9 Things I Did After Installing Brand New Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat"

The final release of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is here with a ton of improvements. I think, it's time to stop talking about the great strides Ubuntu 10.10 has made on the usability fronts and lets just concentrate on the things you need to do and you could do with the new Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

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
  • Done.
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
  • Done
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 dual layer dvds yet in your Ubuntu. 
  • For that, you need to install libdvdcss2 package from medibuntu repositories. Simply do the following in Terminal. 
sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(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
  • Done.
Check For Availability of Proprietary Hardware Drivers

  • In my case, all the hardware drivers including graphics and wireless drivers were enabled automatically. But this may not be the case with everyone. 
  • If you are on the other side, simply goto System - Administration - Hardware Drivers and check whether if 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
  • Done. Goto System - Preferences - CompizConfig Settings Manager.
Ubuntu 10.10 Deserves Some Theming

  • If you have been a reader of this blog for sometime, you probably would have guessed it already. Equinox GTK Theme + Faenza Icon Theme is still my favorite Ubuntu theme combination. Install it once and you will feel the same, I assure.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-equinox equinox-theme equinox-ubuntu-theme faenza-icon-theme
  • Done. Now, there is one more theme you should strongly consider. Elegant GNOME Theme Pack for Ubuntu. It's as good and sometimes even better than the one we discussed before.
Nautilus Without Nautilus-Elementary is Dull!

nautilus elementary ppa
  • Nautilus-Elementary is Nautilus on steroids. Your favorite file browser just got awesome.
  • 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 dist-upgrade
nautilus -q
  • Done. Nautilus Elementary is at its awesome best when used along with Equinox + Faenza theme combination that we described earlier.
Equinox/Faenza + Nautilus Elementary + Gloobus Preview = Perfect Desktop

Gloobus Preview
  • Gloobus Preview is a simple file preview application which in my opinion, should be included in the default installation. It is so useful and absolutely lightweight as well. 
  • Install Nautilus Elementary also for best results. Following steps will you install Nautilus Elementary and Gloobus Preview together. 
  • Please keep in mind that, if you have installed Nautilus Elementary from the earlier step, you don't have to add 'ammonkey' Nautilus Elementary PPA again.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gloobus-dev/gloobus-preview
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gloobus-preview && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • Done. Hit space bar to activate Gloobus Preview. Detailed review of Gloobus Preview and more screenshots here.
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. If you want to install the bleeding edge versions of the apps, follow the respective links.

Update: 18 Applications to Install After Installing Ubuntu
Thats pretty much it, my Ubuntu 10.10 is ready to roll. Those steps may feel like a lot, but trust me it's not and really quite easy to do. Enjoy the maverick magic.