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Blue1005
August 20th, 2012, 10:43 AM
I am brand new to ubuntu and linux in general. I keep hearing that this is so much better, and the look is new and refreshing. But, i also know that i am not doing anything to utilize the power of the OS. So does anyone have ideas of what i can do? Or other hints for a brand new person? Please be gentle :)

Blue1005
August 20th, 2012, 12:34 PM
WOW! no one has cool tricks or tweaks huh? :lolflag:

zombifier25
August 20th, 2012, 01:03 PM
Dude, the post is only 2 hours. It's fairly young.

As for cool stuffs, well you just need to hang around and discover the cool stuffs for yourself. It won't be that hard.

But there IS one thing I love to do - install ccsm, Compiz's extra plugins (from the Software Center, if you want GUI, or

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra
if you want commandline), open CCSM and enable all sort of cool effects, such as the spinning cube, wobbly windows, etc. (just don't mess things up too deeply, the warning that pops up when you open it should tell you)

mlentink
August 20th, 2012, 01:04 PM
http://www.webupd8.org/
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/
http://gnome-look.org/

I this what you mean? Have you checked out the Software Center yet?

btw: Welcome to the free world

Buntu Bunny
August 20th, 2012, 01:12 PM
Learn to use the command line!

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CommandLineResources

cortman
August 20th, 2012, 01:14 PM
Be patient. That's one of the coolest things you can do in a support forum. :)

Learn the command line (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CommandLineResources).

Frogs Hair
August 20th, 2012, 03:41 PM
Install and learn to use Gimp if your the creative type. Explore Conky. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=281865&highlight=conky

Blue1005
August 20th, 2012, 03:50 PM
I think that came installed with a pack i got. So that is cool.

Blue1005
August 20th, 2012, 03:56 PM
I have checked out the software center. And i love different backgrounds. I am looking for different customizations and things i can do. I know nothing about programming, and was hoping this could help me learn so basic stuff. But totally confused on what i should or need to do. I do however have an issue with my dvd drive. i am trying to burn an iso using k3b and the brasero (SP) and have been unable to get it to work. tried several dvds and nothing worked. But i have been able to burn a CD using k3b so idk if there is something im doing wrong or what. totally new to iso and dvd burning also.

Blue1005
August 20th, 2012, 04:13 PM
Install and learn to use Gimp if your the creative type. Explore Conky. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=281865&highlight=conky


i looked at it, had no clue of what it meant :(

Buntu Bunny
August 20th, 2012, 05:10 PM
i looked at it, had no clue of what it meant :(

Here's a bit of an explanation that might help - http://www.linoob.com/2010/09/conky-system-monitor-for-ubuntu/

Buntu Bunny
August 20th, 2012, 05:12 PM
And from Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conky_(software)

Looks like it has a steep learning curve however.

Blue1005
August 21st, 2012, 11:24 AM
Steep indeed! I have a psensor program for my internal temps, that seems to work good enough. I tried to install a skin program but deleted it cause i could not figure it out :(

Buntu Bunny
August 21st, 2012, 11:33 AM
Surely someone out there has a tutorial on how to set it up. It certainly looks cool when it's up and running.

Dea ex Machina
August 21st, 2012, 11:54 AM
What do you consider "cool?" Are you looking for suggestions of programs to install, and if so, what kind? Are you a gamer? Artist? Writer? Reader? Hardcore lacrosse fan? What?

Are you looking for ways to improve your performance, if so, how?

Are you wanting to customize your OS? How? In what ways and for what reasons?

I'm, er, afraid I personally won't be able to help with any of that, I'm pretty new to Ubuntu myself, like, only a few weeks. But I figure the other folks here will have an easier time helping you if you break down what you want into specifics. :)

Blue1005
August 21st, 2012, 12:19 PM
What do you consider "cool?" Are you looking for suggestions of programs to install, and if so, what kind? Are you a gamer? Artist? Writer? Reader? Hardcore lacrosse fan? What?

Are you looking for ways to improve your performance, if so, how?

Are you wanting to customize your OS? How? In what ways and for what reasons?

I'm, er, afraid I personally won't be able to help with any of that, I'm pretty new to Ubuntu myself, like, only a few weeks. But I figure the other folks here will have an easier time helping you if you break down what you want into specifics. :)


Fair enough :) I was thinking different looks of icons, and desktops. Different games are good but i know linux is not good with mainstream games without a deal of programming knowledge. And basic simple codes and stuff i could learn to improve my own skills and start learning coding and computer lingo. I can look up ubuntu and codes and all that jazz, but when i do it intimidates me far too much.

black veils
August 21st, 2012, 12:57 PM
- you can get icon themes, wallpapers and gtk themes etc from here (http://gnome-look.org/) (like someone else mentioned)

- you can also search the software centre for "icon theme" and some results will show.

- to customise unity you can install ubuntu tweak (http://www.webupd8.org/2012/02/ubuntu-tweak-061-released-with-support.html)

- if you want entirely different desktop environments to try, there is kde, gnome shell, cinnamon, xfce, lxde, e17 etc you install then choose from the login screen, via the icon near sign-in area. each desktop environment will come with various apps (depending on the desktop package you picked), which will al show in the menus, it can be confusing and messy but it can also be useful. you should be able to tweak menu files to only show in certain desktops, if you want.

Slugbreath
August 21st, 2012, 03:38 PM
While not really a new "look" to icons or things like that, I'd suggest trying starting programs from the terminal. Not only does it "feel cool" to start programs that way, but it is also very quick!

Ctrl + Alt + T opens the terminal. Then just type the name of the program you wish to start, and press enter. No more having to go to a menu to start the program you are looking for! The only downside is that if you close the terminal window while the program is running, the program will quit.

Example: In the terminal, type:
gedit and press enter. The text editor called gedit will then start. If it is not installed, you will get a message telling you that it isn't installed on your computer.

If you wish to be able to use the terminal after you have started the program, and not just have it as a window that takes up space, add a & sign after the program name.

Example: In the terminal, type:
gedit & to start gedit and give control of the terminal window back to you. You can then start another program using the same terminal window.

Pretty neat, if you ask me!