The Linux BricsCAD pages, part 3: More user software

So you have a running system with almost all software installed, out of the box. But there is more: This page… With a huge amount of additions.

THIS ARTICLE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. YOUR POSITIVE INPUT IS APPRECIATED.

All related parts: 1: Introduction 2: Linux base install 3: More user software 4: Tuning Linux 5: Tuning your software 6: Getting BricsCAD working 7: Publishing your drawings

Preparing for software installation

As preparation, a list of packages that are handy and not in the standard installation follows, “apt install” (as root) is the command for this.

Do not simply install everything, just take what you need.

  • You can copy the table and paste (ctrl-v) it in LibreOffice Calc, cell A1.
    • Now you have all data in columns A, B, C and D
  • Next, remove direct formatting of cells:
    • ctrl-a
    • ctrl-m.
  • In Mousepad, you can paste contents of column A
  • Suppose you want to install package5, package13, package20 and package45.
  • Create a text line as followed:
    • apt install package5 package13 package20 package45
  • Copy this line to the clipboard
  • Open a terminal ctrl-alt-t
    • Enter “sudo su” with password when asked. You have root privileges (#).
    • Paste the apt install … text line on the command line. Installation should start.

Choose your tools

  • If you don’t need it, don’t install it. Make sure you know what you are installing
  • You can sort the table by clicking once or twice on the headers.
  • The links are for helping you decide…
PROGRAMCLASSFUNCTION MORE
clementineaudioaudio playerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clementine_(software)
ardouraudiosound editinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardour_(software)
audacity audiosound editinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audacity_(audio_editor)
gimp bitmapsbase bitmap editinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIMP
hugin bitmapspano, perspectivehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugin_(software)
rawtherapee bitmapsraw editorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RawTherapee
flameshotbitmapsscreen dumpshttps://flameshot.js.org
meld filescompare fileshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meld_(software)
pcmanfm filesfile browser https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCMan_File_Manager
spacefmfilesfile browser https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceFM
p7zip filesfile compressionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7-Zip
p7zip-full filesfile compressionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7-Zip
grsync filesfile synchronizationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grsync
k4dirstat filesmapping file sizeshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WinDirStat
gprename filesrenaminghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPRename
exfat-utils filessupport exfat https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SD_card#exFAT_filesystem
fonts-croscore fonts compatible fonts tinos (times new roman), arimo (arial) en cousine (courier) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croscore_fonts
fonts-crosextra-caladea fonts font caladea (cambria) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croscore_fonts
fonts-crosextra-carlito fonts font carlito (calibri) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croscore_fonts
blender graphics3d modellinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blender_(software)
freecadgraphicsCADhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeCAD
geeqiegraphicsbitmap viewerhttp://www.geeqie.org/
graphviz graphicsdiagramshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphviz
inkscape graphicsSVG editorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkscape
pstoeditgraphicscli conversionshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pstoedit
bluefish internethtml editinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluefish_(software)
telegram-desktopinternetmessengerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telegram_(software)
filezillainternetSFTP programhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FileZilla
chromium-browser internetweb browserhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromium_(web_browser)
remminanetworkVNC programhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remmina
ssvnc networkVNC viewer ssl/ssh https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X11vnc
openvpn networkVPN networkinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenVPN
scribusofficeDTP programhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scribus
calibre officee-book editorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calibre_(software)
pdfsam officepdf assemblinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PDF_Split_and_Merge
pdfshuffler officepdf assemblinghttps://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfshuffler/
okular officePDF viewer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okular
glabelsprintinglabel printinghttps://glabels.org/
xsane scanner software for scannershttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scanner_Access_Now_Easy
vokoscreen screencast screen recordhttps://github.com/vkohaupt/vokoscreen/blob/master/README.md
wmctrl screencast window information and settinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wmctrl
keepassxcsecuritypassword managementhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KeePassX
openssh-serversecuritysecure shell accesshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenSSH
bleachbit system the cleaning ladyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BleachBit
cifs-utils system samba networkinghttps://wiki.samba.org/index.php/LinuxCIFS_utils
dkms system kernel compiling https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_Kernel_Module_Support
fontforgesystem font editorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FontForge
gnome-system-monitor system task managementhttps://help.gnome.org/users/gnome-system-monitor/
gparted system partitioninghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GParted
smartmontools system SMART data from diskshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartmontools
synaptic system software managementhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synaptic_(software)
usb-creator-gtksystembootable USB stickshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Startup_Disk_Creator
xfce4-goodiessystem xfce4 pluginshttps://goodies.xfce.org/
geany texttext editorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geany
geany-pluginstexttext editorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geany
scitetexttext editorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SciTE
smplayervideovideo playerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMPlayer
vlc videovideo playerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLC_media_player
winff video ffmpeg gui https://code.google.com/archive/p/winff/
virtualbox virtualizationvirtualizationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VirtualBox
virtualbox-guest-additions-iso virtualizationvirtualization extentionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VirtualBox

Additional remarks

  • Check the output of your terminal carefully for errors.
  • Fonts that are compatible with Microsoft fonts in terms of geometry:
    • fonts-croscore for
      • Times New Roman (Tinos)
      • Arial (Arimo) and
      • Courier (Cousine)
    • fonts-crosextra-carlito for Calibri and
    • fonts-crosextra-caladea for Cambria.

Snap

Some packages are better used as snap packages. Please check first if there is an install in synaptec in order not to install twice. If a package is already installed you’ve got two valid packages and you should or could remove one. For example, youtube-dl is a dependency of smplayer. So snap install youtube-dl is okay, but the next step could be apt remove youtube-dl. On the other hand, you may want to keep both. Command which youtube-dl should tell you where the program is located.

  • https://snapcraft.io/youtube-dl
    sudo snap install youtube-dl
    Rationale: Older versions often don’t download media properly.
    UPDATE: Parasitic organization RIAA wasn’t so pleased with sharing our culture, so an alternative approach is added below. No comments including “PaRIAA” or “DiarRIAA”, now is the time to laugh and for the rest it sucks.
  • https://snapcraft.io/blender
    sudo snap install blender --channel=2.79/stable --classic
    Rationale: If you have older blend files, they behave as intended in this latest period before the 2.80 revolution.

AppImage

Download, change rights to executable and run. That is the principle of an AppImage, that contains all needed to run. I tend to keep them in my home directory and make shortcuts to the Whisker by using menu editor.

/usr/local/bin

This is the dedicated place on your system to store your own program collection. Normally it is attractive to put them somewhere in your home directories, but system wide you have to be here. So youtube-dl is an example of it:

  • youtube-dl:
    sudo curl -L https://yt-dl.org/downloads/latest/youtube-dl -o /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl
    sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

    Updating: youtube-dl -U
    Usage: youtube-dl <URL>

PPA’s

Personal Package Archives. Not discussed here in detail. If you run into trouble with a checked and secure package from the official distributions, and there are ppa’s, you can consider using them. But you also effectively give access to the ppa maintainer – a security issue.

Some packages are bleeding edge. They are added in the table but you may want to use alternatives for now (2020 Okt.):

  • Currently no entries 😉

Next…

Continue with part 4: Tuning Linux

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