Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.04

Must to do things after installing Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu 14.04 features include plenty of eye candy and some performance boost. Its successor 14.10, on the other hand, doesn’t offer a lot of new things when compared to 14.04. 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, let’s have a look at must to do things after installing Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr.

Update: Our list of things to do after installing Ubuntu 16.04 is ready. Take a look at it if you are using Ubuntu 16.04.

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.

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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/

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

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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 problems 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 best practices to stop laptop overheating in Linux.

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

There are more ways to install Java in Ubuntu 14,04, other than the one listed here.

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. You can find more helpful articles to get you started with 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.

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abhisek...great work dude..

i have 1 dout ,in ubuntu which is the best photo editing compare to adobe photoshop.

You forgot GetDeb and PlayDeb. They are essentially sources for apps and more cool 3d rpg fps games and I install them both right away after a clean install.

Dell XPS m1330 with intel graphics running Elementary OS Freya (14.04), too many brightness levels. Adding "acpi_osi=" to the grub boot parameters resolved the issue: full brightness adjustment with hotkeys, hardware controlled and indicator applet still works!

Hi...I am a total newbie and have a question. The other day my computer screen totally froze and I had no choice but to do a hard shutdown. My keyboard does not have a sysrq key so I could not use Alt+sysrq+R. What options other than hard shutdown are available to me should this happen again?

After installation and restart i am getting black screen with blinking cursor nothing else and i have tried 3 times but problem is same.i am using dual core 2.4 With 3 gb ram and 2 gb Nvidia gt 6100 i do not know the exact name of graphic card.please somebody help me please.
Thank you

how to fix my brightness issue fro keyboard shortcut ?

You have a TYPO here, Abhishek: " Ubuntu 14.04 features include plenty of eye candy and some performance boost. Its successor 14.10, on the other hand, doesn’t OFFER a lot of new things..."

And also here:

"Install additional drivers in Ubuntu 14.04:

Ubuntu provides some third part propriety drivers for wireless, graphics cards etc. If you are facing PROBLEMS with them..."


Thanks for spotting the typos. I should be more careful ;)
I'll update the article soon.

Hi first let me say thank you for the wonderful Ubuntu, I started with 14.02 which ran perfectly. I upgraded to 14.04 by means of a fresh install which brings me to my question. I apologize if this is not the correct platform for this question. I have an older Dell desktop that originally ran XP. Before upgrading to 14.02 I ran (by disc) Knoppix, this operating system ran perfectly, speed was wonderful it seemed to run without any hitches. After a short amount of time I realized Ubuntu was the better suited system for a not so familiar user such as myself. After installing 14.04 my system has slowed down terribly. Everything it does is like slow motion. the browser actually blinks as it opens and closes. My wireless card continually disconnects and getting it to work after that is challenging. What can I do to fix this? I love Ubuntu over windows three times over. Thanks for you help.

Vigneswara Prabhu

for every cmd i use given above i get the error along the lines of
E: Unable to locate package


Did you try this first:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Thank you for the article. I downloaded dropbox from the software centre (I do not add ppas except when in dire need) but it does not work. After removing dropbox, I installed it through command line as suggested by you and it works.
I think I installed Skype also as given in a tutorial by you and it worked; while the version given in the software centre did not work.

Please keep up the good work.

Abhishek you are an absolute hero! thank you for posting this ^_^

Are you sure it's F.O.S.S. here ? I mean your proposal "things" after a clean open source installation are , "restricted-extras", "dropbox", "additional(usually restricted) drivers", "flashplayer", "rar" ... WTF ?

it's horribly slow when i install ubuntu 14.04 on acer veriton n281G, seems like the drivers (like vga,) doesn't work very well.. anyway others driver work well.

As a 63 year old chap, updating to this version, with very limited knowledge, it is a bl**dy minefield. I have eventually got Google to work and boot up as before, just by pure luck than judgement. I am totally unable to get Spotify to work without getting an Adobe update. I download Adobe but have no idea how to get it installed, I did this some years ago, with ease, but now it is like looking for the the dead sea scrolls in original condition, mission impossible. Why is it so difficult to have an "install now" button that does the darn thing for you?

So, now I am unable to play the albums/playlists that I had before updating. I wish I could go back to where I was before, when everything worked, but there is no way I can find to even do that.

OK Rant over, but why are things so difficult to understand and sort? I can build you a a house, sort all the snags, but to get Adobe installed so I can listen to my music, f**king impossible for me.

88dy minefield

Hate you with whole my heart. During one week I have already once format computer, now after doing these stuff I see only the wallpaper after logging in. :(

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