What Is The Best 5 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr ?

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Best 5 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr :

Ubuntu 14.04 Lts Trusty Tahr

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr has just been launched a few days ago and most of you out there install it, sow in this brief how-to, let us discuss how we can enhance Ubuntu 14.04 further for day to day activities.
Requirements vary from person to person, depending upon whether the person is experienced Ubuntu user, a novice user, an artist or a programmer, but most of the things listed here are essential after a clean install of Ubuntu.

This post we will share some interesting insights and ideas about what you can and should do after a successful installation of Ubuntu.

If you have already a previous release of Ubuntu, and want to upgrade to the latest 14.04 version, then please follow our step by step guide upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 Lts Trusty Tahr.

Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr :
1. Update your Ubuntu 14.04 LTS :
Before proceeding to upgrade, the first and important thing to do is update/upgrade software repositories and make sure your systems contains latest versions of all software. open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

2. Install usefull Apps :
  • Install Wine :
Wine enables Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, and Solaris users to run Windows applications without a copy of Microsoft Windows. Wine is free software under constant development. Other platforms may benefit as well.
sudo apt-get install wine
  •  Install VLC media player:
You can install VLC from Ubuntu Software Center or via terminal by using the following command:
sudo apt-get install vlc
  • Play encrypted DVD in Ubuntu 14.04:
Enable encrypted DVD playback in Ubuntu 14.04 using the following commands:
sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
  • Install rar :
install rar to extract all file compressed in rar format.
sudo apt-get install rar 

  • Install GIMP :
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
sudo apt-get install gimp 

  • Install Gnome Tweak Tool :
GNOME Tweak Tool allows the adjustment of several advanced GNOME options that can't be configured in gnome-control-center.
sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool 

  • Install Unity Tweak Tool :
Unity Tweak Tool is a settings manager for the Unity desktop. It provides users with a fast, simple and easy-to-use interface with which to access many useful and little known features and settings of the desktop environment that one may want to configure.
sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool 
  • Install Compiz
To install Compiz use the following command:
sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins

3. Install additional drivers in Ubuntu 14.04:
Ubuntu provides some third part propriety drivers for wireless, graphics cards etc. If you are facing with them, try to install these additional drivers. You can find additional drivers available for your system in Software & Updates, under Additional Drivers tab:

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  • Install Pidgin
Pidgin may not be the default IM client for a few Ubuntu releases, but it's still a very popular application. Pidgin uses a tray icon by default but you can now use an AppIndicator which is especially useful since the old Unity systray whitelist is no longer available.
sudo apt-get install pidgin
  • Install skype
Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service and, in some countries, to free-of-charge numbers are free, while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing.
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ quantal partner" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype

On 64bit Ubuntu systems, Skype uses the Clearlooks theme instead of the default Ubuntu theme, Ambiance (this also happens with other themes).
To fix this:
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386 sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386
  •  Install Java
Java is fast, secure, and reliable programming and computing platform. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. To install java simply run the following command from your terminal.
sudo apt-get install icedtea-7-plugin openjdk-7-jre

4. Improve battery life and reduce overheating:

Overheating of laptops is a common issue, not only in Ubuntu but in any operating systems. you can use TLP to reduce overheating, Install TLP using the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
sudo tlp start

5. Other necessary applications(applets)
  • Install diodon (clipboard manager) :
Diodon is a simple clipboard manager for GNOME with application indicator support. Aiming to be the best integrated clipboard manager for the Gnome/GTK+ desktop.
sudo apt-get install diodon diodon-plugins
  • Install The Classic Menu Indicator :
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If you’re an old timer who wish to get back GNOME Classic Menu in Ubuntu Unity, installing Classic Menu Indicator will do the trick.  This nifty package get installed in the notification area of the top panel and brings back GNOME Classic Menu experience in Ubuntu.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install classicmenu-indicator
  • System Load Indicator :
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Indicator Applets are very useful in terms of providing quick information and play a very important role in overall Ubuntu experience. These app indicators lie on the top panel and the users can use these applets to control and/or access the application without even opening it.
sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload

Now you’ve reached the end of the article. At this stage, you’ll have a perfect and full fledged Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop.
How about you? What are the things you usually do after installing Ubuntu? Would you like to add something essential which is perhaps missing here? Do share your views.

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