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Mostly command line stuff. You can also find these programs in the Ubuntu Software Center, but I find it more efficient to share them this way.

In the most recent release of Ubuntu, there is a shortcut for the command line! To bring it up, press:

Ctrl + Alt + T

Update & Upgrade
This is the first thing I run, every time. The first command refreshes the list of updated packages to download, and the second downloads them and installs them.

sudo apt-get update

then

sudo apt-get upgrade

Gnome Do
With this program, I can search for and open programs and documents with a few keystrokes. Super + Spacebar, to be precise. This shortcut is customizable.

sudo apt-get install gnome-do

Ubuntu Restricted Extras
For me, this is essential. It installs flash, java, the mp3 codec, and more.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Wine

It is handy to be able to run the occasional windows app.

sudo apt-get install wine