What to do after a new Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron installation?

After Install Tasks

  1. Have your internet connection ready. If you have ADSL (BSNL, Airtel broadband) connection, and you are used connecting using a username and password in windows, then, open up a Terminal (Applications->Accessories) and give the following command:

    sudo pppoeconf
    

    You will prompted for your password. Then a wizard runs and detects your connection (usually eth0). Accept all the default settings and when prompted type your connection username and password.

    You will need to give the following commands for connecting and disconnecting:

    pon dsl-provider //this one for connecting
    poff -a //for disconnecting
    plog //for seeing the status of your connection
    
  2. Stop unnecessary services. Go to System->Administration->Services and de-select bluetooth service if you don’t want to use bluetooth with your PC.

  3. Stop unnecessary startup programs. Go to System->Preferences->Sessions and de-select bluetooth-manager if you don’t want to use it.

  4. Uninstall software that you won’t use. Go to Applications->Add/Remove… and have a look at the software installed in your system and deselect as required. In my case, I uninstalled ekiga, transmission, games, audio cd extractor and f-spot photo manager.

  5. Now, update your system. Normally, the updates that will show up when you run Ubuntu for first time are old so consider clicking on “Check” in System->Administration->Update Manager to get info about all of the updates and install them by clicking on ‘Install Updates’.

  6. If you want to install additional software on your system, follow the steps:

    • First of all, enable the medibuntu repositories:

      • import the registry:
      sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
      
      • import the gpg-key and update your package-list
      sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
      
    • Now you are able to install most of the common software by using the Synaptic Package Manager (in System->Administration), searching for the package in synaptic and installing it.

    • You can also install software in Ubuntu by using the following command:

      sudo apt-get install
      
    • You can also remove software using the following command:

      sudo apt-get remove
      

      e.g.

      sudo apt-get remove brasero
      
  7. Recommended software (just replace with these names to install or use synaptic):

    • Microsoft’s TrueType Core Fonts: msttcorefonts (e.g. sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts)

    • Win Codecs: w32codecs, libdvdcss2 (another e.g. sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2)

    • Adobe Reader: acroread, acroread-plugins, mozilla-acroread

    • Adobe Flash Player: flashplugin-nonfree

    • Sun’s Java JRE: sun-java6-jre, sun-java6-plugin

    • ntfs-config (for configuring removable NTFS drives for writing/reading)

    • vlc (the ultimate video player)

    • unrar (for unzipping rar archives)

    • Network Traffic Applet: netspeed (nice widget to monitor network speeds)

    • wine (Windows emulator, can run many of your windows apps on linux)

    • filezilla filezilla-locales (good FTP client)

    • gparted (software for all your partitioning needs)

    • skype (you must have heard about it)

    • audacity (an audio editor)

    • gtkpod (iPod manager)

    • k3b (first remove brasero using synaptic): k3b, libk3b2-extracodecs, normalize-audio, transcode, sox, vcdimager (a CD/DVD burner and alternative for Nero on linux)

In case you face any problems, post here. :)


Kartik - The TechGlider Guy
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