12 Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 12.10

1) Update

You have got new ubuntu doesn’t mean you have all the latest updates to things you need. So first of all update it:

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

2) Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak is a must have application for Ubuntu , it is an application to config Ubuntu easier for everyone. It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn’t provide. There are quite handful of things which you can do with ubuntu tweak from changing window icons from left to right and so on.

Install Ubuntu Tweak via PPA:

Open terminal and enter the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa  
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

3) Your Desktop Environment Choice

Ubuntu has chosen Unity as default desktop environment option and many of us (including me) don’t like this unity etiquette. We have been watching this fight between two teams for quite long. Lets not indulge into that and leave it to the users to choose what they want to use on their ease. Here are some alternatives a non-unity guy can choose from after a tweak for unity-lovers.

For Unity Lovers
 MyUnity

MyUnity is a must have configuration tool for Unity ( change themes, icons, transparency…).
Open software centre and search for “MyUnity”, click install and you are done.

To intsll via ppa:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:myunity/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install myunity

For Unity Haters:

Get another Desktop Environment -

a) Lightweight weight desktop environment : XFCE

To install xfce desktop environment, simply execute -

sudo apt-get install xfce4

b) Installing KDE Desktop environment

To KDE desktop, execute the command (it will standard the minimal set of apps, you could also choose standard or full edition)

sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-desktop

c) GNOME 2 style desktop :

GNOME3 fallback session, Cinnamon, MATE
Install GNOME3 fallback session

sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-appmenu

d) Install MATE Desktop

sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu quantal main”
sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/ubuntu quantal main”
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-core
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

e) Installing Cinnamon Desktop

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Okie, that was all about DE kung fu. Now lets get back into our real task of getting thing for our new ubuntu ;) . Lets get some beauty!

4) Install Conky

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop. There are many nice themes available for conky that can display clock, CPU usage, ram usage, swap, disk, net and more. Check our previous post for installation and configuration of Conky in Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 Quantal Quetzal.

5) Music:

wait, did I just tell you to do so many things without music running on your system? Blame me, grrrr. how can I ? Lets get our music playing:

VLC  Media player:

An all in one all time favorite of many, vlc player gives you almost every format of music ready-to-play fun.
You can install VLC from Ubuntu software center or via terminal by using the following command:

  sudo apt-get install vlc

Install some common frequently used codecs:

sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 mpg321 mpg123libjpeg-progs

besides, go to software center and type “ubuntu-restricted-extras” and install it. That will take a lot of your burden to install various mucis formats codecs!
To play encrypted DVDs, the libdvdcss2

To play encrypted DVDs, the libdvdcss2 package is essential. libdvdcss is a simple library designed for accessing DVDs like a block device without having to bother about the decryption.
If you already added Medibuntu repositories, you can Install from software center or using the terminal by entering the following command:

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 && sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/./install-css.sh

6) Enabling Flash support on your browsers:

- go to  ubuntu software center and search  word “flash” and install it.

7) Messenger

Pidgin : The best messenger client and 30 plugins, you can enjoy chat with freinds using voice and cam.

Go to software center and search for “pidgin” and install.

Skype: Search for skype in software center and install.

8 ) 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

You can also install wine via ppa to get latest of wine:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wine.

(Thanks to Carl for the suggstion of wine via ppa)

9) Y PPA Manager:

Y PPA Manager is a GUI tool to easily add PPAs, search a package in all Launchpad PPAs, remove duplicate PPAs (only works with separate .list files), backup PPAs and other PPA-related tasks. Check out the Launchpad page for a complete features list.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager

10) VirtualBox:

If you want to run another OS in a virtual Machine, the best is to install Virtualbox.

look for “virtual box” in software center and click install!

11) Cheese:

Cheese uses your webcam to take photos and videos, applies fancy special effects and lets you share the fun with others.

 12) Gimp:

Regardless of whether you need to edit images daily on a professional level or just a hobbyist, GIMP is an essential tool for all.


Chandan is a free software evangelist and founder of www.linuxcandy.com .

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  • SaanSoft

    Useful, Handy and Tricky Tips

    • http://www.linuxcandy.com/ Chandan P. Gupta

      Thanks! :)

  • til4k

    typo with y-ppa-manager command [add-apt not apt-add] cheers

    • http://www.linuxcandy.com/ Chandan P. Gupta

      Nice catch. on my way to edit it ;)

  • titi

    Really useful, thanks !

  • titi

    typo :
    sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 mpg321 mpg123 libjpeg-progs

    • http://www.linuxcandy.com/ Chandan P. Gupta

      Thanks ;)

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  • brightsoul89

    Thanks for the list. Well btw, myunity should be out of the list because they’re not available for Quantal at the moment. However, there’s a problem while adding ubuntu-tweak ppa for me, the sources update gave me the hash sum error.