Top priority things after installing Ubuntu

By | September 19, 2014
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ubuntu PriorityWith the growing popularity of Ubuntu and it’s incredibly easy to use interface, more and more users are giving it a try as a secondary OS. But the problems really occurs when they have finished installing and don’t know exactly what to do after it. There are indeed certain things which must be done after installing Ubuntu to ensure its smooth and problem-free functioning, like installing updates etc., certain plugins, drivers, etc need to be installed to ensure that all the devices are working smoothly and properly. There are certain application that can greatly increase the effectiveness of Ubuntu and increase your productivity by leaps and bounds. All these and many more things are covered in this post. So lets begin, shall we ?

Change Software Download source

Click on the following icon and type “Software Updater” and click on it.

ubuntu search your computer and online services

software updater

Once this window appears, open the “Other Software ” tab. Make sure that Canonical Partners and Canonical Partners (Source Code), both are checked.

ubuntu software and updates

ubuntu other software and updates

Install Updates

First and foremost update your system.  Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T and type the following Command

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

Enter the password when prompted to and press Enter.

ubuntu terminal command for update

 Press Y or y and press Enter when asked to:

press y for accepting

The following screen will appear:

ubuntu terminal update screenshot

Install Additional Drivers

Search for “Additional Driver ” and click on the icon that appears.

ubuntu install additional driver

It will instantly start checking for drivers.


ubuntu searching for additional drivers

You can continue using the drivers installed by default or you can simply install the updates available.

ubuntu additional drivers

Also See: Install Gnome Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 14.04

Installing Basic Utility Software’s:

Install RAR

 This is usually done to avoid errors with RAR files.

Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T and type the following command :

sudo apt-get install rar

Install  VLC Player

VLC is one of the best media players available in the market. Open the terminal by typing Ctrl + Alt + T and type the following command

sudo apt-get install vlc

Install Java

Open the terminal and type the following command to install  Java

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre-headless

Tweak Unity

If you are not satisfied with the current looks and configuration of Ubuntu you can use this Tweak Unity Tool to make all the changes under one roof, ranging from tweaking the Dash, Unity Launcher, icon theme, etc.

Open the terminal and type the following command:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Install TLP to improve battery life and overheating issues.

TLP is the advancement tool for Linux that helps to apply various tweaks / settings automatically to resolve overheating issues and improve battery life based on your Linux distribution and hardware.

Open the terminal and type the following command to install TLP.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
sudo tlp start

Explore Beyond the Horizon

You also explore the wide variety of applications available for download at the Ubuntu Software Center

click this icon to open ubuntu software center

ubuntu software center for installation

Also See: 5 Tips to make your life easier with Ubuntu

We hope that it will help you get going with ubuntu, and give you an awesome experience.

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