Top things to do after installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin
1. First install updates and upgrades
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
2. Install Synaptic Package Manager
Synaptic Package Manager, which was dropped with the release of Oneiric 11.10. Both of these, however, are still the first choice for me over the Software Center, and both can be easily installed from the official repositories.
$sudo apt-get install synaptic
The metapackage ‘ubuntu-restricted-extras’ contains nearly everything essential that you would otherwise need to find and install individually, as of now that is codecs, Flash plugin, Microsoft fonts and ‘unrar’. Just run this command to install it
$sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
4. Install Gnome Tweak Tool
Since Oneiric 11.10, the built-in, default Appearance dialog, while simple enough, doesn’t present you with many options to tweak the themes, fonts, etc. Gnome Tweak Tool is what you need for this stuff.
$sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
5. Enable Global Menu for LibreOffice
By default, Global Menu integration for LibreOffice is not enabled. That’s because there are still some issue that might occur when using it. However, you can just try your luck with it and if doesn’t work acceptably well, just disable it again. To enable it, just run
$sudo apt-get install lo-menubar
6.Install common codecs
Perhaps installing a few common codecs might give you better sensibility of your system
$ 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
7. Installing Archive Management Apps:
If you’re a frequent media downloader from the internet, you know how various forms archives can have. Installing the following will allow you to deal with most of these.
$ sudo apt-get install unace unrar zip unzip p7zip-full p7zip-rar sharutils rar uudeview mpack lha arj cabextract file-roller
8. Install VMware Player On Ubuntu ( Download from Vmware.com )
Open a terminal and run the following command to install some packages needed by the VMware Player installer:
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
Start the VMware Player installation as follows:
$ gksudo bash ./VMware-Player-3.1.4-385536.x86_64.bundle
This will start the graphical VMware Player installation wizard. Just click your way through it.
FileZilla is a free ftp client for linux that can be downloaded through the already included repositories, its stable, and I have not had a problem yet. To install FileZilla simply run the following command.
$ sudo apt-get install filezilla
10.Back to Gnome classic:
Install the classic GNOME desktop by installing the gnome-panel package
$sudo apt-get install gnome-panel
11.Password safe keepass
Long back I switched my personal password manager from Revelation to KeepassX.
$sudo apt-get install keepassx
12. Record my Dekstop
recordMyDesktop is a desktop session recorder for GNU/linux that attemps to be easy to use, yet also effective at it’s primary task.
As such, the program is separated in two parts; a simple command line tool that performs the basic tasks of capturing and encoding and an interface that exposes the program functionality in a usable way.
$sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop
13.Telnet/SSH client for X
This is the Unix port of the popular Windows SSH client, PuTTY. It supportsflexible terminal setup, mid-session reconfiguration using Ctrl-rightclick,multiple X11 authentication protocols, and various other interesting things not provided by ssh in an xterm.
$sudo apt-get install putty putty-tools
14 . Pidgin
Pidgin is an open source IM application. It is the previous default in the Ubuntu (Gnome) desktop.
$sudo apt-get install pidgin