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Things to do after install Ubuntu 11.04 for a perfect Desktop

The Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” released. You can download a CD version from ubuntu.com. The biggest change from ubuntu’s previous releases is Unity, a modern desktop developed by ubuntu team exclusively for ubuntu. Also Ubunty 11.04 is not including the Gnome 3.0. Unity is supported by Compiz Fusion, the 3D desktop of linux. Gnome 3.0 is not using compiz fusion. A classic Gnome 2.0 desktop is also included in Ubuntu 11.04.

Here is a quick Ubuntu 11.04 Post Installation guide for reference.

Download Ubuntu 11.04

You can download latest ubuntu 11.04 from ubuntu website and ubuntu mirrors deployed all over the world. You can select a CD image and write it to a cd or create a bootable usb drive and make an easy installation. The CD is a live CD. So you can test Ubuntu without install into your computer. Also there is a great tool called wubi, the windows installer for ubuntu. By using wubi you can install ubuntu inside windows as a programme and uninstall as a programme.

The default Ubuntu 11.04 is packed with Firefox 4, Libreoffice 3.3.2, Banshee Music Player, Shotwell Photo editor etc. But more programmes are avilable for download and install from ubuntu software center.

Start Ubuntu 11.04 with Classic Gnome 2 Desktop

There is an option in the login screen. After selecting your username a menu will appear in the bottom of the login screen. You can select the session and language from bottom bar. There you can select the classic desktop and then type password. You will be greeted with the classic gnome desktop. If your graphics hardware is not comaptable with ubuntu then the default boot will go to gnome 2.0. You will get unity desktop after install the 3D support only.

Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

There are lot of things to do after install ubuntu 11.04 for a perfect desktop user. First of all you need restricted multimedia repositories. Then custom applications for various purpose etc…

Install Updates in Ubuntu 11.04

The very first thing after install ubuntu 11.04 is to update all the repositories. To do this Just open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

This will do the magic. You have the latest operating system with all updates.

Ubuntu restricted extras in Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu Restricted Extras will install Adobe Flash Player, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) (sun-java-jre) with Firefox plug-ins (icedtea), a set of Microsoft Fonts (msttcorefonts), multimedia codecs (w32codecs or w64codecs), mp3-compatible encoding (lame), FFMpeg, extra Gstreamer codecs, the package for DVD decoding (libdvdread4, but see below for info on libdvdcss2), the unrar archiver, odbc, and cabextract. It also installs multiple “stripped” codecs and avutils (libavcodec-unstripped-52 and libavutil-unstripped-49). This is a single command approach.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Click Here to install ubuntu restricted extras.

This will take a while to install whole package. Keep your terminal open until the whole package list will be installed. Otherwise you want to start everything from the scratch. You can install the restricted extras from the ubuntu software center also. You will get a graphical progress of the installation. But command line is always faster.

To install the packages below you just search in ubuntu software center and press install. But the command terminal command will do the work more faster.

Ubuntu Tweak for tweak ubuntu 11.04 as you like

Ubuntu tweak is a great packages to change the settings in ubuntu without any hazile. It provide many useful desktop and system options to tweak to your needs.

ubuntu tweak will help you to install needed applicaitons with one click. Also you can tweak the interface like move the buttons from left to right. Change the welcome screen etc…

You can install ubuntu tweak from ubuntu repository

In the terminal just type

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Install CompizConfig Settings Manager in Ubuntu 11.04

By using Compiz setting manager you’ll be able to tweak the Unity launcher reveal mode, hide behavior, change Unity-specific keyboard shortcuts, change the Unity launcher icon size, the top panel opacity, tweak various animations and more.

To install just type in the terminal

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

You can tweak the unity by selecting Ubuntu Unity Plugin from ‘Desktop’ category. Now choose the Experimental tab from above. There you will see the ‘Panel Opacity’ option. Change it to the value you like. Also you can adjust the value of ‘Launcher Icon Size’ by simple scrolling. The default value of ‘Launcher Icon Size’ is 48 but you can adjust to your conveniance.

Increase or decrease the no of desktops in Ubuntu 11.04

By default there are 4 desktop available. Just press Super+s will give the overview. To change the no of desktop go to Compiz config settings manager > select General Options from the category ‘General’. Select the tab ‘Desktop Size’ and choose the values you want.

