Ubuntu Precise Pangolin: To Do After Install – The Code Post

Things to do after installing Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

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New version of Ubuntu is released, I thought what people want in precise which is not available. So here are some important tweaks you need to do with new Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, To make your Precise Pangolin experience better.

ubuntu tweaks

1: Enable Hibernate option:

ubuntu hibernate

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] Identity=unix-user:* Action=org.freedesktop.upower.hibernate ResultActive=yes 

Restart to see hibernate option.

2: Install Gnome-Advance-Settings-tool:

gnome tweak tool

Install with following command:

  • sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

3: Install Ubuntu Tweak:

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, MyUnity Tool

4: Install and enable XScreensaver:

xscreensaver

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:

  • sudo gedit /etc/xdg/autostart/screensaver.desktop

copy and paste the following code in file:

[Desktop Entry] Name=Screensaver Type=Applicaton Exec=xscreensaver -nosplash 

5: Change HUD Key:

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.

6: Disable Global Menu:

disable global menu ubuntu precise pangolin

Enter following command in Terminal:

  • sudo apt-get autoremove appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt

and restart.

global menu ubuntu precise pangolin

To disable Global Menu for Firefox, Go to ‘Tools’ –> ‘Add-ons’ –> ‘Extensions’ and Disable ‘Global Menu Bar integration’

global menu ubuntu precise pangolin

To revert the changes enter following command in Terminal:

  • sudo apt-get install appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt

then restart.

7: Install Ubuntu-One Indicator:

ubuntu one ubuntu precise pangolin

To install enter following commands in the Terminal:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rye/ubuntuone-extras
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install indicator-ubuntuone

Then logout and login back.

8: Install Recent Notifications Indicator:

 ubuntu precise pangolin recent 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

9: Move Minimize, Maximize, Close Buttons to Right:

gconf editor ubuntu precise pangolin

Enter following commands in Terminal to install gconf-editor:

  • sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

now start gconf-editor with following command:
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.

10: Install CCSM:

CCSM ubuntu precise pangolin

To install Compiz Config Setting Manager enter following command in Terminal:

  • sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Go to Dash and Search “CCSM”

11: Install Synaptic Package Manager:

synaptic ubuntu precise pangolin

To install Syanptic Package Manager enter following command in Terminal:

  • sudo apt-get install synaptic

Go to Dash and Search “synaptic”

12: Move Nautilus Forward & Back button to Left Side:

nautilus ubuntu precise pangolin

To move these buttons to left side just follow steps:
Open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

  • 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);

To:

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
nautilus ubuntu precise pangolin

Now logout and login back/restart to avoid mess.
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 launcher icons:
>> to reset Unity:
>> to reset Compiz:

  • gconftool-2 –recursive-unset /apps/compiz-1 unity –reset

13: Install Adobe Flash Plugin and Adobe Reader:

flash ubuntu precise pangolin

Open Terminal and enter following commands:

  • sudo apt-add-repository “deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner”
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer acroread

14: Install Gnome Shell 3.4:

gnome shell ubuntu precise pangolin

Enter Following commands to install Gnome-Shell 3.4:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testing
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • sudo apt-get install gnome-shell gnome-tweak-tool

15: Install User-Theme Extensions in Gnome Shell 3.4:

With User-Theme Extension you can enable Gnome Shell 3.4 themes in Gnome-Tweak-Tool.

gnome shell themes ubuntu precise pangolin

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

Themes Enabled

gnome shell 3.4 themes Ubuntu Precise Pangolin

The Following command will install Many Extensions: Native Window Placement, Alternative Status Menu, Alternative Tab, User Themes, Workspace Indicator, Dock, Places Status Indicator, Auto Move Windows, System Monitor, Gajim IM Integration, Removable Drive Menu, WindowNavigator, Applications Menu Extension.

Enter following command to Install Gnome Shell 3.4 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.

16: Install Important Extensions in Gnome Shell 3.4:

Weather Extension, message Notifier Extension, System Monitor Extension, Bottom Panel Extension, Shutdown Menu Extension, Panel Favorites, Extension, Applications Menu Extension, Move clock Extension.

Here is Gnome Shell 3.4 Extensions

17: Install Restricted Extras:
There are some Restricted extras in Ubuntu which is not install 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

18: Install Codecs:
Install Useful codecs in your new Ubuntu and Enjoy.

  • sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 mpg321

So go ahead and give Ubuntu Precise Pangolin a try. You will love it.

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