January 18, 2013 by Kumar Saurav
I installed Ubuntu on my computer a few years ago, and then… I installed it again
I like to have both Ubuntu and Windows on my system (Dual boot). Here is the list of things I usually do to setup Ubuntu, on a computer which already has a Windows OS :-
1. While logged in Windows, create disk space for Ubuntu using EaseUs partition Manager (anywhere between 25-40GB of disk space should be good). The free space will be shown as unallocated space.
2. Create a bootable USB stick for the version on Ubuntu which you want to install. Boot from it (restart windows and hit ESC or F12 to select USB as your boot device) and select “Install beside Windows7″. (it will automatically detect the unallocated space you had created)
3. Now run the following commands from terminal (launch terminal using ctrl+alt+t):-
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
This updates the Ubuntu repositories.
sudo apt-get install vim
This installs Vim text editor (extremely powerful tool to use while coding)
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner" sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype
This installs Skype
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vincent-c/nevernote sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install nixnote
This installs Nixnote, the open source client for Evernote service.
sudo apt-get install p7zip-full
This installs 7zip (compression/uncompression tool)
sudo apt-get install gparted
The gparted partition tool
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
This allows Ubuntu to play file formats like mp3, avi, etc.
sudo apt-get install lo-menubar
This gives global menu for Libre office
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install unsettings
An application to tweak the Ubuntu 12.04 which has Reset to Default option.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install wine1.4 sudo apt-get install winetricks
This installs Wine 1.4 (stable) which allows you to use windows applications.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install thunderbird
Install the Mozilla Thunderbird email client
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair
This installs boot-repair, a handy tool to fix any bootloader problems
sudo apt-get install gedit-plugins
Now you may launch gedit and go to → edit → preferences → plugins → now select the plugins as per your requirement.
Install a weather indicator (I like to have one)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install my-weather-indicator
4. Launch the Ubuntu Software Center from Unity Dash and search and install the following: GIMP Image Editor, VLC media player, Synaptic Package Manager, Wine, Okular (similar to Foxit pdf reader for windows, allows comments and highlighting), redshift.
5. Launch firefox and search and install (using double click) Google chrome since Flash is not supported in firefox.
6. Re-enable hibernate using following commands (note that your swap memory should be equal to RAM):-
Right click and paste the following in the file opened:-
[Re-enable hibernate by default] Identity=unix-user:* Action=org.freedesktop.upower.hibernate ResultActive=yes
Hit ESC to go into command mode and then type :wq to save and quit. Restart your computer and you should see Hibernate as one of the options.
7. Open your Home folder and then do → view → status bar
8. Modify privacy under system settings, then change Icon size and wallpaper under appearance.
9. Under System Settings select Keyboard → Shortcuts → custom shortcuts → +
Name: Kill Processes Command: gnome-system-monitor
Click apply. Now click on disabled and then ctrl + alt + k . This is your shortcut to launch the system monitor.
10. (For Acer aspire 5738z) In your chrome browser go to https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireTimeline/Fixes and apply Touchpad On/Off fix given for 9.10. Then add acpi_backlight=vendor after splash to enable brightness control, change timeout, save and do sudo update-grub.