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Top Things To Do After Installing elementary OS Freya Beta 1

Update!

Elementary OS Freya Beta 1 has been released for a while so the first and most important thing to do is to run the update manager. To do so, simply type this in Terminal:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Install Elementary Tweaks

If you like customization then elementary OS might not be the perfect choice for you. Oh wait! We have Elementary Tweaks which is an outstanding tool for customizing your version of elementary OS whether it’s Luna or Freya. It’s such a cool software that I dedicated a whole new page for it in this blog. Check it out here: Elementary Tweaks.

Fix double Google Chrome icon in Plank

If you’ve got a fresh installation of elementary OS and you already installed Google Chrome you might notice that Chrome icons shows up twice on Plank dock. You can fix this easily.

In Terminal, type:

sudo scratch-text-editor /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop

Inside you can see 3 sections like “[Desktop Entry]”, under each add a following line

StartupWMClass=Google-chrome-stable

Then close Chrome, remove icon fron Plank and restart Chrome. Then re-lock icon.

If you will get “Your profile could not be opened correctly” error on browser launch – try to kill all Chrome processes (some background one could lock your profile data) by typing “sudo killall -9 chrome” in Terminal

Change button layout

At the time of writing Elementary Tweaks doesn’t support changing the button layout on Freya. You can still do it by following this excellent tutorial:
http://eos-snippets.blogspot.hu/2014/08/change-button-layout-in-freya-beta-1.html

Dual docks when using 2 monitors

When using two monitors in elementary OS the dock only shows on one monitor. If you prefer Plank to be visible on both of them, follow this great tutoral:

https://heathpaddock.com/?p=761

Install your favourite apps

If you’re new to Linux and find elementary OS lack of some useful apps here’s a tip for my favourite ones. They are available from the Software Center.

  • Web browser: Google Chrome (get it from google.com/chrome, download the .deb package) or Firefox
  • Instant Messaging: Pidgin, Skype
  • Office Suite: LibreOffice
  • Multimedia: VLC (for videos), Audacious (for MP3)

Plus these apps look native in Freya, they’re really amazing:
Vocal – podcast application

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nathandyer/vocal-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vocal 

Biride – Twitter client

64 bits
sudo apt-get install gdebi && wget https://github.com/birdieapp/birdie/releases/download/1.1/birdie-granite_1.1.0.r421.pkg20.ubuntu14.04.1_amd64.deb -O birdie64.deb && sudo gdebi birdie64.deb && rm birdie64.deb
32 bits
sudo apt-get install gdebi && wget https://github.com/birdieapp/birdie/releases/download/1.1/birdie-granite_1.1.0.r421.pkg20.ubuntu14.04.1_i386.deb -O birdie32.deb && sudo gdebi birdie32.deb && rm birdie32.deb

Best GTK themes for Freya

1. XGTK
It’s inspired by Mac OS X.

2. Moka Project

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moka/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install moka-gtk-theme

There’s also some very nice icon themes in this PPA: moka-icon-theme and faba-icon-theme.
3. Numix Project

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install numix-gtk-theme

I also suggest installing it’s beautiful icon themes: numix-icon-theme and numix-icon-theme-circle.

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  • ClutchDisc

    Sometime I need to try Elementary OS on Virtualbox… See what its all about! 🙂

    • pappfer

      You won’t regret. 🙂

      • ClutchDisc

        What version should I download?

        • pappfer

          If you’re testing it in Virtualbox, I’d suggest to download the latest version even if it’s still beta. You can find download link in this post: http://lmelinux.net/2014/08/11/elementary-os-0-3-freya-beta-1-released/

          • ClutchDisc

            Thanks, it’s downloading now! I’ll let you know how I like it. 🙂

          • ClutchDisc

            For some reason VirtualBox won’t let me install Elementary.. says something about it not being PAE. Strange, it’s always worked for other distros. I am going to try booting it off of a USB drive on my laptop and see how that works.

          • matryc

            Check your virutalbox settings, it’s in clients system -> processor -> enable/disable PAE/NX

  • gaspar

    What’s the point on installing another GTK themes when Elementary OS is focused on that? or I’m confusing things?

    • robotron

      I always switch back to elementary theme/icons

    • Edernim

      It isn’t necessarily focussed on that. Yes it is something elementary os is known for, but personally I simply really like their desktop environment and applications. As for theming it’s very nice as well, and I stick to the default theming, but there are more really nice GTK themes out there.

  • 11111!

    My hd 7770 drivers fail when I install them through Additional Controller and from ATI website. Any way to install them properly?

    • matryc

      I think that the best way is to build package from binary driver (you can always give beta drivers a try).
      Take a look at point 3.1:
      https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/AMD
      skip subpoint. 5 “continuing with installation”.
      reboot
      than lsmod and check if there is fglrx module present, if not check for radeon.
      Remove radeon, insmod or modprobe fglrx.
      Should work.

  • Shaxine

    The new link for the “Dual docks when using 2 monitors” now its on: https://heathpaddock.com/?p=761

    • pappfer

      Thank you! I updated the article.

  • eshant

    how to fix double vmware player on plank? tried StartupWMClass=Vmplayer in respective .desktop

  • KOT

    There is no Skype for me in Software Center!

  • I just get a black screen upon reboot after updating && upgrading on 0.3 Freya

    • Luth Ramadhinolfski

      i have same situation

  • Adrian Zhang

    elementary-tweaks is so cool, I finally move dock to left by using it. thank!

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