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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Things you could do after installing meercat

After reading this site I did this:

Update Repositories
  • Every time you install a brand new Ubuntu, the first thing you need to do is to update repositories and make sure you have the latest updates installed. 
  • Goto System - Administration - Synaptic Package Manager and hit 'Reload' button OR simply do the following in Terminal.
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get upgrade
Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras
  • Install the "ubuntu-restricted-extras" package. This will enable your Ubuntu to play popular file formats like mp3, avi etc. Click Here or use the command below to install the package.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Enable Full DVD Playback Including Dual Layer DVD's
  • Though installing the restricted extras package will solve most of your problems, you may not be able to play encrypted commercial and dual layer dvds yet in your Ubuntu. 
  • For that, you need to install libdvdcss2 package from medibuntu repositories. Simply do the following in Terminal. (Only works after enabling the medibuntu repository)
sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(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

Check For Availability of Proprietary Hardware Drivers

  • In my case, all the hardware drivers including graphics and wireless drivers weren't enabled automatically.
  • Simply goto System - Administration - Hardware Drivers and check whether there are any drivers available and activate the ones you want. In 90% of the cases, this will do the trick. Those who were not able to get their hardware drivers enabled yet will have to do fair amount of digging through ubuntuforums.
Install Compiz Config Settings Manager

  • Compiz desktop effects are available in your Ubuntu by default and if you have any kind of 3D acceleration available(graphics driver ie), you are good to go with Compiz.  
  • Now to tweak compiz the way you want, Install "compizconfig-settings-manager". Click here or do the following in Terminal to install "compizconfig-settings-manager".
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
Goto System - Preferences - CompizConfig Settings Manager.


    nautilus elementary ppa

      • To install Nautilus Elementary in Ubuntu Maverick, do the following in Terminal.
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
      sudo apt-get update 
      sudo apt-get upgrade
      nautilus -q


      You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases to your system's Software Sources.

      If you're using the most recent version of Ubuntu (or any version from Ubuntu 9.10 onwards), you can add a PPA to your system with a single line in your terminal:

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases  
      sudo apt-get update 
      sudo apt-get install stellarium

      Firefox 4.0

      Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 users wanting to upgrade to the latest release of Mozilla Firefox can do so by adding the Firefox Stable PPA to their system sources.

      To do this, open up the Ubuntu Software Center, head to Edit > Software Sources and click the ‘Other Software’ tab. Press ‘Add’ and then paste ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable into the relevant field.
      After adding the PPA you will be prompted to update your sources. Once done you can head to System > Administration > Update Manager to perform an upgrade

      Alternatively you can do the above via the Terminal (Applications > Terminal).  Just enter the following two commands separately, entering your password when asked: - 

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable  
      sudo apt-get update 
      sudo apt-get upgrade

      extra languages kan be downloaded here:
      for 32 bit or here
      for 64 bit systems

      The Extra Applications I Installed

      Some of the applications that I regularly use in Ubuntu are not available by default. And all of them are available in the default Ubuntu 10.10 repo.

      xsane (easier scanner GUI)  
      GFTP (Easy file transfer)
      Samba (to share folders on your local network)
      Eye of Gnome plugins,  (to make EoG better)
      Exaile music player,  (An easy to use music player)
      Sound Juicer (cd rip tool)
      VLC DVD player (A very versatile media player. It plays anything)
      Audacity (The best audio editor)
      The GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program)
      Keepassx (Manage your passwords crossplatform)
      Chromium web Browser (The open source version of Chrome, the Firefox alternative)
      Stellarium  (Your own planetarium allready installed if you did anbove)

      Kompozer (To make HTML pages with wysiwig)
      Mozilla Thunderbird  (Read and write email)
      Grsync (Sync directories in your system)
      Klibido (Read usenet binaries)
      Gwenview a kde viewer
      Geeqie another versalite viewer 
      Thunar the XCFE filebrowswer with an awesome batch rename function
      PDFshuffler split and merge pdf files 
      fcrackzip to crack ZIP passwords
      k9copy copy DVD's and reduce them to max 4.5 Gb
      k3b a versatile CD and DVD burning tool.

      Install them using a terminal with this command:
      sudo apt-get install k3b k9copy gftp fcrackzip pdfshuffler sound-juicer thunar gwenview geeqie gparted system-config-samba xsane eog-plugins exaile vlc audacity gimp keepassx stellarium chromium-browser kompozer thunderbird grsync klibido

      And some games for the children:

      sudo apt-get install gcompris kbreakout kollision ktuberling ktron kspaceduel planets frozen-bubble supertux supertuxkart  extremetuxracer gnome-breakout  pacman torcs micropolis lincity-ng  pychess

      Install Dutch language using a terminal with this command:

      sudo apt-get install gimp-help-nl kde-l10n-nl kdevplatform-l10n-nl language-pack-kde-nl-base  language-pack-kde-nl childsplay-alphabet-sounds-nl chromium-browser-l10n gcompris-sound-nl thunderbird-locale-nl 

      Back in time backup software

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bit-team/stable 
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install backintime-gnome

