What to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr saw the light a couple of days ago. As we do with each release of this popular distro, here are some things you should do after making a installation from scratch.

1. Run the Update Manager

It is likely that after Ubuntu 14.04 was released, new updates have appeared for the different packages that the ISO image distributed by Canonical comes with.

For this reason, after finishing the installation it is always recommended to run the Update Manager. You can do it by searching for it in Dash or by executing the following from a terminal:

sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade

2. Install Spanish Language

In the Dash I wrote Language Support and from there you will be able to add the language you prefer.

Dictionary in Spanish for LibreOffice / OpenOffice

In case you do not have the spell checker in Spanish, it is possible to add it by hand as follows:

1. Go to the LibreOffice extension center

2. Search the Spanish dictionaries

3. Download the dictionary of your preference (general or specific to your country)

With this we will have an OXT file. If not, you have to change the extension of the downloaded file.

4. Open LibreOffice / OpenOffice, select Tools> Extensions and click Add, we go to the directory where the downloaded file is located and we install it.

Dictionary in Spanish for LibreOffice and OpenOfficeTo see a complete guide explaining how to install the Spanish spelling and grammar checker in LibreOffice / OpenOffice, I suggest reading this old articulo. We have also prepared a guide to install the Spanish spell checker in Firefox / Chromium.

3. Install codecs, Flash, additional fonts, drivers, etc.

Due to legal issues, Ubuntu cannot include by default a series of packages that, on the other hand, are very necessary for any user: codecs to play MP3, WMV or encrypted DVDs, additional sources (widely used in Windows), Flash, drivers owners (to make better use of 3D functions or Wi-Fi), etc.

Fortunately, the Ubuntu installer allows you to install all of this from scratch. You just have to enable that option in one of the installer screens.

In case you haven't already done so, you can install them as follows:

Video card driver

Ubuntu should automatically detect and alert you to the availability of 3D drivers. In that case, you will see an icon for a video card on the top panel. Click on that icon and follow the instructions. It is also possible to install the proprietary drivers from the Dash> Additional Drivers.

Proprietary codecs and formats

If you are one of those who cannot live without listening to MP3, M4A and other proprietary formats, as well as you could not survive in this cruel world without being able to play your videos in MP4, WMV and other proprietary formats, there is a very simple solution. You just have to click on the button below:

or write in a terminal:

sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras

To add support for encrypted DVDs (all "originals"), I opened a terminal and typed the following:

sudo apt install libdvdread4 sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

4. Install additional repositories

GetDeb & Playdeb

GetDeb (formerly Ubuntu Click And Run) is a website where Deb packages and more current versions of packages that do not come in the usual Ubuntu repositories are manufactured and made available to the end user.

Playdeb, the game repository for Ubuntu, was created by the same people who gave us getdeb.net, the purpose of the project is to provide Ubuntu users with an unofficial repository with the latest versions of the games.

5. Install help tools to configure Ubuntu

Ubuntu Tweak

The most popular tool to configure Ubuntu is Ubuntu Tweak (although it is worth clarifying that in recent days it seems that its development will end, at least on the part of its creator). This wonder allows you to "tune" your Ubuntu and leave it as you like.

To install Ubuntu Tweak, I opened a terminal and typed:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: tualatrix / ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install ubuntu-tweak


UnSettings is a new tool for customizing Ubuntu. There are other programs like MyUnity, Gnome Tweak Tool, and Ubuntu-Tweak that do the same job, but this one includes some unique features.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: diesch / testing sudo apt update sudo apt install unsettings

6. Install compression applications

In order to compress and decompress some popular free and proprietary formats, you need to install the following packages:

sudo apt install rar unace p7zip-full p7zip-rar sharutils mpack lha arj

7. Install other package and configuration managers

Synaptic - is a graphical tool for package management based on GTK + and APT. Synaptic allows you to install, update or uninstall program packages in a versatile way.

It is not already installed by default (as they say by space on the CD)

Installation: Search Software Center: synaptic. Otherwise, you can enter the following command in a terminal ...

sudo apt install synaptic

aptitude - Command to install applications from the terminal

It is not necessary since we can always use the "apt" command, but here I leave it for those who want it:

Installation: Search Software Center: aptitude. Otherwise, you can enter the following command in a terminal ...

sudo apt install aptitude

gdeby - Installation of .deb packages

It is not necessary, since when installing the .deb with double click the Software Center opens. For the nostalgic:

Installation: search Software Center: gdebi. Otherwise, you can enter the following command in a terminal ...

sudo apt install gdebi

Dconf editor - It can be useful when configuring Gnome.

Installation: Search Software Center: dconf editor. Otherwise, you can enter the following command in a terminal ...

sudo apt install dconf-tools

To run it, I opened Dash and typed "dconf editor."

8. Find more applications in the Ubuntu Software Center

In case you can't find an application to do what you want or you don't like the applications that come by default in Ubuntu, you can go to the Ubuntu Software Center.

From there you will be able to install excellent applications with just a few clicks. Some popular picks are:

  • OpenShot, video editor
  • AbiWordSimple, lightweight text editor
  • Thunderbird, e-mail
  • Chromium, web browser (free version of Google Chrome)
  • Pidgin, chat
  • Deluge, torrents
  • VLCvideo
  • XBMC, media center
  • fileZilla, FTP
  • GIMP, image editor (Photoshop type)

9. Change interface

To the traditional GNOME interface
If you are not a fan of Unity and want to use the traditional GNOME interface, please do the following:

  1. Log out
  2. Click on your username
  3. Look for the session menu at the bottom of the screen
  4. Change it from Ubuntu to GNOME Flashback
  5. Click Login.

In case this option is not available, try running the following command first:

sudo apt install gnome-session-flashback

If you want to try GNOME Shell instead of Unity.

