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Revision as of 12:27, 26 April 2016

GalliumOS comes with a good selection of desktop and utility software, but there is a huge variety of additional options and alternatives.

GalliumOS can install any software packages built for Ubuntu, directly from the Canonical package servers.

There are also some frequently-requested applications that are not available from Canonical, or are more complicated to install. A few are listed here. Please add more!


Google Chrome

curl -O https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo apt-get -f install

The last step is necessary to finish installing some additional package dependencies: libappindicator1 libdbusmenu-gtk4 libindicator7.


sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
curl -OL http://download.teamviewer.com/download/teamviewer_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i teamviewer_i386.deb

Google Drive integration

  • Install the software
 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alessandro-strada/ppa
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install google-drive-ocamlfuse
  • Next, add yourself to the Linux group fuse so you can mount Google Drive without root.
 sudo usermod -a -G fuse <user_name>
 exec su -l $USER
  • Run google-drive-ocamlfuse for first time setup.

You'll get a browser window asking you to sign in to your Google account and if you want to give gdfuse OAuth2 Endpoint permission to access your Drive files. Hit Accept / Allow for any following dialog. Close the browser window.

  • Next, create a directory where your Google Drive files will be mounted, preferably in your home directory, and mount Google Drive to that directory.
 mkdir ~/googledrive
 google-drive-ocamlfuse ~/googledrive

You can check if Google Drive is mounted by performing:


You can also check how much space you have left:


If you want to unmount, simply run

 fusermount -u ~/googledrive
  • To mount Google Drive at startup, set the following command to run at boot with Session and Startup.
 google-drive-ocamlfuse -label default /home/<user>/googledrive

A word of warning, large files such as movies or large videos don't work too well with google-drive-ocamlfuse using default settings. Files are cached to ~/.gdfuse/default/cache. A config file can be found in the directory above that, with parameters to allow for streaming larger files, cache size, etc.. The streaming larger files parameter is perfect for large videos and movies. For more information, check out gdfuse on GitHub.

Adapted from: http://xmodulo.com/mount-google-drive-linux.html


sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype

Source: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Skype

See also: https://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-linux/


Wine has been a source of frustration. These instructions are verified on a fresh install of 1.0beta2.

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.8

Simple Screen Recorder

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder


sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys BBEBDCB318AD50EC6865090613B00F1FD2C19886
echo deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

Source: https://www.spotify.com/us/download/linux/



curl -O http://repo.steampowered.com/steam/archive/precise/steam_latest.deb
sudo dpkg -i steam_latest.deb

Then launch Steam from the application launcher. Your user must be in the "sudo" group (if it is not, the dpkg command above will also fail), so that the installer can do all the things it needs to do.


sudo bash
apt-get install default-jre
curl -o /usr/local/bin/Minecraft.jar https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/launcher/Minecraft.jar
curl -o /usr/share/pixmaps/minecraft.png https://chrx.org/minecraft.png
mkdir -p /usr/local/share/applications
cat > /usr/local/share/applications/minecraft.desktop <<EOF
[Desktop Entry]
Exec=java -jar /usr/local/bin/Minecraft.jar

If the launcher won't start and is throwing SSL errors, try running this.

sudo apt-get update-ca-certificates -f



Graphical lightweight version of rsync to back up data between drives

 sudo add-apt install grsync


Backup APT sources/repository data

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install aptik


Install the following two packages to get OpenVPN connectivity with your favorite VPN service.

sudo apt-get install openvpn network-manager-openvpn

Hardware Optimization

Battery Tuning


Monitor process and device power consumption. Includes a handy auto-tune option which can be run at startup that helps to minimize power consumption. Powertop also provides a calibration option. This may not currently play nice with GalliumOS and may lock up the device. Your mileage may vary.

sudo apt-get install powertop
sudo powertop

Powertop needs to be run every time the system boots. See https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Powertop for instructions on creating a one-shot systemd service.


Advanced power management tool that also provides a default configuration optimized for battery life for "install and forget it" benefits. TLP has reportedly provided some improvement to battery life. Your mileage may vary.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp 
sudo apt-get install tlp
sudo tlp start


These have been discussed, but are not presently candidates for inclusion in the default installation. They might be of special interest, might have important caveats, or might be the unchosen of other options. Presented here for convenience.

Hardware temperature monitor

  • xfce4-sensors-plugin from Ubuntu repositories. WARNING: Do not select tachos. It will crash your desktop.

Clipboard Manager

  • clipit from Ubuntu repositories. Developer homepage is missing. Be conscious of the security implications of all clipboard managers.

Video Player

  • https://mpv.io/ Lightweight, but very minimal UI
  • smplayer from Ubuntu repositories. Lightweight.

Screen Recorder

Disk Usage/Performance Indicators

  • xfce4-goodies from Ubuntu repositories includes a free space checker applet
  • xfce4-diskperf-plugin from Ubuntu repositories is a disk performance monitor applet, and shows usage as well