Apps To Install on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat


This post lists a number of applications that I’m running on my Ubuntu laptop. I will add/remove applications over time, so this post is likely to be updated. I hope you find it useful.


1. Install the Latest Updates

As with most modern operating systems, applying the latest updates should be top of the agenda list after installing Ubuntu.  This can be achieved in two ways, either click on System > Administration > Update Manager. Alternatively, launch a Terminal window and the choose  Applications > Accessories > Terminal.

Next enter in the following command:

 sudo apt-get update

Enter your password if prompted. After the $ prompt, enter the following:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Enter Y if prompted to proceed.

2. Install Restricted Extras

Restricted updates contain a number of key enhancement to the system that Ubuntu are unable to ship as part of the distribution. However, there are key bits of software here including Adobe Flash Player, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) (sun-java-jre) with Firefox plug-ins (icedtea), a set of Microsoft Fonts (msttcorefonts), multimedia codecs (w32codecs or w64codecs), MP3-compatible encoding (lame), FFMpeg, extra Gstreamer codecs, the package for DVD decoding.

Enter the following Terminal command to install these extras:

  sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras  

Again, enter your system password if prompted. You may need to do this going forward after running each sudo command!

3. Elementary Nautilus

Elementary-Nautilus is a cleaner and better looking version of nautilus. It also has a few extra features like embedded terminal, cover flow etc.

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade


GIMP it a great app if you want to touch up some photos, edit some images etc.

Install it with:

sudo apt-get install gimp

5. Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak is a must have application for Ubuntu, it provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn’t provide.

Using Ubuntu Tweak you can install all needed applications with a simple click, you can change the window buttons from Left to right…etc.

Open terminal and enter the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Bonus! Also try Ailurus:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ailurus/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ailurus


6. Install a Firewall

Ubuntu isn’t prone to attacks as some other operating systems. However, I think it is worth installing nevertheless.

Enter the following Terminal command to install the firewall.

sudo apt-get install gufw

The firewall can be configured by navigating to System > Administration > Firewall Configuration

7. Antivirus

Generally speaking, Ubuntu users do not need install antivirus software. However, you can install the ClamTK Virus Scanner.

Enter the following Terminal command to install the client:

sudo apt-get install clamtk

8. Install Backup Software

Use the following Terminal command to install backup software

sudo apt-get install backintime-gnome

Media Players and Codecs

9. Media Player – VLC

Simply the best open source media player there is. It will play virtually any kind of media you can throw at it.

Enter the following Terminal command to install VLC

sudo apt-get install vlc

10. Arista Transcoder

Arista Transcoder makes it easy to convert your media files for use on all your devices. You just choose the device you have first and the file type.

sudo apt-get install arista

11. MPlayer

Another great media player worth installing is MPlayer

sudo apt-get install mplayer smplayer

12. AmaroK

AmaroK integrates with Wikipedia, lyrics and album cover look-ups! It should also sync with your iPod too

sudo apt-get install amarok

13. DVD Playback

Most commercial DVDs are encrypted with Content Scrambling System (CSS), which attempts to restrict the software that can play a DVD. You’ll need to install libdvdcss if you want to play them. Type the following Terminal command:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

Then enter:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

14. K9copy

K9copy is a free open source DVD backup, copying, compression, and authoring utility that requires libdvdcss.  You can easily create MPEG-2. MPEG-4, or DVD videos with this utility. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install k9copy

15. DVD::RIP

DVD::Rip is a DVD backup/copy program, written in GTK-based perl, that uses the transcode video/audio processing and conversion tools. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install dvdrip rar

MSN Messenger Client

16. Emesene

Emesene is an MSN messenger client that uses a simplified interface similar to the original messenger client.  To install it type:

sudo apt-get install emesene

FTP Clients

17. Filezilla

Filezilla is the ubiquitous free open-source FTP client and server for all platforms.

sudo apt-get install filezilla


18. Webcam

Cheese is an Apple Photobooth inspired application for taking pictures and videos from a webcam.

sudo apt-get install cheese

19. Compiz Fusion

Compiz Fusion allows you to use interesting desktop effects such as a rotating cube desktop.

Run Applications > System Tools > Compiz Fusion Icon. A blue icon will appear in the tray. From here you can configure Compiz-Fusion.

20. Conky

Conky is a light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop.

sudo apt-get install conky

21. Screenlets

Screenlets are small applications that are laying on your desktop. Eye c

sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-main
compiz-fusion-plugins-extra emerald librsvg2-common fusion-icon

andy stuff and useful in many ways. Just type:

sudo apt-get install screenlets

Go to Applications > Accessories > Screenlets and choose the screenlet that you want click launch/add.

Additional screenlets can be downloaded from or from

Web Browsers

22. Chromium

To add the repository, open the source list :

sudo gedit  /etc/apt/sources.list

Add these 2 lines at the end of the sources.list

For Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat :

deb maverick main

deb-src maverick main

Open the terminal and add the GPG key

sudo  sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser


23. ntfs-3g

ntfs-3g allows you to read and write data to NTFS formatted drives and can be installing with the following command:

sudo apt-get install ntfs-config

Then type the following command:

gksu ntfs-config

24. Mount Windows Hard Drives on Startup

Mount your Windows HDD ‘s on Ubuntu startup with PySdm. You can install Pysdm with Ubuntu Software Center or with your terminal:

sudo apt-get install pysdm

Next run the app with

sudo pysdm

On the partition list you can found all of your hard drives. Click on the drive you want to mount, then on general preferences tab click Mount and apply. If the disks are not mounted on startup, start your Pysdm again and select Mount on startup options then apply. Be careful, don’t play with the rest options if you are not experienced user because you can damage yourUbuntu system.

25. Unrar

sudo apt-get -y install unrar

26. Beagle

Similar to Google Desktop Search and Mac OS Spotlight, Beagle offers a great desktop search tool for Ubuntu, and can be installed with the following command:

sudo apt-get install -y beagle

27. Gnome Deskbar Applet

The Gnome Deskbar Applet is a cross between Spotlight and Quicksilver. Basically it’s a great app launcher and then some, with plugins designed to integrate more search options than you can shake a stick at, from live Google searches to integration with Beagle.

To use the Deskbar Applet, right-click the top panel and select Add to Panel… and find Deskbar Applet (incidentally, there are a lot of other great tools in the Add to Panel… dialog worth checking out). It’s no Quicksilver, but it’s better than any app launcher/search tool available on Windows.

apt-get install deskbar-applet

28. UNetbootin

Unetbootin allows you to install Ubuntu from a USB Drive. Install the app with the following command:

sudo apt-get install unetbootin

29. Search App Explanation

apt-cache search xxxxx     

(Where xxxxx is the name of app that you wish to learn more about).

30. Skype

sudo apt-get install skype

31. Clipboard

sudo apt-get install parcellite

32. Add/Remove App

The Add/Remove app is a great app for installing and removing applications. It can be easily installed, by following the instructions below:

Applications  > Ubuntu Software Center then search for “Add/Remove”without quotes. Double click on Add/Remove Applications and hit install

33. Wine (Windows Compatibility Layer)

sudo apt-get install wine1.2

Blogging Clients

34. Lekhonee – A WordPress Client

sudo apt-get install lekhonee-gnome


35. Cool ScreenSavers

sudo apt-get install stellarium


36. Bitorrent Client

sudo apt-get install deluge

Sun Java

37. Java Client

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin

Email Readers

38. Thunderbird

Thunderbird from Mozilla is one of the best email client applications available, it can be installed with the following command:

sudo apt-get install thunderbird

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