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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
ondering hat are the things to do after installing Ubuntu 13.10.
!his is one of the first "uestion that pops up after installing any ne OS, hat
to do ne#t$ I ha%e pre%iously ritten on things to do after installing &lementary
OS 'una and Ubuntu 13.04, and no I am here ith the list of must to do things
after installing Ubuntu 13.10. (hile different people ha%e different re"uirement
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:
)irst and foremost thing after installing Ubuntu 13.10 is to update the system.
Open a terminal *+trl,-lt,!. and use the folloing command/
sudo apt0get update 11 sudo apt0get upgrade
Install Ubuntu restricted extras:
2Ubuntu restricted e#tras3 consists of se%eral codecs that are not installed by
default. !he reason Ubuntu doesn4t include these codecs by default is because
of legal constraints in many countries. 5ut if you install these codecs, it is you
ho ould be held responsible for the usage and not Ubuntu. 6on4t orry its
safe to install these codecs. (ith these codecs installed, you can play different
media formats such as 783, 784, -9I and se%eral other formats. Install it using
the folloing command/
sudo apt0get install ubuntu0restricted0e#tras
Install Adobe Flash player:
&%en after installing e#tra codecs, you may face difficulties ith -dobe )lash
player. :ou may not be able to run :ou!ube %ideos is one of the e#ample. :ou
can install -dobe )lash player using the folloing command/
sudo apt0get install flashplugin0installer
Install V! "edia player:
!he default %ideo player !otem is "uite good but 9'+ is the best open source
media player for playing %ideos. -part from playing almost all ;ind of media
files, 9'+ can donload subtitles automatically and you can also play :ou!ube
%ideos ith subtitles. Install 9'+ player in Ubuntu 13.10 using the folloing
command/
sudo apt0get install %lc
#lay encrypted $V$ in Ubuntu 13.10:
&nable encrypted 696 playbac; in Ubuntu 13.10 using the folloing
commands/
sudo apt0get install libd%dread4
sudo <usr<share<doc<libd%dread4<install0css.sh
Install %A%:
!o a%oid error li;e 2!here is no command installed for =-= archi%e files2 install
=-= in the folloing manner/
sudo apt0get install rar
&et rid of '(orry) Ubuntu 13.10 has experienced internal error*
Its a legacy no. It started ith Ubuntu 1>.04 and continue till date. !hough
totally harmless, this crash report is e#tremly annoying. :ou can disable the
apport by editing the folloing file/
g;su gedit <etc<default<apport
?o, in this file loo; for the line + sudo ser,ice apport start force-start.1
enabled.1
+hange the enabled@1 to enabled@0. )or more detail steps, follo this article
on ho to get rid of Sorry, Ubuntu has e#perienced an internal error.
Install additional dri,ers in Ubuntu 13.10:
:ou may suffer from (ireless and graphics card related problem. !o a%oid such
troubles, install the third part propriety dri%ers. Ao to Unity 6ash and search for
Softare 1 Updates. Open Softare 1 Updates and clic; on -dditional 6ri%ers
tab. If there are any additional propriety dri%ers for your system, it should be
listed here.
I"pro,e battery life and reduce o,erheating:
One of the important things to do is to ta;e care of your laptop4s battery life
and o%erheating issue. Until Ubuntu 1>.10, Bupiter as the best tool to reduce
o%erheating, but since its de%elopment has stopped, you can use !'8 or
+8U)=&C instead of Bupiter. Install !'8 using the folloing command/
sudo add0apt0repository ppa/linrunner<tlp
sudo apt0get update
sudo apt0get install tlp tlp0rd
sudo tlp start
-nd that4s it. ?o configuration re"uired for using !'8. Install it and forget about
it. =ead this article on ho to use +8U)=&C to reduce o%erheating in Ubuntu.
OhD 5y the ay Bupiter is still a%ailable unofficially. 5ut it is better to use !'8 as
Bupiter is no longer being de%eloped. :our choice basically.
Install other des/top en,iron"ents:
Unity is not e%eryone4s fa%ourite, is it$ :ou don4t need to ditch Ubuntu Eust
because you hate Unity. Bust replace Unity ith your fa%ourite Anome or
+innamon.
Install Anome 3 in Ubuntu 13.10 using the folloing command/
sudo apt0get install gnome0shell ubuntu0gnome0des;top
Install latest stable +innamon in Ubuntu 13.10 using the folloing command/
sudo add0apt0repository ppa/gendal0lebihan0de%<cinnamon0stable
sudo apt0get update
sudo apt0get install cinnamon
01ea/ Unity and &no"e:
?ot satisfied ith the default loo;s of Ubuntu 13.10$ :ou can alays tea; it.
!hough you can do that using the options pro%ided in Ubuntu itself, Unity
!ea; !ool and Anome !ea; !ool are e#cellent tools to tea; the appearance
to any e#tent. Use the folloing commands/
sudo apt0get install unity0tea;0tool
sudo apt0get install gnome0tea;0tool
Install 2a,a in Ubuntu 13.10:
Sooner or later, you4ll ha%e to install Ba%a. !here is simply no escaping from it,
no matter ho much you try. -ssuming that you are not going to do Ba%a
de%elopment, you4ll only need OpenB=&. Install Ba%a in Ubuntu 13.10 using the
folloing command/
sudo apt0get install icedtea070plugin openEd;070Ere
Install Oracle Ba%a 7
sudo add0apt0repository ppa/ebupdFteam<Ea%a
sudo apt0get update
sudo apt0get install oracle0Ea%a70installer
Install Oracle Ba%aF
sudo add0apt0repository ppa/ebupdFteam<Ea%a
sudo apt0get update
sudo apt0get install oracle0Ea%aF0installer
Install $ropbox:
Ubuntu 13.10 no gi%es you the option of configuring Ubuntu One at
installation time itself. 5ut that does not stop me from using 6ropbo#, my
fa%ourite +loud storage. :ou can install 6ropbo# from their ebsite or by using
this command/
sudo apt0get install dropbo#
#ri,acy "atters:
:ou can configure different types of security and pri%acy options by going in
(ecurity 3 #ri,acy in (yste" (ettings. :ou ill find an option of turning off the
online search suggestions in it. 5ut since it ill turn off all ;ind of online
suggestion, you might not ant to deteriorate your e#perience of Unity smart
scopes. So, here is an option for you. 6isable Eust the shopping suggestions and
;eep the rest *li;e (i;ipedia suggestions. in the 6ash. Use the folloing
command to disable the shopping suggestions from Unity 6ash *my theme
cannot display the command properly, sorry for that./
gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.'enses disabled0scopes GHImoreJsuggestions0
amaKon.scopeI, ImoreJsuggestions0u1ms.scopeI, ImoreJsuggestions0
populartrac;s.scopeI, Imusic0musicstore.scopeI, ImoreJsuggestions0
ebay.scopeI, ImoreJsuggestions0ubuntushop.scopeI, ImoreJsuggestions0
s;imlin;s.scopeILG
Of course this is not the end of it. !here are se%eral other things to do after
installing Ubuntu 13.10 but I had to stop somehere. I hope you find it useful.
:ou can also chec; another useful post on ho to speed up Ubuntu 13.10. (hat
is your to0do list after installing Ubuntu$ 6id I miss anything here$ 6o share
your %ies.