Basic Things to do after Installing Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr is released today and you can download it from Ubuntu official site. Alternative download options are also available in the Official Site.

After installing Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, the very first step is that you need to update your repository and update all packages / softwares in Ubuntu 14.04. Issue the below commands in the terminal or use Software Updater(GUI tool) to update and upgrade it.

To Update Ubuntu 14.04 Repository

sudo apt-get update

After updating your repository, you can upgrade all your software / packages in Ubuntu 14.04 using the below command. Or you can do it later.

sudo apt-get upgrade

Once the above command is executed, your Ubuntu 14.04 Softwares will be up to date.

Next step is to Install proprietary driver in Ubuntu 14.04.

Use Additional Drivers to install the proprietary drivers (Broadcom wireless driver, NVIDIA driver). If the Additional driver failed to install it, then follow the below links to install it.

Install Broadcom b43 driver

Install Broadcom STA wireless driver

Install NVidia graphis driver

Ubuntu restricted extras in Ubuntu 14.04

After installing the drivers. Install the Ubuntu restricted extras, which support MP3 playback, DVD playback and other video and audio formats. Restricted extras also install Microsoft fonts in Ubuntu 14.04. Use the below command to install it.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

VLC for Ubuntu 14.04

Install VLC player on Ubuntu 14.04

Browser’s in Ubuntu 14.04

Mozilla Firefox is a Open Source web browser which is a default browser in Ubuntu 14.04. You can easily upgrade it to the latest version as I said earlier. If you have not yet updated your system packages / softwares, below command will help you to update your Firefox to the latest version 28.0.

sudo apt-get install firefox

You can also install the Google Chrome Browser by following the below links.

Install Google Chrome using PPA

Download and Install Google Chrome Browser

GIMP 2.8 for Ubuntu 14.04

GIMP Image Editor is one of the popular open source tool, which is an powerful image manipulation program. Its ease to use and supports most of the image formats including PhotoShop(.psd) and Paint Shop Pro(.psp). Beginners can easily learn to edit image using GIMP. To install the latest GIMP 2.8 in Ubuntu 14.04, issue the following command in the terminal.

sudo apt-get install gimp

Torrents in Ubuntu 14.04

Default torrent software in Ubuntu is Transmission, Its a light weight BitTorrent client. Alternatively you can install VuzeqBittorrent or uTorrent by following the below link.

To Install Vuze BitTorrent Client or qBittorrent use the Ubuntu Software Center.

Install uTorrent in Ubuntu 14.04

Skype for Ubuntu 14.04

Skype is one of the most used video calling tool world wide its free to use. To install the latest Skype 4.0 follow the below link.

Install Skype 4.0 in Ubuntu 14.04

Disable Online / Amazon Results in Dash.

While you search in Dash, Online or Amazon shopping results are also added to search results in Dash. If you dont like to have the online results on dash search then disable it or remove it. Follow the below link.

Disable the Amazon search results

Extract RAR files in Ubuntu 14.04

To extract rar files in Ubuntu, you need unrar package. To install unrar, Follow the link below.

Open rar files / Install unrar for Ubuntu 14.04

Chat in Ubuntu 14.04

Empathy is default Instant messaging application which supports different communication protocols ( Google Talk, Facebook, Yahoo, MSN, AIM, etc.,). You can easily add multiple and different chat accounts to it.

Alternate software for chat / Messenger is Pidgin Instant Messenger, its also supports various messaging clients and you can use multiple networks.

Add or Remove application icon in Unity

To add your favourite or frequently used application on Unity, just drag the application from dash and drop it in Unity. If application launcher not available then create one using the below link

Create Application Launcher on Ubuntu 14.04

To remove, just right click on the icon and chose Unlock from Launcher option.

If you have any problem in grub(Dual Boot), after installing with Windows or any other distros. You can easily recover / re-install your grub using Boot-Repair. Boot-Repair is simple GUI tool to recover Ubuntu grub using Ubuntu Live USB / Cd.

Re-Install / Recover Grub on Ubuntu 14.04

You can also recover MBR from Ubuntu Live USB / CD

Other useful links

Wallpaper changer – Variety for Ubuntu 14.04

Internet Download Manager for Ubuntu 14.04

Replace Unity with Cairo Dock

Hope this will be helpful for you!!!

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