I have been a huge Ubuntu fan since my college days. Although, I have switched to Mac, but my love for Ubuntu is irreplaceable. I am compiling this post just to showcase how powerful this incredible operating system is.
In this post, I have compiled the best Ubuntu tweaks, tips and tools. To be precise, once you are done reading this post, you will able to amplify the strength and capability of your Ubuntu OS.
Ubuntu is a Geek’s master weapon, and configuring any damn thing is a Geek’s habit. Hence this post is all about nurturing a Geek’s habit of configuring things and making it better for himself. Below listed tweaks, tips and tools can be used by any Ubuntu user regardless his or her Ubuntu knowledge.
6 Best Ubuntu Tweaks, Tips and Tools
#1. Mount Partitions At Startup Automatically
Ubuntu never mounts a partition or hard drive other than the one on which its OS sits. If your machine runs on multiple partitions, you surely want each and every partition to be accessible once you start your Ubuntu machine.
There is a nifty tool, PySDM which lets you configure your Ubuntu such that it would mount all the partitions at the startup automatically. Hit the below command to install it on your machine:
sudo apt-get install pysdm
Once its installed, go ahead and run it. Now choose the partitions that you want to be accessible straight away, name them and click on Apply button. That is it!
#2. Backup Files On Ubuntu
Like Mac OS X, you do not have anything like Time Machine which would take care of your data. But you do have, DejaDup which is tool which comes with all the latest versions of Ubuntu distributions.
Launch it and configure it do start with the scheduling of jobs to backup your data on Ubuntu and save it directly on your local system and even on remote servers or cloud.
#3. Best Music Player For Ubuntu
I have labelled amaroK as the best music player for Ubuntu. This tool is not just about playing songs, creating playlists as it is much more that. In fact, it is much more than any music player you have ever come across.
Its linked up with Wikipedia so that you can search stuff about artists, album, and more. It also displays lyrics of the song, and you need not install any plugin for it. You can even search and download album covers.
#4. Add Spice To Booting Themes
Are you bored of the way Ubuntu shows up whenever you turn it ON? If you are, then you have to try BURG which actually adds so much to the bootloader that you would love the way it turns ON.
You can install it by the below command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bean123ch/burg
Downloading the tool just wont do as you need themes which you could use as booting screens. Below is the command to download all the required updates and themes.
sudo add-get update && sudo add-get install burg burg-themes
#5. Get going with Ubuntu One
Not everybody is aware of the free cloud storage service offered by Ubuntu, namely Ubuntu One. I recommend you to try it once if you are looking for a free cloud storage service. In order to start with it, navigate as System > Preferences > Ubuntu One. Now go ahead, create an account for yourself and start using it.
#6. Turn Off System Beep
Ubuntu is one of its kind. Unlike other operating systems, Ubuntu will cause your CPU make noice whenever something wrong happens. Didn’t you get it? I am talking about the super weird beep that occurs in case of an error happening. You can turn this annoying sound just by hitting the below command:
But if you want to enable it back, you can hit the below command:
Guest author Dwarka Rao is editor at PcsPlace – A Tech Blog and Review Unit.com.