10 Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

By | June 2, 2015

Ubuntu 15.04 has been released with codename ‘Vivid Vervet’. While you wait your new Ubuntu ISO download to complete, let’s list some things that you can do after installing Ubuntu. Whether after you’re doing a fresh install or maybe upgrading from an earlier version, you can use it out of the box or change some things to make Ubuntu much like yours.

We have provided a list that you can do after installing Ubuntu, so let’s get started.

1. See what’s new in Ubuntu 15.04 ‘Vivid Vervet’

Whether you are new Ubuntu user or not it’s not help you to know about the key changes from the previous version. Check out what’s new in Ubuntu 15.04 on our previous post.

What’s New in Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet ?

2. Check any Pending Updates

Before start everything, you must keep your Ubuntu 15.04 Up to date, to do this you can open the Software Updater Tool and check any updates that occurs or you can run these commands on the terminal:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

3. Install Graphics Driver

If you wish to play latest steam games, watch HD movies or work with apps like Blender, you need to install and enable the latest proprietary Linux Graphics Drivers that available for your hardware. You can enable your Graphics driver follow these instructions below:

  1.  Open Software & Updates tool from the Unity Dash
  2.  Click Additional Drivers tab
  3.  Follow any on-screen prompts to check, install and apply changes.

4. Install Multimedia Codecs

Just like any other Ubuntu version, Ubuntu is not include these Codecs. So if you want to listen to music or in other way MP3 Files, you need to install some Codecs first. But why ? It’s because of patent issues.

But don’t worry Ubuntu makes everything easier by offering the change to install everything you need during the installation process. But if you overlooked that option, you can install Ubuntu Restricted Extras manually from Ubuntu Software Center. For the old fashioned way, you can do the following:

$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

5. Change some Personality

Boring with the default Ubuntu desktop because it’s never change ?. If yes, it’s the time for you to change the wallpapers, desktop theme, and adjust the size of Unity Launcher.

How to change that ? you can open up the Appearance section from the system settings and you change the appearance to your liking, happy customizing !

6. Install Tweak Tool

For more customization options, Ubuntu has provide two tweak tools that can custom your Ubuntu more deeper. The Tools are Gnome Tweak Tool and Unity Tweak Tool.

To install those tools, use this following command:

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

7. Choose Where App Menus Show

Sometimes the behavior and location of Ubuntu Applications menu can be confusing for old and new users that are used with the traditional menus that are located on the top of the screen.

An option inside the Appearance settings pane allows you to specify where the apps menus show. To do this:

  1. Open System Settings > Appearance.
  2. Select Behavior tab.
  3. Find section: ‘Show the Menus for a Window’
  4. Check (click) the circle next to ‘In the window’s title bar’

8. Install Synaptic Package Manager

Synaptic is a package management tool, this program allow you to install, remove, upgrade, fix broken dependencies with and easy Graphical User Interface. to Install Synaptic use this command:

$ sudo apt-get install synaptic

When installation is finished check your applications menu for Synaptic.

9. Adjust Privacy Settings

You can use Unity Dash to find files, apps, or snippets for online data. Just open dash and type your query, and the results will appear in a flash from all over the web.

If you don’t want to see weather results, wikipedia links, or everything every time you search, you can go to your Privacy & Security settings in System Settings. In this settings you can:

  • Turn off automatic error reporting
  • Disable all online features in Unity Dash
  • Choose folders that appear in Unity Dash

10. Get more Apps

Ubuntu ships just with all the basic apps that you need to do most tasks, for example you get a web browser (Mozzila Firefox), music player (Ryhtmbox), office (LibreOffice) and an Instant Messenger (Empathy).

But that is not your limit, there are plenty of apps you can install and try inside your Ubuntu. You can do this by opening your Ubuntu Software Center.

Most software that are installed:

  • VLC – Versatile Media Player
  • Steam – Games Platform
  • GIMP – Image editor
  • Chrome – Google Web Browsers
  • Skype – Video Call Service

Now Everything is done, you can use your new Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, If you have some tips too, you can leave a comment, or just contact me via Contact Page. Thank You !

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