Since you are a new user and install a fresh copy of Ubuntu, I highly recommend following this list of things to do after installing Ubuntu 19.10.
Your system but you cannot follow everything listed here except what you like and know that is useful to you.
- 1 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 19.10
- 1.1 1. Install Updates
- 1.2 2. Install GNOME Tweak Tool
- 1.3 3. Enable additional repositories for more software
- 1.4 4. Enable Night Light
- 1.5 5. Install Popular and Most useful Ubuntu software
- 1.6 6. Unlock hidden settings with ‘Tweaks’
- 1.7 7. Sync Your Cloud Account
- 1.8 8. Disable automatic suspend for laptops
- 1.9 9. Stock up on Snap Apps
- 1.10 10, Create a Backup Plan
Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 19.10
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1. Install Updates
New updates to Ubuntu 19.10 LTS will have been released for the distro since you made your install USB or DVD.
To find out which security fixes and bug patches are waiting you should check for updates after installing.
Use this command to install Update
sudo apt-get update
2. Install GNOME Tweak Tool
One of our first 10 listings is to customize your desktop environment. Although the default settings are sufficient to work with Ubuntu 19.10 as it comes with all kinds of options and toggles, not everything is there.
This is where you can use the GNOME sync tool, the settings manager for Gnome, to customize the Ubuntu 19.10 desktop to your liking.
3. Enable additional repositories for more software
- Main – Free and open-source software supported by Ubuntu team
- Universe – Free and open-source software maintained by the community
- Restricted – Proprietary drivers for devices.
- Multiverse – Software restricted by copyright or legal issues.
- Canonical Partners – Software packaged by Ubuntu for their partners
Enabling all these repositories will give you access to more software and proprietary drivers.
Go to Activity Overview by pressing Super Key (Windows key), and search for Software & Updates:
Under the Ubuntu Software tab, make sure you have checked all of the Main, Universe, Restricted and Multiverse repository checked.
Now move to the Other Software tab, check the option of Canonical Partners.
You’ll have to enter your password in order to update the software sources. Once it completes, you’ll find more applications to install in the Software Center.
4. Enable Night Light
Ubuntu system offers a blue light filtered night mode option as like window 10 or Oxygen OS or iPhone. Implementing into the system is easy. Follow Settings > Devices > Displays and toggle the Night Light on.
5. Install Popular and Most useful Ubuntu software
Even though one might notice a few major software titles missing, almost all the popular software have Linux support. To help you get started, we will recommend a few free Ubuntu Linux Software here:
- Google Chrome ( Web Browser ).
- Audacious ( Audio Player ).
- VLC ( Video Player ).
- Skype ( Instant Messaging and Calling ).
- Libre Office ( Office Suites ).
- GIMP ( Photo Editor).
- ATOM ( Text Editor ).
- uGet ( Download Manager ).
- Transmission ( Torrent manager ).
- DropBox ( Cloud Storage ).
The Tweaks app (which used to be known as the GNOME Tweak Tool) is a bona-fide must have app for the Ubuntu desktop — no question!
- Change GTK theme
- Move window buttons to the left
- Adjust mouse/trackpad behaviour
- Enable ‘battery percentage’ in the top bar
- Change system fonts
- Manage GNOME extensions
7. Sync Your Cloud Account
Who doesn’t want to keep all personal and essential documents in cloud accounts? To do this kind of work, Ubuntu comes with an online cloud backup and natural integration process.
Ubuntu can be used mostly for cloud providers. You can natively use Dropbox, Google Drive, and Cloud itself to handle clients.
8. Disable automatic suspend for laptops
Ubuntu 19.10 comes with a new automatic suspension feature for laptops. If the system is running on battery and disabled for 20 minutes, it will go into suspend mode.
I think the battery life is intended to be saved, but it’s also a hassle. You can’t have electricity plugged in all the time because it’s not good for battery life. And you may need to run even when you are not using it.
9. Stock up on Snap Apps
Linux is a great way for app developers to distribute software to users, regardless of what distro they use.
Ubuntu 19.10 provides access to the Snap Store through the LTS Ubuntu Software Center.
Snap is a big deal in the release of LTS because they allow app developers to release app updates more often than standard rope’s allow.
- Spotify – music streaming service
- Skype – video calling
- Mailspring – modern desktop email client
- Cawbird – native desktop Twitter app for Linux
- Simplenote – cloud-backed note taking
- VLC – the media player that needs no introduction
10, Create a Backup Plan
Backups are very important. Even if you think you will never need them. You will If your system breaks down or someone steals your laptop, you may experience major problems.
Especially if you have some important files like your projects or books or family photos .. nobody wants to go through it.