After reading this site I did partly something else:
Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal
Before logging in, I choose to use the Ubuntu classic system instead of Unity as my Graphic Display Manager. I don't like Unity (yet). Its to buggy i.m.h.o. and not mature enough to use in a daily basis. When changing the look and feel of Ubuntu, I'm explaining that considering that you're using Ubuntu classic as well.
I installed a lot of software that's not installed by default. For my convenience I made a script to install in on both laptop and desktop. If you like my choice of programs, here is the script:
You can download this script to do it all in one except the things I noted below.
Many things about this post will be similar to our previous write up on things you need to do after installing Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. But not everything. Ubuntu with classic GNOME desktop is now defunct and Ubuntu Unity has come to replace it. Unity is the new face of Ubuntu and there will be no more special desktop and netbook editions of Ubuntu. Instead, Ubuntu Unity will simply took its place. Now, let's take a look into the things you need to do after installing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal.
Installing Restricted Extras and Updating Repositories During Ubuntu Installation
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Enable Full DVD Playback(Dual Layer DVD Support)
sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
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Check For Availability of Proprietary Hardware Drivers
Install Compiz Config Settings Manager
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
Essential Ubuntu Unity Keyboard Shortcuts
Enable Transparency of Unity Top Panel
Increase/Decrease the Launcher Icon Size
Change Desktop Size
Install Nautilus-Elementary in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade nautilus -q
Install Some Incredible Themes in Ubuntu 11.04
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-equinox equinox-theme faenza-icon-theme
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Software I can't do without
You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases to your system's Software Sources.
If you're using the most recent version of Ubuntu (or any version from Ubuntu 9.10 onwards), you can add a PPA to your system with a single line in your terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install stellarium
Some of the applications that I regularly use in Ubuntu are not available by default. And all of them are available in the default Ubuntu 10.10 repo.
xsane (easier scanner GUI)
GFTP (Easy file transfer)
Exaile music player, (An easy to use music player)
Sound Juicer (cd rip tool)
VLC DVD player (A very versatile media player. It plays anything)
Audacity (The best audio editor)
The GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program)
Keepassx (Manage your passwords crossplatform)
Chromium web Browser (The open source version of Chrome, the Firefox alternative)
Stellarium (Your own planetarium allready installed if you did anbove)
Kompozer (To make HTML pages with wysiwig)
Mozilla Thunderbird (Read and write email)
Grsync (Sync directories in your system)
Klibido (Read usenet binaries)
Gwenview a kde viewer
Geeqie another versalite viewer
Thunar the XCFE filebrowswer with an awesome batch rename function
PDFshuffler split and merge pdf files
fcrackzip to crack ZIP passwords
k9copy copy DVD's and reduce them to max 4.5 Gb
k3b a versatile CD and DVD burning tool.
Celestia A multi view planetarium
Phatch A batch renamer and photo resize. manual
UMplayerA versatile media player, including youtube recording.
Install them using a terminal with this command:
sudo apt-get install umplayer phatch celestia-gnome celestia celestia-common-nonfree k3b k9copy gftp fcrackzip pdfshuffler sound-juicer thunar gwenview geeqie gparted system-config-samba xsane eog-plugins exaile vlc audacity gimp keepassx stellarium chromium-browser kompozer thunderbird grsync klibido
And some games for the children:
sudo apt-get install tuxpaint gcompris kbreakout kollision ktuberling ktron kspaceduel planets frozen-bubble supertux supertuxkart extremetuxracer gnome-breakout pacman torcs micropolis lincity-ng pychess
Install Dutch language using a terminal with this command:
sudo apt-get install gimp-help-nl kde-l10n-nl language-pack-kde-nl-base language-pack-kde-nl childsplay-alphabet-sounds-nl chromium-browser-l10n gcompris-sound-nl language-support-nl thunderbird-locale-nl
Back in time backup software
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bit-team/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install backintime-gnome
DockBarX 0.43 is not yet available in the official DockBar PPA, but as usual we've uploaded the latest version to the WebUpd8 PPA (for Ubuntu Karmic, Lucid, Maverick and Natty). Add the WebUpd8 PPA and install DockBarX 0.43 using the following commands:
The above command will install both DockBarX and an extra themes package. If you want even more themes (and you use Avant Window Navigator / Faenza icons), see: DockBarX Theme Pack For Avant Window Navigator / Faenza Users.
