Programs I Install in Ubuntu

After installing Ubuntu there are a number of programs I install that aren’t included. First are the plugins I need for Firebox to display web pages. Because these are proprietary they cannot be included in the basic Ubuntu install. There are also a few other codecs that I use. Here is the full list.

  1. flashplugin-installer (Adobe Flash Player plugin installer)
  2. sun-java6-plugin (Sun Java6 plugin)
  3. libmp3lame0 (Lame mp3 codecs for Audacity)
  4. gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly (GStreamer plugins)
  5. gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg (mpeg plugin for GStreamer)

Next are the privacy and security programs I run. They are:

  1. Firestarter (Fire wall)
  2. Sbackup (Backup program)
  3. gpa (PGP utility)
  4. gnupg-agent (PGP utility)

And then I install my other programs. They are:

  1. gpodder
  2. Soundconverter
  3. x-chat-gnome
  4. easytag
  5. xchm
  6. liferea
  7. Banshee

The following are related to podcasting and webdesign:

  1. Filezilla
  2. Seamonkey
  3. Bluefish
  4. Audacity
  5. swh-plugins
  6. gPHPEdit

And that sets up my basic system. Optional are:

  1. W.I.N.E. (directly from winehq –
  2. clamTK antivirus (for files you may be moving to a Wibdows system)
  3. blubuntu-theme if you want a blue theme [I just use clearlooks theme]
  4. Bluman-icons from

Making Ubuntu feel more like Windows
For those who are used to the Windows way of doing things or have to use windows at work, you can configure Ubuntu to feel more like Windows. See:

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Jay Forrest

Jay N. Forrest is an IT professional, an ordained Humanist minister, and a Certified and Accredited Meditation Teacher.