Linux is fun always but for the begineers it is little complicated as they are obviously new.
There are few things that one have to take care of once he/she has installed ubuntu let it be 11.10 or 12.04 or 12.10.
There are lot many packages that come in-built.
Still there is need to have enhanced capabilities.
Here are few step you could adopt to have better performing Ubuntu.
Updating Repository cache
You will need to update the repository cache to make sure that you have the latest version of all the newly installed packages.
Open your terminal and type or simply copy and paste the following command
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
You will need lot of plugins to play your mp3’s, for streaming your youtube videos you will be in need of the flash player so it would become difficult to install when provoked and installing saperately the packages is sure a time eating process, Instead installing “Ubuntu restricted extras” will take care of all these worries.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Speeding up apt
Every time during the installation/updation process apt is the keyword, entire process of installation using apt can be made qiuck .You need to install fast apt which handles this.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apt-fast/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-fast
Once you have done this there will be prompt that ask you to choose between apt-get or aptitutde and download manager Axel and Aria2c.So choose the one you prefer.
Ubuntu does have Firefox as its default browser but in regard with opinion of majority of population for the fastest browser it was google’s browser that clinched the title.
So next step is to install it
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
For playing your multimedia install ffmpeg codec.
sudo apt-get install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra
VLC is the best choice so go on and install it.You can either install it via terminal or just go to “Ubuntu software center “and you can VLC under “Sound and video”
or in terminal
sudo apt-get install vlc
Gnome tweak tool is the tools for tweaking the desktop setting, which helps to customize the looks/behaviour, themems , fonts. “Appearence” in Ubuntu does not provide you with much of the flexiblity for customization.
sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
So these are the post installation steps that help you manipulate inside Ubuntu.