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 :
sudo apt-get install wine
- Install VLC media player:
sudo apt-get install vlc
- Play encrypted DVD in Ubuntu
sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
- Install rar :
sudo apt-get install rar
- Install GIMP :
sudo apt-get install gimp
- Install Gnome Tweak Tool :
sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
- Install Unity Tweak Tool :
sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool
- Install Compiz
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:
- 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
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:
5. Other necessary applications(applets)
- Install diodon (clipboard manager) :
sudo apt-get install diodon diodon-plugins
- Install The Classic Menu
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 :
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.