After reading this site I got inspiration to install and finetune my Ubuntu 11.10 machine:
Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot
In this section I show different tricks to install additional things in Ubuntu and fine tune the system for different needs.Things I really want out of the box is multimedia support and a lot of software. Tools, science, games and browser plugins. I explain here how to make a nice working system. You can run one script to change the lot, or pick out the things you like and tweak your system the way you like.
For more and other tips you can read the Muktware manual.
Some extra tweaks are found here in this separate section:
I installed a
lot of software that's not installed by default. It's all explained in this section. For my convenience I
made a script to install the basics on both my laptops and desktop. Here is the script: DOWNLOAD or you can download the script that is attached to this page (see at the bottom of this page) to do it all in one except the things I noted below. The script is no more than a batchfile running a lot of installation commands from the standard repositories and sometimes adds a new one. It's all explained below.
When you do run the script, don't forget to check for hardware drivers.
To execute the script save it in the download directory in your home directory and make it executable. (Use Nautilus, right click and select properties, rights and enable the executable bit)
or in a terminal type:
sudo chmod +x /home/yourname/downloads/ubunruinstall-11-10.sh
And change yourname to your real loginname
Many things about this post will be similar to my previous write up on things you need to do after installing Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. and things you need to know after installing Natty Narwall 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 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot.
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
FROM HERE THIS IS NOT DONE BY THE SCRIPT
Check For Availability of Proprietary Hardware Drivers
FROM HERE THE SCRIPT TAKES ON AGAIN
Install Compiz Config Settings Manager
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
THIS IS THE END OF WHAT MY SCRIPT OFFERS
Software I can't do without
of the applications that I regularly use in Ubuntu are not
available by default. And all of them are available in the default
Ubuntu 11.10 rep except these with a *. For these programs you need an alternative repository that can be added to your system using a ppa. Read on:
xsane (easier scanner GUI)
GFTP (Easy file transfer)
Samba (to share folders on your local network)
Eye of Gnome plugins, (to make EoG better)
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) (You may also install a newer version with its own ppa)
Kompozer (To make HTML pages with wysiwig)
Mozilla Thunderbird (Read and write email)
Grsync (Sync directories in your system)
Klibido (Read usenet binaries) (Alas not available anymore)
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.
QTQr* A Qr encoder and decoder using the webcam
YPPAmanager* a program to manage additional program repositories
PiTiVi a new versatile video editing program
Lives for better video editing
Transmagedon another great video editor
UNrar and 7zip for unzipping and zipping files.
Clementine Music player
Install them using a terminal with this command:
sudo apt-get install clementine transmageddon unrar-free p7zip-full pitivi lives 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
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 libraries 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 thunderbird-locale-nl
And the tools with a separate PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
Back in time backup software
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bit-team/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install backintime-gnome
As usual, DockBarX is available in the main WebUpd8 PPA for Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04. It also works under Ubuntu 11.10 but not as a GNOME3 panel applet.
Add the PPA and install DockBarX 0.44 using the commands below:
To also install the Avant Window Navigator DockBarX applet, use the following command:
Then, to use DockBarX:
For configuring DockBarx, a new "DockBarX Preference" entry should be available in your menu.
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
The nanny project may suit your needs. Read more about it here
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nanny
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.
sudo wget -O - http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/PublicKey | sudo apt-key add -
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
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer
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