Ubuntu Rocks

Jul 10, 2013

UPDATED: Sept, 2018 - Ubuntu Gnome 18.04

Ubuntu is fantastic, stable and truly a pleasure to use. For my friends and family, here is a cheatsheet for getting your system up and running.

Get Ubuntu

The latest Ubuntu now comes with Gnome by default, so download from the usual location

Ubuntu Desktop Download


To ensure software will run and media will play, you're going to want to install the following packages.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras vlc gimp alacarte vim

You may also want the most popular browser, Google Chrome.

cd ~/Downloads
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

And we'll need java, since it runs billions of devices

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

And no computer should exist without minecraft (no I'm not kidding. lol)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flexiondotorg/minecraft
sudo apt update
sudo apt install minecraft-installer


Install git...

sudo apt-get install git

and set it up right...

git config --global ""
git config --global "Your Name"

git config --global push.default simple
git config --global core.excludesfile '~/.gitignore-global'
git config --global log.abbrevcommit true
git config --global log.decorate true
git config --global push.default current
git config --global branch.autosetuprebase always

Sublime Text 3 is a great all-purpose editor for programmers, also installable via the command line with this:

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https && echo "deb apt/stable/" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sublime-text.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sublime-text

And make sure you get your package manager

Setup your ssh-key for source control sites like github and bitbucket

ssh-keygen -t rsa -C ""
cat ~/.ssh/

then copy-n-paste the output into your account settings on github or bitbucket

Ruby, Rails & Tmux

Don't miss out on my other blog posts that walk you through installing Ruby & Rails and Tmux.


You'll also want to install Docker CE, don't forget the Post-installation steps for Linux and install Docker Compose

And That's All

You've got ubuntu + things it should have come with anyway.