Installation: enter the following command in a terminal:

sudo apt install gnome-shell

You can also install it from the GNOME Shell PPA, which will surely include more updated versions:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: ricotz / testing sudo add-apt-repository ppa: gnome3-team / gnome3 sudo add-apt-repository ppa: gnome3-team / gnome3-staging sudo apt update sudo apt install gnome-shell gnome- tweak-tool gnome-shell-extensions
Caution: installing GNOME Shell in this way may possibly install other GNOME packages that the Ubuntu guys put aside. For example, Nautilus. Sure, maybe it is what you want, so in that case there would be no problem but you have to be aware of what will happen.

Cinammon is a fork of Gnome 3 used and developed by the creators of Linux Mint that allows you to have a lower task bar with the classic Start Menu.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: gwendal-lebihan-dev / cinnamon-stable sudo apt update sudo apt install cinnamon

MATE is a fork of Gnome 2 that emerged as an alternative for GNOME users after the drastic change that this desktop environment underwent when using its controversial Shell. Basically, MATE is GNOME 2, but they changed the names of some of their packages.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu $ (lsb_release -sc) main" sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org / ubuntu $ (lsb_release -sc) main "sudo apt update sudo apt install mate-archive-keyring sudo apt install mate-core mate-desktop-environment

10. Install Indicators and Quicklists

Indicators - You can install many indicators, which will appear on the top panel of your desktop. These indicators can display information about many things (weather, hardware sensors, ssh, system monitors, dropbox, virtualbox, etc.).

A complete list of indicators, along with a brief description of their installation, is available at Ask Ubuntu.

Quicklists - Quicklists allow you to access common functionalities of the applications. They run through the bar that appears on the left on your desktop.

Ubuntu already comes with several installed by default. However, it is possible to use some custom quicklists. A complete list, along with a brief description of its installation, is available at Ask Ubuntu.

11. Install the Compiz & plugins Configuration Manager

Compiz is the one who makes those amazing stationery that leaves us all speechless. Unfortunately Ubuntu does not come with any graphical interface to configure Compiz. Also, it doesn't come with all the plugins installed.

To install them, I opened a terminal and typed:

sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra

12. Remove the global menu

To remove the so-called "global menu", which makes the applications menu appear on the top panel of your desktop, I simply opened a terminal and typed the following:

sudo apt remove appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-gtk appmenu-qt

Log out and log in again.

To revert the changes, open a terminal and enter:

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

Window menus in the title bar

Before, the menus of applications that were not maximized also appeared in the global menu. However, it is now possible for the menus in these windows to appear in their own title bar. To do this, you just have to open the Dash, write "Appearance", go to the "Behavior" tab and select the option "Show window menus in the title bar."

13. Remove "commercial" searches from Dash

To disable online searches, I opened the dashboard System Settings> Privacy and Security> Search. Once there, deselect the option "Include online results."

To deactivate only the "commercial" searches that appear in the Dash, you can go to Applications> Filter Results> Type> Extensions. Click on the plugin and select Deactivate.

To disable all "commercial" searches (Amazon, Ebay, Music Store, Popular Tracks Online, Skimlinks, Ubuntu One Music Search & Ubuntu Shop) in one fell swoop you can open a terminal and execute the following command:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses disabled-scopes "['more_suggestions-amazon.scope', 'more_suggestions-u1ms.scope', 'more_suggestions-populartracks.scope', 'music-musicstore.scope', 'more_suggestions-ebay .scope ',' more_suggestions-ubuntushop.scope ',' more_suggestions-skimlinks.scope '] "

14. Integrate the web to your desktop

Add your social media accounts

To get started, I accessed the dashboard System Settings> Online Accounts. Once there, click on the "Add Account" button.

Supported services include Aol, Windows Live, Twitter, Google, Yahoo !, Facebook (and Facebook Chat), Flickr, and many more.

The applications that use this data are Empathy, Gwibber and Shotwell.


Ubuntu WebApps allows websites such as Gmail, Grooveshark, Last.fm, Facebook, Google Docs and many others, to integrate seamlessly with the Unity desktop: you will be able to search the site through HUD, you will receive desktop notifications, quicklists will be added and it will even be integrated with the messages and notifications menu.

To get started, just visit one of the supported sites (there is a complete list here) and click on the "install" pop-up, which will appear as shown in the image above.

15. Ubuntu Desktop Guide

Nothing better than taking a look at the official documentation (in Spanish) for Ubuntu. It is an excellent help for newcomers and, in addition to being very comprehensive, it was written with new users in mind, so it is very useful and easy to read.

You will be able to find information about what's new in Ubuntu and information on how to use the launcher to start applications (which can be confusing for those who have never used Unity), how to search for applications, files, music and much more with Dash, how to manage applications and settings with the menu bar, how to close the session, turn off or change user and a very long etcetera.

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  1.   pepper said

    Hello, I have a PC with an Intel Pentium of 3.00 Ghz and 2Gb of Ram. Will Ubuntu 14.04 LTS run fine? And Kubuntu or Xubuntu?


    1.    Omar said

      Good. If that Pentium you use is dual-core, you have no problem running Ubuntu and Kubuntu; if it is single-core; I recommend Xubuntu better. Cheers!

    2.    let's use linux said

      I think so. Likewise, you can test it from a pendrive to see how it works and if it detects all your hardware well.
      I recommend you read: https://blog.desdelinux.net/como-instalar-linux-desde-un-pendrive-usb/
      y https://blog.desdelinux.net/guia-para-principiantes-en-linux/
      Hug, Pablo.

    3.    Javier said

      Maybe move a little slow bro

    4.    Carlos Sierra said

      The truth is if it runs but very slow, I recommend that if you want an Ubuntu that runs well, it would be better LUBUNTU is faster on older machines than XUBUNTU.

