Here is a checklist of some cool ways to make your system even more useful, from little tweaks and system tricks, to programs you shouldn’t be without. Some tips will deal with things like how to change certain default settings to more useful ones, while others will show you how to get around certain issues that may be bugging you (like how to get full support for DVDs and multimedia).
Basically, these are most of the things I would do for new systems I set up for others (and myself). So, if you’re fairly new to Ubuntu, this list could help you quickly and easily transform your vanilla installation into a seriously useful computing environment, far better than what you ever had with Windows or Mac OS.
♦ Enable “universe” and “multiverse” software sources so Synaptic can find Wine and other packages not in the official repositories.
♦ Install ubuntu-restricted-extras to get instant support for most audio and video types, as well as (non-encrypted) video DVDs.
♦ Add the Medibuntu repositories to find heaps more software, and get access to codecs for restricted multimedia formats, including encrypted DVDs. Make sure you read the bit about installing libdvdcss2 for playing encrypted DVDs, as well as the other “non-free” codecs.
♦ Install Wine to run some of your Windows software or games.
♦ Install Opera web browser or the unMHT plugin for Firefox to be able to save complete web pages as single MHT “web archives” like you can do in Internet Explorer.
♦ Add some more Internet programs to your arsenal.
♦ Get greater control over your Compiz-Fusion desktop effects.
♦ Install Parcellite clipboard manager.
♦ Install a fun game for when you need a rest from tweaking your system!
♦ Install On Screen Display for Audio Tracks & Incoming Email/Messages
♦ Create a Bash Aliases file for terminal command shortcuts.
♦ Install SMPlayer and change your video types to open with it.
♦ Get some really cool Screensavers.
Please note: This post will be updated occasionally as I find
more invaluable tweaks and programs, so check back later!
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