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Just installed Ubuntu, what now?
glax 
5/9/08 8:04:53 AM
Overlord

Finally got Ubuntu installed last night. A bad stick of RAM had hampered my previous attempts, but all is well now.

So, my question is: What should I install in Ubuntu?

What cool programs, games, applications etc.. would you not live without on your Ubuntu machine?

Many thanks.

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Midnighter 
5/9/08 8:38:58 AM
Immortal

What do you do with your pc normally?

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glax 
5/9/08 9:18:40 AM
Overlord

Embedded development on Xilinx systems, C# programming, Play games, Listen to music, gtalk, skype.

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Enemy 
5/9/08 9:29:02 AM
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For music, nothing beats the Amarok music player. Rythmbox is nice also, but Amarok just rocks. Compare and see which you prefer. Make sure you install libdvdcss2 to play encrypted dvds, and the Win32codecs are probably something you'll want, and well as xine-related stuff for other media (xine-ui is a good choice for watching dvds).

Have a browse thru the Add/Remove section to see what games are available, there are quite a few, some are very nice.

Skype is obviously available, so thats taken care of. Pidgin should suit your IM needs, fairly certain it does gtalk. Failing that, search for gtalk in synaptic, it should show you some compataible apps.

I don't do development, so can't really suggest anything there. Best input your search terms in Synaptic, and see what it comes back with.

Oh, and Mplatyer and/or VLC are pretty good media/video/dvd players also. Just try until you find something tou like.

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glax 
5/9/08 11:36:18 AM
Overlord

Cool, sounds great. I'll chase them up when I get home tonight.

Is there any sort of free CAD design program for Ubuntu?

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[playerone] 
5/9/08 12:06:13 PM
Overlord

Maya "Personal learning edition" is free

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=7639525

And after converting the rpm to a deb it runs fine on debian based systems. (of which ubuntu is one)


Maya is one of the industry standard tools for 3d work in games design.


Getting it to run on a unsupported linux flavour might get you learning the insides of your new linux desktop quickly.

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Midnighter 
5/9/08 4:06:45 PM
Immortal

Just search in Synaptic for CAD, and see if anything comes back. Don't use it myself, but sure there are a couple apps for it. No idea how good they are, or compare tho.

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-A lot of being human is about degradation and pain and humil

Redhatter 
5/9/08 7:40:09 PM
Hero
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For embedded stuff... I'd be looking around and see if Xilinx has a Linux version of their suite. Persumably the "embedded systems" are FPGAs?

Although I heard a lot of their stuff uses a hard-core PowerPC... which of course, the GNU toolchain is very mature there. Not sure where you'd go for a precompiled toolchain, but depending on whether you wanted a bare-iron toolchain (using newlib) or a more advanced toolchain for use with Linux/µCLinux it could vary from rather trivial to a pain in the royal arse.

So some of it will possibly be easier under Linux than Windows... but don't expect a smooth ride the whole time. That... and JTAG devices are likely to be troublesome (at least both the ones I've used have been -- neither the TI FET430-UIF nor the Segger J-Link work under Linux) -- in these circumstances, the parallel port and wiggler cable is your friend.

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