21 Best Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

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First of all, let me show my heartfelt greeting to all the users who have successfully installed latest Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver on your laptop or desktop. As you are a new user and installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu, I highly recommend you to follow this list of things to do after installing Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver. Here I will be sharing all the tips that are tested and will not damage your system. But you may not follow all the things listed here except what you like most and seems effective for you.

Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 18.04 LTS


Let me clear something about what to do after installing Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver. It totally depends on how users want to use the system. For a developer or programmer, users might be installing a lot of editors, IDEs, Tools. For a gamer, users must look into installing games and configuring graphics card. For a graphics design, he or she may install Gimp, Krita, Inkscape, Karbon and so on. So it totally depends on how the task needs to get accomplished or the different mindset of the various users.

Here I am going to share a list of things to do after installing Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver and it’s mostly a generic list which definitely helps the users, especially new users, to get the best out of their new Ubuntu system.

1.  New Changes in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver


This time Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver comes with a lot of changes. It comes with a set amazing desktop environment – Mate, KDE or Gnome Desktop (default), new Softwares, new Kernel and new many things. Whatever may be the user- advanced or newbie, you must know the latest changes come from new Ubuntu 18.04 desktop.

See the below video to have an idea about new Ubuntu.

Though Ubuntu replaces Unity desktop environment with Gnome desktop, you may find some similarity with Unity with left-hand Dock system, top panel, status menu, and new message and calendar menu.

2.  Enable Additional Repositories


Ubuntu doesn’t come, by default, with enabling additional repositories. Before updating and upgrading your Ubuntu system must enable the canonical additional repositories.  To do so, search for software & update. In the other software tab, enables “Canonical Partners”. Now close the window, ignore if it says reload.

Enable Additional Repositories

3.  Check for Update and Upgrade


Though you have installed the latest version of Ubuntu, there might be some updates for resolving bug fixes, security patches, and software update. It’s always better to have an updated system. To check the update and do upgrade, go to the Software Updater tool from the Applications Overview and follow the on-screen prompts. You can also the do the Ubuntu update and upgrade by using the command into the Terminal. Run the below command into Terminal, hit enter and provide the password for further process.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt dist-upgrade

If you get a question of “y/n” then select “y” for completing the subsequent task.

4.  Install Latest Graphics Drivers


This step is a must to do if you want to play latest Ubuntu Games and do a high graphical designing task. All the modern Linux laptop and desktop comes with high processing performance and graphics card, so to get the best performances you should enable proprietary drivers. To install and see the availability of the proprietary drivers for your hardware, Applications Overview >>> Software & Updates >>> Additional Drivers >>> Install/Apply changes

5.  Customize Gnome Shell


The default settings app, which comes preinstalled, doesn’t offer much control over the system. If you want to change the system environment including fonts, window style, animation, GTK themes, icons, then you must install the Gnome Tweak Tool. Install it by running the below command.

Gnome Tweak tool Appearance

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Recommended Post: How to Customize Gnome Shell. Tips to Beautify Your Gnome Desktop

6.  Install Gnome Shell Extensions


Gnome Shell Extensions is the best tool to customize your Linux. You will simply enhance the beauty of your Linux desktop with some awesome, icons, customized fonts, awesome skin pack etc. Gnome shell has some awesome extensions which will definitely provide you with extra features. First, you should activate the tweak tool to install all of the extension.

Ubuntu Gnome Shell Extensions Tab

Recommended Post: 19 Best Gnome Shell Extensions For Your Ubuntu Gnome Desktop

The Gnome Shell Extensions are like as the traditional browser extensions you use on your chrome or firefox browser and these are free of cost. Just you need a browser for a successful installation. The extensions are so awesome that you can’t imagine. However, the extensions are very easy to use and perfect for the better customization. You can modify, enable/disable and uninstall without any difficulties. You will find the changes when you will install it on your Ubuntu Linux.

Recommended Post: How To Customize Ubuntu Gnome Shell Extensions

7.  New GTK and Icon Themes


Ubuntu provides a set of nice looking default themes and icons, but sometimes it may feel boring and need some changes. There are lots of GTK themes and icons out there to make the Ubuntu amazing and fabulous. For more customization of the appearance of Ubuntu distro, Gnome tweak tools can be used.

Ubuntu Community theme

Recommended Post: Top 28 Best Ubuntu Themes That Will Blow Your Mind

After installing the above Ubuntu GTK Themes on your system, use Ubuntu Gnome Tweak Tools or follow the instruction on how to install themes on any Linux Desktop Environment.

