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Its been a week since Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx has been out. It is a Long Term Support release so it is a good idea to get it on your machine. If you have not already done so you can download the Ubuntu Lucid Lynx install over here.

The other day we told you about some applications that you might want to install on a fresh Lucid Lynx install 10 Applications You Must Install On Ubuntu Lucid Lynx [Linux] 10 Applications You Must Install On Ubuntu Lucid Lynx [Linux] Read More . Today let’s have a look at some of the tweaks and changes you can apply to Lucid.

Move The Window Control Buttons To The Right Side

A lot of fuss was created when it was decided that Lucid will have the window controls on the left side. The decision has been enforced and Lucid now ships with window controls on the left side of the title bar. Although you get used to it, it definitely is a nuisance for the first few days. You tend to move the mouse to the top right corner almost instinctively.

If that is too big a change for you, you can always switch them back to the right side. Here is how:

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  • Hit Alt + F2, type gconf-editor.
  • Navigate to apps/metacity/general. In the right pane look for an entry for button layout and change it to menu:maximize,minimize,close and you are done.

Configure Broadcast Accounts

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Lucid features the new “Me Menu”. One of the things you can do with the Me Menu is broadcast your status across multiple social networks. You can also consolidate all your email and chat accounts and access them easily from the Me Menu Ubuntu 10.04 Integrates All Your Inboxes [Linux] Ubuntu 10.04 Integrates All Your Inboxes [Linux] Read More .

Set Up Ubuntu One

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Ubuntu One, as you might be aware, is Canonical’s offering similar to Dropbox. It offers 2GB of storage and you can sync your files and folders across multiple computers.

You might ask, why would you want to use it over Dropbox? The answer is because Ubuntu One integrates more tightly with Ubuntu than Dropbox does. What this means is that while you have to set up syncs and folders with Dropbox manually, Ubuntu One can sync your contacts and music purchases on the Ubuntu Music store automatically without much set up involved.

These might not be killer features, but you can expect more integration in future releases of the operating system.

Setting up Ubuntu One is easy. Just head over to System > Preferences > Ubuntu One. A new webpage asking you to log in or to create a new account opens up. Click on “New Account” to create a new Ubuntu One account or provide details of an existing account to link your computer with it.

Configure Software Repositories & Download Server

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We showed you the ins and outs of packages and software repositories a while back. After a fresh install all the changes you made to “Software Sources” are lost. So you might want to dive into System > Administration > Software Sources and enable the Universe and Multiverse repositories. And while you are here, take some time to set up the server that would be used to download updates and software that you choose to install in the future.

Set Up Windows File & Printer Sharing

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Sharing files and printers with Windows machines requires you to have Samba on your computer. You can install it right away if you know you will need it in the future. Or else, Ubuntu prompts you to install Samba the first time you try to share a file.

These are the ones from our side. We are sure you guys have your own picks as well. How about sharing them in the comments?

  1. dRewsus
    July 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Compiz is installed by default. However, if you want a nice configuration that I have made:
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/206328...
    (right-click -> save as | then apply it with ccsm)

  2. jimmychonga
    May 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I Feel The sixth should have been Compiz Fusion, Why not have a little eye candy.
    For more and how to install Compiz visit http://ubuntuandstuff.weebly.c...

  3. Anonymous
    May 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I Feel The sixth should have been Compiz Fusion, Why not have a little eye candy.
    For more and how to install Compiz visit http://ubuntuandstuff.weebly.com/

  4. blah
    May 12, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Yes it's bloat and that's not the only way it's becoming like Windows. Sure you can personalize it; by undoing all the nasty changes they've made.

  5. Miggs
    May 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    It's only me or Ubuntu OS became a bit bloated in the last years? Anyway, it's an excelent alternative to Windows.

    • smoochy
      May 8, 2010 at 11:15 am

      It is only you. The latest Ubuntu (Lucid) 10.04 release has minimal software installed. This way you can make it into a much more personalized OS to suit your needs.

  6. frank
    May 7, 2010 at 1:15 am

    My first change was to move to PClinuxOS 2010 Super great Distro!!!!

  7. Albert
    May 7, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Thanks Varun! Very nice article. I was wondering about how to move those buttons!

  8. Christian Hagen
    May 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    My first install/change is to install NFS and mount my server to the machine. Takes anywhere from 45 secs to 5 minutes depending on the download speed at the moment and how much I fumble with the keyboard.

  9. Christian Hagen
    May 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    My first install/change is to install NFS and mount my server to the machine. Takes anywhere from 45 secs to 5 minutes depending on the download speed at the moment and how much I fumble with the keyboard.

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