Post-Installation Ubuntu Desktop Check List

Technical documentation

Ubuntu is currently the most popular flavor of Linux, based heavily off of Debian. It has a huge community, lots of support from developers, and is a suitable platform for both workstation and server. With a Long-Term Support version every other major version, offering 5 years of support at no cost.


A few applications are necessary for a functional developer computer complete with an office suite, web browser, media player, development tools, and few extra goodies. Here are a few, more to come:

Setup Third-Party PPA repositories

  • Netflix PPA
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehover/compholio
  • VirtualBox PPA
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:debfx/virtualbox
  • KeePass2 PPA
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:jtaylor/keepass
  • Latest GIMP PPA
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
  • Android adb & fastboot PPA
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
  • Android SDK
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/sdk

Refresh the software manager cache

sudo apt-get update
The following command will install:
  • Netflix: Netflix streaming client
  • VirtualBox w/ Guest Additions: Virtual computing software
  • LibreOffice: Office suite
  • TrueCrypt: High-grade encryption tool
  • Windows Network Browsing: For connecting to Windows shares
  • Firefox: Web browser
  • Thunderbird: Mail client
  • Pidgin: Instant messaging client
  • Chromium: Open Source Chrome web
  • BleachBit: Browser, mail, application cleaning application
  • GIMP: Image editing
  • Filezilla: FTP/SFTP Client
  • git: Source code management
  • KeePass2: Password management
  • VLC: Media player
  • Flash: Closed source media and content plugin
  • Restricted codecs: Closed source audio and video codecs, i.e .mp3
  • Arduino: Arduino Integrated Development Environment
  • Fritzing: Prototyping software
    sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop virtualbox virtualbox-guest-additions-iso libreoffice truecrypt bleachbit nautilus-share samba firefox thunderbird pidgin pidgin-otr gimp gimp-data-extras gimp-help-en filezilla git-core keepass2 ubuntu-restricted-extras vlc chromium-browser android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot android-sdk arduino fritzing libqt4-sql-sqlite