19 February 2010

Basic Ubuntu Setup Guide

This is for Julian at work, and other people.

This assumes you've installed Ubuntu already.


Update the system first, via the update manager.

You'll want to make sure that the graphics drivers are installed, via the "Hardware Drivers Manager". This ensures the computer is using the graphics drivers, otherwise, the system could be rather sluggish.

Open of the Terminal and type in
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
This is a collection of non-opensource items that are fine to add "aftermarket" to the system, but are not allowed to be included in the initial package due to restrictions of the GPL (as opposed to the nicer LGPL license) , flash, java, microsoft fonts, video codecs.

Then, to activate dvd playback, run

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
Then the computer can play DVDs.

That's really it to the post-installation of Ubuntu.

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