Sunday, May 2, 2010

10 Applications You Must Install On Ubuntu Lucid Lynx


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.



Nice list of stuff you'll want to install after doing a fresh installation of Ubuntu 10.04. If you haven't yet tried it, Chrome is REALLY nice on Linux (though Firefox is still my daily driver, it's nice to have an alternative browser particularly as a web developer), VLC is a must have, and if you weren't aware Ubuntu no longer ships with The GIMP pre-installed.

I could take or leave the Checkgmail but it's a nice example of what can be done with the new MeMenu in 10.04, but Gnome Do is great if you haven't tried it (I just learned about this one myself a couple of weeks ago), Beagle is a really nice Spotlight-like app, and hey, if you want your Linux box to look like a Mac, there's even a Dock app.

The only one not on this list that I think should be there is Back In Time (http://backintime.le-web.org/) which is very similar to Time Machine on the Mac. I have yet to try it on 10.04 but it was just set and forget on 9.10 so hopefully it works on 10.04.

6 comments:

Matthew Woodward said...

Just noticed that Back In Time is available via the Ubuntu Software Center.

jamiekrug said...

Nice link, thanks, Matt! Glad you're enjoying Gnome Do as well!I'll have to look into the Docky stuff more closely--I simply have the Docky theme selected in Do preferences and kinda thought I was using Docky :) It's very slick, so I can't imagine what else I'd need there??That ubuntu-restricted-extras was also a great time--nice shortcut--but I noticed it installs OpenJDK, as opposed to Sun Java 6 JDK. I tried OpenJDK a while back and had problems w/Eclipse. I now use IntelliJ IDEA for most development, and they suggest avoiding OpenJDK. I could easily use Sun Java JDK as a manual "install" just for certain apps or project libraries... Your thoughts on this one?I'm also curious how you use Back In Time (backup what/how much, to where, how often, etc.). I use JungleDisk for an online backup solution, but BIT might be a friendly replacement for my rsync scripts to backup to a local external USB drive.Ooh, one more: are you running 64 bit? If so, have you bothered to install Adobe AIR? I just didn't bother when I moved from 8.04 32-bit to 9.10 64-bit (last 6+ months or so).Thanks!

Matthew Woodward said...

Thanks for the mention of Gnome Do while we were at cfobjective. I tend to be satisfied with a pretty plain vanilla install so I don't look into some of the add-ons like this, but it's slick.I don't ever use OpenJDK honestly. I download from Sun and extract that, then set that as JAVA_HOME and/or point Java apps explicitly to that. I think OpenJDK will get there eventually but there are still compatibility issues unfortunately. As for Back In Time, I back up my home directory, /opt, and /etc/apache2 to an external USB drive every hour. I have Jungle Disk and Dropbox as well but haven't really looked into using those for backups, though you could certainly point Back In Time to either of these easily. I'm running 64-bit. I haven't bothered with AIR in a very long time; probably been 2 years since I last tried it. I don't know of any apps I need that use it, and when last I tried it it was absolutely awful on Linux. The idea of AIR is good but the reality is pretty horrid unless it's gotten substantially better recently. I just don't think Adobe cares enough about Linux to worry about AIR on Linux too much, though maybe their recent war with Apple will change that. Not holding my breath, and frankly I don't miss it. The one thing I'd still love to see on Linux is screen sharing via Connect, but I doubt that'll ever happen.

Matthew Woodward said...

I take back my "take or leave checkgmail" comment--it supports multiple gmail accounts. W00t! as the kids say these days.

Matthew Woodward said...

I set up my netbook to back up to Dropbox using Back in Time--works like a champ. I have two other laptops with external USB drives plugged into them but didn't have one (or want one) for my netbook, and after the initial 1GB push of my home directory it'll be a pretty lightweight backup process since I don't use that machine that much.I also tried checkgmail a bit more--keeps coming up in Czech for me for some reason and doesn't seem to work with Gmail for Domains despite information to the contrary. Probably just need to mess with it more.

kebabdylan said...

check out docky with gnome-do. a great dock plugin in combination with gnome do supergreatawesomeness