Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 13.10

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

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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):

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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.

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

Any help on this?

It's not "apt-get-repository", but "add-apt-repository" :)

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.


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.


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.


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.

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


Run the mentioned command. It should fix the problem.

thanks man... helped me a lot.

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

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


you can use sudo apt-get remove

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.


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

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.

[email protected]:disqus -desktop:~$ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1360 x 768, maximum 32767 x 32767
VGA1 connected primary 1360x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 410mm x 230mm
1360x768 60.0*+
1024x768 75.1 70.1 60.0
832x624 74.6
800x600 72.2 75.0 60.3 56.2
640x480 75.0 72.8 66.7 60.0
720x400 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)
[email protected]:disqus -desktop:~$

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.

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 do i do that,friend?
Thanks for the attention =)


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.

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

[email protected]:~$ ^C
[email protected]:~$ 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
[email protected]:~$


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

Want to move unity launcher to bottom.....


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 :)


Thank you! This is great!

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


Ubuntu Tweak is great as well.

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.

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..

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