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Packages you should install from the get-go

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software,Quick Linux Tutorials — 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!

Because I like the improvements over vi.

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.

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

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

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

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


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

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:

Google Chrome and Chromium
john the ripper
quanta plus
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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