Top Ten Things To Do After Installing Elementary OS Luna

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The first stable release of Elementary OS Luna has charmed a lot of Linux users with its sheer beauty. Many people have dubbed it as the Mac OS for Linux. While there are ways you can make Linux look like Mac OS, Elementary OS has the look and charm of its own. In the series of Elementary OS articles, I showed you how to create a live USB of Elementary OS in Ubuntu and how to install Elementary OS Luna in dual boot with Windows. Continuing my experimentation, I’ll show you 10 things to to after installing Elementary OS Luna.

elementary OS Freya is releasing soon. Do take a quick look at elementary OS Freya review. If you are already using it, do follow the checklist of things to do after installing elementary OS Freya.

10 Things to do after installing Elementary OS Luna:

After installing any new OS, the common question that ponders any user is, what to do next? Usually a new OS requires a lot of application to install or configuration to tweak. In a similar article, I listed 10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 13.04 and here goes my list of essential things to do after installing Elementary OS Luna:

Check for updates:

The first and foremost thing you should do after installing Elementary OS Luna or in fact any other Linux OS is to check for updates. You can run the Update Manager from the Slingshot application launcher or use the following command in a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

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

Install another web browser:

Midori is a lightweight, sleek and fast web browser but it is still a kid in front of bigwigs like Firefox and Chrome. Despite of having several interesting positive points [Read: Midori Web Browser Review] Midori has several negatives as well. First thing first, it is not cross platform and is available only on Linux. So you can’t really use it on other operating systems and cannot sync it like Firefox and Chrome. It also has a limited number of plugins or extensions. In any case, you must have a second web browser. And Firefox or Chrome is the ultimate choice here.

You can download and install Firefox and/or Google Chrome either from the Software Center (Chromium instead of Chrome) or from their respective website. If you try to download from website, choose the option of “Ubuntu files .deb” because Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu.

Install an office suite:

Okay! Elementary OS is a beautiful Linux distribution that comes with a very nice text editor Scratch but it is unbelievable to me that it consists of no office product by default. The size of installation disk was more than 700 MB so I do not understand why they decided to skip an office suite. Anyways, you can choose to install any of the best alternative to Microsoft Office for Linux. But my personal favorite is LibreOffice. You can download the LibreOffice suite from their website or from the Software Center.

Install additional drivers:

Running a Linux system out of the box was unthinkable five years back. But with time more and more hardware manufacturer started supporting Linux. But there are still propriety drivers that are not included by default in many Linux OS, Elementary OS being one of them. After installing Elementary OS, you might face some issues like no wireless connection etc. Installing additional drivers comes in handy in this case. You can get these additional propriety drivers for your wireless and graphics card from the systems settings.

Go to System Settings (its there in the dock) and there you should see the Additional Drivers options.

Install additional drivers in elementary os luna

Click on it and if there are any additional drivers to install for your system, you should see it there. If there is one, click on Activate to install the additional driver.

Install additional drivers in elementary os luna

Of course, you have to restart your computer afterwards.

Install additional codecs to run all sorts of media

One of the first trouble you’ll have to run a MP3 file or a You Tube video. You can install additional codecs the same way as you do in Ubuntu Linux and i.e. by installing Ubuntu Restricted Extra. Open a terminal and use the following commands:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Install Elementary Tweaks to customize the desktop

If you have used Ubuntu, you must have heard of Unity Tweak tool. In fact there are tweaking tools for all type of desktop environments. Gnome has its own Gnome Tweak tool. And on the same line, Elementary OS has Elementary Tweaks that enables you to customize desktop. You can change themes, tweak animation etc with it. Elementary Tweaks is available in a community PPA by Elementary OS team:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:versable/elementary-update
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks

This community PPA also contains of several other third party application which you may want to install. Some of the main applications are:

  • audience – Media player
  • birdie-granite – Twitter client
  • cable – IRC client
  • etube – Youtube viewer
  • feedler – RSS reader
  • foto – Image viewer
  • gazette – Clock, news and weather widget for desktop
  • nuvolaplayer – cloud music player

Install VLC media player:

VLC media player is simply the best video player out there. An open source video player which is capable of doing a lot of things such as streaming videos to internet, automatically download subtitles and watch any streaming internet video with subtitles. VLC player can play almost all kind of video files. You can install it using the following command:

sudo apt-get install vlc

Install Transmission torrent client:

Usually most of the Ubuntu based Linux distributions come with Transmission as their default torrent client. But for some reason Elementary OS does not have a default torrent client. You can install Linux’s favourite torrent client using the following command:

sudo apt-get install transmission

Install Dropbox and/or Ubuntu One:

Now coming to cloud storage. I presume that you must have an account on Dropbox or Ubuntu One. To install Dropbox, you can download the installer from their website or search it in Software Centre.

