My recommendations for the post installation of Ubuntu 24.04

Tips for post-installation of Ubuntu Noble Numbat


pablinux I hate them a list of advice to which I add my recommendations for the post installation of Ubuntu 24.04 Noble Numbat that has just been released.

One of the things that is good about Linux distributions is that they are highly customizable. In the case of Ubuntu and derivatives, they also have a minimal installation mode that ensures that your system is not overloaded with applications that you are not going to use.

My recommendations for the post installation of Ubuntu 24.04

Change download server and update options

Chances are, when you log in for the first time, Ubuntu will invite you to update your system. Before doing so, you may want to update the repositories.

Why do this? The Ubuntu installer sets the official download server for each country as the default download server. It's not always the fastest and it's not the first to have the updates. To change it is the following.

  1. Find and open the app Software and updates.
  2. In Download From select Main Server if you want to have the updates faster or Other if you want the fastest server.
  3. If you want to select the fastest one, press the button on Select the best server.
  4. When you determine it, click on Choose server.
  5. Enter your password to change it. Click on Authenticate.
  6. Press on Close, It will tell you that it needs to update in the repositories. Click on Recharge.

Now you can update the system.

Activate GSConnect

GSConnect allows you to make the Ubuntu desktop view and allow you to control your Android and iOS mobile device. For this you need to have an application called KDE Connect installed on the device.

You can download it from here:

Google store

apple store

Then you have to open the browser and search for and install the Google extension

Firefox

Chrome and derivatives

When you click to install the extension, it will ask you to first install a plugin to integrate the browser with the desktop.

Once the extension is installed, go to the shutdown icon in the upper right corner. You will see the GSConnect indicator. Click on the arrow and you will have the option to synchronize with the phone. For this they must be on the same WiFi network and the phone must have KDE Connect installed and open. It's not a bug, GSConnect works as a KDE Connect interface in GNOME (The Ubuntu desktop)

Activate Ubuntu Pro

Ubuntu Pro is a professional support service that Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, provides to companies. However, it is also available (On up to 5 computers) for free for home users. This service provides access to security updates for 10 years and allows you to apply patches to the Linux kernel without having to update.

To activate Ubuntu Pro we do:

  1. We open Software and updates.
  2. Click on the Ubuntu Pro tab.
  3. Tap Activate.
  4. Go to the page and paste the code that the application showed you.

Customize your desktop even more

From the Settings app (The cog at the top of the window that you get when you tap the power off icon) you can access the appearance options.

There you can select the dark mode, the predominant color of the system and select the predominant color.

For additional configuration options you can add the tool Retouching from GNOME. You can do it with:

sudo apt install gnome-tweaks-tool

Once you open it (Searching for the word Tweaks) you can configure the following:

  • Select typography for different parts of the system.
  • Change the style of cursors and icons.
  • Change system sounds.
  • Use the middle mouse button to paste the contents of the clipboard.
  • Change the default keyboard shortcuts to those of Emacs.
  • Determine the behavior of the windows and the location of the buttons.
  • Choose which applications start when you log in.

These are just some of the things you can do to make Ubuntu 24.04 Noble Numbat to your liking. You can find many more ideas in both our blog search engine and Google.


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