Install Linux Mint’s X-Apps on Ubuntu

The Guides to Install Linux Mint’s X-Apps on Ubuntu

If you’re using Linux Mint 18, then you don’t have to do anything — they’re installed by default. The openSUSE Linux operating system supplies it in their repositories as well (not installed by default, however). Ubuntu is not so lucky. In future, they’ll probably be added to more repositories, but at this current point in time, that’s not the case.

Install Linux Mint’s X-Apps on Ubuntu

Use the X-Apps Ubuntu PPA

Since these programs aren’t officially supplied, you’ll need to add an unofficial repository to Ubuntu, in the form of a new PPA. Enter these commands to your terminal to do so:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/xapps
sudo apt-get update

Now you’re just a command line away from installing whichever app you’d like. They’re labelled as their names are — just make sure to keep them in lower-case!

sudo apt-get install xreader xplayer xviewer pix xed

Manual Installation on Debian

While PPAs are technically compatible with Debian, in practice it’s really hit or miss. Instead, you should install the actual DEB packages from Mint. If you’re using the latest version of Debian (Jessie), everything should (emphasis on should) work out fine — the LMDE version of Mint is based off their repositories. However, your mileage may vary!

To do this, head over to the Linux Mint packages website. From there, you can download the DEB files for the respective X-Apps. If your system is 64-bit, take the amd64 versions of the packages. Otherwise, use i386. Once you’ve downloaded them, just open them in your file manager and install them.

Manual Installation on Debian

Keep in mind that this might include extra dependencies as well! For example, the X-Apps depend on a package called xapps-common, among other things. You should be able to check what each one needs in the installer window.

 extra dependencies

Alternative Debian Installation Method (May Not Work!)

If you’d like a more automated method of getting X-Apps on Debian, you could try adding the LMDE repository to your package manager. As a result, you’d be able to install them without manually downloading their dependencies. Again, this should only be attempted if you’re using Debian Jessie!

To begin, open up your console and enter these commands in:

cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
sudo nano mint.list

Inside nano, enter this line:

deb http://packages.linuxmint.com betsy main upstream import

Press Ctrl + X to save and exit. Because the package repository contains more than just X-Apps, I recommend changing its priority, so it doesn’t mess with your other applications. Basically, if you follow these steps, Debian should only draw on the Mint repository if it can’t find the package in its own sources.

cd /etc/apt/preferences.d/
sudo nano x-apps

Inside the new x-apps file, enter these lines of text in:

Package: *
Pin: origin packages.linuxmint.com
Pin-Priority: 100

Package: *
Pin: release a=stable
Pin-Priority: 700

Again, use Ctrl + X to save and exit. However, you’re not done yet! The Linux Mint repositories are signed using a special key, which you’ll need to import. If you don’t have it, Debian will reject it as a security measure! Type this command to do this:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 3EE67F3D0FF405B2

If this doesn’t work, you might need to install the gnupg package beforehand, which is responsible for verifying keys. Finally, enter this command so Debian can see the new packages:

sudo apt-get update

You should now be able to install the X-Apps of your choice, just like Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install xreader xplayer xviewer pix xed

Overview of the X-Apps

As stated earlier, these programs weren’t made from the ground up. Instead, they’re based off applications from other desktop environments. All of them are similarly styled, however, and share some code with each other. This means you can expect them all to behave and appear the same: smooth scrolling, the presence of menu-bars, and so on.

 Overview of the X-Apps

Xreader

This program is based off the MATE document viewer, Atril. As such, a lot of the features from it carry over, such as support for e-books, and session restoration — if you reopen a document, you’ll jump to the page you were reading automatically.

Xreader

Xplayer

Xplayer is based off GNOME’s Totem media player, but with a much more traditional interface. Recently, the video player’s appearance has changed quite a bit, with the unconventional appearance that pervades many GNOME applications.

Xreader Xplayer

Xplayer provides people with an alternative to this, with the same features in a more familiar landscape. If you like Totem, but don’t like how it looks, Xplayer is a worth a try.

Xplayer

Xviewer

This is based off another GNOME application, and it shows. For the most part, they’re very similar, and apart from the more traditional title bar, you’d be hard-pressed to find any differences between them.

Xplayer Xviewer

Pix

The Pix photo organizer takes its inspiration from gThumb. Like Xviewer, it hasn’t deviated much from its roots. If you prefer the more menu-driven design of it, you might prefer it, however.

Pix

Xed

There is pretty much no difference at all between Xed and its parent project, the MATE text editor Pluma. On the bright side however, it doesn’t rely on having the MATE desktop installed to work, so if you like how Pluma looks, but want to use another desktop, it’s a good choice.

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