If you’re used to using Windows or Mac OS, some things might be done a bit differently in Ubuntu, so hopefully some tips here will help you out. For total computer newbies, there should be enough here to get you more familiar with some of the things you can do with Ubuntu. For all concerned, Ubuntu is much more versatile and customisable than the commercial OSes, so some of the tricks in this blog should open your eyes to the true potential of this OS, and hopefully come in handy.
While you can go to the Essentials for Newbies section for all the tips and tricks that could be of help to newcomers to Ubuntu (and computers in general), on this page you’ll find links to some of the main things you might be looking for. They’ll cover basic things like desktop customisation and file management tips, through to important matters like getting full multimedia support (including DVD playback), package management basics, and some command-line tricks to get you used to the terminal.
If you just want a good checklist of things to do to a new system, check out Tweaking Ubuntu: Vital Additions & Customisations to Your New System. Otherwise, check out the tips below, especially if you’re new to Ubuntu and Linux in general.
Don’t forget to have a look through all the categories once you’ve done looking through these tips. And don’t forget to join the Ubuntu forums for any other concerns not dealt with here. All the best!
Important Notice: Many of the following tips were written when Ubuntu was based on Gnome 2 (the original desktop environment in all versions through to 10.10, and the “Ubuntu Classic” login option as an alternative to the default “Unity” desktop in 11.04). Since then, Ubuntu‘s “Unity” has become the default desktop environment, and Gnome 3‘s “Shell” has replaced the “Classic” desktop. While this won’t matter in most cases, please look out for any warnings, especially if the tip has anything to do with customising the old Gnome 2 “Classic” desktop. This is especially important if you’re running “Unity“, but even with Gnome 3 “Classic” some guides could be a waste of time, or possibly cause issues (even more so with “Gnome Shell“).
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