Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 13.10

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Things to do after installing Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10, codenamed Saucy Salamander has been released as per its schedule on 17th October. If you did not upgrade from Ubuntu 13.04 to Ubuntu 13.10 and instead you did a clean install of Ubuntu 13.10, you might be wondering what are the things to do after installing Ubuntu 13.10.

This is one of the first question that pops up after installing any new OS, what to do next? I have previously written on things to do after installing Elementary OS Luna and Ubuntu 13.04, and now I am here with the list of must to do things after installing Ubuntu 13.10. While different people have different requirement and thus their to do list may differ from the one here, most of the things are still essential after a clean install.

Must to do things after installing Ubuntu 13.10

Update Ubuntu 13.10:

First and foremost thing after installing Ubuntu 13.10 is to update the system. Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following command:

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

Install Ubuntu restricted extras:

“Ubuntu restricted extras” consists of several codecs that are not installed by default. The reason Ubuntu doesn’t include these codecs by default is because of legal constraints in many countries. But if you install these codecs, it is you who would be held responsible for the usage and not Ubuntu. Don’t worry its safe to install these codecs. With these codecs installed, you can play different media formats such as MP3, MP4, AVI and several other formats. Install it using the following command:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Install Adobe Flash player:

Even after installing extra codecs, you may face difficulties with Adobe Flash player. You may not be able to run YouTube videos is one of the example. You can install Adobe Flash player using the following command:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

Install VLC media player:

The default video player Totem is quite good but VLC is the best open source media player for playing videos. Apart from playing almost all kind of media files, VLC can download subtitles automatically and you can also play YouTube videos with subtitles. Install VLC player in Ubuntu 13.10 using the following command:

sudo apt-get install vlc

Play encrypted DVD in Ubuntu 13.10:

Enable encrypted DVD playback in Ubuntu 13.10 using the following commands:

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

Install RAR:

To avoid error like “There is no command installed for RAR archive files“ install RAR in the following manner:

sudo apt-get install rar

Get rid of “Sorry, Ubuntu 13.10 has experienced internal error”

Ubuntu 1310 has experienced internal error

Its a legacy now. It started with Ubuntu 12.04 and continue till date. Though totally harmless, this crash report is extremly annoying. You can disable the apport by editing the following file:

gksu gedit /etc/default/apport

Now, in this file look for the line # sudo service apport start force_start=1 enabled=1

Change the enabled=1 to enabled=0. For more detail steps, follow this article on how to get rid of Sorry, Ubuntu has experienced an internal error.

Install additional drivers in Ubuntu 13.10:

You may suffer from Wireless and graphics card related problem. To avoid such troubles, install the third part propriety drivers. Go to Unity Dash and search for Software & Updates. Open Software & Updates and click on Additional Drivers tab. If there are any additional propriety drivers for your system, it should be listed here.

Install additional drivers Ubuntu 13.10

Improve battery life and reduce overheating:

One of the important things to do is to take care of your laptop’s battery life and overheating issue. Until Ubuntu 12.10, Jupiter was the best tool to reduce overheating, but since its development has stopped, you can use TLP or CPUFREQ instead of Jupiter. Install TLP using the following command:

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

And that’s it. No configuration required for using TLP. Install it and forget about it. Read this article on how to use CPUFREQ to reduce overheating in Ubuntu. Oh! By the way Jupiter is still available unofficially. But it is better to use TLP as Jupiter is no longer being developed. Your choice basically.

Install other desktop environments:

Unity is not everyone’s favourite, is it? You don’t need to ditch Ubuntu just because you hate Unity. Just replace Unity with your favourite Gnome or Cinnamon.

