Installing programs with APT, Synaptic Package Manager, and using the Terminal

To install programs in Ubuntu, Kubuntu, etc find “Add/Remove”(from here I will refer to this as APT )programs and type in the name of the program in the little “Search” box. In Ubuntu Synaptic Package Manager can be found in Ubuntu at System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager. If any of my instructions are vague or do not work post a comment somewhere. I check the website at least once a day. To use the terminal in Ubuntu go to Applications>Accessories>Terminal.

This is what APT looks like.


This is what Synaptic Package Manager looks like.



Make sure to enable all software sources


Playing DVD’s in Ubuntu

To play a DVD in Ubuntu use the following command. Just copy and paste these commands into the terminal, you may make a mistake if you try typing all of this out. These instructions should also allow you to play Windows media files. First :

sudo apt-get install libdvdread3 libxine1-ffmpeg totem-xine build-essential debhelper fakeroot


sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/

I got this tip from

To all owners of iPod’s.

There is no iTunes for Linux. The two other options are gtkpod, which you can download from the APT, or floola, which you can get from Gtkpod has worked quite well for me.

Printers in Linux

The printers that seem to always work in Linux are from HP and Epson. Some Lexmark, Canon, and Brother printers are supported, but do not count on it. I am not sure about Xerox printers, I will have to look around on their website and to find out.

If you have an HP printer just type in “sudo hp-setup” and follow the simple instructions. It is not very hard.
To see how to install the printer you have go to

To see reports of how well your make and model of printers work go to

Installing Adobe Flash Player

I am putting these instructions here because the Ubuntu Repository that stored Adobe Flash Player broke on December 3, 2007. I do not know if it was fixed yet.

Go to and download the “” file. Right click on the file and open the file. Then find the option in one of the toolbars that says extract and extract this to you desktop.

For Ubuntu and Xubuntu:

If you are using Ubuntu open the folder you created by extracting the file and double click on “flashplayer-installer”. Run the file in the terminal and follow the instructions that are given in the terminal.

For Kubuntu:

In Kubuntu open the terminal(called Konsole in Kubuntu) and open the folder you just created. Then drag and drop the “flashplayer-installer” onto the terminal and press enter. Follow the instructions the terminal gives. If you have any problems just post a comment on this website somewhere. I check this website at least once a day. To verify your installation go to

Note: There is no Adobe Flash Player for 64bit versions of Linux.

Installing Java in Ubuntu

Go to APT and type in Java in Search, then click on Others on the left side of the Installer and click on Sun Java 6 Runtime and finally click on apply changes.


Running Compiz-Fusion with an ATI video card

Run this command: sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl

Restart your system and you should now be able to use Compiz-Fusion(worked for me anyway). You also need to run the command sudo aptitude install compizconfig-settings-manager. This allows you to configure the setting of Compiz-Fusion from System>Preferences>Advanced Desktop Effects Settings.


Encoding CD’s as mp3’s

Open up the Synaptic Package Manager and type in gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse in the search box. Install both options that come up. You should then be able to use sound juicer to write your CD music as an mp3. To tell Sound Juicer to to encode music as an mp3 open Sound Juicer and go to Edit>Preferences and select the desired format.



One Response to “How-To’s”

  1. Kad Says:

    Lol. The Synaptic Package Manager….. A Linux User’s best friend. ^_-

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