8.  Third-party Media Codecs & Extras


By default, Ubuntu does not provide any media codec to play multimedia files. So to enjoy movies, music, and entertaining application, you need to install media codecs. Use the following code into Terminal…

sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Here I recommend installing the unrestricted version of libavcodec also to avoid an issue while performing media task with video editors or transcoder. Use the following code…

sudo apt install libavcodec-extra

Moreover, to enable encrypted DVD playback, you have to install… “libdvd-pkg”.

sudo apt install libdvd-pkg

9.  Enable Night Light


Ubuntu system offers a blue light filtered night mode option as like window 10 or Oxygen OS or iPhone. It’s easy to implement into the system. Follow Settings > Devices > Displays and toggle the Night Light on.

night mode

10.  Install Applications from Ubuntu Software


Ubuntu comes preinstalled with a set of best software like Mozilla Firefox as a web browser, Thunderbird as an email client, LibreOffice as a complete office suite. But this is not it, you can install variety range of alternative apps of any software from the Ubuntu software center. There are thousands of apps available in the software center, you just need to click on Install button. Some best and popular software are given below.

Applications from Ubuntu Software

11.  Install Other Favourite Ubuntu Software


You may find many popular and useful apps on Ubuntu software center but some software needs to download and install as .deb packages or install via Terminal as official PPA like Google Chrome, WeChat, Dropbox, Atom, Java, Skype and much more. So here I am sharing a list of best Ubuntu software which will make you more productive.

12.  Speed up Ubuntu System Performance


I have a tutorial on how to speed up Ubuntu desktop Performance. Here I have shown the details on how you can use small tips and tweaks to make your Linux system fast and smooth. See the recommended post for further steps to follow to speed up Ubuntu Gnome System.

13.  Sync Your Cloud Account


Who does not want to keep all the personal and important documents onto cloud accounts? To do such task, Ubuntu comes with online cloud backup and easy synchronization process. Most of the important cloud providers can be used in Ubuntu. You can use DropboxGoogle Drive, and owncloud by native easy to use clients.

14.  Tweaks For Ubuntu Power Management


Here are some tips, which help to get optimum output from Ubuntu Linux OS…

  • Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth, when it’s not required.
  • Reduced screen brightness to the optimum level.
  • It’s always better to use hibernate rather than suspend power features. To do so follow…Settings >>Power Management >>On Battery Power
  • Try to disable keyboard brightness

Apart from these tips, you can follow to install TLP, which helps to keep the laptop cool and safe.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt update
sudo apt install tlp tlp-rdw
sudo tlp start

You can also Install Laptop Mode Tools, which helps to reduce power consumption by slowing down Hard disk speed and kernel control. To install it run the following command…

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps
sudo apt update
sudo apt install laptop-mode-tools

After installing, get the GUI for further customization. Run the command…

gksu lmt-config-gui

15.  Experiment with Desktop Environments


Ubuntu comes with many flavors like Ubuntu Gnome, Mate, Budgie and much more, but if you want to taste other desktop environments, then previously I have written “Top Linux Desktop Environment, you can have a look on it.

Elementary OS Loki

16. Play Games on Ubuntu Linux


As a Linux or Ubuntu user, you have a lot of options for playing amazing games just like Windows OS. There are lots of free Linux games and also free Steam games available in the market which are quite sufficient for fulfilling your thirst for gaming. Moreover, playing games on Linux are much easier than you think. Just follow the proper and easy tutorial of installing and configuring your system for games.

Recommended Post: How to Play Games on Linux: An Easy Tutorial for Newbie Users

17. Text Editors for Programmers


If you are a programmer or writer then you must be searching for a good Code editor or IDE editor or even a suitable and easy LaTeX editor. Ubuntu Linux offers lots of options for these sort of application out there.

18. Educational Software for Your Kids


Don’t just get bogged down with your personal job. Spare some time for your kids also. Install some amazing and resourceful educational applications for your children that will help the kid to grow in a right way.

19. Enable Firewall and Install Antivirus


By default, Ubuntu has a firewall called UFW which is pretty good and straightforward. But you need to enable it first. You can either enable it through command or install a GUI for UFW.

  • To enable the firewall to execute:
sudo ufw enable
  • UFW is quite intuitive to use. To disable firewall execute:
sudo ufw disable
  • Managing UFW via GUI
sudo apt install gufw

Nowadays, our system is too vulnerable to various malware and virus. Even Linux is not safe in many cases from this malware or trojan. So you may think of use antivirus which will help you to protect the system. There are lots of best antivirus available in the market.

Recommended Post: Best Linux Antivirus: Top 10 Reviewed and Compared

20. Get a Set of Best Application for Ubuntu


Here I am sharing some set of best Linux software for your Ubuntu system.

21. System Cleanup


you can do it in many ways.

You can clean partial packages using a command

sudo apt-get autoclean

You can auto cleanup apt-cache

sudo apt-get clean

You can clean up of any unused dependencies

sudo apt-get autoremove

Final Thought


All the tips and tricks, described here, are being tested on latest Ubuntu and didn’t find any problems. But if you face any difficulties to install or do any tweaks, please feel free to share your experience and suggestion in the comment section.

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