Install Gnome 3 in Ubuntu 13.10 using the following command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell ubuntu-gnome-desktop

Install latest stable Cinnamon in Ubuntu 13.10 using the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Tweak Unity and Gnome:

Not satisfied with the default looks of Ubuntu 13.10? You can always tweak it. Though you can do that using the options provided in Ubuntu itself, Unity Tweak Tool and Gnome Tweak Tool are excellent tools to tweak the appearance to any extent. Use the following commands:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool
sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Install Java in Ubuntu 13.10:

Sooner or later, you’ll have to install Java. There is simply no escaping from it, no matter how much you try. Assuming that you are not going to do Java development, you’ll only need OpenJRE. Install Java in Ubuntu 13.10 using the following command:

sudo apt-get install icedtea-7-plugin openjdk-7-jre

Install Dropbox:

Ubuntu 13.10 now gives you the option of configuring Ubuntu One at installation time itself. But that does not stop me from using Dropbox, my favourite Cloud storage. You can install Dropbox from their website or by using this command:

sudo apt-get install dropbox

Privacy matters:

You can configure different types of security and privacy options by going in Security & Privacy in System Settings. You will find an option of turning off the online search suggestions in it. But since it will turn off all kind of online suggestion, you might not want to deteriorate your experience of Unity smart scopes. So, here is an option for you. Disable just the shopping suggestions and keep the rest (like Wikipedia suggestions) in the Dash. Use the following command to disable the shopping suggestions from Unity Dash (my theme cannot display the command properly, sorry for that):

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']"

Of course this is not the end of it. There are several other things to do after installing Ubuntu 13.10 but I had to stop somewhere. I hope you find it useful. You can also check another useful post on how to speed up Ubuntu 13.10. What is your to-do list after installing Ubuntu? Did I miss anything here? Do share your views.

  • Ancol Duong

    nice post

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks Ancol.

  • loghman

    haha, fabulous!
    1. Command line download accelerator: sudo apt-get install aria2;man aria2c
    2. Disable “Guest” session: search on the web for solution!
    3. Install chrome via or chromium via software-center

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Yes, a these too are some essentials to do after installing Ubuntu 13.10. I had to cut short the article or else i would have mentioned it. Thanks for sharing though :)

  • Gizat

    After upgrading to 13.10 still encounter with “Failed to download repository information, Check your Internet connection”
    I didn’t fix it before because didn’t see your comments. So is there any way to fix it now?
    Thanks for everything that you did so far.

  • JahFou

    Cinnamon 2.0 breaks Unity. Just a heads up.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks for the heads up. You can reset Unity but if you use Cinnamon again, it will break Unity again. Up to individual to decide which one to go far.

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  • tomasb

    Hey guys, have you experienced problems with vlc media player? Can’t get mp4s playback smooth … any advice appretiated 😉

  • BR User

    Thanks for the post man! Really useful!

  • Mason Minell

    I wasn’t able to install Gnome on Saucy 13.1 using my HP laptop. I get the grey screen at the login section. It’s a shame because I much prefer Gnome over Unity, I wish they had an install just specifically for Ghome

    • Josh

      I know you posted some time ago, but there is a Gnome spin of Ubuntu. Its called Ubuntu GNOME.

      • Mason Minell

        Josh thanks buddy, I just went down a version to get Gnome working on the HP laptop. It’s a pretty old laptop 2008 with only 1 Gig of RAM so it’s probably better suited for the previous version. It’s actually running pretty well. I use to absolutely hate Gnome 3 and preferred Unity, but wow Gnome is just wonderful. Only thing I hate is they didn’t have the minimize feature on the windows.

        • Normonator

          You can use the following command:

          gconftool-2 –set /desktop/gnome/shell/windows/button_layout –type string :minimize,maximize,close

          to add the minimize, maximize and close buttons back in that order or tweak the command to your liking. Gnome 3 is great but I like the minimize buttons as well…

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  • Dewa DeeGee

    Thanks for this info, this helps me a lot 😉

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Dewa.

  • WannaBgeekGirl

    no matter what I do in a terminal, I can’t seem to make it past the: END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR MICROSOFT SOFTWARE
    any ideas?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      I presume you see this while installing extra codecs.

      Press Tab to move between the options. When on Yes (it will be darkened a bit to show that you have selected it), press Enter key. It should take you back to normal terminal screen afterwards.

  • Heather Welsh

    Hello thank you for such an informative how to..

    I just rebuilt my windows laptop to a Ubuntu 13.10.

