Ubuntu 17.10 ‘Artful Aardvark’ is officially available so here is our list of top 10 things which you should do after installing Ubuntu.
You’re reading this because you might have already installed the latest version of Ubuntu on your desktop and are wondering what to do next. Here is the list of things that will help you to get the best out of this amazing Linux.
What to do after installing Ubuntu 17.10 totally depends on you. This list covers the basic applications and things which will help every type of Linux users. You don’t have to follow every single thing mentioned in this article instead just the one which makes sense to you.
Also, personally speaking, I always do this 10 things right after installing Ubuntu on my machine.
1See what’s new and Keyboard Shortcuts
This isn’t actually a necessary point. It’s more like an introduction to the Ubuntu and what’s new in this particular update. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a long time user you should still know this particular thing. Everyone doesn’t agree with this particular point that’s why I numbered it to zero.
Let me give you an overview of what has changed or introduced in this version of Ubuntu.
One of the biggest change you will find in this version of Ubuntu is the transition from Unity desktop to GNOME Shell. There is a new lock screen that shows notifications, a new notifications center and much more. I did like this new lock screen design it works pretty great for me. For more changes, you can always Google.
(Ubuntu 17.10 has already been here for a while and covering new changes in a separate article now is not the best decision)
Also, I’ll recommend you to have a look at the various Keyboard Shortcuts if you are not aware of that. It helps a lot and makes you more productive.
2Check for Available Updates
Just like Microsoft Windows, Ubuntu also comes with loads of updates so that you have a smooth running experience. It’s mandatory to check for the available updates which include security patches, bug fixes, and app updates.
To check for update, Open the Software updater from the application overview (that dots in the bottom left of your screen). The application will search for the latest updates and you can then Install it. It’s super easy.
3Install Graphics Drivers
Want to play latest Linux games? Planning to do some heavy work on Ubuntu? then you should enable your graphics card drivers. By default, your Ubuntu is not using any proprietary drivers. I will recommend changing this to your dedicated GPU drivers.
To do this, open Software & Updates and click on Additional Drivers tab. You can then select the version of drivers which you want to enable. That’s it. Your Ubuntu is now using proprietary drivers.
4Install Media Codecs
By default, Ubuntu does not come with all the media codes thanks to the copyright issues. Media Codecs is necessary if you want to run numerous types of media files, for instance, MP3, MPEG4, AVI and many more.
Good part! You can install these media codecs on your Ubuntu easily. Click on this bar below to install this from the software center.
Or, if you’re a command line kinda user just like me then type this on your terminal.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
5Install GNOME Tweak Tool
The best part of using a Linux OS on your machine is the customization ability. This small yet powerful tool will unlock all the customizations so that you can make the best looking Ubuntu as per your need. With the help of this tool, you will be able to access loads of useful settings which is going to make your life easier.
Here are some examples of what this small tool can do.
- Change the look of Ubuntu including themes, icon packs and much more
- Access to GNOME extensions
- Enable/Disable desktop icons
- Move window buttons left or right
And the list goes on and on.
Use the following code on your terminal for this tool.
sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool
6Install Apps from the Software Centre
Installing various applications on any Linux distro seems difficult but it isn’t actually. To begin with, you find all the basic apps on App Store if your distro has one. The good part is that Ubuntu comes with an App store which makes this process a lot easier.
All you have to do is open the store and search for the app you’re looking for. If you find one then hit on install and that’s it. I am giving you the list of some basic apps which you can install right now from the software center.
- Telegram – Cross-platform messaging app
- VLC – Versatile media player
- GIMP – Powerful open-source image editing tool
- Shutter – Screenshot application
- Calibre – eBook management tool
7Install Softwares from the Web
Ubuntu App store covers almost all the basic applications but again not all. There are tons of amazing and useful software for Ubuntu which you will find in the App store. To begin with, you will not find Google Chrome on the store and it is one of the popular web browsers.
To install such software, you have to download the .deb packages from the web and then have to unpack it with the help of terminal.
- Google Chrome
- Spotify for Linux
- Firefox Dev Edition
- Atom Text Editor
- Thunderbird Mail Client
These are some of the basic apps which you might want to install. You can find more useful apps by visiting our Apps section.
To install this .deb package, you can either simply double-click on it and can install it. But then what’s the fun in this? Go with command-line if you really want to enjoy the Linux.
If you spend most of your time on your machine just like me then this feature will come in handy for you. Working long hours on your desktop and that too at night creates the strain on your eyes. Enabling Nighlight will reduce the blue light keeping your eyes safe.
With the integration of GNOME, you don’t need to install a separate application for this.
Just go to System Settings-> Devices-> Displays and turn on the Night Light option.
9Prolong your battery and prevent overheating
You can save a great amount of battery on your Linux laptop and also prevent it from overheating. You can use TLP feature to achieve this. All you have to do is install the TLP and that’s it. It will automatically work under the hood and manages the temperature of your laptop.
You can install it using the command below in a terminal:
sudo apt install tlp tlp-rdw
Once installed, run the command below to start it:
sudo tlp start
It will get automatically started with each boot and tweak your system’s power consumption.
Well, that’s all I have right now to recommend you. I’ll update this article if I will find anything more useful for you guys so keep checking this space once in a while. Also, Ubuntu might seem a complicated OS at first but start enjoying it more. It’s one of the easiest and amazing OS you can try. So start having fun using it.
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