      1.    Carlos M said

        I migrated from Ubuntu 14.04 to Lubuntu 14.04 and indeed the performance is much better, those two 2gbs look like 4.


    5.    sebastian said

      yes little brother runs excellent

  2.   Arthur said

    You reference Ubuntu 14.04 Saucy Salamander in the first paragraph. Thanks for the info

    1.    mmm said

      That happens by copying and pasting ……… the post is appreciated but it is a copy of the other… greetings

      1.    let's use linux said

        Hello! Thanks for the information. I missed the first paragraph, I already corrected it. 🙂
        And yes, it is very similar to the previous guide (although it has changes) since Ubuntu is still the same, or not? Is changing the language so different from one version to the other?
        Cheers! Paul.

        1.    mmm said

          Not so much, but if it is important to put more particular things about what is being talked about, such as the topic of the global menu that right now, in this version the graphic option appears to change it. The same is appreciated che!

  3.   py_crash said

    The ppa ppa: makson96 / fglrx does not support Ubuntu 14.04

    1.    Irvandoval said

      Exactly, I have a problem and it is that I have a PC with hd3000 ati with 13.04 and I do not update to 13.10 because of the support of that ppa: / and I don't know what to do, maybe the best thing is to return to 12.04, right?

      1.    Juan Carlos Senar said

        My Ati hd3450 works perfectly with the flgrx drivers offered to me from Additional drivers in Mint 13 (Ubuntu 12.04). I would return ...

        1.    Irvandoval said

          : O thanks for the tip 🙂

      2.    let's use linux said

        It is true. As I discussed below, I just updated that part of the guide.
        Thanks for the data!
        Hug! Paul.

  4.   Alvaro said

    Good morning, currently the ubuntu tweak ppa does not support trusty, and removing the global menu from terminal I don't think is a good idea since currently it can be disabled from configuration - appearance - behavior. Cheers

    1.    Juan Carlos Senar said

      It is already available in http://www.ubuntu-tweak.com the version 0.8.7 theoretically compatible with Ubuntu 14.04.

      Even so, the installation of the .deb package gives some dependency problems that are corrected by running in the terminal $ sudo apt-get install -f –fix-missing.

      After doing this, the program works fine.

      1.    let's use linux said

        It is true! Thanks for the contribution. I have already corrected that part of the guide. For now, the recommended method is to use the Additional Drivers application, which can be accessed from Dash.
        Cheers! Paul.

    2.    let's use linux said

      Hello Alvaro! That is not true. The global menu cannot be disabled from there. It can only be changed for non-maximized windows, as explained in the post.
      It is a small difference, but a difference in the end.
      Hug, Pablo.

  5.   Juan Carlos Senar said

    Hi, I've been testing Xubuntu 14.04 for several days now, and I'm surprised it hasn't received any updates yet. Make from terminal sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade does not throw anything new. It is done and period, without indicating that there are packages available; without giving error. It doesn't seem normal to me.

    On the other hand, my printer no longer configures itself automatically when I connect it. I have to do it manually and, although it installs correctly this way, it seems like a step back from Xubuntu 12.04.

    Someone else happens?

    Thanks greetings,

    1.    mario said

      a while ago I finished installing it and if updates (few) came out, but they came out with the apt-get dist-upgrade command. I would also install aptitude, adding as a reason that it can search for packages with aptitude search and uninstall entire groups without leaving any loose packages, just as it is on its Debian motherboard.

    2.    Ana said

      Hello Juan Carlos, How do you install the printer? I install the drivers and when I want to print I get a message saying that I have to configure the printer. In the previous version it worked without problems. I can't find an answer in any forum.
      Saludos y gracias

      1.    Juan Carlos Senar said

        Hello Ana: What printer do you have?

        As I said, in Xubuntu 12.04 my Epson sx125 printer was automatically configured when connected and the scanner (it is multifunction) had to configure it after downloading 2 .deb packages from the Epson website.

        On Xubuntu 14.04 the printer won't configure when plugged in (hopefully this will be fixed in future updates) and I have found two ways to do this:

        1.- Go to Menu> All settings> Hardware> Printers. None appear and I click on Add Printer. From here it is already detected and you just have to do as usual Next, Continue, etc. until the end.

        2.- Use CUPS from the browser entering the address http://localhost:631/ and follow the instructions as indicated here:

        If your printer is HP it is possible (sometimes it happens) that, as you say, it is apparently well configured and does not actually work. My solution is to install the hplip-gui package first ($ sudo apt-get install hplip-gui) and then run $ sudo hp-setup and follow the instructions. Most of the time it works out.

        You say


  6.   Saeron said

    I understand that you are Argentine, but you have to differentiate between how you speak and how you write. Things like sos = you are and want = want, and a long ect.

    1.    mmm said

      Ha, it also caught my attention that he wrote like this ... precisely because I said, hey this is Argentine ... and I am Argentine ... I don't understand why he should change our particularities? Of course there is a difference between how you speak and how you write ... but not in that type of thing that you mark, but in terms of «writing» ... I tell you that we Argentines also write with those «idioms» (or whatever they are called) . But imagine that even the Yankees should be changing their idioms for those of Great Britain, or Peruvians, or Mexicans would be in the same ....

      1.    let's use linux said

        Hello triple m!
        I appreciate your comment but it strikes me that being Argentine you find it "strange" to see a post written like this. Even in La Nación or in any newspaper in Argentina they write like this.
        On the other hand, I feel comfortable writing as an Argentine, with my "localisms", just as many blogs maintained by Spanish bloggers respect their own "localisms" (using you to write, for example). I invite you to write to them too so that they change their writing and opt for "neutral" Spanish. Just as an example, I give you a link: http://www.muylinux.com/?s=ois
        Hug, Pablo.

