5 Useful Linux Tweaks

Linux is famous for offering Ubuntu operating system which is mainly used for coding and programming purpose to this day. However, you will be forced to allow some tweaks and modifications in order to make it workable. This happens especially if you have switched from Windows XP/Vista7/8/10. Ubuntu could be a little inconvenience considering Windows and Mac has its easy to install apps.

But like we mentioned, Ubuntu could be completely personalized if you could apply few tweaks that we are about to show in this guide. If you have done well-research on Linux based operating system then you will be surprised to see that Linux has more applications and software that Windows couldn’t offer so far. And the best part is that they are all free to use.

Here are our 5 favorite and useful Linux tweaks to make your life easier.

#1: Automatix

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Automatix is used as an installed in Ubuntu. Basically, if you have automatix then you can install countless software and apps that could be useful for your system. It can install all the necessary apps from Google Earth to photo editing apps to various other tools that is essential for your computer.

So, if you are in a hurry and finding a way to install software in your Ubuntu computer then make sure to download Automatix first.

#2: Shut down system beeps

You know it could be really annoying when the constant beep sound comes from your computer. These beep sounds doesn’t really come from the speakers but rather it comes from the CPU which has the default system speaker. A fair example would be when you are searching some text on Mozilla Firefox and if you type anything that doesn’t match with anything, it starts to beep.

Here’s how to disable that annoying beep noise. First, open a terminal and run the following command:

rmmod pcspkr

After executing this command, you will have to reload it by typing the following command –

modprobe pcspkr

Now, this should totally shut down the annoying beep sound.

#3: Install Beagle Search Index


We are all aware that Windows search index app sucks. Beagle is a nice solution to overcome those drawbacks and offers a rather centralized files database where you can search everything you want in a blink of an eye. Beagle nice indexes all the files and folders from your computer and let you organize those files and folders so that you can search them smoothly.

To install Beagle in your computer, simply run the following command by opening a new terminal:

apt-get install beagle

#4: Reset Windows Administrator Password

Many people are not aware of this but you can actually use Ubuntu Live CD/USB to reset Windows administrator password. To perform this, you will have to make a password reset disk with the help of a USB installer.

First, you will be required to download Ubuntu 10.10 from the official website and create a live

USB to reset your Windows computer password by burning the ISO image file into a flash drive. You may then use the password reset disk to reset Windows administrator password in case if you forget the password of your Windows computer. If it doesn’t work or you feel it is too complicated, here is a simple alternative.

#5: Install VLC and Mozilla Firefox

It’s no wonder that Firefox is the best default browser and VLC is the best media playing software and there’s no reason not to keep them whatsoever. VLC can literally play every single media file in your computer and Mozilla can browse every single web page available on the internet. Of course, you will have to install additional extensions and addons to make Firefox more customizable but that’s easily possible in Ubuntu.

Here’s how to install VLC on Ubuntu, open a terminal and run the following command –

apt-get install vlc

& to install Firefox, run this command line in a separate terminal –

apt-get install firefox


We are pretty sure that you will be happy to apply the tweaks we have shared in this article to replace the apps from Windows operating system. Keep in mind, switching to Linux is never that easier but in desperate times, you may have to use it for your own benefits. But hopefully, by applying the tweaks we mentioned in this article, your life should be simpler. We hope you found this guide useful and feel free to share it with everyone who are using Linux.

Pamela W. Holloway

Hipster-friendly zombie fan. Writer. Internet specialist. Bacon maven. Pop culture practitioner. Spent 2002-2010 developing strategies for saliva in the aftermarket. At the moment I'm supervising the production of mosquito repellent in Africa. Was quite successful at lecturing about acne in Cuba. At the moment I'm working with wieners in the aftermarket. A real dynamo when it comes to implementing Yugos in the UK. Spent 2001-2005 donating wooden trains in Pensacola, FL.

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