Nautilus Elementary on Ubuntu 11.04

Nautilus Elementary is a hack of Nautilus. It will give you drastic usability improvements. A nice look to the default nautilus

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

nautilus -q

Multimedia Applications for Audio Video Playback and Edit in Ubuntu 11.04

Banshee is the default music player in Ubuntu 11.04 and totem is the default video player. But you can take look to other great applications that do the things very easly and effectively.

VLC Media player

VLC media player is a great all in one media player solution for ubuntu and the whole linux. It will play most of the media without any other codec requirements.

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse

Full DVD Playback

For fullfledged dvd play back in ubuntu you need a small package called libdvdcss. For that just type or you can search it on the software center of ubuntu.

sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2


Mplayer and smplayer (mplayer’s GUI) for video playback. It supports almost any video type, external subtitles as well as DVD playback as long as you have the needed codecs installed as shown previously. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install mplayer smplayer gnome-mplayer

Clementine Music Player

Clementine is a music player inspired by Amarok 1.4, focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and playing your music. It can listen to internet radio from Last.fm, SomaFM, Magnatune, Jamendo and Icecast. Also Visualisations from projectM. Lyrics and artist biographies and photos and more. Lyrics and artist biographies and photos. Edit tags on MP3 and OGG files, organise your music. Remote control using a Wii Remote, MPRIS or the command-line.

sudo apt-get install clementine

Audacious Audio Player

Audacious is an audio player for gnome. It look and feels like winamp. It has a native GTK UI in the last release. Lot of plug-ins and skins are available for audacious.

sudo apt-get install audacious


XBMC is an award-winning software media center for digital media. It is available for Linux, OSX, Windows and the original Xbox. Currently XBMC can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around.Once installed, your computer will become a fully functional multimedia jukebox. To install it type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xbmc

Openshot – Video editor in ubuntu

Openshot, the best existing actually for Linux. You can install Openshot from Ubuntu software center, but if you want to install the latest release, you can do that by adding the following repositories:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonoomph/openshot-edge

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install openshot openshot-doc


GTK pod is a good ipod manager. gtkpod will support iPod, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod photo, and iPod mini

sudo apt-get install gtkpod

K3b – All in One CD, DVD, BluRay Burning Applicaiton for Ubuntu 11.04

K3b is a full featured disc burning tool which has all the features of Nero Burning rom. The current version support Blu-ray burning also. This is a KDE Application. If you install on Gnome It will download all the KDE Libraries. This will be a real overload.

sudo apt-get install k3b

Minitube – Youtube Desktop Client for Ubuntu

Minitube is a flash free YouTube desktop application for Linux and Mac OSX. Minitube is perhaps one of the cleanest looking YouTube desktop client I have ever used in Ubuntu.

Graphics Packages for Ubuntu 11.04

There are lot of applications available for image editing, drawing, painting, animation, 3d Modeling etc…

GIMP – The Advanced Image Editing programme for Ubuntu 11.04

A great Photo Editing and retouching software that can do gif animations . Will replace your Photoshop. A lot of plugins, brushes, gradients are avilable for gimp. A newer version gimp 2.8 is on its way with more revolutionary changes.

sudo apt-get install gimp

Inkscape – Vector image editing and drawing application in Ubuntu 11.04

A great Vector drawing and logo creating software which will replace Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.

sudo apt-get install inkscape

Picasa – Photo and Album collection Manager from google

A Good Photo Manager from Google. This Package will be downloaded from Google Picasa Website.


All downloads are approximately 30 MB: Picasa software (13 MB), Wine (11 MB) and Gecko engine (6 MB).


Blender is the award winning 3D modeling and Non Linear Editing Programme in Linux. Blender supports from character drawing to timeline editing . The Latest version 2.57 is the most powerfull solution for all designing and 3D needs.

sudo apt-get blender

Internet Utilities for Ubuntu 11.04

Firefox 4 is included in ubuntu 11.04 by default. But you can try other browsers like google chrome, opera.

Chromium Browser

Chromium is the opensource project sponsored by google. Chromium comes without google specific customizations. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Google Chrome

Google Chrome will be downloaded from Google Website.


Opera is a good alternative browser for good internet experience. You can Download Opera From Opera Website.

Email Clients for Ubuntu 11.04

Evolution is the default email client for Ubuntu 10.10 But you can try thunderbird, which is a good email client from mozilla.