Ubuntu One has been discontinued.

To install Ubuntu One in Elementary OS Luna, you can use the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install pantheon-files-plugin-ubuntuone

Install Skype:

Despite that Skpe has continuously neglected its Linux application, Skype still has no worthy opponent in Linux world. Though Viber has come to Linux, but it still cannot be termed as the Skype alternative on Linux, at lest not yet. You can either install Skpe by downloading the installer from their website or just use the following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install skype

Enable double click:

You might have noticed that files open with single click in Elementary OS. It could be pretty annoying to some. You can change this behavior with help of Elementary Tweaks. Follow this screenshot guide to enable double click in Elementary OS.

Add minimize button:

Elementary OS doesn’t have the minimize option in windows. It’s either closed or maximize. Thanks to Elementary Tweaks, you can have minimize option as well as you can move the orientation of these buttons to left or right. Follow this tutorial to add minimize option in Elementary OS.

Well, this is not the end of what you can do with Elementary OS Luna and this could not be exactly what you will be doing after installing Elementary OS Luna but it is one of the first few things you should be doing. I hope you found this article helpful. Do share what are your list of things to do after installing Elementary OS. Ciao :)

  • Matt Tucci

    I remember spending hours, days trying to get certain hardware to work.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      I first experience with Ubuntu was to get my wifi working :)

      • ukbeast

        lol same with Ubuntu 10.04 and Samsung N130 netbook 😀

    • CalcifEye

      Haha. the first time i tried to install Ubuntu I didn’t now what a “driver” was!
      took a lil bit to get the hang of.

  • D

    Where did you get that wall paper and is it possible to get it without the elementary OS logo?

  • i601254

    Actually Midori IS cross platform…been running it on my Win 7 pc at work for a few months now.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks for the update. When I last used Midori, it was back in 2011 and then there was no Windows client. And even now, it does not show Windows client in Download page directly. It is hidden under the “get it for other system” link. This is why I presumed that it was still Linux only. I’ll update the post.

  • Dr. Ro

    Hi Abishek,

    Hello Sir,

    I love eOS,…its mind-blowing and awesome. I’m all praises for it and I even went ahead with the proposal of installing it in all my hospitals computers which use a web-based service for its records. But we hit a SNAG :(

    We use Canon LBP2900B printers (10 of them) and we are unable to install a good driver for it. We tried a lot of online suggestions (CAPT drivers etc) but whatever said and done, in the end, all the printers remained un-printable.

    The funny part is, in the drivers it shows, installed successfully and the printer also shows the status as ‘idle’ and when print command is given, it also goes on to say, printing…..and printing complete. But the printer remains un-responsive. We are at a loss in figuring out as to what seems to be the problem. Can you please help us out?

    An entire hospital is waiting to get upgraded to elementaryOS, we would be glad if we get some help from you guys too…

    Dr. Roland Manoj

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Hello Dr. Manoj,

      I am really glad to know that you want to install Linux on your hospital’s computers.

      I would really like to help you but since I do not have access to a printer, it is difficult for me to perform some sort of test on it.

      I would suggest you to contact the Elementary OS team directly. I am sure that they will be willing to help specially when your institute is inclined to upgrade to their OS. If you have difficulties, I can do this on your behalf.

      I am really sorry that I could not offer any help. I wish you good luck and I hope to see your hospital’s computer migrated to Open Source.

    • Guest

      I cannot imagine what third world “hospital” just blindly installed an unstable, barely supported and not even actively being developed os on all its machines without even trying something so basic as printing on a single pc first! That is honestly the single most irresponsible information services story I have ever heard. May God have mercy on your soul.

      • Abhishek Prakash

        Few things:
        Elementary OS is no more unstable. I think Dr Manoj did say that hospital is waiting to be upgraded to eOS which means they were trying with a few computers first and they encountered problem with printers.

        I do not want to indulge in First World-Third World debate, but if the hospital computers work on browser based application, I see no harm in testing out a new OS on a few PC.

    • Sam


      Please try the steps in the following link:

      Hope this helps.


      • Abhishek Prakash

        Thanks for the link Sam.

    • Nils

      Maybe turboprint can help? It helped with my canon printer.