    Hit a wall when Firefox told me I needed to install adobe flash.

    I did a search and found this article. Only thing I have to add is that the adobe flash install you listed did not work for me. Other than that great article and I will find a way to make it work.

    My additional must have installs are:
    apache – php – mysql – cakephp
    RVM – rails -postgres

    However, I am a developer and can code without this must have installs :-)

    And just for fun I always add spotify .. can never go wrong with music

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Heather,

      Did you try installing Ubuntu restricted extra? It could fix the issue.

      The additional installs you suggested are more for development purposes. I purposely omit them as not everyone is using Ubuntu for programming.

      Spotify is a good suggestion. I’ll include it in next version.

  • Guarav

    Hello abhishek !!

    Just after the release of Ubuntu 13.10 , I installed it on my system. The experience was not that much pleasing it had too much bugs like global menu wasn’t there for google chrome, I could not set smplayer as my default program for my videos and so on. So I removed it and installed 13.04 again. Now I wish with all the updates the condition should have been improved. is it? That’s my question. Do you face any such bugs or problem and what about the updates did they bring some changes or not ? Looking forward for the reply.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Gaurav,
      You should have been able to change the default video player. I use VLC and I changed it very comfortably. Cannot say if there are any issues with SM Player particularly.

      Currently, I am not using Ubuntu 13.10 so I cannot guarantee but just speculate that it would have been better with the updates since its first release. The last time I used Ubuntu 13.10, the USB format was not working and so was the start up disk creator, Crash report were very frequent and Ubuntu SDK was not working as well.

      I am using Linux Mint 16 (based on Ubuntu 13.10) and I can say that it does a better job than Ubuntu in some fields. I’ll write about it soon.

      Stay tuned :)

  • Etienne Batori


    I started using ubuntu for 2 years in my polytechnic school. I recently bought a laptop and decided to only install unbuntu (13.10) on it.

    I was not able to read any commercial dvd (it seems to be normal), after hours and hours of reasearch downloading, installing and reinstalling stuff like libdvdcss, nothing works as expected.

    Is there anything more I could try?

    (the last tuto I followed was yours concerning extra commercials codecs, and I have VLC)


    • Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Etienne,

      Try installing VLC first and then ould you please try installing libdvdcss2 (even if you tried it previously).

      for 32 bit:

      for 64 bit:

      Let me know if it works or not. I’ll update the article accordingly.

      • Etienne Batori


        I removed VLC, re-installed it, then re-installed libdvdcss2 using the links above and finally restarted the computer.

        It works!

        VLC is able to read dvds and the basic programme “Vidéos” too (which was not the case before).

        Thank-you very much for your quick answer.

        Happy new Year 😉

        • Abhishek Prakash

          Glad it worked :)
          I’ll update the article when I get sometime.
          Happy new year to you too. Enjoy :)

  • Mirko Ante

    I dont understand how unstable unity could get standard anyway. Very nice installation guide! You can’t install the first steps faster than with this guide

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  • TheWild Webster

    Excellent! I had to re-install and forgot many of the things I did to make Ubuntu more tolerable. (the accordion is such a PitA!!!) I was searching on how to add the latest cinnamon repository and your list reminded me of a great many other steps I had already taken.

  • Kranthi

    I am very new to Ubuntu. I have installed ubuntu 13.10. Everything seems to be fine untill I logged on. After I logged on there is no launcher no status bar etc only wallpaper is appearing. but I am able to use browser and other settings using terminal. how to solve this problem?

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  • Nick

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for the longest time i couldnt get my laptop to play movies, i installed libdvd4 but it never worked, but this is the first time ive seen that second command(not sure exactly what it is) and it worked! now i can play movies!!

  • Laksh

    thanks a lot for the post !

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  • Rav

    i cant see Wifi option when i am using Ubuntu via VM ware, but when i am using “try without installing directly” it works perfect – why its happening, i am trying to throw out Windows but i need to find a solution befor do that, can you help – My laptop is LENEVO Z580 windows 8 version originally and now i am using Windows 7

    • Lee

      If you’re emulation ubuntu via VMWare, there won’t be a wifi-option because it tethers the wifi through your windows os (basically, it just reads the wifi as an ethernet line).

