I installed Kubuntu 6.06 today after receiving my free CD's from Shipit. The installation went pretty smoothly though I did notice that as opposed to previous release this time around one had to start Kubuntu to Install there was no option at the boot screen to only start installer.After installing when i tried browsing the internet , i was surprised that mature distribution like Kubuntu did not have Firefox preinstalled it came as shock to me as i never expected this,even though Konqueror is a nice browser but still it dosen't have all the features or is as mature as Firefox.
Also MP3 support was missing as was for someother popular formats used on Windows, however i did expect this as these are proprietary formats but firefox was something which is free and could have easily been included. So i decided to write an article explaining Linux Newbies how to install these and make ubuntu a better Linux Desktop replacement.
Setting some default " root " password for Kubuntu : -
At the Console type
Adding more sites to Kubuntu's Repositories : -
sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list_backup
Making backup of existing Repositories incase something goes wrong.
sudo kwrite /etc/apt/sources.list
Making Actual changes to repositories.
Now replace evrything in the file with this : -
## Uncomment the following two lines to fetch updated software from the network
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper main restricted
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper main restricted
## Uncomment the following two lines to fetch major bug fix updates produced
## after the final release of the distribution.
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper-updates main restricted
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper-updates main restricted
## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'universe'
## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper universe
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper universe
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper-security main restricted
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper-security main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper-security universe
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper-security universe
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper multiverse
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper multiverse
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu dapper-commercial main
deb http://packages.freecontrib.org/plf/ dapper free non-free
deb-src http://packages.freecontrib.org/plf/ dapper free non-free
After doing this type at the console : -
sudo aptitude update
Now installing FireFox : -
sudo aptitude install mozilla-firefox
After this a series of messages would be shown and mozilla package and all other packages it needs will be downloaded and installed .If everything goes well at the end of installation you should be able to launch firefox by typing : -
firefox at the console.
Installing MP3 and other Plugins Support
type : -
sudo aptitude libxine-extracodecs
sudo aptitude libarts1-mpeglib
sudo aptitude libakode2-mpeg
After Doing this you should be able to run mp3 and other Multimedia files on your kubuntu system.
To add mp3 support in K3b :
sudo aptitude libk3b2-mp3