December 17, 2012

Things to tweak after Install of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

Important Things/Tweaks to do after Install of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

From (10-18-2012) Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal has been released, NoobsLab know what people want. So after a-lot of work today bring this article for you. After applying these tweaks you can get better experience with new Ubuntu. After these tweaks we can say your Ubuntu is ready to use, Every tweak is tested by NoobsLab. So lets start tweak to your Ubuntu 12.10.

Ubuntu tweaks

1: Install Gnome-Tweak-tool 3.6:
Gnome Tweak Tool is well-known powerful tweak tool, With this tool you can manage your Ubuntu environment like: Change theme, icons, fonts, cursor and so on options.
Install with following command:
  • sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

2: Install Ubuntu Tweak:
Ubuntu Tweak is an application designed to config Ubuntu easier for everyone. It provided many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment isn't provided.
Enter following commands to install Ubuntu Tweak:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa 
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
Here you can find more tweak tools Unsettings Tool

3: Install Compiz (CCSM) and extra plugins:
CCSM, short for CompizConfig Settings Manager, is a configuration tool for Compiz Fusion. It is used to configure the many plugins included in Compiz and Compiz Fusion, as well as the use of various profiles and intergrating better with existing desktop settings.

To install Compiz Config Setting Manager enter following command in Terminal:
  • sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra
Go to Dash and Search "CCSM"

4: Install Synaptic Package Manager:
Synaptic is a graphical package management program for apt. It provides the same features as the apt-get command line utility with a GUI front-end based on Gtk+.
To install Synaptic Package Manager enter following command in Terminal:
  • sudo apt-get install synaptic
Go to Dash and Search "synaptic"

5: Enable Hibernate option:
Ubuntu has disabled hibernate option since last distro 12.04, So here is tweak to enable hibernate in 12.10.
Open Terminal and enter following command:
  • sudo gedit /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/hibernate.pkla
copy and paste the following code in file:
[Re-enable Hibernate]
Save file and Exit, then Restart and check.

6: Remove White Dots from Ubuntu 12.10 Login Screen
Some People don't like white dots in Ubuntu 12.10 Login screen, So here is a tweak you can easily remove these dots from login screen.
white dots
Enter following commands in Terminal:
  • sudo xhost +SI:localuser:lightdm
  • sudo su lightdm -s /bin/bash
  • gsettings set com.canonical.unity-greeter draw-grid false

7: Disable Online Search in Dash:
Personally I don't like this online search option in unity. So if anybody want to turn off, follow the method.
Go to Dash and Search "Privacy" and turn off the online search option.
dash amazon search
Alternative remove shopping lens by following command:
  • sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping
You will not see anymore online searches in dash.

8: Change HUD Key:
ubuntu hud

Go to "Dash" System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Launchers > Key to show HUD
Click on Key to show HUD to change key. I set my key Alt+Z because it is easy to press, You can change whatever you want.

9: Disable overlay Scrollbars:
You can disable overlay scrollbars, if you don't like that.
overlay scrollbars
Enter following command in terminal to disable overlay scrollbar:
  • gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal
If you want to get back overlay bar, enter following command:
  • gsettings reset com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode

10: Show username on panel:
UserName is disabled by default in Ubuntu 12.10, So here is tweak you can enable it very easily.
ubuntu panel name
Enter following command in terminal:
  • gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session show-real-name-on-panel true
To remove name from panel, Enter following command:
  • gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session show-real-name-on-panel false

11: Disable System Crash Reports:
If you are experiencing something crashes in your Ubuntu, and you don't like to notify with reports. You can disable them easily.
ubuntu crash reports
Enter following commands to disable crash reports:
  • sudo gedit /etc/default/apport
Now text file will open, In the last line you will see "enabled=1" change it to "enabled=0". Save and close file.
Now enter following command in terminal to stop apport service:
  • sudo service apport stop

12: Install and enable XScreensaver:
XScreenSaver is a collection of about many free screensavers for Linux.
Install XSreenSaver with following commands:
  • sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver
  • sudo apt-get install xscreensaver xscreensaver-gl-extra xscreensaver-data-extra
create file for autostart enter following command in terminal:
  • sudo gedit /etc/xdg/autostart/screensaver.desktop
after that copy and paste the following code in file:
[Desktop Entry]
Exec=xscreensaver -nosplash
Save and Exit the file.

13: Show Laptop Battery Percentage:
This tweak shows laptop battery percentage in the Ubuntu panel.
battery percentage
To install enter following commands in the Terminal:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/initialtesting
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install indicator-power
Then logout and login back.

