Top Ten Things To Do After Installing Elementary OS Luna

Beautiful Elementary OS Luna logo

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.

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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
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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 :)

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Can you suggest me easy way to install ralink Rt2870 USB driver in this os

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Whempy Nicholas

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

Dunia Gaptek

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.

Author

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.

Google Hangouts is way better than Skype... and it's totally free!

Author

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

Beatie McGuire

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

Author

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

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?

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

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

Cool, thanks for writing this up.

Author

Is it me or does it look like a skinned xfce

Author

I doubt if XFCE can be skinned :P

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)

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

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

Here's how: http://askubuntu.com/a/408060/107722

I have updated it with out problems. Had to, to get 1920x1080 screen res working when installed on Hyper-V.

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?

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.

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

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).

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