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Linux Mint – Installing new applications

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Using Mint’s Software Manager, installing new software couldn’t be easier. Of course, you can learn all of the terminal commands to manage your installed software by hand, but you don’t have to; the Software Manager should meet all your basic package management needs.

There is a great deal of applications available such as games, web browsers, music/video players, instant message clients, and more. There’s most likely a program available to fit any need you can think of. To get some practice, let’s grab a few new programs.

To install a new software package, first find it within the Software Manager application. You can click on a category and browse the available applications if you would like. Once you find an application you’d like to install, double-click on it, and then in the next screen, click on the Install button. Your new application will start downloading from Mint’s repositories and then will be installed right away. Once the installation is complete, your new application will appear in your Applications menu in its respective section.

If you know the name of the program you would like to install, you can save some time by searching for it in the Software Manager window using the search bar in the upper-right corner. To get you started, here are a few applications you may enjoy. If you want to install one of them, simply search for the title, and follow the same directions.

Frozen Bubble

Frozen Bubble
is a fun game where you must break the bubbles by matching their colors before they reach the bottom of the screen. The game is controlled solely by the arrow keys on your keyboard. You move the pointer with the left and right arrows and fire with the up arrow. There are many levels, and you can even create your own. The package for this game is titled “frozen-bubble”; so, if it doesn’t show up by title, including the hyphen may help. The following screenshot shows Frozen Bubble—a fun game starring cute characters:

FileZilla

For those of you who develop web pages or have a need to upload files to an FTP server, it doesn’t get much better than FileZilla. FileZilla is a cross-platform FTP application (available for Linux, Mac, and Windows) that has grown in popularity to the point where it’s become an industry standard. The following screenshot shows FileZilla—a full-featured, cross-platform FTP application:

Minitube

Minitube
is an application that is more or less a frontend to YouTube. Although, in Mint, YouTube works out of the box in Firefox, if there is ever a problem with the compatibility of YouTube in Linux (Flash plugin failures and so on), Minitube is an excellent application, and some even prefer it to watching videos in the browser, since Adobe’s Flash plugin has been known to cause browser crashes when installed. The following screenshot shows Minitube, a YouTube client:

Steam

If you enjoy games, Steam is something that you should definitely consider installing. At one point in time, the lack of commercial games was long considered a weakness of Linux. Now, Steam brings with it the capability to play some very exciting commercial-quality games. The number of available games on Linux is growing quite fast, and Steam is a large part of this growth. Once you install Steam, you’ll be able to purchase games designed for Linux. Note that not all games on Steam are available for Linux, but the number grows larger every day. The following screenshot is of Steam, a popular cross-platform game-distribution platform:

In order to fully practice how to install applications in Linux, it’s highly recommended to search the Internet for the best Linux apps, and you should very easily find several articles that contain Linux users’ picks of their favorite apps. Check out some reviews online, and even some articles from individuals switching to Linux from other operating systems. Not only will you get some inspiration as far as what applications to install, you’ll also gain some practice with installing new applications on your system.

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