What to Install After Installing Ubuntu Lucid?

As Ubuntu Lucid is preparing for its grand launch on 29th April 2010, I am sure you should have already known what to expect in this release. The next usual question is: “what should I install after installing Lucid?

We have done plenty of “what to install after installing Ubuntu” articles previously, but this time round, I am going to save you all the trouble and introduce you to a script that can automate plenty of stuffs for you.

Ubuntu Start is a bash script written by Alin Andrei that aims to help you to overcome the “what to install” block. It performs a series of tweaks and allows you to choose extra applications to install. Truthfully speaking, it is not a polished script. The only great thing about it is that it WORKS!. It doesn’t cover every single thing you need/want, but it covers the necessary tweaks and installation for your Ubuntu machine, especially Ubuntu Lucid.

1. This script only works for Ubuntu Lucid
2. There is no uninstallation method for the tweaks, so use it at your own risk.

Ubuntu Start is divided into two stages. The first stage will perform some of the system tweaks while the second stage will install some of the commonly used applications.

Running Ubuntu Start

The script requires zenity to run. If you have not installed zenity, here’s the command to do so.

Download the script from Launchpad. (Go to the Launchpad page, right-click the link and select Save As).


Updated: There is a change in the file structure, so here is the new step:

Once you have downloaded the script, extract it to your Home folder.


Go into the Ubuntu-10.04-start folder. Right click on the ubuntu-10.04-script file and select Properties. Go to the Permissions tab and ensure that the box “Allow executing files as program” is checked.


In the terminal, run the following command:

A window will appear to allow you to choose the tweaks you want.


Tweaks that I recommend are:

  • Moving the window buttons to the right
  • Change Update Manager behavior
  • Disable the GDM login user list
  • Remove ubuntu-docs
  • fix apt-get update delay for Google repositories
  • Automatically mount NTFS partition
  • add additional repositories (required for step 2)

The rest are optional. When you are done with your selection, click OK. The script will proceed to perform the tweaks.

Once the tweaks are done, it will proceed to the next stage where it will prompt you to install extra applications



Here is where you can choose the applications that you want to install. Personally I installed the following:

  • GIMP
  • VLC
  • CCSM
  • Codecs and extras
  • Dropbox
  • Google Chrome
  • WINE
  • Skype
  • Ubuntu Tweak

This script does not cover every single application out there, but it includes Ubuntu Tweak, which you can use it to tweak your system further.

Again, click OK when you have done your selection. Now, just sit back and relax.

What’s next?

As I mentioned earlier, this script is not polished. I would advise you to run Ubuntu Tweak after running this script to further tweak your system.

run ubuntutweaks

If you have used this script and like it, share your experience in the comments.

Update: Ubuntu-restricted-extra is not included in the start script, so you might want to run the installation via the command:

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Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. Excellent post. While I do install Ubuntu Tweak, I didn't know about the script in step one. Since I just installed 10.4 on my laptop, now would be a good time to try out the tips in this post.

  2. ive been using ubuntu tweak ever since it came out… now with this script side by side with it, UBUNTU rocks.

  3. nice script, discoered it on another site, been using it in lucid beta 1 and beta 2, works very well.

  4. it worked for me on all ubuntu 10.04 beta version, but now it doesn't work anymore on LTS version launched yesterday. the error message is:
    sudo: ~/ubuntu-10.04-script: command not found

  5. check that you didn't delete the script and make sure that it is located in your Home folder.

  6. I found it worked better to unpack the script. Then cd into the script folder by typing cd in the terminal, and dragging the folder location into the terminal. Then, use the sudo command when executing the script.

  7. To gabriel
    For me the command
    “sudo ~/ubuntu-10.04-script” (without Parenthesis)
    did not work but
    “sudo ./ubuntu-10.04-script”
    did. Try using that instead.

  8. Had to unpack the folder and then run as(placing the “./” in front of “ubuntu-10.04-script”):

    sudo ./ubuntu-10.04-script

    every other thing I tried did not work….

  9. Hil,
    I installed UBUNTU 10.04 in french on my laptop.
    Executed the script with selection of french language (at the beginning of execution).
    Everything works fine after rebooting except that now all the GNOME menus are in english as well as the date display. I selected 'French' in ADMIN > Language support by no way!
    As I'm residing in Belgium I selected be_BE for the option “Gnome Calendar first day of the week”
    Anybody have an idea?

  10. “There is no uninstallation method for the tweaks, so use it at your own risk.”
    The version I used “” allows un-installing (reseting) the tweaks…

  11. No worry anymore… I found the problem and fixed it yesterday!
    be_BE was the reponsible and everything went back OK when I changed it to fr_BE.
    => For all french speaking users: use this script! It works fine, add a lot of functionalities and layouts!

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