If you are an absolute beginner then here is the first step to get into the world of Ubuntu. I am listing a few things to do right after installing Ubuntu. But before starting anything first run the following command:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
It will update all the installed software package. Remember, Updating Ubuntu regularly is an essential task for all kind of Operating Systems specially Linux. It will patch security holes and improves the performance of your system. Believe me at some time you will regret if you don’t do so.
1. Installing few familiar apps if you are a Windows user
- Add a few online accounts like Gmail, Twiiter, Facebook
- Install Google Chrome or Chromium
- Install more familiar torrent app, qbittorent
- Inastall VLC media player.
- Install Firewall configuration tool
- Install unity tweak tool
- Install xChat IRC
- Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras (Codec)
To install these software navigate to Ubuntu Software Center and search for them. While Google Chrome can be download from Google.com/chrome.
2. Tweak Freshly Installed Ubuntu 14.04
- Reduce the brightness of the PC
- Fix Internet search in Ubuntu Unity
- Remove bluetooth from auto start.
- Install Ubuntu Startup sound
- Remove unnecessary softwares, you might not need
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3. Join/subscribe few community and get answered
Since Ubuntu is an open-source software and obviously its community is really engaging. You may find a lot of help articles, blog posts, QA and forum topics about your problems. Here I will list some of the best resources so you can do whatever you want with Ubuntu.
Don’t forget all these community have their own merits and demerits. Like AskUbuntu is an awesome place to ask for help. But, surely this is not a traditional forum.
- AskUbuntu – Ask questions related to Ubuntu
- Ubuntu Forums – One of the most active forum on the net
- Official Help Docs/wiki
- WebUpd8 and OMG Ubuntu for latest news and tutorials
- Ubuntu Beginner – for Windows wishing to switch to Ubuntu
- Download and read some free Ubuntu books
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