Categories Ubuntu

9 things to do first after the installation of Ubuntu

You just installed Linux Ubuntu and you‘re curious to discover this world you’ve heard so much about? So follow this list of tips to implement after installing Ubuntu. They will allow you to get started quickly while avoiding some pitfalls from my own experience in the penguin world!

#1 — Update your system

Unlike Windows, Ubuntu centralises the updates to be made in a single module. To find out how Linux’s Windows Update works, browse this tutorial:
Make updates under Ubuntu 9.04

#2 — Installation of Graphic Drivers

Under Ubuntu, an automatic module for updating graphic drivers — but not only — is available for our greatest happiness. No command line to enter or complicated manipulation for a beginner to set up.

This very simple tutorial will explain how to run your latest generation NVIDIA or ATI card — or even from the previous generation:
Install nVidia or ATI drivers in Ubuntu 8.10

#3 — Enable 3D interface

On Windows Vista and Seven, Aero is the name of the 3D interface. Under Ubuntu, this is the Compiz manager available in 2 different modes:

  • Via GNOME’s appearance preferences: disabled, normal or extra;
  • Via Compiz’s full manager: heavy artillery to configure the various effects in the smallest detail;

In both cases, this tutorial will teach you to set all this with simplicity:
Enable 3D effects (Compiz) in Ubuntu 8.10

#4 — Displaying and sharpening

Depending on the screens and preferences of each, it is possible to configure the sharpness of the characters under Ubuntu. Many settings are possible and the preview is done in real time.

For more information, check out the following tutorial:
Improve the sharpness of characters under Ubuntu 9.10

#5 — Install multimedia codecs

Playing DVDs, listening to music files (MP3, AAC, WMA), etc., are all digital leisure-oriented actions that make up most of the uses made by users of their computers.

To enjoy the multimedia world under Ubuntu, read the following tutorial without losing a second:
Install multimedia codecs in Ubuntu 8.10

#6 — Automatically mount your NTFS partitions

By default, Ubuntu does not mount your NTFS partitions otherwise those formatted by Windows. However, they often house your data or other in the case of a cohabitation.

To automate this task at every start, follow the instructions in this tutorial accessible to all:
Automatically mount your NTFS partitions under Ubuntu 9.04

#7 — Install Microsoft fonts

On Linux, no question of having native fonts as well known and widespread as Arial, Times New Roman or Verdana! However, they are used on many websites... on Protuts for example.

To activate them on Ubuntu, the method is indicated here:
Install Microsoft fonts under Ubuntu 9.04

#8 — Install Firefox 3.5

Firefox 3 is good, but having it in its new version 3.5 is better! More performance, better rendering, etc. but not available via official updates.

To bypass this and surf at the speed of light — finally almost, go here:
Install Mozilla Firefox 3.5 under Ubuntu 9.04

#9 — Install Flash plugin

Firefox 3.5 is good, but with Flash player, it’s even better! Indeed, 99 % of computers then use it to know the installation procedure, follow the guide:
Install Flash Player plugin in Mozilla Firefox under Ubuntu 8.10
This list is certainly not exhaustive. You also embrace the contributing spirit and share your post-installation tips to reach the total of 10 things to do!
Photo credit: Urban Tux


Leave a Reply

  • @Kevin : very good idea for tenth place.

    Another action came to mind after the article was published. This is the configuration of WIFI connections, which is essential to use a system that is largely web-oriented.

  • Tornado

    I plan to install Ubuntu on my pc so I have Windows Seven/Ubuntu but before I have some questions

    Can you install Ubuntu on the same DD or is installing Seven without creating partition? here yes I would like to know that they are risky afterwards? Ubuntu security level has a lot of flaws.... Level compatibility software, games....

  • @Tornado : the advantage with Ubuntu is that there are countless testing possibilities.

    Thus, it is possible toinstall as a Windows application via the Wubi module. In other words, the dual-boot is created automatically and if you are considering uninstalling it simply pass the uninstalling module of Windows programs. Without a doubt the easiest method!

    However, the performance will be slightly lower than a complete installation — with different partitions, as the partition system is not the same as on Windows.

    Security level is very good. On the other hand, do not plan to use Windows applications (Office, Photoshop, etc.) or games. Although there are more or less successful methods — which will be the subject of a next article, to install PC games, performance is not yet on top for various reasons.

    And then you can go through the section Ubuntu from the site to get you an idea of what it is possible to do.

  • Tornado

    Thank you I will test it by installing it as a Windows application via the Wubi module later I like to install it on my next dd in full install.