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.


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…
clementineaudioaudio player
ardouraudiosound editing
audacity audiosound editing
gimp bitmapsbase bitmap editing
hugin bitmapspano, perspective
rawtherapee bitmapsraw editor
flameshotbitmapsscreen dumps
meld filescompare files
pcmanfm filesfile browser
spacefmfilesfile browser
p7zip filesfile compression
p7zip-full filesfile compression
grsync filesfile synchronization
k4dirstat filesmapping file sizes
gprename filesrenaming
exfat-utils filessupport exfat
fonts-croscore fonts compatible fonts tinos (times new roman), arimo (arial) en cousine (courier)
fonts-crosextra-caladea fonts font caladea (cambria)
fonts-crosextra-carlito fonts font carlito (calibri)
blender graphics3d modelling
geeqiegraphicsbitmap viewer
graphviz graphicsdiagrams
inkscape graphicsSVG editor
pstoeditgraphicscli conversions
bluefish internethtml editing
filezillainternetSFTP program
chromium-browser internetweb browser
remminanetworkVNC program
ssvnc networkVNC viewer ssl/ssh
openvpn networkVPN networking
scribusofficeDTP program
calibre officee-book editor
pdfsam officepdf assembling
pdfshuffler officepdf assembling
okular officePDF viewer
glabelsprintinglabel printing
xsane scanner software for scanners
vokoscreen screencast screen record
wmctrl screencast window information and setting
keepassxcsecuritypassword management
openssh-serversecuritysecure shell access
bleachbit system the cleaning lady
cifs-utils system samba networking
dkms system kernel compiling
fontforgesystem font editor
gnome-system-monitor system task management
gparted system partitioning
smartmontools system SMART data from disks
synaptic system software management
usb-creator-gtksystembootable USB sticks
xfce4-goodiessystem xfce4 plugins
geany texttext editor
geany-pluginstexttext editor
scitetexttext editor
smplayervideovideo player
vlc videovideo player
winff video ffmpeg gui
virtualbox virtualizationvirtualization
virtualbox-guest-additions-iso virtualizationvirtualization extention

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.


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.

    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.
    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.


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.


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 -o /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl
    sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

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


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 😉


Continue with part 4: Tuning Linux

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