10 Things You Should Not Do After Installing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – And 4 Things You Should Not Do!
Here is our selection of the best things you can do after installing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ‘Focal Fossa’ – things that will help you get the most out of your Linux system.
The release of the latest version of Long Term Support (LTS) for Ubuntu is a real challenge as most Ubuntu users (who are constantly growing) have chosen to start the LTS edition compared to the last short edition.
Ubuntu is proud of the standard delivery. It comes with applications that most people will use and with settings that most people will like.
But you’re not everything, and there may be things you want to turn on and off or install – and that’s exactly what this guide covers.
Although some of the tips below may seem obvious, they are often forgotten or overlooked. Others are a sensory niche or specific needs. In any case, this set of parameters contributes to improving the Ubuntu experience without compromising its stability and reliability.
Cases to be resolved after installation of Ubuntu 20.04
1. Look what’s new.
Each version of Ubuntu is different from the previous one, and the last sentence is no exception. So, before you start changing settings or flipping switches, take a little time – say 3 minutes and 25 seconds – to find out what’s new and remarkable about Focal Fossa.
If you don’t see the embedded video above, you can find it on our YouTube channel.
2. Playing with Dark Mode
Ubuntu 20.04 has option Dark Mode
Dark modes have been all the rage with all the major mobile and desktop operating systems these days, and I can imagine having one – and this offer now includes Ubuntu.
Although this is not the default theme, it is very easy to switch to dark window colours in Ubuntu 20.04 :
- Settings > Open appearance
- Select the setting for dark windows.
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go! The change takes effect immediately and immediately dims the background and toolbars of most applications. Note that dark mode in Ubuntu does not change the color of the GNOME Shell user interface, such as the notification menu, calendar, and system menu.
If you get tired of the dark display, you can return to the default mixed mode in the Appearance Settings window (or try the bright light version).
3. Installing Gnome Optimizations
Gnome Tweaks is a Swiss army knife of options, including…
- Change the GTK and the theme symbol
- Move the window buttons to the left
- Change the font and font size on your desktop
- Automatic new window centre
- Show the day of the week on the label of the watch
- Switching between dynamic and static working range
And a little more!
In short, Ubuntu Tweaks makes fine-tuning your Ubuntu desktop much, much easier than wandering around in the dconf editor.
The best way to install it is to do it in one click:
Click here to install GNOME Tweaks on Ubuntu.
4. Get a powerful example tool forfiles
GNOME Sushi is a useful tool for viewing space panels on the GNOME Shell desktop.
Anyone who has ever tried MacOS immediately knows what I mean by ‘gap viewing’, a feature first introduced to the Apple operating system and very popular with users.
First select (click) the file in the Nautilus file manager and then click the space bar. This gives an almost instant overview of the file.
The layout of the preview varies depending on the file, but the most common file formats are supported. Use Sushi for instant image viewing, media playback, PDF and LibreOffice document scrolling, folder size information, and more. – All this without having to open a single application.
And if you find the folder you want to fully open, the sushi window (in most cases) allows you to do so.
Sushi is free and open source software. You can install it to Ubuntu from the Ubuntu software. Just search for sushi by name, or if you are reading this message from the Ubuntu system, click this button:
Click here to install GNOME Sushi on Ubuntu
5. Activate minimization by clicking
If you want applications to be minimized when you click the Ubuntu Docking Station icon, you can enable this behavior manually.
And I mean by hand, because even though it’s one of the most popular Ubuntu tweets, there’s still no easy way to do it with the GUI – but don’t worry, the command line is close!
Open a new terminal window and type the following command to be clicked to enable minimization in Ubuntu
gsettingset org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click action ‘minim’.
The change is immediate.
Do you want to move Doc Ubuntu? Use Settings > Dock > Position
6. Display battery with a power factor of
Skip this step if you are not using your laptop (or if you are and don’t want your battery percentage to go away without entering the status menu).
The Ubuntu battery charge indicator allows you to briefly check the battery life without entering the status menu. But it’s a bit small and a bit vague (does 2 bars mean I still have 60% or 30%?).
