5 things to do after installing Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

Ubuntu is a complete, full featured distro. But it can’t come with support for everything OOTB.

That’s why you’ll need to install/tweak some things after installing it.

Especially if you are new to Ubuntu (linux), this will be useful.

Note: The terminal is located in applications -> accessories -> terminal

1. Install dvd support, audio and video codecs, flash and java

In a terminal simply copy/paste this command:

sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/intrepid.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list && wget -q http://packages.medibuntu.org/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add – && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y ubuntu-restricted-extras non-free-codecs w32codecs totem-mozilla libdvdcss2

2. Install rar and 7z  support

In a terminal

sudo apt-get install p7zip-full

3. Tweak your eyecandy

Ubuntu 8.10 comes with compiz fusion effects OOTB but doesn’t offer a way to customise them.

In a terminal copy/paste this:

sudo apt-get install simple-ccsm

Now navigate to Systtem -> Preferences -> CompizConfig Settings Manager (could be called Advanced Desktop Effects Manager).

4. Prepare it to share files with other machines

Got a windows machine you would like to share files with?

Look here for instructions.

Have a Upnp (ps3) machine sitting somewhere you want to stream media to?

Look here for instructions. (to access a upnp server look here.)

Have other Linux pc’s around you want to share files with?

Look here instructions!

5. Change the default theme, tweak appearance

Written for Ubuntu 8.04, my guide should still work on Ubuntu 8.10.

Start customising now!

Got any other suggestions for new users, drop a line in the comments.

    • chel
    • October 30th, 2008

    Maybe add Wine, it’s quite important.

    For ccsm the name have been changed I think, now is simple-ccsm, so
    sudo apt-get install simple-ccsm

    Thanks for this lines it’s time-saving.
    (and sorry for my bad english).

    • Bill Goldberg
    • October 30th, 2008

    Are you sure it’s simple-ccsm?

    The command to launch it is still ccsm.

    I’m not on Ubuntu atm but will check it later.

    That the thing with new release, they keep changing stuff without any good reason.

    • em
    • November 2nd, 2008

    3. Tweak your eyecandy

    When I try to install ccsm using the code you’ve given, it gave me an error “E: Couldn’t find package ccsm”. So, I try the second way given by chel, it worked like charm! You should update this!

    • linuxowns
    • November 3rd, 2008


  1. I will try later.


    • chandelier
    • November 4th, 2008

    The w32codecs package may have been removed / renamed as well, I get:

    Package w32codecs is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    E: Package w32codecs has no installation candidate

    I don’t have a solution for it.

    • Ade
    • November 4th, 2008

    Worked fine. Thank you!

    • Bill Goldberg
    • November 5th, 2008

    Chandelier: No, the package is still called w32codecs.

    Also see: http://packages.medibuntu.org/intrepid/w32codecs.html

    • Jim Ekleberry
    • November 6th, 2008

    Thanks for the quick list that gets right to the point! I just installed ubuntu 8.10 and your list helped make it that much better for me already.

    • Strangelv
    • November 6th, 2008

    w32codecs isn’t the correct name if you’re running 64 bits. Try w64codecs.

    • ed
    • November 7th, 2008

    Hey, this is a cool list of things to get when you install ubuntu 8.10, but you’re forgetting vim-gnome and mutt… otherwise, it’s a good list!

    • tux810
    • November 9th, 2008

    Great Job!

    • jenevg
    • November 12th, 2008

    When you install simple-ccsm, you also install ccsm.
    This creates two new options in System->Preferences.
    CompizConfig Settings Manager includes all Compiz settings, while Simple CompizConfig Settings Manager contains the more basic options, plus a number of preset profiles to choose from. So, if you only want the advanced settings, you can install only the ccsm package.

  2. It is an interesting and usefull article. May I translate it to Indonesian and post it at our linux community blog ?
    I will mention the original article…of course.

    Pardon my poor english 🙂

  3. Actually, I use compizconfig-settings-manager package for compiz settings management.
    I believe that simple-ccsm is supposed to be a lite compizconfig-settings-manager.
    My two cents, nice post btw 😉
    Greetings from France, (somewhat) neighbor.

  4. Thanks a lot for the suggestion. I am new in this Linux world, and I am liking it.

    • Mike
    • February 17th, 2009

    I would install Firestarter, Spamassassin and/or Bogo Filter, and Clam AV. I would also install the applets that monitor temperature, fan speed, and SMART hard drive health.

    • Bill Goldberg
    • February 18th, 2009

    @ Mike

    Firestarter < ufw (or gufw).

    • Jorox
    • March 1st, 2009

    Thanks for the info, this is really cool.

    • cepho
    • March 29th, 2009

    Can you elaborate on your reply to Mike please?

    I have found this article very useful, however it seems to me that customising the theme would add less functionality than a firewall, anti-virus or anti-spyware package.

    Does Intrepid Ibex run programs as standard which deal with all three of these points?

    • eric
    • April 16th, 2009


    When I tried to install Install rar and 7z support and typed and sudo apt-get install p7zip-full in the terminal window I got this:

    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

    what can i do?

      • fp
      • May 3rd, 2009


      Make sure you don’t have another ‘apt’ process open when using apt-get in your terminal window. This applies to the Synaptic Package Manager.

  5. Hi. The first thing, DVD Support, Flash, Java, and more doesn’t work.

    This is what I get in the terminal when I paste it,

    I am a linux noob, so I don’t know if it was something you typed wrong, or if its not for Ubuntu 9.04. Please help.

      • evdv
      • August 22nd, 2009

      I received exactly the same result. Were U able to solve your problem? Let me know.

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