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Packages you should install from the get-go

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software,Quick Linux Tutorials — TheLinuxBlog.com at 3:45 pm on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

When re-installing or performing a fresh installs of Linux, I’ve found that packages often disappear from default installations. These are the tools I install from the get-go. I’m sure there is more that I’m missing, next time I re-install I’ll update the list. Feel free to contribute your favorites to the list in the comments!

vim
Because I like the improvements over vi.

screen
This is a requirement. Great VT100/ANSI terminal emulator and manager. I constantly use this to allow me to move around and avoid loosing terminals.

whois
Not used all that often, but when I want to use it, I don’t want to have to apt-get/yum it.

nmap
Really useful network scanner I use this to find hosts on my network when DHCP leases have changed.

smbfs
Normally mounting my NAS is desirable, installing this allows me to do so.

ncurses
Installing ncurses and ncurses-dev is a good idea. Lots of stuff uses it! I install for make menuconfig when compiling a kernel.





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7 Comments »

Comment by george

December 29, 2011 @ 4:53 am

Are you terminal and network oriented maybe? ;)
Personally, I install the following packages after booting my laptop on a fresh Linux:
- Support for mp3, mpeg2, etc …
- Support for dvd (libdvdcss)
- vlc
- skype
- ffmpeg
- audacity
- gimp
- wireshark (yes, I do a bit of networking too)
- and for firefox, I configure sync to get my bookmarks etc back from the cloud.
- also for firefox, I get the flash plug-in, and “ad block plus” anti-advertising

Comment by TheLinuxBlog.com

December 29, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

@george What gave it away?

I forgot the media players, VLC or mplayer normally work good for that.

Comment by dnskamrul

January 7, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

make a yum server 4 solving dependencies problem……

Comment by Jeff Huckaby

January 19, 2012 @ 10:15 am

I also include sysstat. Nice to have the performance metrics should things start having problems.

I also install rkhunter. I don’t run it in a cron but like to have it create an initial log of the server status in case a security issue comes up.

Comment by Innovative Web Provider

January 24, 2012 @ 5:24 am

The packages that I installed on my fresh Linux are all media players such as VLC player.

Comment by jazzyjeph

February 21, 2012 @ 9:28 am

I always install Pyrenamer, Catfish, VLC, and Wine

Comment by Eugene Computer Geeks

February 28, 2012 @ 1:12 am

I like your blogs! Some of the other users beat me to some of the programs I feel are essential to Linux. If using ubuntu, don’t forget “sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras”

Other programs I feel are essential and I install from the get go are:

firefox
Google Chrome and Chromium
konqueror
ktorrent
lynx
links
curl
john the ripper
virtualbox
gftp
teamviewer
k3b
wine
bleachbit
quanta plus
nmap
rkhunter
chkrootkit
foremost
photorec (testdisk)
armagetronad (really fun game)

Just to name a few off hand. Thanks again.

Eugene Computer Geeks – Eugene Computer Repair and Web Design

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