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Installing 'Debian Menu' in Ubuntu

If you are installing extra debian packages , they don't appear in your Application menu and there are chances for newbie or for non-technical person to get upset.  One option for you is to launch application from command line which is not an easy task unless you know executable name properly or keep tabbing after every character to get all combination. The easiest way is to install Debian Menu which not only list down all your debian(*.deb) packages but also categorize them according to their type like Internet,Editor,database etc. In order to activate Debian Menu, you need to install 'menu' pakcage. Run apt-get:

apt-get install menu 

After installation, you would see something like this:


Now you can easily find your installed packages.


Keep one thing in mind, you will see only those packages in menu who were installed with .desktop file. There are several packages which are GUI-less for instance Apache or Mysql server. So don't panic about such tools which are installed on your system.

I found an awesome article about installing different kind of packages which you can read here.


Image Credit: MonkeBlog 

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 12:58 AM by kadnan
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Abbas Halai said:

easiest way is at www.getdeb.net

# August 24, 2007 9:13 AM

Abbas Halai said:

i'm glad you're trying it out. let me know if you have any problems. i'll guide you through it. it's very easy to use and there are hundreds of guides and information out there which can overwhelming and annoying at the same time. the new distro will be out soon in oct which will royally kick ass. also try reading "full circle magazine". also another thing is that you shouldn't install it over vmware. that sucks and you can't use it to full potential. instead if you really don't want to get rid of windows (i can't see why), you should dual boot instead.

# August 24, 2007 9:19 AM

kadnan said:


don't want to get rid of windows (i can't see why)


Dreamweaver :-)


also another thing is that you shouldn't install it over vmware.


Halai I have used dual boot linux back in 90s when I was a user of RedHat and I know that despite of several difficulties, I was able to configure Samba,Apache and Dialup network based on plain old PTCL's terminal based accounts.

The reason I am using it on VMware is very simple. I was using Linux after a long time and didn't want to screwup my laptop. I am getting familiar with environment, once things go smooth, i would install directly on hard disk.

Thanks for URL.

# August 24, 2007 4:21 PM

Abbas Halai said:

try kompozer instead of dreamweaver.

# August 24, 2007 7:18 PM

Abbas Halai said:

let me explain something. you cannot "screw up" your laptop. what you can instead do, is screw up your partition in which you are working in, which is fine since it's experimental anyway. if you don't care what happens to the partition, why should it matter? and like i said, use kompozer. also some more recommended sites, http://ubuntuguide.org, and http://ubuntu.wordpress.com

# August 24, 2007 11:33 PM
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