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

Ubuntu 14.04 Tutorials : What Is The Best 5 Things To Do after Install ?

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

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

2. Install usefull Apps :

  • Install 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

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

Enable encrypted DVD playback in Ubuntu 14.04 using
the following commands:

apt-get install libdvdread4

  • 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

sudo apt-get install gimp 

  • Install Gnome Tweak Tool

Tweak Tool
allows the adjustment of
several advanced GNOME options that can’t be configured in

sudo apt-get install

  • Install Unity Tweak Tool

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

  • Install Compiz

To install Compiz use the following

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 quantal partner” >>
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install

On 64bit Ubuntu systems, Skype uses the Clearlooks theme instead of
the default Ubuntu theme, Ambiance (this also happens with other
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


Improve battery life and reduce

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
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp
sudo tlp start

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 :

    Ubuntu 14.04 classic menu k4linux

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
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install

  • System Load Indicator :
    Ubuntu 14.04 Lts Trusty Tahr K4linux

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

Now you’ve reached the end of the article. At
this stage, you’ll have a perfect and full fledged Ubuntu 14.04

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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