14 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.04

Must to do things after installing Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu 14.04, code named Trusty Tahr, is due to be released in a few hours. Ubuntu 14.04 features include plenty of eye candy and some performance boost. If you are doing a clean install, you may wonder about what things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04.

Requirements vary from person to person, depending upon whether the person is experienced Ubuntu user, a novice user, an artist or a programmer, but most of the things listed here are essential after a clean install of Ubuntu. Without wasting time anymore, lets have a look at must to do things after installing Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr.

Things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04:

Change software sources and update your system:

First and foremost thing to do after installing Ubuntu is to change the software sources and add Canonical Partners in it. This will increase the number of applications and programs in your repository and you can easily install them via Ubuntu Software Center or command line.

Open Unity Dash (press Super/Windows key) and search for Software & Updates:

Ubuntu Software & updates Ubuntu 14.04

Open it and in Other Software tab, make sure that Canonical Partners is checked.

Enable Canonical partners in Ubuntu 14.04

Doing this will update your repository. It takes some time in doing so. Once done, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following command:

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

The above command will update your system.

Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras for media codecs:

“Ubuntu restricted extras” is a package of several codecs that are not installed by default in Ubuntu system. The reason why these these codecs are not included by default is legal constraints in many countries. Canonical cannot include them by default but if you install these codecs, it is you who would be held responsible for the usage and not Ubuntu. Don’t worry it’s safe to install these codecs. With these codecs installed, you can play different media formats such as MP3, MP4, AVI and several other formats without any trouble. Install it using the following command:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Note: For beginners, if you see EULA screen, press TAB to switch between options and use Enter to confirm a choice.

Install Adobe Flash player:

Normally after installing Ubuntu Restricted Extras, you should be able to play videos that run Adobe flash player such as You Tube videos. But for one reason or other you may have issues with Flash Player. To install Adobe Flash Player in Ubuntu 14.04, use the following command:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

Enable edge scrolling

Staring with Ubuntu 13.10, two finger scroll is enabled by default. Which means the normal (and more popular) edge scroll will not work on your laptop’s touchpad. To enable edge scrolling, go to System Settings->Mouse & Touchpad and un-check the option of Two finger scroll.

Enable edge scrolling in Ubuntu 13.10

If you are facing issues, follow the screenshot tutorial to enable edge scrolling in Ubuntu.

Install Dropbox and fix the indicator issue

Ubuntu One cloud service for files is being discontinued. Which leaves us with Dropbox and Google Drive as main cloud storage services in Ubuntu. While Google Drive does not have an official Linux client, Dropbox is still the best bet when it comes to desktop Linux. Use the command below to install Dropbox in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

Alternatively, you can download the installer from their website. One of the issue that you might face is the missing Dropbox indicator in the top panel. To bring back the Dropbox indicator back, use the following command:

sudo apt-get install libappindicator1

Once installed, restart the computer. Drobox icon should be back in top panel.

No Dropbox Icon in Ubuntu 13.10

Remove keyboard input from Unity Panel

For some reasons, Ubuntu started to put the keyboard input indicator by default in the top panel. While it could be useful for some people who change their keyboard layout frequently, it certainly is of no use to me. For me, it unnecessarily takes space in the top panel. If you find it annoying as well, disable it from System Settings-> Text Entry and uncheck the Show current input source in the menu bar.

Disable Keyboard Applet Indicator in Ubuntu 13.10

Fix brightness issue [For Intel graphics]

Don’t worry, you are not the only who find Ubuntu too bright and you are definitely not the only one who cannot reduce the brightness in your laptop using the function keys. It’s a known bug which is ‘ported successfully’ in Ubuntu 14.04. If your video driver is Intel, you can easily fix the brightness control issue in Ubuntu.

Fix brightness control not working in Ubuntu 13.10

Install VLC media player:

Let me confess, I cannot imagine using my personal computer without VLC media player. It’s the best out there. It can download subtitles automatically, you can manually synchronize the subs, you can watch online videos with subtitles with VLC and now you can enable desktop notification for VLC in Ubuntu. Use the following command to install VLC:

sudo apt-get install vlc

Play encrypted DVD in Ubuntu 14.04:

Enable encrypted DVD playback in Ubuntu 14.04 using the following commands:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

If you are facing problems with playing DVDs altogether, read this article to play DVDs with VLC in Ubuntu.

