Top things to do after installing Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx and 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

Update:  For Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat please check our latest post :

The final release of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx will be out this week,  after you install lucid or upgrade you will need to add some software, repositories,  you can also update the look to your choice by adding Cairo dock menu, changing the window buttons for example, bisigui themes. You can always add more themes , see this article : Great themes for Ubuntu

First thing i will start with how to resolve nosound problem in ubuntu lucid Lynx, i confronted this issue when i first installed lucid in my Laptop, the solution you can find it in this post.


Now let`s see which things are important to do install after installing Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Links :


Add Medibuntu repositories

Medibuntu is a packaging project dedicated to distributing software that cannot be included in Ubuntu for various reasons, related to geographical variations in legislation regarding intellectual property, security and other issues. by adding Medibuntu repostories you will be able to install many softwares like Google-Earth , opera ,Win32codecs , Msfonts  and more by the normal command :

sudo apt-get install <software-name>

Click here and Follow the steps to add medibuntu repostories to ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx in my previous post.




Start Script – Install the most needed Applications and repositories in Lucid (Medibuntu, getdeb, Drropox…)



This script helps new users set up a few things most people do when they first install Ubuntu. The script adds extra repositories:

Ubuntu restricted extras, Medibuntu, Getdeb,Dropbox, and install from repository softwares like The GIMP, Pidgin, WINE, Chromium browser, Gnome Do, Guake, VLC media player, Mplayer, SMplayer, Thunderbird, Dropbox, skype, Codecs..and more. This script actually available just for only Ubuntu 10.04 lucid Lynx.

Read our previous post for more informations how to use the script


Sharing folders in Lucid lynx


If you have a local network and you tried to share folders with other computers on this network, you will got a message like this :

Now to be able to share folders in lucid lynx with other Linux and windows machine in your network, you will need to install and configure samba share, for instructions how to configure samba in Ubuntu see this Post

Install samba :


sudo apt-get install samba

or click here

When samba is installed and configured then you can set which folders you want to share by right click on the folder



Windows emulators : PlayOnLinux

PlayOnLinux is a piece of sofware which allows you to easily install and use numerous games and softwares designed to run with Microsoft®’s Windows®.
You can install many windows games like callofduty, doom ,…. Msfonts ,Itune ,Microsoft office 2007 (see our howto install MS office 2007 in Ubuntu using playonlinux )

You can install playonlinux from Ubuntu software center,  by using the command :

sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Or Click link bellow to install :



Enchance launch-bar menu in Lucid Lynx with cairo-dock, Docky

  • Cairo-Dock is an animated application launch bar for the desktop, comparable to the dock in Mac OS X or Rocket Dock (for Windows).  It is compatible with Compiz, but it can also run without a composite manager . Cairo-Dock can run under GNOME, KDE and XFCE.

Open the terminal and copy and past the command bellow :

sudo -v
echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main ## Cairo-Dock-PPA-Stable" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys E80D6BF5


Update the installation :

sudo apt-get update  

Now install cairo-dock :

sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins


  • Docky : Some of Docky’s amazing features include themes, plugins, 4 different hiding modes, advanced indicators, zeitgeist integration, and window management.Docky is an advanced shortcut bar that sits at the bottom, top, and/or sides of your screen. It provides easy access to some of the files, folders, and applications on your computer, displays which applications are currently running, holds windows in their minimized state, and more.

Installation of Docky

First add repository

sudo  add-apt-repository ppa:docky-core/ppa

Now update source and install docky

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install docky




Add screenlets to your Desktop

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. The goal of the Screenlets base-classes is to simplify the creation of fully themeable mini-apps that each solve basic desktop-work-related needs and generally improve the usability and eye-candy of the modern composited Linux-desktop.

sudo apt-get install screenlets


Or install by clicking 


Change window buttons from Left to right

As you can see in ubuntu 10.04 Lucid the button of the window are located on left instead of the usual place on the right of the window, if you want to have the buttons back to the right then use windows button script :

First Download the script form this Link


  • Now cd the folder where you downloaded the script, in my case :


cd /home/zinovsky/Downloads


  • Make the script executable :


sudo chmod +x 123360-123360-Change Window

  • Now Run the script :

