15 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 17.10 – MUST DO!

Here’re some things that you must do after installing Ubuntu 17.10. Ubuntu 17.10 come up with a different look with the new DE called GNOME, and its little bit different from the previous version because the previous versions have the Unity desktop environment and Canonical also moved the Windows navigation from left to right side just like Microsoft’s Windows. So if you just installed Ubuntu 17.10 on your PC or running Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 then you should read this guide till the end to get started with Ubuntu 17.10 and avoid the common issues like updating, installing packages and others. So here we’re going to show you 15 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 17.10 – MUST DO!

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Current Ubuntu’s latest version is Ubuntu 17.10, and Canonical will release the LTS version in summer of 2018 so stay this article will again help you to get started with latest Ubuntu.1

15 Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 17.10

These are the 15 essential things includes some application need to install, try some new themes, tips to make Ubuntu better and get most out of. So consider it to read it until the end.

1. Check For Updates

Checking the new updates always helps you to keep your system free from any bug or issues, so make sure you have the latest security patches, bug fixes, and key apps. Updating your Ubuntu will help you to install packages from the PPA repositories and then you’ll never face any issues and it will improve your system’s performance as well.

To Check the latest updates for Ubuntu all you need to do is go to the Application Overview (Press Windows Key) and then open the Software Updater tool (you can search it), then it will look for latest updates for your system and then follow the on-screen prompts.

2. Install Graphics Drivers

If you have an Old-End desktop or Linux system that you’re running Ubuntu on, then you might be facing some UI lags on it because Ubuntu is not able to detect the proprietary drivers for your GPU. Installing Graphics Drivers will help you to get the best performance as well appearance on Ubuntu 17.10 system.

To install the Graphics drivers on Ubuntu 17.10 all you need to do is go to the APplication Overview and look for the Software & Updates app and go to the Additional Drivers tab and then it will install the Graphics drivers on your system, and then just follow the on-screen prompts.

3. Enable the Canonical Partners Repositories

If you’re willing to get most out of Software Center then you should enable the Canonical Partners Repositories. What does it do? well, it does that it let you find more apps in the Ubuntu Software Center which are third-party but yet safe and have been tested by Ubuntu because these are from the Canonical Partners Repositories.

To enable Canonical Partners Repositories, open the Application Overview and the look for Software & Updater tool open it, go to the Other Software tab and check the Canonical Partners option, it will ask you for the password, once it completes, open the Ubuntu Software Center now you should get the more apps that you can install and that’s it!

4. Optimize the System

If you’re running the fresh installation of Ubuntu 17.10, and want to keep it fresh 😛 then you need a system optimizer. When it comes to System Optimizer Stacer is the #1 optimizer for Linux, it’s an app that tracks and monitor your system’s CPU and Memory(RAM) usage and it allows you to unwanted applications and removes unwanted files from the single place without using Terminal.

5. Install Media Codecs

I know everyone wants entertainment after the work, so if you want to play media files in your Ubuntu then you must have the codecs installed. But by default, Ubuntu doesn’t provide the media codecs because these are third-party, but it does provide the one-click install solution for media codecs and then you can simply play any media file like (.mp3, .avi, .mp4, .3gp and others).

To install the media codecs all you to do is open the Ubuntu Software Center and search for the ubuntu restricted extras and install it!

If you need One-Click install way hit the below button to download the Media Codes

6. Install GNOME Tweak Tool

Here I have a question for you, do you like the stock Ubuntu? do you like the default look of Ubuntu?, If yes you can skip this thing. But If you want to make your Ubuntu looks Modern, Beautiful, Attractive then you need to install the GNOME Tweak Tool. Well, it actually allows you to make the lots of customisation in your Ubuntu’s look.

This tool gives you access to the customisation of the Ubuntu Desktop you can change and install the new icon sets or you can install the new theme that you can download from external PPAs.

It also comes with the one-click reset button to reset your Ubuntu’s look default.

To install the GNOME Tweak Tool you can hit the below button and install it!

7. Polish Your Ubuntu (Install a Better Theme & Icon Set)

As I asked you questions in above then you should want a better Theme and Icon Set that will completely change the appearance of your Desktop. There are 2 ways to install the themes and icon sets on your Ubuntu 17.10, first, you can extract the theme file and icons files in the home, usr location in .themes and .icons folder respectively (Tip: Press Ctrl + H to show the hidden files and folders)

And the second method is, you can install the GTK themes from the Ubuntu Software, in this, you should have the GNOME Tweak Tool that we mentioned above.

