Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Top things to do after installing Ubuntu 12.10/12.04

So you installed Ubuntu, perhaps you've played around in the software center a bit, become familiar with a few features, but now what?

1) The first thing to do is upgrade and update your current software. To do this you can open the "terminal" app, then type in the following command and your password: 
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Its a good idea to reboot after doing this, the process may take a bit if its the first time...

2) Then install restricted extras, because of copyright's Ubuntu does not come with a lot of things you need like flash support. Rub this command in terminal:

  • sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
3) Now its time to enable full DVD play back, type the following command into terminal:
  • sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
  • sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update
  • sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
4) Now lets update your kernel to the newest version. right now its 3.7.5, this will soon change and a quick google search will get you to the right place, or this website keeps up on the latest linux kernel and how to install it.

5) So your all up to date, now its time to get the most important tool on Ubuntu, "Ubuntu Tweak." With this tool you can install great apps like Google Chrome, adjust your theme, clean up your system set "hot corners." its great, to get this enter the following commands, or go to http://ubuntu-tweak.com/
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa 
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
Ubuntu Tweak

6) Get Netflix Instant to work (credit Erich Hoover using several apps and using wine to get this to go) Just enter the following commands in Terminal:
  • sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio 
  • enter password 
  • sudo apt-get update 
  • sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop 
  • Read and accept the terms and conditions
Now open the newly installed Netflix app, and follow on screen instructions.

7) Setup online accounts. Open the online accounts application, and enter any accounts you may use. Ubuntu will integrate these into the desktop!8) For advanced users, check out other desktop environments I like Gnome-Shell, which can be found in the software center, but there is also XFCE, Cinnamon, KDE, and others. Unity is the default D.E. and I find it Clunky and slow.

Gnome 3.6 Desktop
9) Look into Google Drive. It is not just going to replace Microsoft Office, its going to upgrade the way you create documents.

10) Install "Wine" from the software center, it is an emulator that will allow you to run native windows apps, like Spotify and others.

11) If you are going to keep unity, turn off Amazon suggestions by entering the following commands in terminal:

  • sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping
12) lastly disable bug reports. This is a little more complicated, so I will link you to someone else's post.

That's it, you should be up and running now! If you can think of anything else leave it in the comments.

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