9 Essential Things You Should Do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”

A few days before Linux team has launched the new version of Ubuntu, i.e. Ubuntu 11.04 called as Natty Narwhal - one of the most advanced Ubuntu version I have seen since a long time. Ubuntu since its first version has came a long way and the new version Ubuntu 11.04 has been most talked about because of its fresh look and feel. If you have updated your previous Ubuntu version to Natty Narwhal, you must have noticed some of the most biggest changes, i.e. new launcher, dash and a clever workspace manager.

Now, the new launcher sits on the left-hand side of your screen and allows you to get your favorites apps quickly, in a easy way. You can easily hide and reveal it in the top-left corner of your screen, add and remove applications and keep track of your running applications.

The new dash is pretty handy too in Ubuntu 11.04 that allows you to open your shortcuts and search for other applications and programs through a dedicated search bar on top of the dash windows. The new dash appears when you click on Ubuntu logo in the top-left corner of your screen.

Personally, I like the new features that has been brought into Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” but there is always one disadvantage that comes with Ubuntu, i.e., installing any new version of Ubuntu will erase all previous softwares, codes and program updates automatically. You have to install them separately after installing any new version of Ubuntu.

It means after you are done installing Ubuntu 11.04, there are many things left out that you need to take care of such as lack of necessary video and audio codecs, flash plugins, essential software, useful libraries and repositories.

So, this post is dedicated to list down some of the important things that you need to do after installing Ubuntu 11.04. If you too have download the latest Ubuntu version, you have to surely check out 9 essential things to do after installing Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”. It covers almost every basic need to make your new Ubuntu version perform better and also a list of software that you need to download after installing the fresh version of Ubuntu.

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Top 9 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 11.04

1. Didn’t like Unity 3D

You installed Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” and first thing you will notice that default desktop design is changed to Gnome 2 to Unity 3D. Some of them liked the new Unity 3D while some have complaints that the new version make their system slow or their old system doesn’t support 3D.

To make things little faster, there is a lighter version of Unity 3D called Unity 2D. It is much responsive version as compared to Unity 3D and will run on every system that don’t support 3D acceleration. You have the option to keep both Unity 2D and 3D on the same installation and choose which one to launch on login screen.

To install Unity 3D, open the Terminal and enter the commands below :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-2d-team/unity-2d-daily

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install unity-2d

2. Install all updates easily

I always like the Ubuntu OS since when its launched, only the thing I don’t like about Ubuntu is you have to separately install updates of the bundled software. It means after installing latest version of the Ubuntu, you still miss lots of updates of software that comes comes with Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”.

To install updates automatically, open the Terminal and enter following commands :

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

3. Install Ubuntu Restricted Areas

When you install Ubuntu, the installation process will prompt you with an option to download non-free audio, video formats, flash plugin etc. If you haven’t select that time or skipped it to make your installation speed fast, you can install them right away.

These non-free stuff are available as ubuntu-restricted areas and you can download it by executing a simple command in the Terminal.

To install Ubuntu Restricted Area, open the Terminal and enter the following command :

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

4. Want to share folders in Ubuntu 11.04

You are not alone in the world with a system, sometimes you need to share some important work with your colleague in your office. However, you don’t want to waste time be emailing them or copy in a pen drive then handing over. The most easiest and fastest way will be share folders with other computers so that it will be easy for others to simply pick up the file they want.

In Ubuntu 11.04, you have to install and configure Samba Share to share folders with other computers in your network.

To easily install Samba share, you can search and download from the software market. Or you can open the Terminal and execute the below command :

sudo apt-get install samba

5. Tweaking your Ubuntu 11.04

There are many possible tweaks that you can perform to make your Ubuntu 11.04 much better that its recent installation. But many of you leave it because there is no easy way to tweak Linux OS, you have to go through various commands in Terminal before actually pulling out a simple tweak.

But, there is a application called Ubuntu Tweak that let you config Ubuntu easily with simple one click. It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn’t provide. To download this application, click on the below image :

6. Install VLC and required Codecs

mPlayer is a nice player but I still like VLC because its the best media player ever made that can play anything and everything. You can directly download from the Linux Software Centre or open Terminal and execute below command :

sudo apt-get install vlc

Now, you have download VLC media player, its essential to download various audio and video codecs to play almost everything you got. So, open the Terminal and use the following command :

sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder libmpcdec3 libquicktime1 flac faac faad sox ffmpeg2theora libmpeg2-4

uudeview flac libmpeg3-1 mpeg3-utils mpegdemux liba52-dev mpeg2dec vorbis-tools id3v2 mpg321 mpg123 libflac++6 ffmpeg libmp4v2-0

totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 libjpeg-progs

7. Want to use Windows apps and games in Ubuntu 11.04

No doubt about the efficiency of Ubuntu OS but there are quite a few apps and games that you can only play in Windows OS and these apps has no support for Linux. That’s where a app called PlayOnLinux comes into use that allows you to easily install and use numerous games and apps designed to run with Windows OS. PlayOnLinux brings a cost-free, accessible and efficient solution to this problem. You can download the app directly from software centre or by clicking on the below image :

8. Download Gaming Repository in Ubuntu 11.04

If you are a gaming freak and likes to download the latest games available on getdeb.net, you should seriously give a look to Playdeb repositories that allows you to download latest titles with easy installation and update format. It allows you to download as many games you like by just a click.

