Top Ten Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu (12.04 – 14.04) – Updated

The Ubuntu Unity Dash

The Ubuntu Unity Dash

So you have your shiny new installation of Ubuntu and I know your desperate to start playing around with it, but before you get started there are a few things that, in my opinion, every Ubuntu user should do after installing. These few tweaks and tips will ensure that your computer will run smoothly and be a fully up to date installation.

1. First things first, update! This should always be the very first thing you do, even if you clicked “Download Updates” during the installation. To update your computer in the quickest and simplest way, open up a Terminal (Cntrl+T) and type (or copy and paste if you’re lazy) the following command in, hit enter and follow the on-screen prompts:

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

This will ensure that you have all the necessary security updates, improvements and additions that are available for whatever release of Ubuntu you have installed.

2. The next thing that I always do is install a little app called preload. This program, over a short time will learn which programs you use on a regular basis and will fetch the programs and hold them in the memory, so when you start-up let’s say, your browser, you’ll see a remarkable improvement in how quick the program will start. Install it by entering the following command into the Terminal:

sudo apt-get install preload

 3. The next thing for me is to configure the start-up applications. This will be an entirely personal choice as to what services you disable for obvious reasons. But before you start-up the tool for this enter these following commands into the Terminal: Continue reading

A warning: The Terminal can be a Mine Field!

I was going to write about Distro Upgrades as my first post, something simple (if slightly confusing) but after the disaster that hit me and my machine last night, I’ve had to write this post, probably the most important post I’ll write on this blog as well.

Let me set the scene for you: I’d decided to try change my user name, so after a little research online on how it could be done I tried out a few commands, I can’t remember them now but they’re not important for this post.

Then a light bulb went off in my mind: Why not just create a new user with the name I wanted and delete the old one?

Simple solution to something that seemed quite complicated online. So off I went, created a new user name, logged in with it, and promptly deleted the old account, all done!

Then this happened:

This is a Mock Up

This is just a Mock Up

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