I have always dual booted Windows and Ubuntu on my machines, but recently I decided I was confident enough in my Linux abilities to allot my entire disk to Ubuntu. A new OS can require a little work to get up and going the way you like it. I figured to save myself (and maybe even others) a little bit of trouble researching, and make a checklist of the programs I like to get running directly after the new Linux install. This is not meant to be a tutorial, but for personal reference.
- First things first, updates! If you did not select to get updates when installing ubuntu, go ahead to the update manager for them. Or enter the following into the terminal:
sudo apt-get -qq update
- Codecs and other important stuff! Go to the ubuntu software center and search for ubuntu extended extras or enter the following into the terminal:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
- Download your favorite internet browser (mine is Chrome) this can be done by going to the site and downloading chrome for Linux or entering the following:
sudo apt-get install libxss1wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome*.deb
[Note for 32-bit systems you will need to replace “amd64” with “i386”]
- Link to the cloud using ubuntu one. Trust me, it will make your life SO much easier and it’s free! This can be done by visiting this link.
- I know with Linux you are not as likely to get a virus as with Windows but ClamTk is an awesome antivirus with fantastic scanning abilities. This can be downloaded in the software center.
- Wireshark is a program used to view packets, very useful for curiousity and security reasons. Available in the software center.
- WineHQ is another program anyone would find useful. It allows you to run programs that would normally run on Windows, on Linux. This can be downloaded in the software center.
- I program in Java a lot and my favorite platform is eclipse. To install type the following into the terminal:
sudo apt-get eclipsesudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk openjdk-6-source openjdk-6-demo openjdk-6-doc openjdk-6-jre-headless openjdk-6-jre-lib
&& there you have it. If I later feel that I need to add a few things. So long, Windows! v