        1.    mmm said

          Che, it seems to me that you did not understand anything ... I am struck by finding another Argentine, not for you to stop doing it because I thought that from Linux he came from Cuba .... but of course I am glad that you write with the localisms (which is what I said). I get the impression that since I made a "criticism" above, you thought that all my comments would be negative. On the contrary ... (I might be wrong) but if not, I don't understand how you can misinterpret my words like that?
          And what I said in the next comment about preferring neutral Spanish is only to put myself in the place of the other, because eg. Some Mexican localisms get lost ... and good ... but I repeat, it was nice to find the writing in Argentine in this blog that Cuban thought.

          1.    diazepan said

            This blog is international. We write in all the dialects of Spanish.

        2.    mmm said

          Anyway, by the way, I apologize if my comment bothered you, because it was not my intention, nor the previous copy paste, it is what I thought, but all the work is appreciated.

        3.    Alberto said

          ye is not a localism but the oldest form.

    2.    mario said

      «You are» «want» are also local, but peninsular, I would use «are», «want / want», belonging to neutral Spanish

      1.    mmm said

        there it is …… localisms… sep the neutral Spanish is calmer for everyone.

        1.    let's use linux said

          And writing using "you are" and "you" and all that is not a localism? Please..
          I invite you to read what the Royal Spanish Academy says about the way I write. It's called «voseo» and it's used in Argentina and other countries: http://lema.rae.es/dpd/srv/search?id=iOTUSehtID6mVONyGX
          It is not an uneducated way of writing nor is it "a way of speaking", it is simply a way of expressing oneself accepted by the RAE.
          Cheers! Paul.

          1.    mmm said

            As I told you before: I agree, but I ask you please to reread, precisely the partner Mario says that they are localisms.

          2.    Javier said

            What happens is that there are many people who believe that they speak "official" Spanish / Castilian and, foolishly, discriminate against the rest. Neutral Spanish is like a unicorn, a myth, which doesn't really exist. You keep writing as best you can and ignore these "experts" in language. All versions of Spanish are totally valid, Spanish-Argentine included, so don't tell you otherwise. Go ahead with the blog. Regards.

            1.    let's use linux said

              Thanks, javi!
              A hug! Paul.

    3.    let's use linux said

      Hi Saeron!
      Unfortunately, you are wrong. This is not an "as if speaking" way of writing, nor is it an uneducated way of writing.
      I invite you to read what the Royal Spanish Academy says about the way I write. It's called «voseo» and it's used in Argentina and other countries: http://lema.rae.es/dpd/srv/search?id=iOTUSehtID6mVONyGX
      Cheers! Paul.

    4.    Tomas said

      Dear Saeron, (first of all I clarify to you that I am from Madrid of pure strain, a good «cat»).
      Your comment is still somewhat colonialist, with a slightly stale whiff. Enter the Panispanico Dictionary of doubts and clarify them.
      In the group of Castilian-speakers, the Spaniards are a small subset and we do not have the right to impose anything, quite a lot we imposed bloody in Latin America for several centuries.
      A greeting.

      You take

      PS .: I have lived 28 years in Buenos Aires and we have a lot to learn from those parts.

  7.   jamin-samuel said

    Well the creators of Cinnamon assure that cinnamon desktop is not a fork but its own environment xD

    1.    let's use linux said

      And because? If it is a fork ... or not?
      What are they based on to say that?
      Hug! Paul.

  8.   ferchmetal said

    I recently installed ubuntu 14.04 (final, not beta) and I don't know why but since version 10.10 ubuntu has become so, so slow, since I use unity, windows hang and everything, I accept that this version 14.04 is faster , but I don't know but it hangs me not as much as in 13.10 and 13.04, really. I recently went back to fedora and stayed in fedora XFCE 🙂

  9.   day said

    What to do after installing ubuntu 14.04 trusty tahr?
    format and install arch linux: p
    old joke.

    1.    let's use linux said

      Jua! Still, this version of Ubuntu is not bad at all ... it is relatively stable (compared to the previous ones).
      Hug! Paul.

    2.    Izenzo said

      Or elementary OS, a really nice Linux.

    3.    Rafael Mardojai said

      Hee hee hee… ._. If I am going to install Arch, I prefer to go back to windows and stay for life xD

  10.   July said

    Kind regards. I think you read that this new version of Ubuntu comes with LibreOffice 4.1. Since version 3.6 and improved from version 4.x the generic dictionaries of the language and synonyms are installed in the program.

    1.    let's use linux said

      Good! Thanks for the contribution!

  11.   Juan Carlos said

    Just to remember that it is no longer necessary "apt-get" to install and other procedures, now just type the command "apt"; for example, "sudo apt remove Spanish-idiom" (hehe, it's a joke, don't be offended).

  12.   Ernesto Flores said

    Hello everyone:

    Update as indicated here, but the only thing I don't like to begin with is that the Audacity version (2.0.5) for this distro and for others, does not accept native Linux plugins such as LADSPA, LV2, DSSI, and others that were ordinarily incorporated when managing the plugins by the Software Administrators. At least I don't know how to manage them in another way. Any comments that may be useful to us in this case are appreciated in advance.

    Sincerely: Ernesto Flores

  13.   Essaú said

    just provide that APT has been renewed, it is no longer sudo apt-get install but sudo apt install.
    new version of APT on Debian and Ubuntu: http://rootsudo.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/nueva-version-de-apt-en-debian-y-ubuntu/

    1.    let's use linux said

      You are right! What is custom.
      It's already updated. 🙂
      Cheers! Paul.

  14.   Arismendy said

    Hello, thank you for this contribution. I would like to know how to install themes and change its appearance to Ubuntu. I just installed 14.4. I'm a noob.

