My list of most used packages for ubuntu

To install octave, gnuplot,numpy,scipy,matplotlib,gcc-4.2-base, gfortran

sudo apt-get install octave gnuplot \
ipython python-numpy python-scipy \
python-matplotlib wine gcc-4.2-base gfortran-4.2

To install graphics programs: gimp, imagmagick and inkscape

sudo apt-get install inkscape gimp imagemagick

To install most of the multimedia requirements

 sudo apt-get install vlc mozilla-plugin-vlc gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg \
gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mpegdemux \
gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse \
gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse w32codecs

To install Microsoft fonts

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

To install latex relates stuff, kile

sudo apt-get install texlive kile texlive-latex-extra texlive-xetex lmodern

To install utilities:

sudo apt-get install subversion unrar kdiff3

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