You can easily have Ubuntu display the percentage of battery charge using the power panel of the GNOME Tweaks tool, which I recommend in step 3 :
- Open GNOME Preferences
- Select Supreme Organ.
- Set the battery percentage slider to ON.
If you do not want to follow the GUI route, you can use the following command to display the battery level as a percentage on the top panel:
gsettingset org.gnome.desktop.interface show-battery percentage where
Tip: You can open the terminal window at any time by pressing Ctrl + Alt + t.
7. Touch PanelChange of Slide Direction
If you’ve ever used a touchpad or trackpad with Ubuntu and the way the scroll direction is set by default – called Natural Scroll – then you shouldn’t get stuck!
Simply change the direction of the touchpad in Ubuntu so that the content moves in the same direction as you move, for example by scrolling down the page:
- Open parameters
- Switch to mouse and touchpad
- Slide the Natural Scroll switch to the on position.
That’s all you need to set a scroll direction that makes you feel more comfortable.
Livepatch can install and apply kernel security updates without rebooting your computer.
This feature is (of course) more focused on servers and business systems with mission-critical workloads, but Ubuntu Livepatch also works well on desktops – but only on LTS versions!
If you hate restarting as much as I do, this job is definitely a good find. Simply launch the Livepatch link from the application table to view it.
9. Switching on automatic waste disposal
The privacy options in the customer settings include a convenient set of space saving features, including automatic cleaning of the bin(s) at regular intervals – ideal if you (like me) tend to forget to remove the bin(s) regularly.
This feature and the Automatic deletion of temporary files settings can help you save space on Ubuntu with a minimum of effort on your site.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah: Ubuntu gives you reason to be lazy!
10. Try top of the line software
The world of software, free, paid and open source, is at your disposal at Ubuntu. But where to start?
Well, tons of open source favorites are available for installation on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS directly from the Ubuntu software application, among others :
And you don’t limit yourself to what’s in the archives. Other popular (but not necessarily open source) programs are also available for Ubuntu, including well-known names such as
- Google Chrome
- Lighting works
- Traction waveform
And these are just superficial scratches.
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… and 4 things you can’t do…
So here are some things to do after the installation of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. I hope you found some of them useful – but what shouldn’t you do after installing or upgrading Ubuntu 20.04?
Here are some…
Do not add millions of additional spas
PPAs are a convenient way to install new applications and updates for Ubuntu that are delivered outside the main repository.
However, it will take some time to get familiar with your system before you add some random PPAs (often recommended, yes, sites like mine).
And if you can’t live without, try using only software-specific APPs, i.e. don’t add APPs to sinks that contain a lot of different tools and software you don’t want!
And that’s twice as much as the sink in the kitchen.
Do not uninstall a default desktop.
As mentioned at the beginning of this note, Ubuntu comes with a number of default settings that are as attractive as possible.
But the perception of Ubuntu on the GNOME shield desktop is not for everyone.
And while it’s trivial to get a vanilla GNOME installation with the Ubuntu version, completely removing the default desktop from the distribution is not the right solution, which you don’t like.
You will get a cheaper and cleaner system if you first install the right distribution and desktop.
Do not execute random Internet commands
You should never execute scripts or random commands that you find online on your system.
My rule of thumb is this: If I don’t understand what a team is going to do, I won’t abide by it.
This amount is doubled for jobs that do more than one thing at a time or that download and run scripts (ALWAYS check the content of the scripts before running them. Always, always, always).
P.S. NEVER execute this command. You know what I mean. It’s just… …no.
Don’t forget to share Ubuntu with others
A good way to contribute to the improvement of Ubuntu is to talk about it, what it can do, how you find it useful, and so on.
You can do it online in your blog post or social media updates or in person at a convention or leisure group.
I’m not saying we should go to aunt Barbara in the Netherlands and ask her to install it, but don’t be afraid to articulate the advantages of a system like Ubuntu.
P.S. Maybe not to mention it on the first date… speak from experience.
That’s my point, but what’s yours? Share it below!