Saturday, April 25, 2009

5 Things To Do After Installing Jaunty

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Enjoying the latest and greatest that Linux has to offer? Here are 5 things you should do to get even more from your Ubuntu 9.04

1) Configure Firewall

If you are concern about your security, then it is pertinent that you activate the firewall and prevent any unauthorized access to your computer.

UFW is installed by default, but if you need a graphical interface, install GUFW.
sudo apt-get install gufw

2) Enable the repositories

Every time I do a fresh install of Ubuntu, the first thing that I do is to enable the universe, multiverse, backport and Canonical’s ‘partner’ repositories. These repositories open up new application choices and allow you to install popular third party software easily and quickly.

Go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager.

Click on Settings -> Repositories.

Check all the boxes.

Go to the Third-Party Software tab. Check all the boxes.

Click on Close button and press the Reload button at the top left corner to update the repositories.

3) Wine

Wine is a must-have application for those who can’t live without their Windows applications, It allows you to install your Windows application in your Ubuntu machine and run them like native Windows apps.
sudo apt-get install wine

Once you have installed Wine, remember to run the configuration (Applications -> Wine -> Configure Wine) before attempting to install your favorite Windows app.

4) Ubuntu-Restricted-extras

YouTube, LLCCan’t listen to MP3? Can’t watch Youtube video? Can’t run Java? Don’t worry, all you need to do is to install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package and it will install all the necessary files/codecs for you. Some common applications in the package include MP3 codec, Adobe Flash player, Java runtime and Microsoft core fonts.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

5) Download Ubuntu Tweak and VLC

Download Ubuntu Tweak here and install it by double clicking the .deb file

Download VLC by this command

sudo apt-get install vlc


  1. Thanks for this guide!

    The non-free-codecs meta-package will install a lot of very useful packages, and includes ubuntu-restricted-extras - so you won't need to install win32codecs / 64codecs separately for example. Try it out, it saves time!

  2. Also, for those who haven't installed the ubuntu-restricted-extras, Ubuntu has a nice little helper application that pops up and asks you to install the required codecs to play some media types, i.e., flash, mp3, etc.

    Shannon VanWagner
    humans enabled

  3. Or, you could just wait for the next version of Mint and it'll have all the non-free stuff working already.

  4. sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal

  5. this post is crap.
    at first, it appeared a thousand times in the web already. we dont need one more c/p post.
    further, ubuntu and linux in general does not need a firewall to be secure. adding a firewall is like putting a steel door on a stone-wall

  6. Your instructions for Ubuntu Tweak do not work (for we stupid newbies) -- the only package installer that comes up to use to unpack it is GDebi Package Installer, and then I get told that this installer is not installed. Of course, if I knew what I was doing, I could select another installer... but I don't even know what folder to look in.

  7. i cannot install vga.h header file in ubunty jaunty. whenever i do it it shows the message " permission denied:cannot create regular file usr~\local\vga.h


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