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How to install applications on and update Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7

Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 is a desktop-centric Linux distribution I recently reviewed (see Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 review.

It uses a heavily-modified GNOME 3 desktop, and is published by Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux software solutions provider based in Taiwan. Unlike any other distribution that I have used or reviewed in recent memory, a new installation of Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 is virtually without any usable application, other than Firefox 8.

It has a graphical installation program, but it is of no use when it comes to installing applications or updating the few that are installed. The main interface of Online Updates, as it is called, is shown below. Even though it says there are patches (updates) available, none is listed. So, how do you install or update applications on this distribution?
Linpus Lite Desktop Online Updates

So, how do you install or update applications on this distribution? From the command line, using the command yum. But how do you know what applications are available for installation? Well, I have done the job for you. Below is a list of applications that you could install to make your Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 installation just like any other:

  • brasero, media burner for GNOME
  • evolution mail and calendar
  • cups, printing package
  • empathy IM client
  • evince, a PDF reader
  • gedit, a text editor
  • gnome-disk-utility-nautilus
  • gnome-games
  • gnome-media-apps
  • gnome-utils, system utilities for GNOME
  • libreoffice-calc
  • libreoffice-draw
  • libreoffice-math
  • libreoffice-writer
  • rhythmbox. a music player
  • shotwell
  • system-config-firewall, graphical firewall management tool
  • system-config-printer, graphical printer management tool
  • totem, a video player

If you are new to the Linux command line, just launch the shell terminal from the dock and type yum install *insert-application-name-here*. For example, yum install empathy. To update all applications in the system, type yum update. This screen shot shows an example of how you can install multiple applications at the same time.
Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 App Installation.

If you install all the applications in the list above, you should have a very usable GNOME 3 desktop. Your desktop should now look like what is shown in the following screen shots.

All applications (most of them in this screen shot).
Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 Apps

Other Applications
Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 Other Apps

Office Applications
Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 Office Apps

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8 Comments

  1. Billyboy says:

    I have just installed Linpus desktop on my laptop/tablet and I like it a lot.

    Admittedly, in “System Update” the “app manager” is not really obviously signed that you have to click on it but apart from that, it is a cool, easy to use system.

    If my main “all in one” Sony Vaio did not have such an obscure graphics card that only Ubuntu 10.04 can correcly handle the resolution out of the box, it would be on there also.

    • finid says:

      What is the “obscure graphics card” that the Sony Vaio has, and what model of Sony Vaio is it?

      • Billyboy says:

        It is a – Sony Vaio VGC-JS1E
        Generic PnP Monitor (1680×1050@59Hz)
        Intel G45/G43 Express Chipset
        Intel G45/G43 Express Chipset

        I have tried more than 20 Linux distros on it. I looked on the net and found how to amending/create the xorg and also adjust xrand etc but to no avail. The screen resoltuion is always wrong,either too small for the screen or too large and un-navigable.

        If anyone knows a sure fire way or instruction, I would be more than thankful.

  2. Sklep komputerowy says:

    wow it was helpful !

  3. alex says:

    I don’t understand why you had to compile the list of packages, then have to proceed by installing them via yum and the command line.

    In the online update app, you simply have to click on App Manager, then pick and choose which apps you would like to install. The system does the rest.

    I have an earlier (much) version of Linpus on my Acer Z5, and am currently trying out 1.7 on my Acer 532h. It’s a pretty simplistic distro, but for someone on the go it does pretty much everything out of the box (once you install all apps)

    Probably not as speedy as Vector OpenBox, but quite usable.

  4. steve says:

    After reading your three part review of Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7, I would have to agree with the other commentors; I am not too impressed with the OS.

    When you said it used Yum, I had to check wiki and learn a little more about it. Looks like it is Fedora based.

    If the goal is really a lightweight netbook ready OS, then I can see how it might be a neat distro. However, some of the things it hides, like updates and advanced partitioning, presumably in the guise of ease of use, do give me pause.

    Wikipedia also offers an apparently unsubstantiated claim that it installs Acer specific nag-ware/share-ware, so would be interested to learn how close they are to the development or if it is just a licensing deal.

    Given how few appps are installed, I don’t know if that is accurate though…

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