Things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04

A few things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04.

#1. Configure the overlay scroll bars:

To disable the scrollbar overlay, type the following in a terminal:

gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal

To enable the scrollbar overlay, type:

gsettings reset com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode

#2. Disable the ‘Sorry, Ubuntu has experienced an internal error’ type messages:

Type the following in a terminal:

gksudo gedit /etc/default/apport

Note: You will be prompted for your password.

Set the value of enabled to 0 to disable apport reporting, or 1 to turn it on back, then save and exit.

enabled = 0

The changes will take effect on the next restart.

#3. Disable the shopping lens:

Type the following in a 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']"

#4. Show the Menus within the application window rather than the universal bar at the top:

  • Open System Settings
  • Click the Appearance Icon
  • Select the Behavior tab
  • Check the option to show the menus “in the window’s title bar

#5. Add Partner Repositories

  • Open Unity Dash
  • Search for Software & Updates
  • Select the Other Software tab
  • Check the two options for Canonical Partners
  • Select the Close button

The repositories will automatically reload as the program exits.

Next, type the following to upgrade the system:

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

#6. Install the unity tweak tool:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

#7. Enable Minimize on the Unity Launcher:

Install the CompizConfig Settings Manager:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

  • Open the CompizConfig manager from Unity Dash
  • Click on the Ubuntu Unity Plugin in the Desktop Category
  • Click on the Launcher tab
  • Check the Minimize Single Window Applications (Unsupported) option

#8. Install Oracle Java:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

#9. Install some common apps:

sudo apt-get install synaptic vlc gimp gimp-data gimp-plugin-registry gimp-data-extras build-essential cmake automake autoconf bleachbit unace unrar zip unzip p7zip-full p7zip-rar vim smplayer vlc winff clementine kate sharutils rar uudeview mpack arj cabextract file-roller youtube-dl libxine1-ffmpeg mencoder flac faac faad sox ffmpeg2theora libmpeg2-4 uudeview libmpeg3-1 mpeg3-utils mpegdemux calibre cherrytree liba52-dev mpeg2dec vorbis-tools id3v2 mpg321 mpg123 libflac++6 totem-mozilla icedax lame libmad0 libjpeg-progs libdvdread4 libdvdnav4 libswscale-extra-2 filezilla guake ubuntu-restricted-extras libavcodec-extra ubuntu-wallpapers*

#10. Apply the FFmpeg fix:

The FFmpeg plugin for GStreamer 0.10 is not available in the official Ubuntu 14.04 repositories and because of this, Firefox doesn’t support the H.264 codec. Furthermore, without the FFmpeg plugin for GStreamer 0.10 package, KDE apps can’t play H.264 videos in Kubuntu 14.04 if they use the GStreamer backend. Another issue with this is that Amarok can’t play WMA files. There might also be other affected applications.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg

#11. Install dvd support:

First configure dvd support:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

Then install libdvdcss:

echo 'deb /' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/libdvdcss.list &&
echo 'deb-src /' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/libdvdcss.list &&
wget -O -|sudo apt-key add -

Then install blu-ray playback:

See my previous post for instructions but ignore the first step install prerequisites.

12. Install the TLP Power Management:

TLP is the best power management service available for linux laptops.

sudo apt-get remove laptop-mode-tools
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw

For Thinkpad laptops ONLY, install the following:

sudo apt-get install tp-smapi-dkms acpi-call-tools

To start the tlp service type:

sudo tlp start

#13. Install Google Chrome

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list'

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable

#14. Install Pipelight, Silverlight and Widevine

If you want to use services such as Netflix etc. you can use Pipelight which enables Silverlight and Widevine. Before installing Pipelight, it’s recommended you close your web browser (you can copy the instructions below to a text editor).

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pipelight-multi
sudo pipelight-plugin --enable silverlight
sudo pipelight-plugin --enable widevine

#15. Install FlareGet:

See my previous post for instructions.

#16. Install Asp.Net MVC 3 in MonoDevelop:

See my previous post for instructions.

#17. Install Additional Drivers:

  • Open Unity Dash
  • Search for and open the Additional Drivers application.
  • Select any drivers to install and click the Apply Changes button.

If you have a hybrid graphics card you may want to install Bumblebee, see here for instructions. There is more information available here.

Whilst NVidia and ATI drivers are available in the Additional Drivers application, Intel drivers can be installed by following the instructions found here. Some people have reported a problem with the installation of the Intel drivers, if this affects you, please see the solution here.

#18. Install the Y-PPA Manager:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager

#19. Install Steam

You can install Steam via the Ubuntu Software Center (recommended) or via this command:

sudo apt-get install steam

For more information, and advice on installing Bumblebee, Skype, Spotify etc. please see these links:

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