What applications or tweaks you prefer after installing Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic)

I want to get user responses about What applications or tweaks you prefer after installing Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic)

My Choices  are as follows

1) First install multimedia codecs from medibuntu and flash

2) Install graphics card drivers

3) Install ubuntu-tweak

4) Install new themes

5) Install avant window navigator for doc menu

6) Customize Compiz desktop effects

7) Games

8)  Running windows applications -- install wine

9) Install Programming tools

10) Finally chat clients,twitter clients

Please share your choices here

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30 Responses

  1. I end up with the restricted extras package so I can listen to music; acrobat reader. I really like this image package called gimageview so it always goes on. Then I get sunbird outside of thunderbird because I don’t like the combo that much. After that, I start fiddling with background images, fonts, and look and feel. Then its on to virtualbox from the apt sources. I need xchat too because I still hang out in the never-ending chaos that is IRC. Being in Chennai, India working for months, I need skype. Then I install the OpenProj project management tool, the Freemind mindmap software, and songbird.

    I have a script that does a lot of this now 🙂

  2. Naveen says:

    Hey, Can you suggest me a good twitter client, which I can dock to tray and see tweet notifications.


  3. admin says:

    I would prefer qwit

  4. Newy says:


    should be installed by default

    a “sudo apt-get install gnome-do” is a must

  5. Grobbendonk says:

    It depends on what I’m building the computer for, but I find I always do these, no matter what:
    * Rearrange & configure Gnome panels
    * Graphics drivers
    * Multimedia from medibuntu
    * Wine
    * Add plugins to Firefox (Twitterfox/Echofon, Greasemonkey, firebug, noscript, lastpass, adblock)
    * Install Textpad (via wine), speedcrunch and Songbird

  6. Doughbury says:

    I put on Google Desktop for fast file indexing, Dropbox to share those files across computers/platforms, Swiftfox for most of my web browsing, and finally Chromium for web apps.

  7. No wine, is insecure 🙂 whole rest is great

    klavaro – Flexible touch typing tutor using GTK+2
    gvim – Vi IMproved, a programmers text editor

  8. fauzt says:

    5) Install Gnome-Do for doc and many other things, customize top panel..

    Naveen, go to https://www.tweet.im and use it from any IM

    P.S. Gnome-Do can twit 🙂

  9. fauzt says:

    Removing Epiphany, installing Pidgin..

  10. Big Dan says:

    I install a whole bunch of stuff.. Normally restricted extras, keepass, ubuntu tweak, abiword, Virtual Box, all kinds of fun stuff. Just started playing with Screenlets in combination with compiz advanced effects pretty damn nifty.

  11. mglickman says:

    I upgraded from 9.04, so all my tweaks were in place.
    I did, however, have to un-blacklist my Atheros wireless driver for my Lenovo T60.

  12. Alfons says:

    Using Karmic 9.10 beta I was using the follow, and I think I’ll keep it like that.


    – audacious as a music player

    – vlc as a media player

    – swiftfox and chromium as webrowsers

    – scrot for screnshots from terminal

    – wbar as a dock,very light,stable and configurable.

    – pcman as a filemanager

    – virtualbox OSE for distro testing

    – Firestarter as a firewall Gui.

    – Gparted to manage other linux partitions.

    – Conky as a monitor manager, showing uptime, cpu’s hdd and graphic card temperature, ram.. with a very thin configuration to put it in one line on the down side of the desktop instead of the default panel.


    – area o.42 SVG as an icon tema that fits well with the XXI century.

    – Kuler 2 as a GTK 2.x theme.

    Other sessions:

    I love to have Openbox installed on another session…it is so configurable and really fast. Try it!

    Have a nice day. Cheers!

  13. Michael says:

    It’s really sad, but I have to say:

    Virtualbox. (to run xp).

  14. nikgare says:

    I usually enable compiz via the desktop effects dialogue, which in turn downloads and installs the video drivers for me – it seems to be a bit simpler for me.
    Then I’d install all the extra codecs and dvd playback stuff via the medibuntu repo, while downloading Flock from getdeb.org

  15. Bruno Henrique says:

    * Flash, Java and multimedia codecs..
    * Gnome-Do
    * Google Chrome “unstable”
    * Emesene
    * VLC
    * Some new themes + Droid fonts

  16. Gonc says:

    I need it to run other OS (including win XP) at work. It is also very important for new Ubuntu users that still need Windows app.