14: Install Hardware Temperature Monitor:
The Psensor Indicator is providing a quick access to sensor values and settings. When a sensor temperature is too much hot, a desktop notification bubble appears and the Application Indicator icon is changed to a red one. Your pc must have sensors to use complete features.
ubuntu temperature
Enter following command in terminal:
  • sudo apt-get install lm-sensors hddtemp psensor

15: Install Ubuntu-One Indicator:
UbuntuOne indicator provides the overview of Ubuntu One Account synchronization state.
ubuntu one
To install enter following commands in the Terminal:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/initialtesting
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install indicator-ubuntuone
Then logout and login back.

16: Install Recent Notifications Indicator:
Recent Notifications is a GNOME applet that collects recent messages sent with libnotify to a notification daemon, such as notify-osd.
ubuntu notifications
To install enter following commands in the Terminal:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/recent-notifications
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install indicator-notifications
After installation open indicator-notification from Dash.

17: Install Weather Indicator:
My-Weather is really cool indicator for Ubuntu, it can show up to two location weather with complete details.
weather indicator
Enter following commands in terminal to install my-weather indicator:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install my-weather-indicator
After installation open my-weather-indicator from Dash and configure it.

18: Install Window-List Indicator:
This Window-List indicator show which windows are currently open, and you can easily switch between them.
ubuntu window list
Enter following commands in terminal:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jwigley/window-list
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install window-list
After installation go to Dash and search "Window-List" then open it. Make it startup from Window-List option.

19: Show all startup apps in Startup Applications:
By Default Startup Application show only few apps in the list, So now you can see which applications are going to start by following command:
  • sudo sed -i 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop
startup applications

20: Disable Global Menu:
If you don't like Global menu then you can disable it easily.
global menu

Enter following command in Terminal:
  • sudo apt-get autoremove appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt
and restart.

To disable Global Menu for Firefox, Go to 'Tools' –> 'Add-ons' –> 'Extensions' and Disable 'Global Menu Bar integration'
firefox global menu
To revert the changes enter following command in Terminal:
  • sudo apt-get install appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt
then restart.

21: Move Minimize, Maximize, Close Buttons to Right:
This tweak is about to move Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons to the right side.
ubuntu buttons

Enter following command to move buttons to right:
  • gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string menu:minimize,maximize,close
Alternative Method
Enter following commands in Terminal to install gconf-editor:
  • sudo apt-get install gconf-editor
now start gconf-editor with following command:
  • gconf-editor
Go to the following: 'apps' -> 'metacity' -> 'general' Find the "button_layout" parameter,
Right mouse click, and select Edit Key.
Change the value to the following: menu:minimize,maximize,close then Press Enter.

22: Add other Media Player to Ubuntu Sound Menu
If you are using different audio player to player audio files then you can add player in sound menu with following method.
Enter following command in terminal to install Dconf-Tools:
  • sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
Go to Dash and open "Dconf-Editor"

Type your Player name in (interested-media-player + preferred-media-player) and you can remove any media player by writing name in (blacklisted-media-players). See following image
ubuntu sound menu

23: Enable Global Menu for LibreOffice in Ubuntu 12.10
By default LibreOffice doesn't support global menu, So you can enable Global Menu easily for LibreOffice.
libreoffice global menu
Enter following command in terminal to install global menu.
  • sudo apt-get install lo-menubar

24: Open as Administrator in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal
This is really cool tweak for those who want to open file and folder with Administrator permissions, So now it is really easy to do.
open as administrator
To add "Open as Administrator" entry enter following commands in Terminal:
  • wget
  • sudo cp /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-3.0/ && sudo rm
After that enter following command:
  • nautilus -q

25: Move Nautilus Forward & Back button to Left Side:
nautilus buttons
To move these buttons to left side just follow steps:
Open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
  • sudo apt-get install -y dpkg-dev
  • mkdir ~/Desktop/nautilus-mod
  • cd ~/Desktop/nautilus-mod
  • sudo apt-get update
  • apt-get source nautilus
  • sudo apt-get build-dep nautilus
  • cd ~/Desktop/nautilus-mod/nautilus-3*
  • gedit src/nautilus-toolbar.c
Now, scroll down to line 130 or Find for "gtk_toolbar_insert (GTK_TOOLBAR (self->priv->toolbar), item, 0)" and change the "0" to a "2". So change the original line from:
gtk_toolbar_insert (GTK_TOOLBAR (self->priv->toolbar), item, 0);
gtk_toolbar_insert (GTK_TOOLBAR (self->priv->toolbar), item, 2);
When you're done, click save and close Gedit.

