Kubuntu was released yesterday and it comes with the brand new KDE Plasma workspaces and other KDE technologies. Like any other operating system Kubuntu also needs a little bit of work to get it ready for you.
There are a few things which are optional and I have added them here based on my own usage, you may not need them.
#1. Install proprietary drivers
The first thing you need to do is install drivers if you are using proprietary GPU. Kubuntu comes with free software so it will work out of the box, but if you need better and smoother performance than you may want to do it.
Hit Alt+F2 to fire Krunner and then type Additional Drivers.
Open the tool and it should show the drivers available for your GPU. Go ahead and activate it.
You will need to reboot your system in order for the driver to work.
#2. Install non-free codecs
If you watch online videos or listen to patent incumbent MP3 music you may want to install drives and codecs which are not pre-installed due to licensing and patent issues.
Open Muon Package Manager from Krunner and then search for kubuntu-restricted, it will show two packages, select them and install them. Once installed you should be able to play all video and audio formats.
#3. Install Firefox and Chrome browser
Kubuntu comes with a free browser Rekonq, which respects user’s privacy. However if you want to take advantage of Firefox plugins or if you use Chrome Apps then you would want to install these two browsers. While Firefox, Chrome is based on open source Chromium project.
Firefox and Chromium are available in the official repositories of Kubuntu so you can install them by searching in the Muon Package Manger. However, if you want to install Google Chrome, go to this link and download the appropriate version (32 or 64 bit .deb) and the click on it to install it just like you would install .exe files on Windows.
#4. Install VLC
VLC is more or less like Swiss Knife when it comes to play videos. It supports virtually ever video format available out there. VLC is also available in the repositories (aka repos) so you can easily install it from Muon Package Manager. Once VLC is installed, you won’t have to worry about playing videos on Kubuntu.
#5. Install more fonts
Kubuntu come with a decent set of fonts. However if you want you can increase your font collections – for free. Google has made available its Web fonts for free. If you want only a few of Google fonts then you can download them manually from here. But if you want to grab the entire collection, go ahead and open Konsole (terminal for KDE):
First you need to install Mercurial by running this command:
sudo apt-get install -y mercurial;
Once done, run this command to clone the font repo on your KDE system:
hg clone https://googlefontdirectory.googlecode.com/hg/ googlefontdirectory;
The command will create googlefontdirectory folder in your home. That’s where all the fonts will be downloaded.
Once the fonts are downloaded you have to install them. Stay in the home directory and hit Alt + . to view hidden folders. If you already installed some fonts manually you will see a folder called .fonts in home; if not then create a folder named ‘.fonts’. Now copy the fonts folder that you downloaded to this folder and all Google fonts will be enabled on the system.