./123360-123360-Change Window

After you will got this screen to choose the location where you want to have the buttons :

I changed the button to the right, here it is the result :


Ubuntu Gaming made easy with PlayDeb

If you are a fun of gaming so is important to add Playdeb repositories to your Lucid Lynx. Playdeb is a gaming repository for Ubuntu – aimed to provide titles already available on in an easier to install and update format. You can install many games by a simple click

Please see how to add repository in this link : Ubuntu Gaming made easy with PlayDeb



Media players

My Favorite media player are VLC media player and banshee:

VLC is the best media player for Linux it play almost everything , he has many features that you can not find in any other media player , read this post to know more about vlc : Things you didn’t know VLC media player can do

Install VLC media player :

sudo apt-get install vlc

or click the image to install vlc : 

– The second media player i like is Banshee,

You can install banshee by clicking this link or from the command line :


sudo apt-get install banshee

If you like banshee you will like also to add some useful extensions like :


  1. banshee-extension-ubuntu one music store : This extension makes the Ubuntu one Music Store available in banshee.

sudo apt-get install banshee-extension-ubuntuonemusicstore

or click this image to install 

For more extensions for Banshee open Ubuntu software center and type Banshee then you will got Banshee and a list of extensions:

Click on screenshot for file size


Playing encrypted DVDs

To play encrypted DVDs, the libdvdcss2 package is essential. libdvdcss is a simple library designed for accessing DVDs like a block device without having to bother about the decryption.

If you already added Medibuntu repositories above manualy of via start script you will be able to install them using the command :

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2




Moovida Media center

Moovida is much more than a simple media player… it is a cutting edge media center bringing the best of the internet to your TV screen. Automatically creating your own digital library you can browse from your sofa with a remote control. The elegant and easy to use interface automatically displays artwork and fan art throughtout and gives you access to movie synopsis and artist info.

Install Moovida from by clicking here, or using the command :


sudo apt-get install moovida



Video editors

Pitivi Video editor is now included in ubuntu 10.04, but my  favorite Video editor is Openshot for the moment i find it as one of the best existing actually for Linux.  Openshot now is included in Ubuntu repositories, so you can install it by clicking here or by typing the command:

sudo apt-get install openshot

Or Click link bellow to install :



Screencast of OpenShot Chroma-Key Effect from Jonathan Thomas on Vimeo.



Backup tools : Deja Dup

Déjà Dup is a simple backup tool. It hides the complexity of doing backups the ‘right way’ (encrypted, off-site, and regular) and uses duplicity as the backend.


Deja Dup features :
• Support for local or remote backup locations, including Amazon S3
• Securely encrypts and compresses your data
• Incrementally backs up, letting you restore from any particular backup
• Schedules regular backups
• Integrates well into your GNOME desktop

sudo apt-get install deja-dup

Or Click link bellow to install :


Bitorrent client : Vuze

Vuze is a bitorrent client that is used to download and share files using the p2p network.

sudo apt-get install vuze

Or install by clicking here


Filezilla the best ftp client for linux :

Filezilla is the best ftp client for Linux

Install via command line :

sudo apt-get install filezilla

Or by clicking here

Communication : Instant messengers

Pidgin the best messenger client and 30 plugins, you can enjoy chat with freinds using voice and cam.

sudo apt-get install pidgin

Or by clicking this link

–  aMSN is a free windows Live Messenger clone. aMSN attempts to emulate the look and feel of Windows Live Messenger, and supports many of its features.

aMSN has features not present in Windows Live Messenger. Users can set alarms, are able to see others who have removed them from their contact list, and are able to open many profiles at once. It is also very customizable, with extensions and themes available at the main site.

sudo apt-get install amsn

Or Click here to install


Flash plugin for firefox

To be able to watch videos and see flash website in your firefox you need to install flash plugin,  ubuntu software center and search  word “flash”


Useful links:

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  • idiot’s advocate

    Would it kill you to proofread?

  • Erik

    The first terminal command has an unnecessary hyphen. Although most linux users would probably catch this, someone just switching would probably not. It should be “sudo apt-get install “, not “sudo-apt-get install “

  • graviton

    Chillax, dude. The guy isn’t natively English, and you can easily understand what he’s saying. Don’t be so sour about it.