  17. Vladimir Boyd says:

    By Section:
    1. Multimedia codecs
    2. Latest NVidia driver
    3. Prism Calendar, Thunderbird, Liferia, Skype
    4. Alarm Clock, Guake, gtk-theme chooser
    5. Latex and everything related
    6. Netbeans and Zim
    7. VLC, EasyTag, CD/DVD rippers, kdenlive
    8. And of course CompizConfig

    I am not quite sure why Ubuntu users use Wine, I simply despise Micro$oft products (no offence).

    P.S. oh and eboard! closest thing to Fritz11 in Ubuntu 😉

  18. Mohammad Mahdi Rostamiani says:

    Wakoopa Tracker

    VLC Media Player

  19. dcunited08 says:

    Google Chrome, VLC, codexes, wireless card driver

  20. whorider says:

    Start with the Alternate image, build a minimum install base from cli, encrypt my /home, search for Amarok 1.4 in PPA’s. Add graphics drivers (Nvidia), cp in my saved Xorg. Remove epiphany, ekiga, rhythmbox, evolution. Disable all unnecessary services and start up applications. Install Ubuntu Tweak, Codecs, Thunderbird, chrome. Visit gnome-look, install python, vlc, wireshark, etherape, clamav and write iptables rules. Finally, compiz setup and Relax. ahhhhh

  21. Loafers says:

    Flash, java, xchat, VLC, netbeans, GTK themes (shiki-colors), Deluge, etc

  22. jordanwb says:

    Install: vlc, virtualbox, truecrypt, gnome-do, wine, geany, Deluge, frostwire, skype, gthumb, compiz-settings-config
    Remove: Evolution, transmission, vinagre, vino, foreign ttf fonts, bluetooth, sane and related, rhythymbox, ekiga

    I disable rsync, visual assistance (I’m 18 with good sight), automated crash support, and bluetooth.

  23. szamot83 says:

    I always set vm.swappiness to 5 or 3, to reduce swap usage.
    Always install prelink and preload.

    By installing and running BUM I always disabling laptop modes, bluetooth etc.

    Sometimes I using noatime flag instead relatime.

  24. karlzt says:

    ratpoison, vlc, eclipse

  25. JohnnyFish says:

    VLC and Medibuntu multimedia codecs
    Avant Window Manager
    Wolfenstein Enemy Territory 🙂
    Going to try out Flock browser for social networking

    @Vladimir Boyd
    No offence taken here – I tend not to use Wine but have found it useful from time-to-time. I think it’s important to note though that Wine is not about using Microsoft products, rather its about using products that were developed for Microsoft operating systems, software that could be from commercial giants or equally from hobby coders providing niche open source software. For many people that could make or break their use of Ubuntu (or any other flavour) as a desktop or server. For those that harbour strong feelings against Microsoft then it is a great way to run Windows-only apps whilst foregoing the need to purchase Windows.

  26. Emacdaddy says:

    I installed UNR on my HP Mini. Got rid of network-manager and installed WICD which is ridiculously faster. I’ve also been creating application shortcuts from Chromium which work faster than using Prism for those.

  27. Vladimir says:

    Can anyone suggest me any good screen recording software?

    I tried gtk-recordmydesktop and Istanbul and had no luck with them…

  28. digi says:

    – mount my home folder back in place (somehow I do not dare todo it in the setup)
    – usually as a precaution delete any of the hidden folders that I don’t think contain crucial settings. (Keep the mozilla one, so I don’t have to reinstall plugins!!!!
    – add medibuntu repositories
    – do a diff on output of dpkg –get-selections, which I always save of previous install. Sort through the diff for missing apps, install them with apt-get
    – Usually I try out the default desktop for a while, just to see what is new – but have to tweak the mouse, and the window behavior.

  29. Abhishek S. says:

    1. GNOME Do – For quickly launching applications (akin to Launchy)
    2. Stardict – An offline dictionary software into which dictionaries can be imported (I use Oxford)
    3. Grsync – A GUI based interface for the rsync tool (akin to SyncToy)
    4. Ubuntu Tweak – For tweaking various things in Ubuntu in a simple manner
    5. APTonCD – For backing up my downloaded packages so that I can use them on a different machine and save on internet bandwidth
    6. Storage Device Manager – To automatically mount my NTFS partitions at boot time
    7. Removing the GNOME panel at the top and including the relevant applets in the bottom panel

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