As you already know, the new version of Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus has been released just a couple of days ago. If you are here, it is because you have probably updated your Ubuntu but now you don't really know what to do, but don't worry, in Ubunlog we teach you everything about it.
If you have read us during these last days, you will already know what to do after installing Ubuntu MATE 16.04. Well, how do we tell you, in this article we will show you what we can do to configure our Ubuntu to the last. We started.
The question now is,What to do after installing Ubuntu 16.04? Here we give you a series of ideas about things you can do after installing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, especially if you come from a clean installation. We teach you from the news, to how to install the graphics drivers or how to install the necessary codecs to be able to play any video format. Here we go!
Take a look at what's new
One of the first things you could do is inform you a little about the news that the new version presents that you just installed. This new version brings new apps, new options, and even a fully updated kernel.
For example, one of the most notable novelties is that the Unity Dash no longer includes online searches by default. Since this new feature was implemented, it had always brought a lot of controversy. The truth is that many users in the Free Software community did not receive this feature very brightly. It's more, Richard Stallman came to criticize Ubuntu harshly for the inclusion of Spyware that used user data in an unethical way. But hey, despite the fact that Canonical continues to bet on this type of online search, at least now they are already disabled by default. So they will only be carried out if and only if the user wishes and consciously activates it, which certainly seems more ethical.
If you want to know more news you can take a look at this article, in which we inform you of many more news and features that this new update brings.
Check for any last minute updates
After an update, it may seem that everything is already correctly updated, but nothing is further from the truth, always there may be some last minute security update to correct some kind of problem. If so, the update is essential for the proper functioning of our Ubuntu. You can see if there are updates, you must go to the application Software and Updates, and then Check for Updates.
Install the corresponding codecs
In Ubunut, for legal reasons, the codecs necessary to be able to reproduce formats such as .mp3, .mp4 or .avi, are not installed by default. So if you want to be able to play any format, you have to install the Ubuntu restricted extras, from the Software Center.
Customize the appearance of your Ubuntu
We already know that the appearance of Ubuntu is increasingly elegant and attractive. Still, for many it may not be enough. The good thing is that as you know, we can customize the desktop as we like it the most. These are some of the changes you could make:
- Activate the option to minimize through one click: This option allows us to open Unity dash applications with one click, and minimize them with another. The "bad news" is that this option is not installed by default in Unity. Still, activating it is very easy. Just run the following command:
gsettings set org.compiz.unityshell: / org / compiz / profiles / unity / plugins / unityshell / launcher-minimize-window true
- Change the position of the Unity dash: Instead, through this option, we can decide whether to place the Unity Dash on the left (which is how it comes by default), on the right, up or down. Once again, we can change it by running the program gsettings in the terminal, with the following parameters:
gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Bottom
Note: In this case the Dash would be placed at the bottom (Bottom). To place it on the right, the parameter would be Right and to place it on top; Top.
- Install widgets like for example Conky. If you do not know how to do it, we will explain it to you in this article.
In addition, you can make a series of graphic changes through the tool Unity Tweak Tool, which you can install through the Software Center. The most notable changes you can make are:
- Change the desktop background.
- Change the theme from Dark to Light or vice versa.
- Change the size of the Unity Dash icons
Install the graphics drivers
Today, Ubuntu supports most Nvidia graphics drivers, giving you the option to decide if you want to use proprietary Nvidia drivers (or the corresponding brand of your graphics card), or instead use free drivers that also assure us a great experience in Ubuntu.
To see the drivers available for your PC, go to the application Software and Updates, and then click on the last tab called Additional drivers. Now you will be able to see a list (less or more extensive depending on your graphics card, brand, etc.) of the graphics drivers available for your PC.
In Ubunlog we recommend that support the Free Software community and use free drivers. Personally, I have never had problems with free drivers, although it is true that the programs I have always used have never required a very high graphic potential. On the other hand, if you see that whatever the graphic performance of your PC is not what you want, perhaps the most effective solution is to use the proprietary drivers, which you can also select and activate from the tab Additional drivers.
Take a look at the new Software Store
As we anticipated a few months ago, the Software Center as we knew it since Ubuntu 9.10 has disappeared in this new update. In return, have opted for a program called «Software» which, as we say, will be in charge of replacing the Software Center. If you were used to the Software Center, get ready to get used to this new Software store 😉
From Ubunlog we hope that the article on what to do after installing Ubuntu 16.04 has helped you and now you know what to do after having installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. As you have seen, there are some quite important changes that break a bit with what Ubuntu was in its previous versions. Ubuntu is evolving little by little and as we can see, it is on the right track. Until next time.