First of all, I would like to congratulate you for successfully installing latest Ubuntu Linux Distro. Ubuntu is most awaited Linux Distro with a lot of new features. This Linux distro is itself comes with a complete set of software packages, but to get the best out of it, you have to do some tweaks and Install Some Useful and Effective Software, which will enhance the productivity and utility of your Ubuntu OS. Though here I am going to share a top list of tips and trick to do after installing Ubuntu, but some of it will also equally work on Linux mint, elementary OS, and other Ubuntu derivative distributions.

1.  Enable Additional Repositories

Many package repositories are not enabled in the Ubuntu System by default, i.e software packaged by Canonical. So before updating Ubuntu, repositories must be checked in. To do so, go to unity Dash, and search for software & update. In the other software tab, enables “Canonical Partners”.

Enable Additional Repositories
Enable Additional Repositories

Now close the application, and if it asks for software reload, ignores it.

2.  Update The Software and Operating System

Now it’s time to update the operating system for the latest version Softwares and security bug fixes, which will ensure system stability. Both Command Line Interface “Terminal” and Graphical User Interface “GUI” are used to update the system.

For Graphical User Interface, go to unity dash and search for a software update. This will start an application which will search for recent updates for installation.

Here I recommend you to use Terminal ( Command Line Interface ). To update system, you have to type or copy/paste the following code into Terminal, hit enter and provide the password for further process.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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

3.  Install Media Codecs To Enjoy Movies

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-get 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-get install libavcodec-extra

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

sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg

4.  Best Use of Unity Tweak Tools

Ubuntu is powered by Unity Desktop Environment, which can be tweaked by unity tweaks tools. You can find this application on Ubuntu software center, or install it via Terminal by the following command…

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

5.  Enable ‘Minimize on Click’

At Ubuntu unity app launcher, by default, the app does not get minimized by clicking on the app icon. So to make an app both maximize and minimize through launcher icon, you have to follow.

Unity Tweak Tool >>> Unity >>> Launcher >>> Minimize.

Terminal Command for Installation

gsettings set org.compiz.unityshell:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/unityshell/ launcher-minimize-window true

6.  Move The Unity Launcher

Ubuntu app launcher is positioned at the left side of desktop by default, but now you can change the position of the sidebar to the bottom of the desktop by install/use….

Unity Tweak Tool >>> Unity >>> Launcher >>> Position

Run command into Terminal

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Bottom

7.  Awesome New GTK and Icon Themes

Ubuntu is comprising of nice looking default themes and icons, but sometimes it may feel boring. 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, unity tweak tools can be used. To learn more about GTK themes and icons for Ubuntu follow ” Top List of Best Ubuntu Icon Themes

8.  Customize App Menus

Ubuntu is having the option, where to show up the app menu. By default, it shows the app menu at the top panel to save the space of open windows. But sometimes it becomes very confusing to find out which app menus are where to select if many working windows are open.

To do that Go to “System Settings >> Appearance >> Behavior >> Show the Menus for a Window/In the window’s title bar”

you can also make the application menu “always show” by going to “System Settings >> Appearance >> Behavior >>Show the Menus for a Window ( check In the window’s title bar )

9.  Supercharge The Ubuntu Desktop

Ubuntu is very smooth and fast Linux Distro. But after few days, it may feel slow and sluggish. Here you can apply Some tips and tricks to improve the overall system performance.

10.  How To Install Linux graphics drivers

Sometimes it may not be necessary to install additional graphics drivers because Ubuntu comes with a full set of application, which is required for smooth running of the operating system. But you can always tweak with additional drivers, and find out, which one is good for your machine. If you are a gamer or using any application, which uses heavy GPU, then you should use latest proprietary Linux graphics drivers.

Unity Dash >>> Software & Updates >>> Additional Drivers >>> Install/Apply changes

11.  Software Store and Install Your Favorite Apps

Ubuntu comes with a lot of application in its repositories and Software Stores. Ubuntu software center is full of free software, which helps to enhance the productivity and utility tasking. Most of the important application, you can find on software center like gimp, chromium, vlc, deluge, steam etc.

But many of the utility and productivity application, you may find outside of the software center in “.deb” form. So to install important apps from outside you may follow ” List of Essential Software for Ubuntu 

12.  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 Dropbox, Google Drive and Owncloud by native easy to use clients.

13.  Tools/Tweaks For Laptop 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.
  • Reduced desktop effect by going to System >>Preferences >>Appearance >>Visual Effects >>None
  • It’s always better to use hibernate rather than suspend power features. To do so follow…System >>Preferences >>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-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
sudo tlp start

You can also Install Laptop Mode Tools, which help 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-get update
sudo apt-get install laptop-mode-tools

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

gksu lmt-config-gui

14.  Remove Guest Session

Linux is always good in relation to security and virus protection. But Linux mint and Ubuntu comes with a guest session, which gives access to the system without the password. That may create security hazards. So to disable guest session, you can run the following command…

sudo sh -c "echo 'allow-guest=false' >> /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-ubuntu.conf"

15.  Install Best Desktop environment

Ubuntu comes with many flavors like Ubuntu gnome, Mate, and unity, but if you want to taste other desktop environments, then previously I have written “Top 13 Desktop Environment for Ubuntu“, you can have a look on it.

16.  To Reset Unity

Now you have applied lots of tweaks and tips into the system, something goes wrong and the system became unstable to use.  Don’t get worried. You can reset the unity desktop any time by the following command…

sudo apt install dconf-tools
dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
setsid unity
unity --reset-icons

Final Thoughts

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 into the comment section.


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