, I had to install all of the tools and programs that I normally use.  Last time, I just used the Ubuntu Software Center to search and find all of the tools that I wanted install.  This time, I decided to use the command line and apt-get.  You could still search by the package name if you want to use the GUI.

Here are the packages that I installed:

sudo apt-get install shutter grsync alacarte \
              compizconfig-settings-manager network-manager-vpnc-gnome \
              network-manager-openconnect virtualbox-qt linux-source \
              linux-headers-generic xiphos filezilla openjdk-7-jdk \
              icedtea-netx-common openjdk-6-jdk vim-gnome \
              playonlinux p7zip-full gimp inkscape dia mplayer \
              kdenlive openshot cheese
  • shutter: used to take screenshots
  • grsync: great for copying large amounts of data and files
  • alacarte (Main Menu): creates shortcuts for programs that don’t automatically install one
  • compizconfig-settings-manager
  • network-manager-vpnc-gnome: VPN connectivity
  • network-manager-openconnect: VPN connectivity
  • network-manager-openvpn: VPN connectivity
  • virtualbox-qt: Virtual Machine tool
  • linux-source: required for installing things such as Virtual Box and NVidia drivers
  • linux-headers-generic: required for installing things such as Virtual Box and NVidia drivers
  • xiphos: Bible tool
  • filezilla: use to connect to my website and copy files
  • openjdk-7-jdk: Java
  • openjdk-6-jdk: Java
  • icedtea-netx-common: Java web browser plugin
  • vim-gnome: Graphical Vi text editor
  • playonlinux: Easy tool for installing Windows software on Wine; I use it to install Microsoft Office
  • p7zip-full: compression tool; recommended by Play on Linux
  • gimp: for editing Photos
  • inkscape: for editing Vector drawings
  • dia: for drawing diagrams
  • mplayer: plays sound files from the command-line
  • kdenlive
  • openshot: for creating videos
  • cheese: for recording video from the webcam; great for testing webcam drivers

These are the directories that I restored from my backup.  There is probably more personal things in here than I should include, but I was hoping it might give you ideas of things you might want to make sure that you backup.  To do the restore, I used grsync.  You can read more about that on my previous install.

  • ~/Documents: This is where I put all my document files
  • ~/Pictures: I have Shotwell pointed at this directory, so it contains all the pictures from my cell phone and digital camera
  • ~/MIS: I keep my work files in a different directory
  • ~/app: This has all of my programming stuff (“application development”)
  • ~/VirtualBox VMs: These are the virtual computers
  • ~/.config/google-chrome: The settings for Chrome (extensions, bookmarks, etc)
  • ~/.gnome2/keyrings: My saved passwords
  • ~/.Skype: Skype history
  • ~/.remmina: The settings for my remote connections
  • ~/.ssh: The keys for my remote ssh connectinos
  • ~/.shotwell: The settings and thumbnails for my photos
  • ~/.sword: The downloaded Bible files for Xiphos (and the underlying Sword library)
  • ~/.VirtualBox: The settings for my virtual machines
  • ~/.filezilla: The settings for my FTP connections
  • ~/.sqldeveloper: The connection settings for SQL developer


In shutter, I changed the folder where it stores the screenshots.  I created a new folder called “screenshots” in my home directory.  Then, using the edit > preferences menu, I changed it to store the shots in that new folder.  I did not have to make the tweak to get the notification icon to show.  On the Behavior tab, I also checked “Start Shutter at login” and “Hide window on first launch”.  For screenshots, see my older post.

Note: For some reason, the setting for the screenshots folder doesn’t seem to be working.  I need to research why.


For Chrome, I downloaded the deb package from Google’s website:  I did get this warning when I installed it from Software Center:

The details read:

Lintian check results for /home/skp/Downloads/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb: E: google-chrome-stable: file-in-etc-not-marked-as-conffile etc/cron.daily/google-chrome

OS Settings

I like to turn off the suspend when you close the lid:

I also added my online accounts…

I also set the default Browser on the All Settings > Defaults.  Note though that the interfaces that integrate Web Apps such as GMail only work with Firefox.


I just downloaded Skype directly from Skype’s website. In the Software Sources, I checked these two options:

Then, I ran:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype


While visiting my GMail account in Firefox, I received this prompt to install a GMail tool:

Virtual Box

I did run into this error message during the install:

Setting up virtualbox-dkms (4.1.18-dfsg-1ubuntu1.1) ...
Loading new virtualbox-4.1.18 DKMS files...
First Installation: checking all kernels...
Building only for 3.5.0-18-generic
Module build for the currently running kernel was skipped since the
kernel source for this kernel does not seem to be installed.
 * Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]
 * Starting VirtualBox kernel modules * No suitable module for running kernel found
invoke-rc.d: initscript virtualbox, action "restart" failed.

The reason was that I needed the package linux-headers-generic installed.  I added that to the install list above, reinstalled virtualbox, and everything worked like a charm!

Notes: I still need to figure out why the NAT won’t work.  I have had to set all of my virtual machines to use the Bind network setting.


I followed WebUpd8’s directions.

I was able to install SQL Developer by downloading the zip file from Oracle.  I basically follow my old post.  This time it did not ask me about the Java Home to use probably because I restored my ~/.sqldeveloper directory from my back up.

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