What I did after installing Ubuntu 13.10

Literally What i am doing after installing Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy).


Connect to the internet. :p

Install Language Support

First thing that pops up is the update information dialogue box saying, there is incomplete language support. Because by default, Ubuntu doesn’t have that support built in. Fix that if you want.

However, I ignored it. I didn’t, because those are help files for libre office and my pc system language is EN-GB, they are proofing tools for Libre office in British English.
I am pretty sure i am not gonna use Libre Office for a while.
Because i have Google Drive and Sky Drive and many online tools for word, excel and powerpoint.

Add Canonical Partner Repositories and Allow 3rd party softwares to be installed

Goto System Settings>Softwares and Updates, click on the Other Software tab, and check “Canonical Partners” and “Independent”.
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Select the best server for Ubuntu

System Settings> Softwares & Updates and click on Download from.
Select Best Server, and click Choose Server. For me, it was, ftp.sunet.net as i am currently in Sweden.

Select best server for Ubuntu

Select best server for Ubuntu

Download and install updates

Since Ubuntu 13.10 was released, many things has been changed and many updates has been released. So run the following commands, if you are not already prompted to do so (That is gonna take a while at the very first time).

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Stop Mouse Flickering and Disappearing

Mouse is flickering, which is pretty annoying. Fix that by deleting the extra unknown monitor, from System Settings> Screen Display. Click the Unknown Display and turn it OFF. Click “Apply” and then click “Keep this configuration”.

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Disable the unknown monitor

Instructions are given here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/362081/two-monitors-when-only-having-one-in-13-10/365017#365017

Install Ubuntu-Restricted-Extras

Open Terminal and type

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

If you want, find out what is ubuntu-restricted-addons and decide if you want it or not. If you are unsure, just install it.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-addons

It has the flash player plugin and some other plugins for gstreamer. I am not gonna be needing those anyways while i have VLC.

Install dconf-editor

It is a handy tool to make important changes to the Gnome Settings, unless you want to edit those settings via command line, you will need it.

sudo apt-get install dconf-editor

Remove Ubuntu One, Ubuntu One Music, Amazon crap and Libre Office and other stupid icons from the Unity Sidebar

Right click and unlock from them from the launcher.

Run the following from terminal

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses disabled-scopes "['more_suggestions-amazon.scope', 'more_suggestions-u1ms.scope', 'more_suggestions-populartracks.scope', 'music-musicstore.scope', 'more_suggestions-ebay.scope', 'more_suggestions-ubuntushop.scope', 'more_suggestions-skimlinks.scope']"

Verify it with dconf-editor: Press ALT+F2 and type dconf-editor and navigate to com>canonical>Unity>Lenses and see if the values in the disabled-scopes are set according to the above command.

Run Fixubuntu for better privacy

I also recommend running fixubuntu, but it will disable the online results on your dash, (Dash sends your search terms online, and shows online results, which compromises your privacy! Although i don’t mind about that!). So, do understand the Fixubuntu code before applying it.

Remove shopping and crappy scopes from Unity Dash

Hit SUPER KEY+A (winlogokey+A), or goto Dash>Application lens.
On the right side, click Filter Results and from the Type, select only Dash Plugins and de-select the others.

Then Disable: Amazon, Ebay, Popular Tracks Online, Skimlinks, Ubuntu One Music Search, Ubuntu Shop (And any other scope you don’t like).

Disable Unwanted Scopes in Unity Dash

Disable Unwanted Scopes in Unity Dash

Read more about scopes here: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/10/how-to-disable-amazon-shopping.html

Fix the two finger tap middle click problem

I am tried the Archlinux way this time by adding settings in the 50-synaptics.conf file. (Be careful while playing with the /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf file, because any mistake will cause boot failure problem. I will write more about those later on.)

Go to the terminal and type

sudo gedit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

and add the following code EXACTLY at the very end.

Section "InputClass"
 Identifier "touchpad"
 Driver "synaptics"
 MatchIsTouchpad "on"
 Option "HorizTwoFingerScroll" "on"
 Option "TapButton2" "2"
 Option "TapButton3" "3"
 Option "PalmDetect" "1"

Once again, Warning!! playing with this setting will result in a crashed boot up. And getting out of that crap is not that easy. If you are a noob like me, then you might need to reinstall ubuntu from the scratch. Luckily, after two hours of trying i managed to fix the boot without reinstalling Ubuntu.

Here is how (i will write about it later).

The Gnome settings daemon may override existing settings (for example ones set in xorg.conf.d). It is possible to stop gnome from touching mouse settings at all:

Run dconf-editor
Edit /org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/mouse/ (or /org/cinnamon/settings-daemon/plugins/mouse/ for cinnamon) and uncheck the Active setting.

It will now respect your system’s existing synaptics configuration.

All done for the touchpad middle click settings.

By the way, the following didn’t work for me.

sudo echo -e "synclient TapButton2=2 & synclient TapButton3=3 & synclient Palmdetect=1" > /bin/maus
chmod + x /bin/maus
gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.input-devices hotplug-command "/bin/maus"

Also thought about trying installing the xf86-synaptics package and/or synaptiks package? what is that anyway?

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Enable AutoLogin

Go to System Settings>User Accounts. Then click unlock and turn on Automatic Login from OFF to ON.