  15.   Mordraug said

    Excellent guide as always Pablo 🙂

    It seems to me that this version is a worthy successor to precise, of course only its xfce version, because unity fails more than an XD fairground shotgun. The only fault I see is that awn is not in the repositories (since beta) nothing that you can not fix with 10 seconds in the terminal = ^. ^ = But there I leave the comment ò.ò

    I highly recommend xfce not only for its lightness and robustness, but also for its high configurability. Unity has never convinced me / liked / worked so I pass the = ^. ^ =

    P.S. I hope they can fix my account because it is impossible for me to comment with her, I can enter but when trying to publish my comment it marks me that I am not logged in TT I have been like this for a couple of weeks and with sadness I realize that no comment has been published mine since then TT

    1.    Mordraug said

      Now I can enter to comment with my account, I suppose the error was mine XD ... or my account is possessed OO

      1.    let's use linux said

        Good! I'm glad the problem was fixed. 🙂
        It's good to see you around here Saito.
        Hug! Paul.

  16.   Ari said

    The Unsettings repository does not work, for version 13.10 ... it did not work either.
    And the same thing happens with Cinnamon ... the repositories don't work, don't add them.
    If anyone has the correct ones, please… pass the data. Thank you!

  17.   robin said

    Anyone have problems with the search in the dash? I can't get search results online, from websites such as Wikipedia or Deviantart, instead everything else works (videos, images, social)
    Cheers! robin

  18.   guest said

    Well, personally, this Ubuntu came out better than the ones that were coming out, I say, for something it is LTS, however, I do not know the others but me with everything and that gave me problems, and right now with linux mint it seems that it works better for me It does not seem that it is based on ubuntu, but without a doubt this is a good tutorial, especially for those who are just going to get into linux with this ubuntu LTS

  19.   Sorki said

    Hi, everything has gone great, but there is one thing that I can't get and that is to install sopcast .. I have looked in repositories but it always gives me an error… I am not an Ubuntu connoisseur, I would appreciate anyone who can help me.

    thank you very much.

    1.    let's use linux said

      I have had the same problem as you. 🙁
      I was also unable to install it on the older version of Ubuntu.
      Cheers! Paul.

  20.   marcohc79 said

    sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-extra

    I get E: The compiz-fusion-plugins-extra package could not be located
    as I do??

    1.    let's use linux said

      Hello there!
      Looks like the package was renamed. Try this:
      sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager compizplugins-extra
      Cheers! Paul.

  21.   Isaac 98 said

    Hello, I was very pleased with the info in this guide to ... a little question which version do you recommend for my laptop with Intel Core i3 at 2.4 GHZ / I ask to avoid failures in the certain OS X LET'S USE FREE SOFFWARE LET'S USE LINUX

  22.   kansterz said

    Hey please answer me, how is this ubuntu? do you recommend it to me? I'm tired of arch and his mistakes, I want something easy, help!

    1.    May said

      If you accept the opinion of those of us who are here and already use linux-ubuntu !! Believe me it's the best you can give your machine and the best mental health you can give yourself, I not only despaired (and despair) with windows, it drove me crazy every time I had to format my machine because it was very slow or something came in, despite defragmenting it and checking for errors (which was horrible because doing it every 15 days happened to be every day), I still had problems, let alone surf the internet, have 10 tabs open or 5 windows with several tabs was death for my pc, it got horrible, until it froze and closed EVERYTHING !! My Lap was recent, it was about 2 months new, which I expected when it was more worked, luckily I met someone who put ubuntu in my way, and LIFE with my lap as I knew it EXPLENDEDly changed, with ububtu it performs very well. capacity of your lap, you have different desks and you can work different projects in each one, you can make your lap really perform and work at the level you expect, personally I like its image a lot, it is more friendly to change the destination of resources with the apps and extensions that it manages and best of all, there is a very large community in which we can support each other. So YES, UBUNTU is completely recommended, the only thing you need is to soak up its functionality well and for this there are many blogs!
      LUCK !!

      1.    alex said

        Defragment it and check errors (it was horrible because doing it every 15 days happened to be every day ……. My Lap was recent, it was about 2 months new …….

        hahahahahaha I would have returned it as a guarantee or so bad it was I did not format my windows seven pc for almost 3 years and it works for me fully I have about 200 video games installed and quite a few programs so I don't think windows is the worst what happens is that there are people with the mentality of a jehova's witness who would like to convert everyone with their linux story .. it is much easier to give next next and accept that console search for repositories commands etc etc etc while the windows license can be hacked and the the other software and video games too ... we will have free software hehehehehe

  23.   Ace of spades said

    I have followed the instructions up to the one for the graphics card driver but I had to remove the proprietary driver and put the free driver back as soon as I had a chance (and it cost me).
    The problem that I had after activating the proprietary one was that, when I started, it was as if the screen in Ubuntu had shifted to the right and I got small horizontal stripes. All this did not even let me move nor did it allow me to access the dash or anything to return to the initial configuration. I had to fight with the "safe graphic mode" and it gave me more or less the same problems, it was after restarting several times that it allowed me to change it again and now it works normally.

    The thing is that as I would like to take advantage of the graphics in Ubuntu, I would like to find the key to be able to start it normally ... the model is an AMD Radeon HD 7670M, I have tried both with the fglrx and with the fglrx-updates and both the same problem. Could it be a Unity thing? Maybe if I tried Ubuntu Studio or Xubuntu it wouldn't happen, I'm not sure.

    The model of the computer is Toshiba Satellite L850 (yes, it comes with UEFI ... but that part I have been able to solve).

    If you can help me with this, I would be very grateful.

  24.   iron said

    Hi, the Cinnamon PPA is not 64-bit 🙁

    1.    let's use linux said

      Hello ferr! Thanks for the clarification!
      I will add it to the post.
      A hug! Paul.

