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My Perfect Desktop Ubuntu 13.04

It’s been quite some time I wrote about Ubuntu. Three years to be precise.

Lot has changed since then. Ubuntu has become even better and you can see finesse in it’s recent release 13.04 Raring Ringtail.

There are many forums which cover ubuntu installation in depth. So, I won’t go there. But I must confess..wow.. I just love the option ubuntu gives to wipe previous version of ubuntu and install new version on top of it. It is seamless. I am quite sure that there is no other OS which is as easy to install as ubuntu. Following are few things I did after installing ubuntu 13.04. Keep in mind that there are GUI alternatives to the terminal command I use, but I like it this way.

So, here it goes..

Essentials:

1. First things first, update system with latest patches if any.

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

2. Install the restricted codecs and stuff. Most simple way is by terminal.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Customization:

1. Reduce the boot wait time. For this, you will have to open grub file and change the “GRUB_TIMEOUT” from default value 10 to say 2 or 3. Needless to say this value is nothing but number of seconds GRUB waits for your input before booting to highlighted option. I find 3 seconds to be optimum. Once you change the value, update grub.

sudo nano /etc/default/grub
sudo update-grub

2. Automount the partitions if any.

3. Switch off online search from dash: Go to dash>Privacy>Switch off online search.

4. Adjust privacy setting to exclude video, photo if you want to.

Additional Softwares:

There is actually no need to install applications apart from those given by default. Still there are some apps which I like over the stock ones. You can install these through ubuntu Software Center.

1. Network/CPU/memory indicator: It shows graphically the usage of Network/CPU/memory used. Once installed, just search for System Load Indicator in dash.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-multiload/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload

2. VLC: Play all media player.

3. Clementine: Near perfect media player for your super-duper huge music collection.

4. GIMP: Professional photo editor for amateurs.

5. Gwenview: Much better photo viewer.

6. KRename: Best file renaming tool I have seen yet.

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