After the initial installation is complete additional software is typically installed. There is a nice guide online at the url below that explains how to customise Kubuntu and install just about everything that is avaiable. Much of the information in this document is derived from this guide. http://kubuntuguide.org/Switch to Classic Menu
The instructions in this document refer to the classic menu so it is recommended that it be used to perform the operations described below. Don't worry it only takes two clicks to change from the modern menu and the classic menu and back again.
- Right click on the Kde "K" icon at the left end of the task bar
- Select "Switch to Classic Menu Style
- Click the Remove button on the dialog box that pops up Open Console Window
Open a console window so that you have easy access to the command line. If you are instructed to enter a command in the console you can just copy the text from this document and paste it into the console's command line.
K->System->KonsoleEnable Proprietary Drivers (video)
Click on the Kde "K" icon to open the main menu and select:
From the popup dialog box activate the recommended drivers for the hardware on your system. On the test system the recommended NVIDIA driver was selected and then the activate button clicked. This takes a few seconds to complete. The new drivers will typically be loaded the next time the system boots up.Install Firefox
The default web browser in Kubuntu is Konqueror. Konqueror is a great file manager (used to be better in KDE 3.5) and is an ok web browser but most people prefer to use Firefox . Kubuntu 9.10 has a convenient Firefox installer that makes Firefox installation very easy. Just select the installer from the menu and follow the on screen instructions.
K->Internet->Install FirefoxUpdate Installation
Open the KDE control panel from the main menu. From the control panel window select the Add/Remove Software icon. A new window will open. Select the "Software Updates" icon. Wait for update scan to complete then click "Select All" button and the "Apply" button.
Kde Control Panel->Add/Remove Software
Add/Remove Software->Software Updates
Add/Remove Software->Select All
Alternatively you can enter the following commands on the command line in the console window. For those who are comfortable using the console this can be the easiest and fastest way of doing things.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade Add Restricted Extras
For historical, ideological and legal reasons most Linux distributions are loathe to include any kind of proprietary software in their default install. The do however make easy (some distribution make it easier than others) to install additional proprietary software such as hardware drivers, flash players, and the like. The Kubuntu Restricted Extras package contains software such as Sun's JRE, multimedia codecs, MS core fonts, flash plugin for Firefox and other browsers and more. Enter the following commands on the console's command line to install:
$ sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extrasInstall Other Desired Software
Take some time and explore the extensive software catalogue that is available for Kubuntu. Select K->Settings->System Settings from the main menu to open the control panel. Select Add/Remove programs from the panel to open the package manager. Install any additional packages that may be of interest to you. Note: As of this writing there has been a change to the "Add/Remove Software" control panel. It used to show main applications only along with a brief description of the application. It now shows a list of all packages including libraries and other supporting packages and no description. IMHO this makes it very confusing for anyone wishing to try new and different applications. Hopefully this is only a temporary situation that will be corrected in the near future.