Setting up Ubuntu 13.10 on a laptop. I have recently replaced the Debian 7.1 hard drive in my laptop with a new hard drive and I installed Ubuntu 13.10. After the installation; I was able to run
sudo apt-get update and then I installed a nice new terminal and all of the extra codecs with this command.
homer@hal9000:~/Documents$ sudo apt-get install lxterminal ubuntu-restricted-extras
Then I installed a proper video player and another web browser thusly:
homer@hal9000:~/Documents$ sudo apt-get install vlc chromium-browser
Install the Unity tweak tool with this command.
homer@hal9000:~/Documents/LinuxDocuments$ sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool
This allows you to tweak many components of the Unity desktop and make it just right.
To handle various archiving formats; use this command to install all required programs at once.
homer@hal9000:~$ sudo apt-get install p7zip-rar p7zip-full unace unrar zip unzip sharutils rar uudeview mpack arj cabextract file-roller
The Ubuntu 13.10 distribution is a very good desktop operating system, the performance of the desktop is very good and it works well on my Asus laptop with 4 gigabytes of RAM. The Unity Tweak utility allows the Unity desktop to be tweaked thoroughly and the many components to be adjusted. I like Debian, but I wanted to try out the Ubuntu 13.10 distribution and see what I could do with my laptop and this new Linux release.
Once you are running Ubuntu; you should be able to use Nautilus and browse your files using the file manager. This is a good way to access your Windows files if you are dual-booting with Windows 7 or 8.