This guide focuses on easing a new or even an experienced Kubuntu user into making an educated choice when installing software. The “apt-get” command in the Terminal of Kubuntu is a great timesaver and is an everyday feature to myself and surely many other Linux users around the world. Read below to find out how easy it is for you to diminish your program installation times at the same time as keeping the installation virtually completely unattended.

The first thing you will need to do is open your “start” button in the taskbar. Once you have opened this you will need to type directly into the terminal window the following:

sudo –i

This command will allows you to login to the terminal as root. Thus ultimately allowing you to take complete control of the software on the system without losing your current login session.

 

You will be prompted with a line of text asking you to type your login password. Type in the password for the account that you are currently logged into. Note: The text does not appear on the screen for security reasons. Once you have typed in your password hit the “Enter” key.

 

You will now be prompted with a “root” command line. From here you can install your apt-get software by running the appropriate command. Which should be something similar to this:

sudo apt-get install <your software name>    and then hit “Enter”

 

To find the apt-get command for the piece of software or suite of software that you want can be found by typing into Google’s search engine the following:

sudo apt-get for <your software name>

(replacing <your software name> with the apt-get code for your software.

 

For example, say you would like a game suite to play at home or at work on your Kubuntu computer. Difficult? Not at all. It is as simple as typing in the apt-get code written below:

sudo apt-get install kdegames

 

Once you have typed the above command and hit the “Enter” key you will be prompted with a “y/n” prompt. Hit “n” and “Enter” and then watch the magic happen.

 

Allow the terminal to continue spitting out data and code until it stops and presents you once again with the “root” prompt. You will now notice that in this one games suite alone you will have the following games stored categorically in your “start” bar:

 

Arcade

  • KBlocks – A Tetris clone

  • KBounce – A JezzBall clone for KDE

  • KBreakout – A Breakout type game

  • KGoldRunner – Run around an area collecting gold then run to the next level. (a clone of Lode Runner)

  • KLines – A clone of Lines

  • Kolf – A Miniature golf simulation

  • Kollision – A game of dexterity

  • KSameGame – A wall of balls that need to be deleted

  • KSnake – A KDE clone of Rattler Race (a variation of Snake).

  • KSpaceDuel – A variation on the Spacewar! game

  • KTron – A rudimentary Tron Light cycle racing game.

Board

  • Bovo – A Gomoku game

  • KBattleship – Battleship for KDE.

  • KMahjongg – Mahjong solitaire

  • Shisen-Sho – A Mahjong-like game

  • KReversi – A Reversi game

  • KFourInLine – A Connect Four game. Used to be called KWin4

Card

  • KPat – A card game with solitaire games Klondike, Spider, FreeCell and other card games included.

  • Lt. Skat – A card game for KDE, based on the German Offiziersskat game.

Dice

  • KJumpingCube – A board game where players make boxes change color and try to succeed in taking over the board.

  • Kiriki – A Yahtzee game

Logic

  • KAtomic – A clone of the early 1990s commercial game Atomix.

  • KBlackBox – Black-box logic game. Shoot rays into a black box to find some balls.

  • KDiamond – A Bejeweled type game

  • KMines – A Minesweeper implementation for KDE.

  • KNetwalk – A puzzle game. The player must arrange sections of wire to connect the computers.

  • KSquares – A Dots and Boxes game

  • KSudoku – A Sudoku game

  • Kubrick – A Rubik’s Cube game

Strategy

  • Konquest – A simple turn-based strategy game with the theme of galactic conquest.

  • KsirK – A Risk clone

Toy

  • KTuberling – A Potato Guy game for kids. (Modeled after the Mr. Potato Head children’s toy)

 

Now, that is a fairly decent amount of games for a few commands and less than 2 minutes of your time isn’t it?

 

There are many, many more games and software available in this way. Refer to my guide on how to install a suite of games intended for the GNOME desktop environment used on Ubuntu systems linked below:

https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/how-to-install-gnomegames-using-apt-get-in-kubuntu/

 

Have fun experimenting with your new game suite. Enjoy your newfound Kubuntu knowledge.

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