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LTS has been recently released and Kubuntu 1. Kubuntu is been my primary distro for many years now. It brings together the wonderful KDE desktop along with the app laden Ubuntu. So if you have just done a fresh install of Kubuntu then you can tweak few things and install some apps to make sure everything from multimedia to office apps and browser functionality works in the best possible manner without any glitches.
Update the system. Keeping the system uptodate is necessary to not only get improvements and bug fixes, but also to fix security related issues and bugs. Install Synaptic package manager, aptitude and gdebi. Kubuntu has the Muon package manager installed by default.
In addition to it, you can have the synaptic package manager, which is a very simple and powerful package management tool for ubuntu. The aptitude command is a great alternative to the apt- get command has a lot more features. The gdebi command allows us to install deb files and pull in dependencies automatically. The Settings > Repositories option inside synaptic package manager would launch it, if its installed. Otherwise it opens a different kind of dialog with very limited options. Get some wallpapers. There is only a single strange looking wallpaper that gets installed with Kubuntu.
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To decorate the desktop a little more, get some good looking wallpapers from the repository. Install rar and unrar utilities. The context (right click) menu in Dolphin allows you to compress files and folders at a single click. However the option to create rar archives would not work until the rar package is installed. If the rar program is not present on the system, trying to create rar files would give the error message - . Without unrar, Ark (the archive program on KDE) would give the error message - .
Install Quick Access widget. The quick access plasma widget can be used to navigate the file system and launch the file manager or open any file directly. It is added to the panel. Search for the widget named Quick Access and add it to the panel.
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Install some screen savers. The pre- installed screen savers are very primitive looking. So get some good looking screen savers by installing the following package.
Select one of the Open. GL screen savers. They look pretty cool.
A less complicated way to do it is by adding the . It would add options in the right click menu, that would allow you to open a folder or file with root privileges with a single click. Ofcourse you would have to type the password, but still is a time saver. Go to . Search for root and find the service named Root Actions. Click Install. After installing it, you should see a new option in the right click menu that allows to open files and folders as root. Install Chromium. Kubuntu comes with Firefox, and you can install Chromium browser which is a faster and more responsive browser.
Its the open source version of Google Chrome. Install flash player.
The Chromium browser (like Google Chrome) now uses the . The following package shall manage the task of doing that.
If not then you need to install the following package$ sudo apt- get install flashplugin- installer. Google Chrome users do not need to install anything, it already has the Pepper API based adobe flash plugin built inside. Install VLC player. This is a must have application in the multimedia category.
It can play a large variety video and audio formats in a hassle- free manner without any complains of missing codecs. And yes, its open source and totally free. Install restricted codecs.
VLC player suffices for playing common audio/video formats. Along with it we can also install the codec packs for various proprietory formats so that other multimedia applications are also able to play as many formats as possible. If you had selected . If not, then install the following packages.
Playing encrypted dvds. The libdvdcss library (part of the Video. LAN project) can be used to play dvds encrypted with .
To install it, first install the libdvdread. Install skype. Skype might be an optional app for some users. For video conferencing Google hangouts work pretty well.
But when you want to make phone calls, video calls, text chat all from a single desktop application, skype does not have any alternative on Linux. Get skype from the following url. Choose Ubuntu from the distro list and the download should being automaticallyhttp: //www. Or download the installation file with wget using the following commands.# download with wget.
The reason is probably the size of the userbase which is small on Linux. But still we continue to use it as is. Install Dropbox. Download the Ubuntu deb file from https: //www.
Make sure to select the correct architecture (6. It will download a 1. The installer will then download the complete dropbox application and install it.
Install the deb file with gdebi$ sudo gdebi dropbox. It will ask to download the dropbox daemon which will install the full thing.
The final installation takes few minutes, after which it should be ready to use. Install Yakuake dropdown terminal.
Yakuake is a cool dropdown terminal app for KDE. It shows/hides a terminal at the press of a key making it a convenient to access the command line. Yakuake registers the F1. Tweak fonts. Kubuntu uses the Ubuntu fonts, which do not look nice at all compared to other fonts like Droid Sans. Distros like Xubuntu and Elementary OS are already using Droid Sans as the default font on desktop. Sometime back I had developed a simple method to tweak the appearance of fonts and make them look extra- ordinary.
It involves using Droid and Noto fonts and configuring anti- aliasing via . Follow this article here. How to get gorgeous looking fonts on Ubuntu. Install additional drivers. For certain hardware like Nvidia and AMT graphics cards and Broadcom wireless chipsets, the ubuntu repository provides packages to install the proprietory drivers. These are the official drivers from the respective vendors, and enable the hardware to perform much better than with the free and open source drivers.
It is recommended to install the proprietory drivers for best performance of the hardware. For instructions on how to install nvidia drivers follow this post - How to install the latest Nvidia drivers on Ubuntu 1. Trusty Tahr. 18. Install java browser plugin. The java browser plugin is essential to run applets inside browsers. Most modern websites do not use java applets anymore, but occasionally you might come across some.
To install java browser plugin all you need to do is install the following package$ sudo apt- get install icedtea- plugin. It installs openjdk- 7- jre (java runtime) and other necessary packages. Now the java plugin should work right away in Firefox and Google Chrome.
You can test this by going to http: //javatester. Make partitions writable. This is really the coolest thing to do after installing any linux distro. The permission system of linux does not allow you to write to other partitions without root privileges. Most of the time you find yourself opening file managers with a sudo/gksudo/kdesudo.
On the desktop, it is sensible enough to have other partitions as writable so that you can access them freely. Open Dolphin (or your favorite file browser) with root privileges and go into the hard drive partition/usb drive. Right click > Properties > Permissions tab, give View+Modify privileges to owner, group and others. Check the . Homerun Kicker menu. Homerun Kicker is a plasma widget that opens a menu to find and launch applications similar to the normal K menu that already have. Homerun Kicker is an enhanced version that has a search box and separate list of shortcuts to launch favorite applications.
Install homerun by running the following command. Search for homerun and add the widget that is named .
It should look like this. Summary. By now your Kubuntu system should feel a lot more user friendly.
Although we did only some of the most essential tweaks, there is a lot more you can do. For more software apps check out the muon or synaptic package managers and install to your needs. Check out the System Settings tool to configure the desktop in all possible ways including application preferences, locale settings, visual appearance, hardware configuration, network settings etc. KDE is great at customization. And if you know of more cool things that can make Kubuntu better, then let us know in the comment box below.
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