To be able to use the Helpers, you also need to install the following packages:
For Zeitgeist support, add the Zeitgeist PPA and upgrade to the latest Zeitgeist:
And finally, if you want to use DockBarX in Avant Window Navigator, you need to install the AWN DockBarX applet:
Tip: to be able to use the Window Previews feature, firstly enable it from DockBarX (Applications > Accessories > DockBarX Preference, on the Window List tab enable "Show previews") and then in CompizConfig Settings Manager make sure the "KDE Compatibility" plugin is enabled and that both options for this plugin (Support Plasma Thumbnails and Support Present Windows) are enabled.
As soon al DockbarX wil be implemented in de dockbar ppa use these commands instead:
To install Dockbarx to implement taskbar buttons like Win7 has
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install dockbarx
Now add the dockbarX to your Gnome panel by right clicking on it an select it. After that remove the windowlist applet by right clicking right to the left of it and select the remove option. You may resize the Gnome panel by right clicking on it, select the properties and resize the panel.
Furtherone you may need a PDF stitcher if pdfshuffler doesn't suit your needs: Couturier
You can download the .deb file and install this program. It offers the option of stitching PDF files into one larger file. Direct link
A nice wallpaper called Xplanet
The DEB Packet is available via repository. Please keep in mind to never trust external repositories! Even though I will never upload any shit to this repo I recomment the old scool way regardless: add the RSS to your favorite feed reader and fetch the package from the header of this website. The repository is signed (same goes for the packages, too) so you can be kind of “shure” that the stuff is what it is expected to be.
If you want to download a .deb or a .rpm please go to:
Early Feb 2011 there was a new release with many improvements. Some of these include: -
Amongst those changes come a few new features, notably: -
The latest release of XPlanetFX, provided pre-packaged as a .deb, can be downloaded @ mein-neues-blog.de/files/xplanetFX/xplanetFX-latest_deb
Once installed the application can be launched the from the ‘Applications > Accessories’ sub-menu.
This is a simple tool that allows you to search for PPAs and install them without hitting the terminal. It also allows you to manage (add/remove/purge) your existing PPAs with a few clicks.
Open a terminal (hopefully this will be the last time you install PPA via the terminal) and type:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager
Once installed, go to “Applications -> System Tools -> Y PPA Manager“.
Grub Customizer for customizing Grub2
Grub Customizer will now show up in the Applications/System Tools menu.
Redent NotifyOSD in Ubuntu,
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/recent-notifications sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install recent-notifications
To use it, you have to right click on the panel and select “Add to Panel” From the window that pop up, select “Recent Notification”.
You should now see a new applet in your Gnome panel.
Simply click the applet and it will show a window with all your past notification
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if you need the Closed source virtualbox read this and use this:
Note: VirtualBox has been moved from non-free to contrib with 4.0, so please adjust your repository settings.
Add one of the following lines according to your distribution to your /etc/apt/sources.list:
type: sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
and add one of these lines to your file and save it.
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian natty contrib deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian maverick contrib non-free deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid contrib non-free deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian karmic contrib non-free deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian hardy contrib non-free deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian squeeze contrib non-free deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lenny contrib non-free
(Up to version 3.2 the packages were located in the non-free section, starting with version 4.0 are located in the contrib section)
The Oracle public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here. You can add this key with
sudo apt-key add oracle_vbox.asc
or combine downloading and registering:
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
The key fingerprint is
7B0F AB3A 13B9 0743 5925 D9C9 5442 2A4B 98AB 5139 Oracle Corporation (VirtualBox archive signing key) <email@example.com>
(As of VirtualBox 3.2, the signing key was changed. The old Sun public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here.)
To install VirtualBox, do
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.0
Replace virtualbox-4.0 by
Note: Ubuntu/Debian users might want to install the dkms package to ensure that the VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp) are properly updated if the linux kernel version changes during the next apt-get upgrade. For Debian it is available in Lenny backports and in the normal repository for Squeeze and later. The dkms package can be installed through the Synaptic Package manager or through the following command:
sudo apt-get install dkms
What to do when experiencing The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG ... when refreshing the packages from the repository?
# sudo -s -H # apt-get clean # rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* # rm /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/* # apt-get clean # apt-get update
Indicator-Virtualbox offers a quick way to launch virtual machines via the desktop panel.
The applet, created by astrapi, sits in your panel and, on opening, lists all the virtual machines configured in Virtualbox. Selecting an entry launches the machine without the need to call the main virtualbox window.
The Indicator can be installed from astrapi‘s PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa sudo apt-get- update sudo apt-get install indicator-virtualbox
To launch press ALT + F2 (or use Synapse) and type: -
or add the indicator to the list of automatically started programs.
Choqok Twitter client
Openshot video editor
To install OpenShot 1.3.0 in Ubuntu 9.10 or higher add the following PPA to your software sources: -
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonoomph/openshot-edge
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