    Great article! Thanks for the information.

  • graviton

    And I mean that to the idiot’s advocate person, not Erik

  • Zinovsky

    Corrected, was a typing mistake. Thanks :)

  • Shannon VanWagner

    I recommend using the command:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

    Shannon VanWagner

  • Chuck Palmer

    Vuze is so over blotted and slow. You want an excellent client that is native versus running uTorrent in WINE then I recommend you check out Deluge.

    For more advanced setup, install Deluge Daemon and then connect to it from anywhere using the client. I love using my Droid phone to start downloads while I am on the go.

  • Doglass

    You are not native, but i like your website.
    still one of the bests for Linux beginners

  • bpollen

    I’m willing to bet that he is native to SOMEWHERE… getting a little ethno-centrist there.

    But I do agree that it is a good source of info, especially for the newbies.

  • Iveen


    This is a great source of info, I encourage you to keep it up, and please, ignore all those people that only made offensive comments.

  • http://ToinstallFlashplugin,MP3playback,etc. Zinovsky

    Yes it is true but need Medibuntu repositories to be added first before to install the ubuntu-restricted-extras :)

  • JJMacey


    Thanks for the great post.

    I’m looking to go the 64-bit way this time around.

    Are the install commands different than those in your post?

  • Zinovsky

    No difference, the same commands you can use in a 64-bit as a 32-bit. If you need any help later just ask :)

  • JJMacey

    [quote=Zinovsky]No difference, the same commands you can use in a 64-bit as a 32-bit. If you need any help later just ask :)


    I followed your last set of instructions regarding 9.04 and was more than happy running 32-bit.

    Great work!

    Best regards,

    Tempe, Arizona

  • Vincen Collins

    Great job on this article, really helpful!

  • radikal

    well , i looking for help to install java , cuz i cant install p2p programs like forstwire or limewire . how can install java in terminal… :shock:

  • Zinovsky

    To install Java run time in Ubuntu Lucid:
    Open terminal and type
    [quote]sudo add-apt-repository “deb lucid partner”[/quote]

    Update the source list

    [quote]sudo apt-get update[/quote]

    Now install sun java packages using the following commands :

    [quote]sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-fonts[/quote]
    If you have any problem please report it. Thanks

  • maverick

    Great article :D I used some of them

    There is a different version for flash if you are using 64 bits Ubuntu. It did fixed some error that you will have if you use flash 32 bits.
    The command for it is:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sevenmachines/flash && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install flashplugin64-installer

  • HalfLifeHCG

    Awesome Work.. This article saved TONS of time for me.. :D :D

  • Scott Glennon

    I’m fairly new to Linux, not quite a year now. I found this very helpful. Thank you very much!

  • gadgetboi

    thank you for this great article! really help newbie like me :D

  • Fozz

    Trying to remove ms fonts installed with your script and can’t figure how. I need very simple instructions as I’m very new to Linux

    I think it can be done but I don’t know how and my eyes are killing me

  • sunny

    fantastic post…loved it all way…saved much of time …and so clean…

    u rock !!!!

  • ActionParsnip

    Filezilla is NOT the best FTP client for Linux, nor is it the worst. There is no single best app for any task and to think so is incredibly ignorant.

    It’s the same as saying:
    “Blue is the best colour”
    It’s a ridiculous statement and people will have their own personal preferences. You may have been expressing your opinion but this was not made clear, you simply wrote it as a matter of fact that it is THE best FTP client which it isn’t. I suggest you amend your document as such.

  • joe

    Step 1
    Uninstall Ubumtu

    Step 2
    Install Real Linux Distro

  • bpollen

    [quote=joe]Step 1
    Uninstall Ubumtu

    Step 2
    Install Real Linux Distro

    My, that is really helpful!

  • Douglas Drumond

    There’s only one caveat: there’s a codec package from medibuntu called w32codecs. If you want to install in a 64 bits system, use w64codecs instead.