Now Back in Terminal, run the following:
  • ./configure --prefix=/usr
  • make
  • sudo killall nautilus
  • sudo make install
ubuntu buttons right

Now logout and login back or restart.
To undo the changes and revert back to stock Nautilus, you can simply run following command:
  • sudo apt-get --reinstall install nautilus

For Unity If SomeThing Went Wrong Enter following commands to Reset:
>> to reset the Unity:
  • sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
  • dconf reset -f /org/compiz/ 
  • setsid unity
  • git clone
  • cd unity-revamp
  • chmod +x
  • ln -s ./ /usr/bin/unity-reset
  • Then run in terminal:
  • unity-reset
>> to reset Compiz:
  • gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/compiz-1 unity --reset

26: Enable Hardware Drivers:
In Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal "Additional Drivers" location has been changed, You can choose best drivers for your hardware from additional driver and can enable/disable from there easily.
Open Dash and Search for "Software Sources" Here you can find "Additional Drivers" in the last Tab.

27: Install Adobe Flash Plugin:
By default firefox doesn't install flash player, So now you can install flash player.
ubuntu flash
Open Terminal and enter following commands:
  • sudo apt-add-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

28: Install qBittorrent:
I think everybody like to download from torrents, It is safe and easy method to download. So you can install qBittorrent with following commands:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/initialtesting
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install qbittorrent

29: Install Plugins for Rhythmbox (Like Equalizer):
Rhythmbox is default Audio player in Ubuntu 12.10, You can install plugins for rhytmbox. Plugins are: Audio-read, Album-art-search, Countdown-playlist, plugin-cover-art-browser, Equalizer, Jump-to-Playing, Jump-to-Window, lyrics, micro-blogger, open-containing-foler, radio-browser, Random-album-player, Remember-the-rhythm, repeat-one-song, rhythm-web, send-first, small-window, stop-after, suspend, tab-guitar, tray-icon, web-menu, stream-ripper
Enter following commands to install plugins.
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-complete
After installation open Rhythmbox and Go to "Edit" -> "Plugins" and enable plugins.

30: Install Gnome Shell 3.6:
Install latest Gnome Shell 3.6 in 12.10
gnome shell

Enter Following commands to install Gnome-Shell 3.6:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testing 
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

31: Install User-Theme and other Extensions in Gnome Shell 3.6:
With User-Theme Extension you can enable Gnome Shell 3.6 themes in Gnome-Tweak-Tool.
gnome user-themes

Now Restart Gnome Shell (Press Alt+F2 and type 'r') and enable User Themes Extension, again Restart Gnome Shell.

Themes Enabled
Install official extension in 12.10, Following extensions will install: Alternative Status Menu, Native Window Placement, Alternative Tab, Auto Move Windows, Workspace Indicator, Dock, Places Status Indicator, System Monitor, Gajim IM Integration, User Themes, Removable Drive Menu, Window Navigator, Applications Menu.

Enter following command to Install Gnome Shell 3.6 Extensions:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/gnome
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions
After Installation Press Alt+F2 and type 'r' to restart Gnome Shell, or just logout and login back. Open Gnome Tweak Tool to change/install shell Themes.

32: Install Restricted Extras:
There are some Restricted extras in Ubuntu which can't be install while installation of Ubuntu by default but you can install these Restricted extras by yourself. Restricted mp3 playback and decoding, support for various formats, fonts, java, flash plugin, lame, dvd playback.
  • sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

33: Install Codecs:
If you are multimedia user and use Ubuntu for multimedia then these codecs are very useful for you. You can install them by single command.
  • sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder libdvdread4 totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 mpg321

34: Install Compression/Decompression tools:
You can compress and decompress 7z, zip, gzip, rar, xz, tar, bz2, xar, tar.gz,, and many others.
Enter following command in terminal to install:
  • sudo apt-get install p7zip-rar p7zip-full unace unrar zip unzip sharutils rar uudeview mpack lha arj cabextract file-roller

35: Install Other Environments:
>> Install Kde Plasma Desktop
Enter following command to install Kde-Plasma-Desktop:
  • sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-desktop
>> Install Lubuntu Desktop
Enter following command in terminal to install Lubuntu-Desktop
  • sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
>> Install XFCE4 Desktop
Enter following command to install XFCE4 Desktop:
  • sudo apt-get install xfce4
>> Install Cinnamon
>> Install Razor-qt

36: Misc/Softwares for Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal:
Install Latest Google Chrome
Install Latest Skype
Install Latest WineHQ (Windows Program Loader)
Install and Configure Samba Sharing between Windows and Ubuntu
Install Latest Nvidia Drivers (Only for those who own Nvidia Card)
Install Other Media Player VLC, UMplayerSMPlayerClementineXnoise
Install File Managers MarlinSunFlower Twin-Panel
Install Video Tools/Editors OpenShotBlender
Wallpapers Ubuntu WallpapersBlack Wallpapers
Checkout Conky Collection
Checkout Themes Collection
Checkout Icons Collection

Your Ubuntu is complete now, That's it Enjoy.


Things You Do After Installing Ubuntu 12.10- 10-22-2012 (from WebUpd8)

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?