  25.   iron said

    I couldn't make Popcorn time walk either 😛

  26.   Rodolfo said

    Good afternoon, I wanted to see if someone can give me a hand with this issue. I comment on what happened to me ...
    Install Ubuntu 14.04 on windows 8 on my new sony vaio machine. Disable UEFI by switching to Legacy boot. As I could not be able to disable security boot probe, see if Ubuntu recognizes in the installation that there was another operating system. That's how it went. Then continue with the Ubuntu installation without problems.
    After restarting the machine I find that in the dual screen where I can choose the operating system I want, I can only start Ubuntu.
    How can I solve this and want to start windows 8?

    Thank you very much

  27.   May said

    Hello friend let's use linux
    Many Grax for the contribution is very complete, I have a question, maybe it does not go much with the subject but I hope you can help me. I want to change colors in the bars and their displacement (the menu bar is hidden) but what I found is that it is done in system> appearance…. but that option does not appear to me, there is no appearance in my system, I don't know if it is due to download the tools and tweak, but in version 12.04 I had no problem with it, the appearance was still there. I don't know why but even in system> details where it should say ubuntu 14.04 it says ubuntu 13.10 WTF ??? !! but in the console it says that in effect I have installed 14.04…. Maybe you can guide me, I'm going to thank you very much !! Good day!

  28.   Kalinosblogger said

    Thanks for the info!

    My computer is 100!

  29.   frameworks said

    Could someone help me how to get this operating system out of my pc without affecting it, I had it installed

  30.   frameworks said

    Well I started with Linux operating systems and I have a very bad experience.
    Let's start: I have 3 PCs, an IBM Pentium 3, an asus and an amd64. Pipermine, Fedora, Ubuntu 14 did not work for me, and today I tried KUbuntu, none of them worked, on the contrary they spoiled my PCs. In one I installed Ubuntu and I had to format it to be able to completely eliminate logical losing the data of the other operating system.
    I can't describe the problem because it didn't even work, the pc is ticked. apart I have to reboot to get it working again.
    Assistance is almost null or nothing, I registered in the Ubuntu forum in Spanish and so far I have not received confirmation.
    They say open source I do not see any of that, on the contrary it seems that it is made for certain groups, it does not have the option of uninstallation, impractical due to totally different languages, to the universal ones that we all understand.
    I personally tried it because it caught my free attention, which is not true at all.

    1.    elav said

      Marcos, don't talk so lightly. The first thing I have to say is that not everyone has the same experience with GNU / Linux, due to their level of knowledge, patience and the hardware they use.

      No OS breaks the PC, or our devices: It's us. The problem is between the chair and the keyboard. Now, it is very rare that on 3 different computers, with different hardware, 4 different distributions do not work. Do you have something in common in terms of hardware in all of them? Because the latest AMD artifacts do not work 100% I understand, but the older ones must have some support.

      Not in all places you receive help and it is normal, because it is NOT mandatory to do so, however, I invite you to come to our Forum to see if you are lucky.

      All the distributions you mention are open source, or at least 95%, but I don't understand what you expected to find or what you expected to do with the availability of the source code. Could you explain me? Could you also tell me what OS has an uninstall option? What do you mean by different languages?

      And I repeat, if they are free, at least more than Windows and OS X.


  31.   Marcelo said

    Unsettings did not install.
    The first two steps are fine, the third is not. What will it be?

  32.   Elkin said

    Very good!

  33.   alex said

    what good information

  34.   Titanium said

    Hi, when I met Ubuntu (in 2010-2011) I installed it on an Acer 3680 Laptop and it was slow. (I think it was because I had installed it with wubi) apart the poor Laptop had 128mb of video and 512mb of ram and Intel Pentium M single-core processor, now I have Linux Mint 16 (Mate) installed on a Dell Latitude D351 Laptop with 3gb of ram (2,8gb exactly), AMD turion processor (dual core), 256mb ati graphics card and it runs decent, although it locks rarely.
    I would like to know if this ubuntu can go fast for me or will it crash (I have read that ATI cards are not supported or something like that).

    Greetings and thanks for the answers.

    1.    Titanium said

      I answer to myself, I just installed it and it runs at a decent speed (it hangs a few times).


  35.   Odysseus said

    I just installed ubuntu on a compaq presario v5000 everything is going great the bad thing is that it does not detect wireless networks and I do not know how to install the diver the card is a broadcom bmc4311

    1.    Cibran said

      I will tell you how to do it, (I am Galician and I have the buntu in Galician, so the names I give you may not be completely exact)

      Next to the time, you have the menu where the shutdown button is located, you give it and select "System Preferences"

      Once inside, select "software and updates" and finally access the last tab "proprietary drivers" and there it tells you if you want to install the drivers for the Broadcom.

      a greeting

      1.    Juan Carlos Senar said

        In an Asus X50R I had the same problem (Broadcom bcm4311 card). The proprietary STA drivers that the system offered me did not work so his thing was NOT TO INSTALL THEM or uninstall them with:

        $ sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source

        And then install the packages:

        $ sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer

        When restarting, the wifi was working.

  36.   Cibran said

    This repository doesn't work:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa: gwendal-lebihan-dev / cinnamon-stable

    Thanks for your input

  37.   Jebus said

    the steps to install Cinnamon do not work, these walked me

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa: gwendal-lebihan-dev / cinnamon-nightly

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install cinnamon


  38.   Alberto said

    Hi, you have all the wrong commands, it's not apt but apt-get.

    You're welcome.

    1.    Juan Carlos Senar said

      Well, both "apt" and "apt-get" work for me. In this latest version of Ubuntu you can use both ...

      Test it!