  • erik

    i still cannot play myVegas slots on facebook it says i need to install the latest flash player i already did the sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer and did that again too (after uninstalling) but to no avail. i have windows still so to play i have to use them. but when i go to the adobe site to download it says nothing about being supported by ubuntu 13.10

    • au_twit

      flash player has not been updated for linux for some time now and the only way to get a current version is to install google chrome (which has it included(for chromes use only..grrrr)) it can also be done with chromium(the open source version of chrome) and some extra work i believe.. bloody adobe. sooner people stop using their crap product the better.

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  • Shitty system

    And if you don’t have internet you’re pretty much fucked

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Well.. true that. I wonder how people deal with it without an active internet connection.

  • Dan Olson

    Your the Doctor! Thanks. I didn’t even know what I was missing.
    However, in installing Cinnamon, it would not recognize the command, searched google and found this answer.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Dan,

      The commands are exactly the same. I wonder why it was not recognized.

      • Dan Olson

        Your right! They are! It had installed but I didn’t know how to access it. I didn’t know that I had to log out and then log into cinnamon. I had several instances of the ppa in my software packages.

        • Abhishek Prakash

          Oh! I should have mentioned it. I’ll edit the post when I have some time.

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  • Greg

    well this is a very helpful post, but after update+upgrate+restricted extras, I lost sound on my laptop.. any ideas..?
    plus, I dont seee any aditional drivers but wifi doesnt work. i am conected to the internet via my android device and then cable conection..

  • Don Darkes

    Well written and good advice. Here are some more suggestions:
    1) Virtualbox. Great for running Win XP, Win 7 and other distros. Saved my bacon a few times.
    2) A file previewer ( mouse over mp3 etc) Best of a bad lot – Gnome-sushi
    3) Remove the annoying Amazon and Ubuntu one buttons from the launcher and lock text editor, terminal. thunderbird and other favourites to the launcher.
    4) Video download add ons for Firefox.

  • mambobananapatch

    Thank you! This is great!

    I personally also like to have ubuntu-tweak and grub-customizer.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Ubuntu Tweak is great as well.

  • CEB

    Want to move unity launcher to bottom…..

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Not possible. I suggest to auto-hide launcher and use Plank.

      • Mohamed AbuShwareb

        you are amazing man allah pless you

        to move the launcher bottom down i would suggest the use of cairo-dock and hide the side barrrrrrrr :)

  • Nayeem Hussain

    When i try to install tlp
    Iam facing the below exception.
    Can some one please help me with this

    nayeem@Nayeem-Ubuntu:~$ ^C
    nayeem@Nayeem-Ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
    [sudo] password for nayeem:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package tlp
    E: Unable to locate package tlp-rdw

    • Abhishek Prakash

      It seems to me that the PPA has not been added. Can you verify it?

  • Wellington

    Hello,thanks for your article,it really helped me a lot.
    However,i’m having some problems with my new desktop shape…i didn’t like the GNOME and i want to swtich back to Unity…how do i do that,friend?
    Thanks for the attention =)

    • Abhishek Prakash

      At login time, when it asks for you password, click on the ‘gear’ symbol. It will give you option to switch between different available desktop environments.

  • ashoke

    Dear Abhishek,

    Thanks for your nice article. Recently I procured a new assembled computer with the following.
    Intel i5-4440 processor
    Intel DB85FL motherboard, with my old Samsung SyncMaster 943. I am using an adapter to connect this to the back-plane of the computer.

    I fresh installed Ubuntu 13.10, over 12.04.4, 64bit. I installed mostly all you have suggested. It is working fine except that I am still plagued with two major problems from day one.

    Please have a look at this.

    2. The system is working on SUSPEND/RESUME, REBOOT, but not SHUT DOWN. I tried suggested commands from terminal, but it shuts down for about 2/3 seconds and then again BOOTS all by itself.

