Getting Started with Ubuntu

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So you just installed ubuntu and you’re having a ton of fun. You just realized that you have it installed and now what? Well this article is for you! I will go over a few things that you should install right after getting ubuntu. Let’s jump right into it! 

Step 1: Getting Familiar with Ubuntu’s New Features

With Ubuntu 10.10 you can do a lot more things with linux. From music streaming to your phone, and ubuntu one syncing. Check out my post on three new ubuntu features.

Step 2: Getting a Sweet Icon Set. 

If you haven’t heard of the Faenza icon set you really need to get it. It is just plain awesome. Everyone that I know absolutely loves it. So why not give it a try?

Step 3: Getting a Dock 

If you’re a fan of docks you will like docky. It is a great dock that is very simple with some good functionality. You can read up on my tutorial from a couple months ago on it here.

Step 4: Having Fun

What’s the point of getting ubuntu if you aren’t going to have fun with it? Ubuntu has many fun games including Warzone 2100, a free, command and conquer style game. You can also find all of the best linux games here.

Step 5: Looking Forward

Now that you have the essentials it’s time to get ready for the next release of ubuntu! It comes out every six months and always comes packed with new features. You can find our posts on future releases here.

Hopefully this helped you get a grasp on ubuntu. If you need help with anything just ask. Let me know what you think of this tutorial in the comments.

How to Fix Grub

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Yesterday my computer got messed up. It wouldn’t boot and would just start in grub rescue. I was up for hours trying to fix it but I have found a simple solution. The whole time I was trying to fix it from that annoying command prompt. Here are the steps to fixing it.

1. Get a live CD or USB and boot from it. Then choose try before installing

2. Open Terminal and type in: sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt This will mount your hard drive to /mnt.

3. Now type in sudo grub-install —root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda It should say that it was installed successfully.

Now all you have to do is reboot into your system and everything should work fine! 

Unblock websites!

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I know someone out there is using ubuntu and blocking websites on that network. This tutorial is for you! This is really simple but has one major requirement… Nothing! lets do this!

1. Right-click on the internet icon and click edit connections 

2. Click either wireless or Ethernet depending on what connection you are using. 

3. Click on the item and choose edit like so:

 

After clicking edit a new dialog should come up. 

4. Click on the IPv4 Settings tab

5. Now choose Automatic (DHCP) addresses only 

6. put 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4 into the dns servers field

7. Click apply then close and have fun!

You might be wondering what those numbers are. All we are doing is changing the dns servers to Google’s dns. When people block sites most often it is with Open DNS and when we change it to google, all is good and the sites are unblocked! Need help? leave a comment or click Ask us in the navigation bar!

Getting a Dock(y)

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In ubuntu there isn’t a dock installed by default. The first step to making your ubuntu more awesome is probably adding a dock. Docky is the best dock available. To install it open up terminal and type

sudo apt-get install docky

The next thing I would recommend doing is installing an awesome icon set. Now you can remove the bottom bar because docks are much better on the eyes :) Here’s a look at my dock. 

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This is my tricked out ubuntu. It has a context menu at the top like macs, a live wallpaper, custom icon set, and a dock. What do you think?

Awesome Icon Set

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There’s a lovely icon set available for download called Faenza.

I find it’s a nice, refreshing change from the default Humanity spin that ships with Ubuntu – and there’s something nice about Docky looking super consistent with the square icons.

To install the Faenza icon set, simply install this PPA and then install the icon set by going to Appearance Preferences, Theme, select your theme and hit customize then change it under the Icons tab.

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme

Pro tip: While you don’t have to use a terminal for installing PPAs and software, it’s a very fast method for doing so. To use these commands, open up a Terminal from Applications – Accessories and copy and paste these in. You’ll need to use Shift + Insert instead of Ctrl + V, or simply right click and choose Paste.

Three Cool Ubuntu 10.10 Features

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Ubuntu Music Previews

In ubuntu 10.10 there are quite a few small features. One of them is the ability to preview music just by single clicking the mp3. This is nice if you forgot what a song sounds like. 

Ubuntu Music Streaming


Another great feature of ubuntu 10.10 is the new music streaming. It lets you listen to anything synced with ubuntu one. The downside is that it is only free for 30 days. Ubuntu is becoming a really great alternative to windows with all of these features that they push out every release.

Ubuntu One Notifier


If you have used ubuntu for a while you might remember back when there was a notifier in the top bar. They took it out back in ubuntu 9.10 because of sync errors and other bugs. Now it is back and better than ever with a dropbox-like notifier. You can get it for your self here.