  39.   Martin said

    Hi. I liked your post.
    I haven't used linux for 7 years and today I'm back with Ubuntu 14.04. Things have changed a lot.
    When I was reading, I saw that you only wrote "apt install" and not "apt-get install" as I remembered. Then I tried it and it did indeed work. When was that change implemented? Is it different from apt-get or aptitude?

  40.   Reynier said

    Hello testing my ubuntu 14.4. Very nice

  41.   GREEN LANTERN said

    Thank you very much for your selfless guidance.

  42.   Paul said

    Thank you very much, nothing like a good and practical post!
    Thank you

  43.   alvaro garcia isordia said

    To Update or Update to this Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr operating system you need these commands sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade.

  44.   richard said

    Hi, how can I change the .zip extension to .otx in ubuntu?

    I recently stopped using windows and switched to ubuntu, the problem is that I can't install the Spanish dictionary and autocorrector to libreoffice, since it only downloads compressed in zip.

  45.   George said

    Very good guide, thank you. I take this opportunity to tell you that the Unsettings program to tune Ubuntu with Unity can be found at this address:


    The author clarifies that it was made for previous versions of Ubuntu and that its status is Beta. That any installation is at the risk of each user who installs it.

    I installed it with gdebi and all the dependencies were resolved so I installed it and ran it and it did it without problems. I have not made any changes yet, so I cannot provide you with information about these types of results-

  46.   minor said


    I have a problem with Xubuntu 14.04: compiz does not work.

    I install and configure everything as I have always done, and when restarting the X or the system, compiz simply does not work and sometimes I get the message that Compiz closed unexpectedly and gives me the option to reopen or keep closed.

    I have already googled since Xubuntu came out and have not found anything useful, the only thing I have found are guides for installing compiz in older versions, but nothing related to the problem affecting my computer.

    I post this here in case anyone has had that same problem. Although it really is not that compiz is essential for me, but that it is the only viable way that I have had to make my monitor tearing disappear.

    With nothing more to say, I appreciate your attention.

  47.   xxmlud said

    Good post !, Do you know any website that says compatible ATI / AMD graphics or that work well in linux? (That they have support and work decent)

  48.   Berenes said

    Just great, thank you very much

    1.    let's use linux said

      You're welcome, you're welcome!
      A hug! Paul.

  49.   frank said

    what happens is that I want to install ubuntud on my laptop it has 2 gb of ram 1 ghz but it has double core it will work for me

  50.   exgaete said

    Perfect, it was super!

  51.   Alberto Acevedo said

    Thanks for sharing!

  52.   roger said

    Hello everyone, I read most of the comments, the truth is I am not a guru in these dark arts of Ubuntu, but it has caught my attention that you can choose between Gnome Flashback and Unity from the login panel, but I was not satisfied with just that, so I installed Gnome 3, since the following lines mentioned how, now the problem is that Ubuntu Tweak no longer works and my interface sometimes does not show all the elements such as the checkBox and when trying to update from the update manager I get that there are erroneous packages or obsolete ppa's and that I can do a partial update and if I give it to continue it asks me to reinstall many programs that I have in Ubuntu again. Can I still have Unity with Gnome3? Will I have to choose between one of those 2? …. Thank you very much for the contribution and I really hope you can help me

  53.   Desiderio Goyen said

    very good guide

  54.   Diego said

    Hello, is this guide for Ubuntu Gnome? sorry but i'm not a linux expert. Thank you.

  55.   Imma said


    For some time I have had a serious excess of online sales and contests advertising, I am already reaching the point of not being able to open a window without something appearing.
    It's all because to do a joomla course, I opened ports or something like that and now I have no idea how to fix it. I can't handle the Trojans anymore and as you will see I am not very learned in the matter.
    Could you tell me where to go to solve it?
    Thank you very much for your attention and your time!

    1.    let's use linux said

      Does this happen to you on Linux or Windows?

  56.   dybah said

    The guide is very good for me to try ubuntu. I plan to go to version 14.04

  57.   Elias said

    Hello, I need help as soon as possible, the problem is that the commands do not work for me, I always get /// E: The administration directory (/ var / lib / dpkg /) could not be blocked, maybe there is another process using it ?
    I still can't use the ubuntu software center
    Pd: My exp in ubunto is = 0

    1.    let's use linux said

      That's right ... you were probably running an update or installation of a package and you cut that run for some reason. For this reason, dpkg becomes "dizzy." What you have to do is delete the file / var / lib / dpkg / lock with the following command:

      sudo rm -f / var / lib / dpkg / lock

      Hug! Paul.

  58.   Hugo Ramón Arzamendia Rodriguez said

    Good Morning. After installing the updates Ubuntu does not open me, it appears black on the screen, which I do.

  59.   karyn said

    Excellent contribution to those of us who are beginning to navigate this world

  60.   enrique said

    Hello, I have seen that in this post you teach how to add third-party repositories, but I have not seen that it warns of the security and stability risks for the operating system of this practice.
    I am not an IT expert, but I was advised not to install ppa, since everything that is not in the ubuntu software center is susceptible to causing problems.
    I would like to know your opinion, thank you

    1.    let's use linux said

      On paper the risk exists. But if those who maintain the PPA are trusted developers, there would be no problem. With that same reasoning, my recommendation is to use PPAs in moderation. It is not about avoiding its use but it is about making a moderate and intelligent use.
      On the other hand, I don't know of anyone who has been infected with viruses or malware from using PPA.
      Greetings, Pablo.

