daniel kivatinos

Must have Ubuntu Packages


These are packages that I use and recommend on my Linux Ubuntu box.

System Tools

  • Filelight
    Displays a circular graph of the space used by your files, so you know when you
    have big files (for example, images of your work) that if you backup them you’ll save space.
    sudo apt-get install filelight
  • gdmap
    Displays space used by files, but with squares.
    sudo apt-get install gdmap
  • gParted
    Interface for partitioning your hard disk drive, and make it a bit easier, without having to reinstall everything.
    sudo apt-get install gparted
  • aptoncd
    Just for Ubuntu and Debian. Allows to backup your packages installed in a CD so you can have them ready to
    install in another computer.
    sudo apt-get install aptoncd
  • htop
    sudo apt-get install htop

Programming/Editor Tools

  • PDFedit
    Free (and open source) editor for manipulating PDF documents. GUI version + command line interface.
    sudo apt-get install pdfedit
  • Bluefish
    sudo apt-get install bluefish
  • Meld
    A simple but powerful small tool that can compare two files or directories and tell you the differences, or merge them.
    sudo apt-get install meld
  • vim
    sudo apt-get install vim

Music Tools

Photo Tools

  • sudo apt-get install xaralx

Networking Tools

Media Players

Downloading Tools



More Great Sites

This is great site to get applications

Other great lists of packages:



SugarCRM is a commercial open source CRM.

Some of the best instructions on installation —
Installing SugarCRM on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)
Installing SugarCRM Community Edition

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One of the best articles on initially configuring an Ubuntu system is from Slicehost, it goes into

      Changing your port
      Updating you firewall

Some general command line tools:

% lsb_release -a (What version of Ubuntu are you running?)
% cat /etc/lsb-release (What version of Ubuntu are you running? )

Some tools I find useful when doing upgrades:

Here is a great article upgrading from 7.10 to 8.04 (Gutsy to Hardy).

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Remote Machine Boot Control


Restarting/reboot a Windows XP remotely, use ‘shutdown’ command from the command console.
Run cmd.exe, and type ‘shutdown -r -t 0’ to restart the machine.

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Linux/Unix System Administrator Tools


Online tools:

Offline tools:

  • (I will be adding to this list overtime….)

Software tools:

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