  • Anonymous

    Your instructions on how to Change window buttons from Left to right…
    The script filename has spaces between words. Perhaps you should tell your new users to type like so –
    sudo chmod +x “123360-123360-Change Window”
    ./”123360-123360-Change Window”

  • ranjeet

    hii..i install ubuntu 10.04 by daemon tool .when i try to install g++ , it want live cd ….. :P
    so waht i do ?? :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

  • conrad

    I used to use Deluge a few years back, but since Ubuntu has made transmission the default client I have been using that now instead.
    I thought they were both interchangeably good, but I haven’t used Deluge in a long time and wondered whether there were any mareked differences and improvement on 1 over the other?

  • xpenguin

    Forget the “normal” Ubuntu lucid! That is too ugly! Take “Ultimate Edition 2.7”. This is a “Super-Ubuntu”, the best & most beautiful what ever I seen!

  • padhu

    I really enjoyed it after following your to do list. I am now pointing this to my friends too.

    Thank you, Unixmen

    iam following you in twitter, Just update the news to follow up :-)

  • ErickJohnCuevas

    Good day to you all and specially to the webmaster. I would like also to share how I change my window buttons without downloading a script. I hope this link will also help. Changing window button from left to right. I am still learning some tweaks and post it for my future reference. :lol:

  • allan

    Man, thanks a lot!!!
    I’m having troubles with java on Ubuntu a while by now.
    I don’t follow exactly your steps, but the site and the tips led me to the solution (download the *.deb files and [i]sudo dpkg -i sun-java6-bin_6.20dlj-1ubuntu3_i386.deb sun-java6-jre_6.20dlj-1ubuntu3_all.deb sun-java6-fonts_6.20dlj-1ubuntu3_all.deb sun-java6-plugin_6.20dlj-1ubuntu3_i386.deb
    Sorry for my bad English.
    Have a nice life!

  • Zinovsky

    You are welcome :)

  • shank

    thanks man the article was really usefull :)
    m loving ubuntu :)

  • Douglas Drumond

    Quite irrelevant, if you use a powerpc computer (like old macs), you should use ppc-codecs.

  • user99

    How about Ubuntu Tweak, I think it should have made the list AND it handles the window left to right function.

  • zunair

    thanks for giving these ideas. They are very handy specially for most of the people like me switching from other operating systems.
    Nice work over all and comprehensive.
    Hats off to the writer

  • Aray

    Great tips :)

  • ActionParsnip

    It’s UBUNTU, Not Ubumtu:
    It’s also pronounced OO-BOON-TOO so sounds nothing like "bum". If you were intending a pun/joke then you have failed.

  • Miranti Cahyaningtyas

    This writing of yours is very useful. Thank you very much. I get some stuffs I might need here. Keep doing good stuffs, you in Unixmen.

  • Jaka

    thank you for writing your posts, this is very helpful at all for me a new one using linux. success always for you.

  • Mogs

    Damn Ubuntu Linux for the win everything in this article just made ubuntu like 10x better which is hard to do considering how ubuntu is already like 10x better than anything else

  • vdpau on ubuntu 10.04

    If you want to use hard accelerated playback for your NVIDIA GEFORCE adapter you have to compile mplayer, ffmpeg and flac from source.

    There are many more resources on the web, so use google and find it.


  • todd

    thank you. i am semi new to linux and your posts are really helpful.

  • MILLIESmith

    It’s known that cash makes people independent. But how to act if somebody has no money? The one way is to try to get the personal loans or just collateral loan.

  • miikla

    tnx :)

  • heyyy

    shut the fuck up graviton!Don’t be sour about it!

    Who cares that the guy isn’t natively English!! You’re so stupid!!!

  • heyyy

    No! I’m using Ubuntu 10.04 64 bits, and I tried almost all the commands shown here, and all they are working perfectly!!

    the only problem I had, was trying to watch videos on Youtube, but I just google for information and fixed the problem!!

  • MadSpuOshesky

    Hi, new to Linux (running Mint 10) and all the things in your article are really useful. Thanks man!

  • dave


  • ActionParsnip

    Some people are smart like that I guess :-(. Makes the world go round I suggest :-(

  • ActionParsnip

    Could just use a PPA with it enabled…