      To install Dockbarx to implement taskbar buttons like Win7 has

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa 
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install dockbarx
      Now add the dockbarX to your Gnome panel by right clicking on it an select it. After that remove the windowlist applet by right clicking right to the left of it and select the remove option. You may resize the Gnome panel by right clicking on it, select the properties and resize the panel.
      Furtherone you may need a PDF stitcher if pdfshuffler doesn't suit your needs:  Couturier
      You can download the .deb file and install this program. It offers the option of stitching PDF files into one larger file. Direct link
      Second direct link

      A nice wallpaper called Xplanet

      The DEB Packet is available via repository. Please keep in mind to never trust external repositories!  Even though I will never upload any shit to this repo I recomment the old scool way regardless: add the RSS to your favorite feed reader and fetch the package from the header of this website. The repository is signed (same goes for the packages, too) so you can be kind of “shure” that the stuff is what it is expected to be.
      sudo wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
      echo "deb /" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install xplanetFX

      If you want to download a .deb or a .rpm please go to:

      Early Feb 2011 there was a new release with many improvements. Some of these include: -
      • Consistency between tabs, padding and buttons used throughout
      • ‘Display’ now gives a more accurate preview of changes
      • ‘View’ Position widget has colour, a new grid, more
      • The application has a new Splash screen and application icon
      Amongst those changes come a few new features, notably: -
      • Ability to change corona blur
      • Star field can be zoomed
      • More shadow options
      • Faster rendering time


      The latest release of XPlanetFX, provided pre-packaged as a .deb, can be downloaded @
      Once installed the application can be launched the from the ‘Applications > Accessories’ sub-menu.


      This is a simple tool that allows you to search for PPAs and install them without hitting the terminal. It also allows you to manage (add/remove/purge) your existing PPAs with a few clicks.


      Open a terminal (hopefully this will be the last time you install PPA via the terminal) and type:
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager
      Once installed, go to “Applications -> System Tools -> Y PPA Manager“.


      if you need the Closed source virtualbox read this and use this:

      Note: VirtualBox has been moved from non-free to contrib with 4.0, so please adjust your repository settings.
      Add one of the following lines according to your distribution to your /etc/apt/sources.list:
      deb maverick contrib
      deb lucid contrib
      deb karmic contrib
      deb jaunty contrib
      deb intrepid contrib
      deb hardy contrib
      deb squeeze contrib
      deb lenny contrib
      deb etch contrib

      The Oracle public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here. You can add this key with
      sudo apt-key add oracle_vbox.asc
      or combine downloading and registering: 
      sudo wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

      The key fingerprint is
      7B0F AB3A 13B9 0743 5925  D9C9 5442 2A4B 98AB 5139
      Oracle Corporation (VirtualBox archive signing key) 

      (As of VirtualBox 3.2, the signing key was changed. The old Sun public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here.)

      To install VirtualBox, do
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.0

      Replace virtualbox-4.0 by
      • virtualbox-3.2 to install VirtualBox 3.2.12
      • virtualbox-3.1 to install VirtualBox 3.1.8
      • virtualbox-3.0 to install VirtualBox 3.0.14
      • virtualbox-2.2 to install VirtualBox 2.2.4
      • virtualbox-2.1 to install VirtualBox 2.1.4
      • virtualbox-2.0 to install VirtualBox 2.0.12
      • virtualbox to install VirtualBox 1.6.6
      Note: Ubuntu/Debian users might want to install the dkms package to ensure that the VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp) are properly updated if the linux kernel version changes during the next apt-get upgrade. For Debian it is available in Lenny backports and in the normal repository for Squeeze and later. The dkms package can be installed through the Synaptic Package manager or through the following command:
      sudo apt-get install dkms

      What to do when experiencing The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG ... when refreshing the packages from the repository?
      # sudo -s -H
      # apt-get clean
      # rm /var/lib/apt/lists/*
      # rm /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/*
      # apt-get clean
      # apt-get update
      Indicator-Virtualbox offers a quick way to launch virtual machines via the desktop panel.

      Indicator virtualbox for Ubuntu
      The applet, created by astrapi, sits in your panel and, on opening, lists all the virtual machines configured in Virtualbox. Selecting an entry launches the machine without the need to call the main virtualbox window.

      The Indicator can be installed from astrapi‘s PPA

      sudo apt-get-repository ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa 
      sudo apt-get- update
      sudo apt-get install indicator-virtualbox

      To launch press ALT + F2 (or use Synapse) and type: -
      or add the indicator to the list of automatically started programs.

      Choqok Twitter client

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neversfelde/experimental
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get-install choqok 

      Openshot video editor

      To install OpenShot 1.3.0 in Ubuntu 9.10 or higher add the following PPA to your software sources: -
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonoomph/openshot-edge
      sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install openshot

      Grub Customizer for customizing Grub2

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

      Grub Customizer will now show up in the Applications/System Tools menu.

      Redent NotifyOSD in Ubuntu,

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/recent-notifications
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install recent-notifications
      To use it, you have to right click on the panel and select “Add to Panel” From the window that pop up, select “Recent Notification”.
      You should now see a new applet in your Gnome panel.
      Simply click the applet and it will show a window with all your past notification 


      123c|ec23c3c| |2| said...

      couturier 0.5 is out links for you plz update

      Jeroen said...

      Thank you. I updated the links

      Angelus said...

      What font are you using in the screen shot for the indicator virtualbox?

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