Fresh install? Install all your applications with 3 commands.

If you do a fresh install every x months, or need to install ubuntu on a few machines, you always have to install a number of applications.

That can take some time, so why don’t download them all with 1 command?

The title says three commands because you’ll want to add the medibuntu repo.

Post updated for ubuntu 8.04

1. Add the medibuntu repository (2 commands)

In a terminal copy/paste this line:
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
And then this one:
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add – && sudo apt-get update

2. Install commonly used applications (1 command)

I can’t speak for everyone but I’ll give a list of programs I always install and then the terminal command.

– compiz fusion effects manager
– k9copy
– epiphany and its extensions
– flash, java, … aka the restricted extras
– the non free codecs (win32 codecs, divx, …)
– wine (I don’t actually use this one, but so many people use it, I just had to add it)
– vlc
– skype
– google earth
– dvd playback
– acrobat reader
– mplayer and it’s gnome gui
– azureus (leave this out if you want to use the standard installed transmission)
– zip, rar, 7z, … support
– emerald (for those fancy window borders)
– virtualbox ose (open source version)
– nicotine-plus (soulseek p2p client)
– install java and removing “open-java”

Putting the applications in 1 command:

sudo apt-get install -y k9copy compizconfig-settings-manager epiphany-browser epiphany-extensions ubuntu-restricted-extras vlc libdvdcss2 skype googleearth libdvdcss2 acroread non-free-codecs wine p7zip-full mplayer gnome-mplayer azureus firestarter emerald virtualbox-ose nicotine sun-java6-jre sun-java6-bin sun-java6-plugin && sudo apt-get remove -y open-java

Due to limitations, it could be that a “1. ” is also copied together with the command, you’ll need to leave that out, or the command will fail.

You can easily add programs, just leave a space between each program. If you don’t know the exact name of the program, you can search for it using synaptic, you’ll need the exact name that synaptic gives you.

Hope some people will find this useful.

    • NightwishFan
    • March 18th, 2008

    I like to combine many commands into one with “&&”

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get remove rhythmbox transmission brasero && sudo apt-get install k3b ktorrent amarok

    Nice blog btw. Cheers.

    • linuxowns
    • March 19th, 2008


    • shivacrat
    • March 23rd, 2008

    Hell yeah!
    I just switched to Ubuntu from Windows (as in tonight). I have never used any Linux at all, but in 2 hours I have installed it and have managed to get it to do pretty much everything I could want. I didn’t even know a single command (don’t even know what sudo signifies) but thanks to sites like this I am now even playing standard DVDs (which was becoming a major stumbling block). Great job, and thanks alot brother.

    • linuxowns
    • March 23rd, 2008

    No problem, that’s the reason I made this blog.

    • dogeatery
    • March 25th, 2008

    NightwishFan, thanks for the tip!

    Great blog going here, I’ll be checking back regularly as I’ve put you in my gmail RSS feed ๐Ÿ™‚ Sites like this make Ubuntuing possible for people like me!

    • d0minick
    • June 28th, 2008

    Never thought of doing this but it saves a lot of time.
    Whenever I do a fresh install I’m like, “Now what all did I have installed on here??”

    Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

    • David Wang
    • August 8th, 2008

    Thanks a bunch..this made installing so much more easier!! And a lot of useful programs were installed..god bless ubuntu ; )

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