Things to do after installing Kubuntu

Install Google Chrome:

Download the latest Debian package.

Install the package:

sudo dpkg -i ./google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb
sudo apt-get install -f

The first command attempts to install the .deb file. The second installs any required dependencies and completes installation of the package.

Install Firefox:

Download the latest .tar.bz2 package.

Decompress and move it to a suitable location:

cd ~/Downloads
tar -jxf firefox-23.0.tar.bz2
sudo mv firefox /opt/
sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /bin/firefox

Now, firefox will be in your path. If you need to add a Shortcut to the KDE menu, do so, to the location /bin/firefox

Right click the KDE icon, and “Edit Applications”
Under the KDE menu editor>Internet>Firefox installer

Rename it to Mozilla Firefox
Change the path from:

muon-installer --application=firefox



 Install Shutter screenshot tool:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install shutter

Rather than install with muon, this is preferred, as Muon ships with an outdated version of shutter.

Install smplayer for playing videos:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes smplayer-skins

You can ignore a message regarding smplayer-skins.

Install Dropbox

Download and install the Debian package:

sudo dpkg -i dropbox_1.6.0_i386.deb
sudo apt-get install -f



Install the GUI:

dropbox start -i

 Install ksuperkey and assign Win key to KDE menu

Assign various keyboard shortcuts to Win key combos.

Install KDE services addons from Kde-look:.

KDE Service Menu:



sudo apt-get install alien

sudo alien kde-services-1.8-5.fc18.noarch.rpm

sudo dpkg -i kde-services_1.8-6_all.deb


Make wget use the correct filename from server:

Create/edit a file $HOME/.wgetrc, with the following content:

content_disposition = on

Alternately, you can invoke wget with the –content-disposition switch.

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