Put the Calendar and Clock on top panel, show Weekday and Date

Also added Time for my hometown Dhaka.

fix date and time and weekday

Fix date and time and weekday

Enable Bangla Typing

Detailed instructions are given here: How to type bangla in Ubuntu 13.10 (Linux)

I thought this time i am not gonna use ibus. Turns out that i have to. But this time i did it with style, compared with the previous methods.

Fix the Bangla Font : SolaimanLipi

But i am not gonna do it right now, because i kind of like the default font in Ubuntu at this moment.

Get Skype, VLC, Cheese, Shutter, Cairo Dock, Vuze, Chromium or Google Chrome

I insalled them from the Ubuntu Software Center.
Install Skype : Do i really need to explain what Skype is?

Note: Always install Skype from the Ubuntu Software Center, NOT from the Skype Website. It doesn’t show the indicator on the top panel.

Install VLC : One multimedia player does it all. You can forget about Rhythmbox or any other player.
Install Cheese : Take a picture with your webcam.
Install Shutter : Equivalent to the “Snipping Tool” of Windows.
Install Cairo-dock : Mac like dock for Linux.
Install Vuze : Torrent client.
Install chromium or chrome (They are 99.99% same) : Install Google Chrome from here.

Disable Error Reporting

Run the following in terminal

sudo gedit /etc/default/apport

and set enabled=0

Enable HTML5 in Youtube

Go to Youtube, scroll down to the bottom and click “Try something new”, under the HTML5 Video and click “Try It Out”. On the bottom, click “Request the HTML5 Player”.

Setup Online Accounts

Go to System settings>Online Accounts and add your accounts for Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Flickr etc.

Fix upside down problem for webcam

There are several ways to do that. Make executable flip script and modify /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop file.

Detailed instructions are given here: https://uglyduckblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/solved-webcam-upside-down-problem-in-skype-ubuntu/

Install Privacy Indicator

You won’t regret it. Read more about it here : http://www.florian-diesch.de/software/indicator-privacy/
Download it from here: http://www.florian-diesch.de/software/indicator-privacy/dist/indicator-privacy_0.03-1_all.deb

Install (System Load Indicator) Multiload Indicator

System Load Indicator is a part of the popular System Monitor GNOME Panel applet and it can display CPU, memory, network usage, hard disk I/O and more on the panel. Install it from the from the terminal:

sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload

Install Laptop Mode Tools

There are two tools you can use to improve your laptop’s battery life: laptop-mode-tools or TLP. Both try to achieve the same thing, but from what I’ve read, TLP seems to save a bit more power. However, TLP is only available in a PPA so if you don’t like adding PPAs, install laptop-mode-tools.
Important note: don’t install both laptop-mode-tools and TLP!
To install laptop-mode-tools, run the following in the terminal:
sudo apt-get install laptop-mode-tools
If you like TLP, install it by running the following in the terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
sudo tlp start

Install Variety

Automatic wallpaper changer for Ubuntu. You know what to do with the code.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install variety

Install weather indicator

The name is self explanatory.

Weather Indicator

Weather Indicator

It also comes with a beautiful widget and supports multiple locations.

Widget from Weather Indicator

Widget from Weather Indicator

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install my-weather-indicator

Enable/Restore Empathy Sounds

Goto Empathy>Preferences>Sounds and check the following boxes.
Enable sound notifications and select events according to your choice.

Fix Empathy Sound Notifications

Fix Empathy Sound Notifications

If there are no sounds, then reinstall ubuntu-sounds sound-theme-freedesktop

sudo apt-get reinstall sound-theme-freedesktop ubuntu-sounds

Things i didn’t do right now, but have to do later on, when needed, are listed below:

Install Java

Sooner or later you have to install java. There is no escape.

sudo apt-get install icedtea-7-plugin openjdk-7-jre

If you are a java developer, the you might also need OpenJDK,

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk

If you need oracle Java 7 (the package includes JDK, JRE and the browser plugin), install it by

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer

Install Dropbox and Copy

From https://www.dropbox.com/install?os=lnx
From https://copy.com/install/linux/Copy.tgz

Enable encrypted DVD playback

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

Install Unity Tweak Tool and Gnome Tweak Tool

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool
sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Install Additional/Restricted Drivers

Goto System Settings> Softwares and Updates. And navigate to Additional Drivers tab.

Flash Player Plugin

I was never prompted to install flashplayer plugin, so i didn’t install it.
But if you need it, then install it with the command:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

And lastly, i am not sure if am gonna try Cinnamon. Maybe i will.


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4 responses to “What I did after installing Ubuntu 13.10

    • What i mostly do is to copy-paste. But i don’t steal. 😀
      Btw, Its FOSS is helping me (and many others too!) a lot! Here is a chance to say thanks.

      Once again, thanks for the wish.

  1. Thank you ugly duck. I came here from google while trying to fix my new trackpad problems. I was almost ready to do fresh install with frustration but you’ve saved my day. Many other great tweaks here to. Thanks man.

    • Thanks man, these were the things i learned from similar experiences as you out of frustration.

      I tried to keep them together in case i need to do a fresh install again and find all the necessary info at the same place.

      I am glad that it came out helpful for you. 😀

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