Thunderbird is a good email client from Mozilla Foundation.

sudo apt-get install thunderbird

Chat Clients for Ubuntu 11.04

Empathy is the default IM Client for Ubuntu 10.10. Other IM Clients are pidgin,skype,amsn etc..


Pidgin is an open source IM application. It can handle various accounts . It is based on libpurple library.

sudo apt-get install pidgin


Skype is a proprietary integrated VOIP and video conferencing program similar to Ekiga. It is a complete audio video client for ubuntu. To install Skype, first activate Canonical Partner Repository, then install Skype via the Software-Center or via the Terminal.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype

Or you can Download skype from official website.


aMSN is an MSN Messenger utility that functions like the original client. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install amsn

Social Networking Clients for Ubuntu 11.04


gwibber is the default social networking client for ubuntu. You can manage your facebook and twitter accounts from gwibber.

sudo apt-get install gwibber

Hotot Twitter Client for ubuntu

Hotot is slick twitter client for ubuntu. It is in its early stages but it is worth take a look. Will be your favourite one soon.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hotot-team

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install hotot

Bit torrent Clients for Ubuntu 11.04


It is the bittorrent client for ubuntu 11.04

sudo apt-get install transmission


Vuze is the next version of Azureus. It can handle torrents more effectively. To install it type:

sudo apt-get install vuze


The Deluge was designed to be a full-featured BitTorrent client. Deluge uses libtorrent in it’s backend and PyGTK for it’s user interface, and is currently usable on Ubuntu.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install deluge

Installing the latest Java run time JRE

JRE stands for ‘Java Runtime Environment’. It’s an essential application that many applications ‘depend on’.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/java

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-fonts

Flash Player for web browsers in ubuntu 11.04

For Ubuntu 32 bit & 64 bit : To be able to watch videos and see flash website in your browser (firefox/ Chrome..), you need to install flash plugin, go to ubuntu software center and search word “flash” and install it.

FTP Clients for Ubuntu 11.04

filezilla and gftp are the popular ftp clients in ubuntu 11.04. Nautilus is also support ftp,sftp connections.


Filezilla is the best ftp client for Linux. It can handle all the FTP needs. Nautilus is also capable of connecting ftp.

sudo apt-get install filezilla


Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others, whether you’re a student or professional, parent or grandparent.

Download the Dropbox package:

Ubuntu (x86_64 .deb)

Ubuntu (x86 .deb)

Office Packages for Ubuntu 11.04

Libreoffice is installed by default. It includes Writer – A good Document Editor, Calc – A Spreadsheet Editor, Impress – A Presentation Creator and Manager and Draw – A Drawing creator. You can also try Abiword and Gnumeric.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

This will help to read pdf documents more effectively. The default Document Viewer will handle pdf files. But you get more features with this programme

sudo apt-get install acroread


Scribus is a good DTP application to prepare industry standard books for publishing and more …

sudo apt-get install scribus


Dia is a good diagram editor. Will help you to create a variety of diagrams like Flow chart, Database, Circuit, Logic, UML etc ..

sudo apt-get install dia

Miscellaneous Applications for Enhance your Ubuntu 11.04 Desktop

Some applicaitons like cheese,xsane,stellarium,unrar,p7zip are nice applications for enhance your desktop.

Cheese – Take Photos and Record Videos Using Webcam

Cheese is a must install especially if you are a laptop user, since most laptops/netbooks have a webcam these days. Cheese is a simple application that lets you take photos and record videos using your webcam.

sudo apt-get cheese

Xsane – A Scanner application for Ubuntu

Xsane is a great tool for your scanner control. This tool will help to scan documents and pictures effectively. You can control resolution, brightness, contrast etc …

sudo apt-get install xsane


Stellarium is a real-time 3D photo-realistic nightsky renderer. It can generate images of the sky as seen through the Earth’s atmosphere with more than one hundred thousand stars from the Hipparcos Catalogue, constellations, planets, major satellites and nebulas. Near 40 MB.

sudo apt-get install stellarium

Rar, Zip applicaitons for ubuntu 11.04

If you are downloading from the internet, you know how various forms archives can have. Installing the following will allow you to deal with most of these.

sudo apt-get install unace unrar zip unzip p7zip-full p7zip-rar sharutils rar uudeview mpack lha arj cabextract file-roller

Y PPA Manager

Y PPA Manager is a GUI tool to easily add PPAs, search a package in all Launchpad PPAs, remove duplicate PPAs (only works with separate .list files), backup PPAs and other PPA-related tasks. Check out the Launchpad page for a complete features list.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager

Samba Server

Samba is the windows share folder manager. You can add windows shares using samba server

sudo apt-get install samba smbfs

Wine The windows Environment –  install windows programmes into Ubuntu 11.04

If you want to install and run windows programmes under ubuntu 11.04 you need a windows environment emulator programme called wine.

