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11 Things To Do After installing Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”

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If you have recently installed Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”!!. So, you will need some necessary applications for various usage. Here’s a list of some necessary application and system modification you might consider doing after a fresh install of Ubuntu 15.04.

After Installing the new stable release of Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”, you probably will need some necessary additional applications for a fresh copy of Ubuntu, regardless which flavor of Ubuntu you are currently using, most of these applications are applicable to Ubuntu with Unity, Mate, Gnome, KDE, LXDE, or Xfce desktops.


1. Create a new user “Standard User” without administrator privileges.

By default during the installation of Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”, you create an administrator user for the system. So, it’s a recommended to use a standard user for regular system usage, and you can recall the administration privileges whenever you require it for installing applications or modifying system files. Creating a multiple user accounts is really useful specially if you are sharing the same operating system with other users, and you can change the permissions for your own files and folders to limit their access to your personal files or your “/Home/username” directory.

[How To]: Create a new user account on Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” using Graphical User Interface “GUI”

Open “System Settings” window, and open “User Accounts” from “System” sections. Or, you can search for “User Accounts” directly from Unity Dash.

You will need to unlock the “User Accounts” window using the administrator user you have created earlier during the installation of Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”. Then, you will be able to click the “+” icon for creating a new user.

Choose the account type as a standard account, so, it won’t have any administration privileges. Type you full name and the desired “user name” you will use next time to login and click Add.

The account won’t be activated, unless you set a password for this user. Click on “Account disabled” for setting a password for this account.

[note]Now you have an active standard user account with its “/home/username” directory.[/note]

[How To]: Create a new user account on Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” using Command Line Interface “CLI”

The procedures of creating an account varies a little bit based on the desktop interface you are using. So, here is how to create an account using command line interface which works with any flavor of Ubuntu “Vivid Vervet”.

Assuming the new user will be called a rx1.

sudo useradd -m rx1

“-m” option to create a home directory for the new user account.

sudo passwd rx1

It will ask to type a password for this account and retype it to verify it. Make sure you choose a strong password!

That’s it. Now, you have a new user account without an administration privileges on Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”. You can logout and re-login with the new account and recall the administrator user account when you need it.

2. Keep your system up to date

Make sure your operating system is up to date all the time to prevent security breach. You can update your system using the following commands or by using the update manager in your system.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

3. Firewall

GuFw Screenshot

By default the necessary ports are open for different usage such as port 80. But, if you are using applications requires a specific port to run through it, you will need to modify the rules using iptables or a graphical user interface such as “gufw“.

Install it Using the command line.

sudo apt-get install gufw

Or, Install it using Ubuntu Software Center.

Download Firewall configuration for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

4. Multimedia Framework “GStreamer” Codec

If you have tried to play any multimedia file with these extension “AVI, MP4, MP3, MPEG, ac3, WMV, DIVX, ..etc” none of them will work on your system unless you install the codec library.

By default, when you play a multimedia file using Totem or Rhythmbox, the system will detect and search for suitable codec for it. But, here’s how to install the codec manually.

Install the GStreamer library with administration privileges using the following command.

sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly

5. Unity Tweak Tool “For Ubuntu with Unity desktop environment only”

Unity Tweak Tool allows you to easily customize your Unity desktop environment, window manager, themes, and some system functionalities for Ubuntu 15.04. So, here are some useful features in Unity Tweak Tool could help you to use the desktop environment in an enjoyable way.

Unity-tweak-tool-screenshot-1 Unity-tweak-tool-screenshot-2

  • “Overview–>Launcher.”
    • Change the auto-hide animation.
    • Unity Launcher Reveal sensitivity.
    • Transparency level of the unity launcher.
    • Icons animation for different actions.
  • “Window Manager–>WorkSpaces” Change the number of the workspaces and shortcut keyboard key to show/switch between them.
  • “Window Manager–>Hot Corners” A really useful features to helps you to make a unique functionality for each corner of your desktop such as spread active windows in the current workspace or show or show windows of all workspaces, show workspaces and Toggle desktop.
  • Dig in for more options.

Download Unity Tweak Tool for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

6. Compiz

If you are looking for more customization for your desktop and window manager. Compiz provides more options similar to Unity Tweak Tool.

Download Compiz for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

7. Conky

Conky System Monitor Screenshot

Conky is one of the best lightweight system monitor to display a real time information about your system such as CPU frequencies, RAM usage, hard disk capacity, network traffic, …etc.

Install it Using the command line.

sudo apt-get install conky

Download Conky for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

8. Flash Plugin

HTML 5 is becoming dominate in major websites such as “YouTube” and you can simply choose HTML 5 to be the default multimedia player for YouTube videos. However, you probably will need a flash player when you browse other web pages.

Install using the command line. Open Terminal and type.
sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

Download Flash Plugin for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

9. Alternative Package managers


Personally I prefer using the command line for installing applications or updating the system. Also, Ubuntu Software center is laggy sometimes. So, you could use a terminal based package manager called “Aptitude” or a graphical user interface package manager called “Synaptic”.
Download Synaptic for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier
Download Aptitude for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

10. Backup


An amazing method to keep your personal and important files backed up regularly in case you can’t access the original copy of your files and folders, or maybe these files has been corrupted somehow. backup software comes pre-installed on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet. So, you don’t have to install any additional applications. Simply, run the deja-dup back from “System-Settings” and select “Backups”.

Now, select the folders you want to be backed up regularly and the folders to be ignored. Then, select the backup destination, whether it’s on your local machine or a remote machine can be access through FTP or SSH. Finally, select how often the backup software should re-backup your folders. You can simply restore the recent backups from the same window when you need it.

[note]You must enable automatic backup to be able to schedule backups. “From ON-OFF button in the top right side of the window.”.[/note]

11. BleachBit


After a few days of using Ubuntu you will have a big amount of unnecessary files and folders has been created by various applications such as web browsers, multimedia players, cache, internet history, cookies, package manager files, ..etc. It uses a huge space of your hard drive and it could slows down the operating system sometimes. So, you might consider using Bleachbit to get rid of these unnecessary files.

Download BleachBit for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

[note]Use this application with caution specially if you are willing to remove system files[/note]

If you have something in mind we should consider to install or modify please keep us posted!

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