Install RAR:

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

sudo apt-get install rar

Install additional drivers in Ubuntu 14.04:

Ubuntu provides some third part propriety drivers for wireless, graphics cards etc. If you are facing with them, try to install these additional drivers. You can find additional drivers available for your system in Software & Updates, under Additional Drivers tab:

Install additional drivers Ubuntu 13.10

Improve battery life and reduce overheating:

Overheating of laptops is a common issue, not only in Ubuntu but in any operating systems. Overheating also affects the battery life. 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 is required for using TLP. For CPUFREQ, read this article on how to use CPUFREQ to reduce overheating in Ubuntu.

Tweak Unity and Gnome:

Not satisfied with the default looks of Ubuntu 14.04? You can always tweak it. Ubuntu System Settings gives you plenty of option for tweaking, Unity Tweak Tool and Gnome Tweak Tool (for Gnome users) are excellent tools to tweak the appearance to any extent.

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

Disable shopping suggestions:

There has been huge uproar over privacy issues in Ubuntu. If you don’t want to see the shopping suggestions and want to preserve your privacy, use the following command 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']"

Install Java in Ubuntu 14.04:

I know there are many people who don’t like Java for one reason or other but mostly you will require to have Java installed in your system. To install Java in Ubuntu 14.04, use the following command:

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

This is definitely not the end of the story. There are plenty more things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04 but if I keep on going it will be a never ending list. I hope you find this article helpful, especially the beginners. Stay tuned for more tips and tutorial for Ubuntu 14.04.

What is your must to do list after a fresh Ubuntu install? Would you like to add something essential which is perhaps missing here? Do share your views.

  • Matt Tucci

    Great suggestions, I prefer K3B as the disk burning utility, plus I like to install subtitle search in VLC.

  • Nathaniel Webb

    A great list for sure. I would add that users backup and restore their PPA list with Aptik

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install aptik

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      I plan to cover best practices for backup and restore in Ubuntu in a separate post. Thanks for mentioning Aptik.

  • Anass Eljondy

    Great list Abishek thanks.
    I always dual boot windows with linux in my father’s laptop, so I add grub customizer
    and I always like to keep some videos from youtube, so I install youtube-dl. And let’s not forget Steam and Skype

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      I used to update grub customizer when I was new to Ubuntu and used Windows very often. I hardly use Windows anymore, though I always dual boot. But yes, its a good to have stuff after a fresh install.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=847015012 Greg Cox

      It’s grub-customizer, and the repo can be added by doing the following:

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer

      • Anass Eljondy

        yeah I do that of course

  • Chris Winberg

    Install Pipelight so I can watch netflix. http://fds-team.de/cms/pipelight-installation.html

  • Drizz

    Installing TLP will kill your laptop, you won’t be able to login. It’ll just boot to the Ubuntu logo.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Never had any issues with TLP. Perhaps its a standalone issue you faced.

  • suinjato

    Had a question, what is the simplest way to upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04 LTS ?
    Havent seen much info on that around.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      If you wait couple of more overs, it should notify you when you run Update Manager.

  • naman

    hi abishek thank you very much.
    Do you know how to install usb blue-ray writer on ubuntu.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Naman,
      Unfortunately I don’t have luxury of blue-ray writer on my laptop :)

  • Felix

    Excellent list. But having the commands on a grey background makes them more difficult to copy & paste. Thanks

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Felix,
      If you use Chrome instead of Firefox, it will be better.

      • x

        Chrome isn’t FOSS.

        • shiva

          then use chromium :p :D

  • Venkat Krishna Kotra

    Thanks for you backlight control solution.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome :)

  • suinjato

    You forgot GUAKE terminal , big timesaver .

  • Ganesh Sivalingam

    Pretty sure dropbox isn’t in the repositories… either way its not coming up with apt-cache search for me

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      My bad.. it was wrong command… I have updated it now. You can use that or you can download it from the website :)

  • KillEmAllx

    Is CPUfreq compatible with TLP?

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Yes.. I never saw any issues.

      • KillEmAllx

        Awesome. Thanks for answering and for the article!

  • Sahak

    it is
    sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox
    sudo apt-get install dropbox

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks for pointing it out.. updated the post :)

  • scragg

    For dropbox use: sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks.. updated :)

  • CEB

    Upgraded from 13.10 which worked as a dual-boot with Windows 8.1. Now machine boots directly to Windows 8.1 and bypasses grub. I can get into 14.04 via bios, where I have 3 options when booting using Bios Windows ubuntu and Ubuntu. Choosing the last one works. Installed boot-repair and it did not fix problem…

    • jwill256

      Did you try

      sudo update-grub
      once you did boot Ubuntu?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=847015012 Greg Cox

        Upvoted for providing a non-ridiculous solution to a simple problem.

