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
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.
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”.
Disable the unknown monitor
Instructions are given here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/362081/two-monitors-when-only-having-one-in-13-10/365017#365017
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.
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).
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" EndSection
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:
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?
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.
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
sudo apt-get install laptop-mode-tools
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw sudo tlp start
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.
It also comes with a beautiful widget and supports multiple locations.
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.
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:
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
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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