Saturday, May 11, 2013

10 Things To Do After Installing elementary OS Luna

1.  Update xorg using xorg-edgers PPA

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

2.  Install Propietary Graphics Driver

    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

3.  Generate xorg.conf For Open Source Graphics Driver

     If using open source video drivers (fglrx, nouveau) generate xorg.conf
     to  improve performance.

     sudo service lightdm stop
     sudo Xorg -configure
     sudo mv xorg.conf
     sudo mv xorg.conf /etc/X11/
     sudo reboot

4.  Update kernel using pre-built packages from Ubuntu Mainline

Download the appropriate packages for your architecture ie. amd64 or i386 make sure to download the "all.deb" package as well.  Next install using the command below.

    sudo dpkg -i *.deb

5.  Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras

    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

6.  Enable all Startup Applications

    cd /etc/xdg/autostart
    sudo sed --in-place 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' *.desktop

7.  Install a Firewall Application

    sudo apt-get install gufw 

8.  Install 32-bit Libraries

    sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

9.  Optimize SSD Performance

    sudo nano /etc/fstab


    Swap Space


10.  Enable DVD Playback

    sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

    sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/
11.  Add PPA's


    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install openshot openshot-doc


    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gimp


    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk


    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shkn/xnoise
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xnoise


  1. hey man, thanks! very useful as allways :)

    Have a doubt with the point nº 8... where should I put that code? at the very beggining of the fstab???

    Thanks again! :)

  2. Have a doubt in installing new kernal . I am using Bumblebee for running graphic card in my laptop . So will new kernal installation affect its working in anyway ..??

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  4. Fair warning, several of these things are not only not necessary, some of them are downright dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. There is a thread discussing this very list\article on the elementary OS g+ community page, I suggest anyone read it before taking any of these measures:
    And here is the more official "Top things to do after installing Luna"