Ubuntu Desktop Applications – Part 1

After getting a minimal Ubuntu Desktop installation working I’m moving on to the application side.

I like to tune out some of the office “noise” with music. So the first thing I started looking for was a way to play or stream music. Apple iTunes does not work on Linux, but I found the out of the box Rhythmbox a reasonable start of a replacement, but the list of streaming Radio channels only contains 19 stations, which is a very small list compared to iTunes. But, the other features seem to work.

I could not get Pandora to stream via the browser, but I did find the Pithos app to be better than the browser based streaming. http://kevinmehall.net/p/pithos/

Chrome had Flash issues streaming some YouTube content, but after installing the ubuntu-restricted-extras the Flash issues were resolved.  

# sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras


My first application stumbling blocks appear to be chat related. I need to be able to communicate with my team in real time, but so far have not gotten any chat or IRC clients to work.

Sounds like a good topic for my next post.


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