If you ask me which is my favorite theme then, my all-time favorites are Numix and Arch themes and icon set it is really cool you should try this by clicking on the button.

8. Enable Night Light

If you’re migrating from the Windows 10 then you should know that there’s a feature called Night Light, It will set your screen color accordingly and it will prevent your eyes to get harm, The Same feature is also available all Android and iPhone smartphone, and  that’s why you should also use it in Ubuntu 17.10.

It’s easy to enable the Night Light Feature in Ubuntu 17.10. All you need to is head over to the setting then go to Device then select the Displays from the left side and lastly Toggle-On the Night Light and set a schedule accordingly.

9. Install Steam

Are you a Gamer? Want to play games on Ubuntu then you should definitely try (obviously install) the Steam on your Ubuntu. Steam is the Game store here you can buy or download for free any games which are available for the Linux platform. Download Steam today!

10. Prolong Your Battery & Reduce Overheating

If you’re facing overheating issue on your Laptop after installing Ubuntu then you should use the TLP on Ubuntu to get rid of the overheating problem. TLP brings you the benefits of advanced power management for Linux without the need to understand every technical detail. TLP comes with a default configuration already optimized for battery life, so you may just install and forget it. Nevertheless, TLP is highly customizable to fulfill your specific requirements.

It’s super easy to do you just need to open Terminal run the following command.

sudo apt install tlp tlp-rdw
Once TLP installed, now run the below command to start TLP

sudo tlp start

So you’ve installed TLP on your Ubuntu Laptop and now you’ll never face any battery overheating issue.

11. Install New Apps

We’ll know Ubuntu provides some pre-installed application including LibreOffice, Thunderbird email client and Mozilla Firefox, but it does not end here, Ubuntu gives you Software Center that brings you lots of applications of your choice. You don’t need to download packages from outside and install them via Terminal.

All you need to do is open the Ubuntu Software Center and search for your favorite apps that essentials for you. If you want to get started with Software Center here’s my list of popular apps that I download from Software Center and use them on regular basis.

  • VLC – Most Popular Media Player
  • Telegram – Cross-platform messaging app
  • Opera – A famous web browser with inbuilt VPN
  • ATOM – A hackable text editor for the 21st Century (Useful!)
  • Chromium – Alternative to Firefox & open-source version of Google Chrome
  • GIMP – A Photoshop alternative for Linux
  • Steam – Gaming Platform
  • Virtualbox – Popular software to make virtual machine and test any OS
  • Shutter – Tool for capture screenshot

12. Show Battery Percentage

Ubuntu 17.10 comes with the GNOME desktop environment and if you’re running it on the laptop then it doesn’t show the battery percentage, and there’s no handy option to enable it.

Instead of installing a package you can enable the battery percentage by just run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface show-battery-percentage true

13. Set-up Thunderbird Email Client

You should stay up to date with your emails it necessary in daily life that’s why Ubuntu provides you the free email client to send and receive your emails from one place without using the web browser. So set-up Thunderbird and add your email your accounts.

14. Install Latest Nvidia Drivers

Do you have Nvidia graphics card on your desktop? Or running Ubuntu on Laptop/Notebook that has Nvidia GPU, then you should install the latest Nvidia drivers. It will boost the performance. This is also essential things to do after installing Ubuntu 17.10.

To install latest Nvidia driver, run the following command one by one.

Adding the Graphics Drivers PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers
Now Update the PPA

sudo apt-get update
Install the drivers (this command will automatically detect your GPU model and install drivers accordingly)

sudo apt-get install nvidia-370
Once it installed now you check the Nvidia Graphics configuration app form the Application Overview.

15. Install Google Chrome

If you’re the fan of Google Chrome then you should install it on Ubuntu 17.10. It’s the best Web browser in the world and a great alternative to the Firefox. It’s super easy to install Google Chrome web browser on Ubuntu.

First you need to download the Google Chrome for .deb package for Debian based distros

Once its download, go to its file’s location and hold Shift + Press Right Click to open terminal in it’s file location where you’ve downloaded the file and then run the follwoing command to install the package.

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
Now you can runthe Google Chrome and use it 🙂

Is something Missing?

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