  61.   Celso said

    Thank you very much for the info it is very helpful

  62.   Alonso AR said

    I am new to Ubuntu and I was trying kazam but I have problems playing the videos in other operating systems such as android or windows, why does that happen if I record them in mp4? thanks for your help

  63.   Iñaki said

    I would like to know how you can change the behavior when double clicking on a window. That is, with the default settings, double-clicking on a window maximizes it. And what I would like to do is minimize it by double clicking. In other versions of Ubuntu I've done it but now I don't remember how it was done and I can't find it anywhere.
    Many Thanks

  64.   Jose Pablo Ramos said

    Thank you very much for taking the time to explain all this, a long time ago I wanted to install Ubuntu on my machine but it had been difficult for me and you gave me a mega help, thank you !!

  65.   Jonathan said

    Hello friends, well notice that I decided to explore the world of Linux, for reasons of comfort I do not use Ubuntu, but I found out about Elementary and up to now it is fine, but I feel like it is slow, let's say heavy for my PC, I use Elementary 64BITS, 4GB of RAM, Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.00GHz × 2; VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896 / VN896 / P4M900 [Chrome 9 HC] (rev 01) and 120GB of hard disk, something to make it a little normal I would say: / and another question is fine to use the 64 BITS or I pass to 32BITS? I hope I don't comment in an inappropriate place but there are few Elementary bloggers and I understand that Elementary is based on Ubuntu, so it has been the same internally, I guess.

  66.   Isaac said

    I am new to the world of Linux, and I would like to ask a question.
    I have used Linux Mint and I liked its interface and that! But when I installed Ubuntu because according to what I heard that distribution was much better (I can't judge I'm a novice), well I installed it and it turns out that everything is fine but the Gnome that Ubuntu brings and I don't get along.

    The question is: If I install Cinnamon which is the interface that Linux Mint has, can the desktop and the Native LM menu have icons?

    1.    let's use linux said

      Hello Isaac!

      I think it would be better if you ask this question in our question and answer service called Ask FromLinux so that the whole community can help you with your problem.

      A hug, Pablo.

  67.   Cod Woman (please I'm not spam) said

    It is not SPAM ¬¬: Hello. Excuse me for the publication, and excuse those who feel offended with this comment: The fact is that I have problems updating, since it tells me that the repository of signatures is not updated and the page I had to remove them says that it does not have the keys available. My error is with the GPG and the multimedia deb page

    Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or some old ones have been used instead »

    I know I have to change and correct this in the list, but I don't know how. I have followed the instructions on many pages, but the truth is that I do not quite understand, and I have already had bad experiences and I had to reinstall. Yes. I know that's what you learn from; But there is another problem: the computer belongs to a teenager who does not know anything about Ubuntu, and his parents are one of those people who believe that if the computer is in suspension it is because something serious happened to him. Help me please. I am not a technician, but I use this computer. And I apologize again for causing you this visual disturbance.

    1.    jose said

      that's why windows is the best
      Linux can work great on servers but for a common user it is very confusing and with the same story that is already boring that you do not need antivirus they think they have everything solved

    2.    Yukiteru said

      You do not need the deb-multimedia repos at all, because everything is already included in the official repos, except for very specific cases (professional sound tools not included in your distro officially) you will not need that repository.

      Also on the official deb-multimedia page they explain well how to deal with your case, installing the package corresponding to the repository keys.

  68.   Fred cespedes said

    excellent contribution… I just installed ubuntu 14.04 lts and it runs great on a Dell pc with only 2g of Ram

  69.   Manuel Ch. said

    Very good contribution. Thank you very much.

  70.   optimusp said

    Hello, I found the information to finish installing Ubuntu very instructive, thanks for the information. 🙂

  71.   Chaparral said

    I thank the actor of this article, because his explanations have been very good for me.
    I congratulate you on your writing, because even though your nationality is understood, I have been able to perfectly understand your sentences and, what is more, I have been able to put them into practice fully and effectively. It seems to me that what is really important is knowing how to make yourself understood and in this case it has been.
    Greetings to everyone.

  72.   faith said

    Hello everyone,
    I recently installed Xubuntu 14.04, how can I update the FFox? Can't it be updated from the program itself as the windows version (it is updated from the Help menu)?

    I already looked in the "ubuntu software center" (as the post indicates) but it only tells me that it is installed (the version that is, etc) and I can't see to update it from there, how do I do?

    Thanks: D

  73.   Nahu said

    Excellent post, thank you very much!

  74.   MATT SEWN said

    MATE is a mess. I installed it, I changed the preferences, I looked for how to uninstall it, I uninstalled it and…. When I wanted to enter, I did NOT recognize the password. I tried many ways to get in but there was no way to get my desktop back. I had to reinstall Ubuntu 14.04 and all the programs I need.
    Thank you for your attention

  75.   Omar said

    Good contribution!!!!!

    I'm new to this topic of GNU / Linux and derivatives.

    My question is for People who DO NOT HAVE the Internet WHAT WE CAN DO, where we can download X or Y applications that we need.

    Thanks for your attention.

    1.    let's use linux said

      Hello! First of all, sorry for the delay in answering.
      I suggest you use our Ask From Linux service (http://ask.desdelinux.net) to carry out this type of consultation. That way you can get the help of the entire community.
      A hug! Paul

  76.   sebastian said

    magnificent and effective a simple practical manual for newbies in linux very good blog for this is that they are used to provide help, greetings friend thank you very much from venezuela, caracas

    1.    let's use linux said

      Great! 🙂

  77.   jmsima said

    Good article, the information helped me a lot, thank you very much 🙂

  78.   martin said

    Compa install the ubuntu 16.04.1 32 bit, but I cannot play videos in the browser, watch videos in external or internal memory, I don't have much knowledge in this Ubuntu system, could you tell me how I make videos play on the internet etc.

  79.   Mars said

    Compa install the ubuntu 16.04.1 32 bit, but I cannot play videos in the browser, watch videos in external or internal memory, I don't have much knowledge in this Ubuntu system, could you tell me how I make videos play on the internet etc.