  • Support for multiple icon sizes in wine menu builder.
  • Improvements to the help browser.
  • Initial stab at DOSBox integration.
  • Various MSI fixes.
  • Some fixes to the Wine debugger.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install wine1.3

RAM / CPU usage Indicator for Unity

Unity top panel doesn’t support any kind of applets, just AppIndicators. Luckily, there’s an AppIndicator that displays the RAM and CPU usage. Install it using the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexeftimie/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install indicator-sysmonitor

Firefox 4 Menu Reenabled

In Firefox, go to the Addons Manager and disable the Global Menu Bar Integration extension, restart Firefox, then right click the menu and deselect the Menu Bar.

Ubuntu One appindicator

If you using ubuntu one cloud service then here is a nice app indicator to help you .

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rye/ubuntuone-extras

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntuone-indicator

Resize Images by right click them in Ubuntu 11.04

This is a quick tweak and it is greatly usefull. If you have some large images and reduce its size to 50% or resize an image quickly. Then there is a nautilus script by using this one just right click on the image and resize for your desired sizes. Nice quick tool.

sudo apt-get install imagemagick

sudo apt-get install nautilus-image-converter

Eye Candy for Ubuntu 10.10

Incredible Themes for Ubuntu 11.04

A best theme combination is Equinox Evolution themes + Faenza icon theme combination. As an added advantage, both are available from the same PPA as well. Latest Equinox Evolution themes update brings with 3 new themes taking the total count to 5. To install Equinox GTK theme collection and Faenza icon theme in Ubuntu 11.04 type in terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-equinox equinox-theme faenza-icon-theme

There are other great themes from Gnome bisigi project. You have 12 great incredible themes for ubuntu.


Conky is a lightweight system monitor application for Linux. It can be customizable in lot ways to look your desktop stunning. Type following in terminal to install conky

sudo apt-get install conky

Screenlets for Ubuntu 11.04

Screenlets are small owner-drawn applications that can be described as “the virtual representation of things lying/standing around on your desk”. Sticknotes, clocks, rulers, the possibilities are endless.Screenlets can be installed from Ubuntu software center,

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:screenlets/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install screenlets

Install Gnome Shell and Gnome 3 in Ubuntu 11.04

(warning: you won’t be able to use Unity after using this PPA)

There is a PPa for gnome 3 in ubuntu. If you install gnome shell then you cannot use unity desktop anymore.Click here to get GNOME 3 PPA

Unity Keyboard Shortcuts

Key shotcuts in Unity: This page will document the keyboard shortcuts and mouse tricks for Unity.

Ubuntu BleedingEdge

This is the all in one solution to install Reader, Flash, Chrome, Picasa, Codecs, etc. There is a project is sourceforge called bleedingedge. This project is developed by fedelep. is a shell script designed for Ubuntu 32 and 64bit. It installs repositories, keys, and software – such as media players, codecs, MS fonts, drivers, etc. It also cleans up the system.

One Last Click

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7 thoughts on “Things to do after install Ubuntu 11.04 for a perfect Desktop”

  1. Here are a few more things I’d add. I would add the sshfs package (apt-get install sshfs) to be able to use SSH to browse another computer’s files.

    Another thing to do after installing the samba and smbfs packages is to create samba user accounts using smbpasswd for each user so they can actually log in to another computer without errors.


    # smbpasswd -a myusername

    This adds a new SAMBA user and sets their password. When prompted, set the new password the same as the user’s login password. In my experience, if you don’t add the user to SAMBA, they won’t be able to log in, even after you have set up your shares.  Of course, you still need to create the shares in the /etc/samba/smb.conf file or use one of the GUI tools to do it.

  2. I have just started using Ubuntu. Everytime I reboot I have to configure my Internet Broadband connection again. Pls help.

  3. I have just started using Ubuntu. Everytime I reboot I have to configure my Internet Broadband connection again. Pls help.

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