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ubuntu 12.10

If you've been following WebUpd8 for a while, you've probably noticed that we used to make a post with things to tweak after each Ubuntu release (here are the 12.04 and 11.10 posts). This time, let's do things differently!

I'll start by sharing with you the first things I did after installing the latest Ubuntu 12.10 and you, the readers, can post comments, telling us what you've installed / customized / tweaked after installing 12.10, no matter what Ubuntu flavour you're using.

What I did after installing Ubuntu 12.10

The first thing I did after installing Ubuntu 12.10 was to restore my PPAs backup from Ubuntu 12.04. That's right, I'm addicted to PPAs. That's because, even though Ubuntu 12.10 has the latest version of most packages, there are some apps which aren't available in the official repositories that I can't live without. For this I've used Y PPA Manager which imports the GPG keys automatically and can also update the PPAs that work with the latest Ubuntu release.

Firefox extensions and webapps.


I'm using Firefox because it works better for me with a large number of open tabs (especially since there's an option not to load tabs until clicked). I only use three addons: Adblock Plus, Tab Badge (adds a a small badge to your tabs to alert you when you have notifications for websites like Facebook, Google Plus, etc.) and LastPass (for better password security and sync).

And speaking of browsers, I've also installed some webapps (they work with both Firefox and Chromium, though Chromium requires an extension available in the repositories):
  • Google Plus - I don't want to miss any posts so the notifications provided by the Google Plus webapp are really useful;
  • Facebook - integrates Facebook with the Messaging Menu, without using a separate application. Sweet!
  • Gmail - this is a really useful webapp too as it displays the number of unread emails as a badge on the Unity luncher and in the Messaging Menu, along with new email notifications (though the notifications are currently broken for me using Firefox). 
More about the new webapps, HERE.


    I was telling you there are some applications which I can't live without. Well, many of them are appindicators:
    • My Weather Indicator - weather on the panel is a must for me, a feature that Ubuntu should really add by default;
    • Google Calendar Indicator - I use Google Calendar a lot, and this appindicator is very useful, displaying future events, notifications and more;
    • Caffeine - because there's nothing more annoying than watching a video / movie and having the screen lock pop-up in the middle of it;
    • Glippy - in my opinion, a clipboard manager is a must. Glippy is my favourite, but any will do;
    • Dropbox - Ubuntu One is nice, but there are some features for which I prefer Dropbox. It can be installed from the Ubuntu repositories repositories too.

    Other applications.

    • VirtualBox - for testing the next Ubuntu release and other Linux distributions of course, something I need for WebUpd8;
    • GNOME Tweak Tool - for changing the GTK / Window theme, because at the time I've installed Ubuntu 12.10, the other tools like Ubuntu Tweak, MyUnity, etc. didn't yet support 12.10 (and they still don't fully support it yet);
    • CCSM - since Ubuntu Tweak and the other tweaking tools don't fully support Ubuntu 12.10 yet, CCSM is the way to go right now if you want to tweak various Unity aspects;
    • Shutter - the best screenshot tool for Linux, is also one of the first applications I install since I need it for the new WebUpd8 posts;
    • Movies / music: Ubuntu Restricted Extras is a must. And for me, so are SMplayer and sometimes VLC for playing videos. For music, I use Nuvola Player because Grooveshark is all I need and it integrates nicely with the desktop, with some extra features compared to the Grooveshark webapp.

    Of course, the list can get very long, but I'm trying to stick with the basics here.

      Note: this post uses links to the online Ubuntu Software Center from which you can install the applications with a click. For the applications not available in the repositories, I've added links to the installation instructions.

        What are the things you've done after installing (or upgrading to) Ubuntu 12.10?

        Now it's your turn! What did you install or tweak after you've started using the latest Ubuntu 12.10, be it the default favour, Ubuntu GNOME Remix or X/K/Lubuntu? And even if you're not using Ubuntu 12.10 yet, what are the first things you do after installing Ubuntu?