Useful programs - multimedia

Restricted extras

Each Ubuntu flavor has a specific set of restricted libraries to play music, videos and so on... If you plan to do anything else than working you should definitively install that package! ;)

Get the package for your distribution:

apt-cache search restricted | grep extra

Install, example for xUbuntu:

apt-get install xubuntu-restricted-extras


apt-get install vlc


This is an excellent audio player!

apt-get install rhythmbox-mozilla rhythmbox rhythmbox-plugin-visualizer rhythmbox-plugins


apt-get install libquicktime2


You don't need that on Ubuntu. Only on Debian, Mint and xUbuntu

Nice and useful dock to access your applications.

apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins cairo-dock-plug-ins-integration

Then, add it to startup:

  • Launch cairo-dock, right click on it ;
  • in the "cairo-dock" menu click 'add it to startup'

Alternative way of adding it to startup:

  • Xubuntu > start menu > all settings > Session and startup > "application autostart" > Add