    • Kyle

      I spent over a week trying to get Ubuntu 14.04 and Win8.1 dual booted.

      I installed 8.1 first
      Installed the 64 bit version of Ubuntu 14.04 onto a USB and made it bootable
      Shrunk my Win8.1 partition
      Got rEFInd and installed it from the windows side
      From windows, turned off all of the quickboot hybernation things off
      Went into BIOS and turned quickboot off and went from UEFI to UEFI with CSM (or for some turn off secure boot, which wasn’t an option)
      Took the free space and mounted it, made a small partition for booting because it kept prompting me to
      Installed Ubuntu from the USB into that free space

      And then it was working perfectly. There was so many things that made the whole process aweful (the worst being the Aptio startup utility which should burn in the deepest pit of hell where it was conceived).

      I hope you got it but I’ll just leave this here for people to find.

  • Roger T Imai

    Abishek, I upgraded rather than installed, but I found several of your tips useful too. Thanks for the obscured fix for the annoyance of the keyboard input indicator!

    I don’t know if others have experienced this, but I found Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) turned off after the upgrade. Use the ‘status’ option to check and ‘enable’ to reactivate if it is turned off. Also, large cursors on my 1366×768 display reverted to tiny 24-pixel images, and Tweak Unity did not reset it correctly. grumblebum2 did some clever tests discovered a new Dconf key, providing an easy fix here:

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      I always wonder whether or not to include firewall thingy in one of the first few things to do.
      Thanks for the other link. It could be helpful for someone facing similar issue.

  • rtimai

    Abishek, I’m having trouble using the Disqus integrated sign-in. No matter which service I select, (d, f, t, g) it keeps telling me my e-mail address is already being used, do I already have an account? Doesn’t allow me to create a new account to offer to reset my password, whatever it was. Just a vicious circle. Okay, NOW clicking on any of the “sign in with” icons pops up a Disqus window that immediately closes with no message, and I’m still not signed in. I went to the Disqus site, but there’s no help for forum participants, only for Disqus customers. I can only post as guest. Yes, I am allowing cookies to be set.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Are you using Chromium? I had similar troubles with Chromium which I was using in Ubuntu 14.04 beta.

  • Eric Veritas Blair

    I did all the steps to get Flash working and it is installed but I still get the ‘Install Adobe Flash’ error on websites :p

    • p

      same here. it seems to be working ok on youtube, but amazon now keeps telling me that my player needs to be updated if I try to stream from there. didn’t get that error message/worked fine before the ubuntu upgrade :-(

      • Eric Veritas Blair

        Upon further investigation it seems to be a Chromium issue, at least for me. I went and installed Chrome and it went away ;)

        • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

          Try this:

          sudo apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree
          sudo update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree –install

  • dxdd

    Worked for me on my Dell Inspiron, Ubuntu 14.04. Thanks.

    • dxdd

      Meant to comment on the other article, “Fix Brightness issue [intel] graphics” :). Oh, well.

      • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

        Never mind! A word of thanks is welcomed anywhere :)

      • rpgmaker

        I need that fix too! Which thread helped you?

  • mik

    thanks for your lists they are a great help. now all i need is a usb wireless driver to tether my andriod phone in ubuntu, for than 5mins at a time and all will be well. my computer is now ubuntu 14.04 and i shall be sticking with it.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      I never tried it. Perhaps I should write an article on it :)

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  • Filipe Wallace

    Parabéns! Muito Boa suas dicas. Very Goog your teach. Tnks! God Bless you!

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks Filipe

  • dubstebgurl

    Thanks :3

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash


  • Matt

    OpenJDK sucks – here’s a post to install Oracle’s Java. http://www.webupd8.org/2012/09/install-oracle-java-8-in-ubuntu-via-ppa.html

  • Dario Iezzoni

    thanks for the list !

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Dario :)

  • Pratik Patel

    Hey Friend,
    After Installing Ubuntu 14.04 i found this problem.

    error: ** Fatal: Read failure in vlm process (0,0)
    make: *** [normal_speed_mul_wr_gui] Segmentation fault (core dumped)

    This error comes when i simulate my Modelsim Testcases in GUI Mode.

    If you have solution for this problem, Please provide me.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Alexander Selyutin

      I too have problem with segmentation fault. When I use fit programm fityk, v1.2 or use Aptana they crach with it

  • Uttam Pal

    Remote log in option is missing. Can you suggest how to get it back?