    When I hot shut-down it, the next time it does not start. After putting the LiveCD it boots. Then comes the WARNING about hot shut-down, and then it boots.

    I shall be glad if you could find some time for me to suggest the remedies. By the way, though I am using Ubuntu for a long time. But I am not a software person.

    Wish you all the best. Have a nice time and take care.

    Hug and love.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Ashoke,
      Sorry for late reply. It seems to be a problem with video driver. Is it still persistent?

      • Ashoke

        Thank you very much Abhishek for your response. Yes, the problem is solved. I suspected that the vendor supplied me an electronically incompatible DVI to VGA adaptor/connector. I procured a DVI-D to VGA adaptor/connector and it is working perfectly on Ubuntu 13.10. Display now is 16:9 with the following report.

        Best wishes.

        ashoke@ashoke:disqus -desktop:~$ xrandr
        Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1360 x 768, maximum 32767 x 32767
        VGA1 connected primary 1360×768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 410mm x 230mm
        1360×768 60.0*+
        1024×768 75.1 70.1 60.0
        832×624 74.6
        800×600 72.2 75.0 60.3 56.2
        640×480 75.0 72.8 66.7 60.0
        720×400 70.1
        DP1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
        HDMI1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
        DP2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
        HDMI2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
        VIRTUAL1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
        ashoke@ashoke:disqus -desktop:~$

        • Ashoke

          Well the second problem of auto-booting after shut-down of the above system is still unresolved. So I am keeping the computer always on SUSPEND mode only. Could you please help on this problem.

          Have a nice time and take care.

  • ArnoldsK

    sudo apt-get install gnome-shell ubuntu-gnome-desktop

    Can you please tell me how to get rid of it now?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      you can use sudo apt-get remove

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  • vamshisuram

    thanks man… helped me a lot.

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • Vincent

    Great list. Thank you!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome :)

  • prajith

    please someone help me it is saying E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run ‘sudo dpkg –configure -a’ to correct the problem.please help me

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Run the mentioned command. It should fix the problem.

  • zandi

    thank you very much, useful

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • fallsoffmotorcycle

    After I run

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

    the process continues until the terminal gets stuck at this screen:

    Configuring ttf-mscorefonts-installer

    TrueType core fonts for the Web EULA
    │ IMPORTANT-READ CAREFULLY: This Microsoft End-User License Agreement
    │ (“EULA”) is a legal agreement between you (either an individual or a
    │ single entity) and Microsoft Corporation for the Microsoft software
    │ accompanying this EULA, which includes computer software and may include
    │ associated media, printed materials, and “on-line” or electronic
    │ documentation (“SOFTWARE PRODUCT” or “SOFTWARE”). By exercising your
    │ rights to make and use copies of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT, you agree to be
    │ bound by the terms of this EULA. If you do not agree to the terms of
    │ this EULA, you may not use the SOFTWARE PRODUCT.

    What can I do in terminal that approximates clicking ? Terminal freezes on the above screen with a process running) eternally. and no visible means for user response.
    Please advise.

    I am returning to (installed) Linux after an extended hiatus into Live CDs and Windows. Ubuntu 10.13 works with my WLAN card and seems very functional and easy to use, but I need to solve this riddle of trying to get the update/upgrade process completed or the nagging details will push me away again.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Ah.. this…

      Press Tab button, it will move the “focus” to OK, press enter and on next screen, press Tab again to toggle between No and Yes, when on yes, press enter key again. Hope this helps.

  • ambarish

    Hi abhishek. This is a great work done. I want to know if there is pre-defined wifi driver available for Ubuntu and the places from which I can download third party drivers. I have tried and my internet wifi is not working.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Several network adapter manufacturer do provide the executable wifi driver. You will have to find your network adapter first and then you need to google for it :)
      P.S. You may find some drivers in “additional drivers” section.

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  • ctrlsix6

    Great post ..!!! having problem with TLP, after enter the last command it appears : “sudo: tlp: command not found”

    Any help on this?

    • OldsunFlush

      It’s not “apt-get-repository”, but “add-apt-repository” :)