  • Ted Warren

    Dr. Ro, Abishek,
    I love my chromebook, am still really new to this and thinking of trying elementary on it. I see in your list of 10 things, that chrome or chromium can be downloaded in elementary. Chrome says that almost any printer can be set up to link your printer to I think it is docs and then you should be able to print thru it. Should be worth looking into as a work around.

    Also, finding Hangouts in Chrome as a very easy to use powerful substitute for Skype…So some may find that learning more of it’s abilities easier than downloading Skype to elementary.

  • CdB

    Nice! Thanks a lot Abhishek! Greetings from Argentina!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome CdB.

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  • jackson

    i am trying to install elementary tweak but every time I am getting error packages have unmet dependencies. any help will be welcomed as I had tried almost eveything in ubuntu forum

    • Ednan

      Did you do sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade first?
      What dependencies are unmet? You can install them manually if you find which ones are missing.

    • Rob

      It’s a bug, due to missing packages, libgranite2 if I remember correctly. Installing the daily ppa looks like the only solution.

  • Geep1910

    Thanks for this great guide. For those wishing to dive in further, check out this guide from the Elementary Update forum

    • Rick Disheroon

      LOL, funny.

      • Zach Cage

        The site used to work, but no longer does. There was no heads up.

        • Rick Disheroon

          I know, it’s just my warped humor, 😉

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  • neerajwadhwa

    when i execute this command-”

    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

    ” i get an error, it says that it has found nothing.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Could you please post exact error?

  • michael burns

    Thanks for the post. Super helpful!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Glad you found it helpful.

  • Jeff Adrian


    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Jeff.

  • Jimmi Shrode

    I love E-OS. It runs faster than plain Unity Ubuntu on my old laptop. I just wish I could have icons on the desktop. I am so used to it.

    • Yaser

      You could easily do so, by creating Desktop folder in your home folder :)

      • Harald G.

        Nope. The contents of a ~/Desktop folder in eOS are simply ignored and don’t appear on the desktop (at least as far as I can tell).

  • Fresh

    Hi I just set up e-Os on my PC but is running so slowly, I have pentium4 with Ram 1,4gb. My question is. Is this normal?? Or I should install another thing

    • lucius-cornelius

      What does “slowly” mean?

      I have eOS installed on a Samsung netbook with a 1gig single core Atom chip and 1GB of RAM and it works acceptably – firefox is a bit slow to open but other than that it’s not painful to use.
      So “slowly” may mean different things to different people.

      Can you give an example please?

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  • Joe LaFreniere

    Thoughts on updating the kernel? I know eOS is running quite a bit behind the latest.

    • Michael

      I have updated it with out problems. Had to, to get 1920×1080 screen res working when installed on Hyper-V.

    • Arda Kılıçdağı

      Since it’s based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, you can update to newer kernels by just installing a package.

      Here’s how:

  • heynownow

    Is it me or does it look like a skinned xfce

    • Abhishek Prakash

      I doubt if XFCE can be skinned 😛

      • Harald G.

        If you know the present xubuntu-desktop, you clearly see that xfce4 *can* get a very beautiful new skin! But i.m.o., eOS is even more beautiful than Xubuntu Trusty – though the latter might be more mature at present. :o)

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  • Chris

    Cool, thanks for writing this up.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome Chris

  • srsr

    Great Article and Great Distro too… Elementary breathes life back into my old aspire one

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • Zach Cage

    Having an issue with trying to connect to another PC via samba networking. Nothing seems to work. i have installed Samba, nautilus and when I write the address, nothing happens. I cannot use the Connect to Server either, just get an error. Any ideas? Is there something I am missing?

    • Zach Cage

      Never mind, restart fixed it. Very odd, but it is all working SMOOTHLY! Love this OS.

  • Erick
  • Beatie McGuire

    Don’t install Ubuntu One, it has been discontinued.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks for mentioning it. I’ll edit the article. Ubuntu One was still alive when I wrote the article.

  • D
  • Tim Woodruff

    Google Hangouts is way better than Skype… and it’s totally free!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Skype is preferred and used by many including organizations and institutes. This is the reason why you may have to keep Skype.

  • R3

    I did most of these before coming here. The article is truly very good. Only for the office I do not agree. I use Google docs and don’t want LibreOffice pre-installed.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Well… In my opinion, it could be good to have an office suite installed by default. It will complete an OS which is focusing on beginners.

  • Whempy Nicholas

    thanks dude.. i will try on my freya beta 2 :)

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