  • http://techimobi.blogspot.com Gyague sonam

    thanks abhishek for the making this 14 things.. really liked it found usefull.. i recently made fresh install of ubuntu which was prevoiusly running windows 8.1… now i m completly depending on ubuntu to be able to talk to maching..

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Gyague :)

  • Chris Thomas

    I had an issue with VLC playing a DVD but not displaying anything but the small icon in the top of the screen. Took me some time to realize it was because of an unknown (non-existing) display switched on in the system settings -> displays (hardware) where the VLC screen was appearing and this way never shown to me. After switching off the unknow display, the VLC screen appeared on my integrated display and I could finally watch my DVD :)
    Thank you very much for your great tutorial by the way, just felt like I should share this issue with the unknown display as I’ve already read it dealing with an issue of a flickering mouse cursor stopping to flicker after switching the unknown display off (so somehow it seems to being switched on again).
    Have a great weekend!

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks for sharing it with us Chris. I hope it helps others.

  • Thea

    Hi, thanks for this. Tried all these but since upgrading to 14.04 spotify won’t work? Know any common bugs relating to the most recent upgrade? Thanks

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Haven’t tried it yet. Will update you in coming days.

  • Peter

    Thanks. Nice list. I just now installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my HP Laptop. When I have it on the docking station the external DVI monitor goes blank after initial boot. Somehow the other display is not getting detected either. Any suggestions?

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      No experience with multiple monitor.. sorry :(

  • yellowjacket

    t’was useful

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash


  • Manu P

    I installed Ubunto 14.04 on my windows xp SP2 PC and the installation was successful. However, after rebooting the PC, it directly went to windows without giving me an option to choose the operating system to load. Will reinstalling ubuntu would fix the GRUB issue?

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Perhaps you dual booted. You can try reinstalling, it may help. By the way, if your system is a little old, try using Xubuntu or Lubuntu 14.04. These are lighter versions.

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  • Michael Dunn

    As a novice, I found this extremely informative and useful, many thanks

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome Michael.

  • Alexandru Juncu

    People should stop using rar.. It’s closed source, inefficient, old, and doesn’t come out of the box on most systems.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Some files still comes in RAR format. Specially subtitles from subscene :)

  • Mostafijur Rahman

    great work man!!
    thanks a lot…it was so helpful to me..
    God bless! :)

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Mostafijur :)

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  • Guest

    I continue to have graphics card and wireless card issues. I have a broadcomm network card and a radeon hd 3540 graphics card, just a continuous string of errors related to those two hardware devices no matter how many times I fresh-install and redo countless forum instructions and commands. I’m stumped and becoming frustrated because I feel like I’m not smart enough to comprehend how to use this OS.

    • katarane

      I had problems with my wireless card being detected but not operational and followed MANY online suggestions and finally found the answer was that firmware needed to be updated on my hardware. Mine was a Broadcom (BCM43xx) wireless card so the syntax is “sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer”

  • Karmacide

    I continue to have graphics card and wireless card issues. I have a broadcomm network card and a radeon hd 3450 graphics card, just a continuous string of errors related to those two hardware devices no matter how many times I fresh-install and redo countless forum instructions and commands. I’m stumped and becoming frustrated because I feel like I’m not smart enough to comprehend how to use this OS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=847015012 Greg Cox

      Not gonna find a solution unless you know exactly which Broadcom chip you have. Run lspci (or lsusb for a dongle) and you’ll have the information you need to find a solution.

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  • http://plus.google.com/+KenHarkey Ken Harkey

    Nice but the addition of flashplugin-installer is redundant as it’s already included in ubuntu-restricted-extras.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      I know… but some people might not install all the restricted extra codecs… And in my pas experience, even with Ubuntu Restricted Extras, flash player had to be installed additionally (same package).. weird but it worked.

  • steve o.

    very useful, thx

  • http://parallax.lk/ Namal Attanayake

    Cannot install flash player.

    Installing from local file /tmp/tmpPstsEq.gz

    Flash Plugin installed.

    dpkg: error processing package monit (–configure):

    package is in a very bad inconsistent state; you should

    reinstall it before attempting configuration

    Setting up flashplugin-installer ( …

    Errors were encountered while processing:


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  • jeremy walls

    Is The Copy and Paste going into the ‘Terminal’ from THIS webpage deliberately messed up or is it just Ubuntu 14.04 glitch !?!?

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