Install Playdeb Package gaming repository in Ubuntu 11.04 by clicking here.

9. Download Extremely Useful Software for Ubuntu 11.04

Ok, you just download and installed the most useful repository, codecs and performed various tweaks to make your Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” experience more productive and easy to use. Now, its time to download some of best software for your Ubuntu 11.04 OS to perform various tasks easily and efficiently. So, let’s check out best software for Ubuntu 11.04 :

- OpenShot Video Editor (Video Editor) : One of the best video editor available for Linux OX till now. You can easily download it from Software Centre by searching for it or install latest release by executing below command :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonoomph/openshot-edge

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install openshot openshot-doc

- XBMC (Media Center) : XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, and Windows.

While XBMC functions very well as a standard media player application for your computer, it has been designed to be the perfect companion for your HTPC. Supporting an almost endless range of remote controls, and combined with its beautiful interface and powerful skinning engine, XBMC feels very natural to use from the couch and is the ideal solution for your home theater.

To download the latest version of Media Center, open Terminal and use the following commands below :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xbmc

- Vuze (BitTorrent Client) : The best BitTorrent client for Linux OX that let you search, download and play from the same app. You can easily download and share various P2P network. To download Vuze, open Terminal and execute following command below :

sudo apt-get install vuze

- FileZilla (FTP Client) : The best free FTP client for Linux OS and mostly for every OS. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License. To download FileZilla, execute the below command :

sudo apt-get install filezilla

- Deja Dup (Backup Tool) : Déjà Dup is a simple backup tool. It hides the complexity of doing backups the ‘right way’ (encrypted, off-site, and regular) and uses duplicity as the backend. Some of the features in Deja Dup are as follows :

• Support for local, remote, or cloud backup locations, such as Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloud Files

• Securely encrypts and compresses your data

• Incrementally backs up, letting you restore from any particular backup

• Schedules regular backups

• Integrates well into your GNOME desktop

To download Deja Dup, you can easily use the below command in Terminal :

sudo apt-get install deja-dup

- Pidgin (Instant Messenger) : Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once. With over more than 30 plugins, you can do configure almost everything in Pidgin the way you want. To download, open terminal and enter the command shown below :

sudo apt-get install pidgin

- Skype (Internal Calls) : Do I need to explain about Skype, the best service that lets you chat, video call, audio chat, audio calls with your friends and family all over the world. To download the latest version in Ubuntu 11.04, enter the below command in Terminal :

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype

So, here are the few tweaks you can perform and download best software for your new Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”. If I missed something, don’t forget to tell us in the comments section below.

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    • good day.
      i wanna use webcam or video calls in yahoo, but it says.. “its not supported”
      i have A4tech videocam.
      please help me, bcoz i have to familiarize everything in ubuntu, this is my first time to use it
      and i wanna use it in my internet cafe..

      i hope for your speedy reply

      thank you


  • wow .. thanks for the post ;)

  • xbmc will not install. repositories are broken?

  • Oh and how rude of me… Thanks for the informative post.

  • Samba is terrible though. It’s still buggy, it still breaks mounts and unmounts, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it

  • xmbc fails
    samba wouldn’t work
    Most important is configuring compiz, which no article covers

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  • For a newcomer to ubuntu and almost newcomer to windows (barring emailing from internet cafes abroad) I would like to find a beginners guide to using terminal commands and the underlying workings at basic level. I know this is not the site but it came up near top of search for basic commands. I really like the ethos and feel to the open source thing and fits in with my non computing mind set so would like to learn a bit from ground up. thanks in anticipation.

  • For those who having problems installing xbmc is because last version is for maverick so The “not found message” is because you are running natty.
    Just do this after adding the xbmc repos..

    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/team-xbmc-ppa-natty.list

    and rename the natty to maverick and try to install again.

    cheers.. :)

  • nope, it aint working. brand new install of 11.04.

    6. Install VLC and required Codecs

    sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder libmpcdec3 libquicktime1 flac faac faad sox ffmpeg2theora libmpeg2-4

    NEGATIVE. here’s the output:

    apt-get install non-free-codecs

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package non-free-codecs

  • ok, don’t know why this is overlooked in the article, but it SHOULD be number one.

    cause half the crap on this page wont install without.


    go here read, install then come back here….


  • EXTREMELY USEFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANX FOR POSTING


  • Man. For the first time in about 4 months, I’m using Ubuntu without a grimace and a nagging urge to switch back to Windows. Thank you!!!

  • plz send me ubuntu11.04 packages.my e-id:it.manojcool@gmail.com

  • i cannot get sound and compiz effects in ubunto………..i just installed it…..please help me
    help me to get other softwares also…..waiting for ur response

  • very useful comments….. thanks a lot….

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