The Basic Essentials You Should Do After Installing Ubuntu

Make The Up/Down Keys Search History

This assumes you are using the Gnome terminal. This has been tested with Ubuntu 14.04.

  1. Edit ~/.inputrc with this command (to apply the change to the current user only):

    or, to apply it system wide (assuming you have admin privileges):

  2. Add the following lines:

  3. Save then close the file.
  4. Execute this command in a terminal (not that you cannot source the .inputrc file):

  5. Done!

Turn On Mutiple Workspaces

Multiple workspaces (also called virtual desktops by Ubuntu) is a great feature to enable for increased productivity.

Assuming you are using the unity interface (the default for Ubuntu v14.x or v16.x), navigate to System Settings, then click Appearance, and then click the Behaviour tab. Tick the Enable workspaces checkbox and you’re done!

To switch workspaces, press Ctrl-Alt (on a Windows keyboard) or Cmd-Alt (on a Mac keyboard) along with an arrow key, e.g. Ctrl-Alt-RightArrow to move to the workspace to the right.

To Add More Workspaces

How to add more workspaces than the default 4 you get when enabling the option in the GUI? Easy, change the vsize and hsize settings! If you wanted 6 (2 across, 3 down), enter the following commands from the terminal:

It always has to be arranged in a grid, but you can practically have as many as you want.

Install Linuxbrew

Linuxbrew is a copy of Mac’s Homebrew for Linux. It’s useful for installing applications that may not have built in installation support using apt or yum.

See for installation instructions.

Install fzf For Better Reverse Lookup

See for installation instructions (I recommend using Linuxbrew).

Install fd For Better find

See for installation instructions. Really easy to install on Debian systems.

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 at 11:44 am
Last Updated on: September 6th, 2018 at 8:06 am

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