Good. We have already installed Ubuntu MATE 16.04. And now that? Well, like everything in life, it will depend on each one, but in this article I am going to explain what I do after installing the MATE version of Ubuntu. And, like any operating system, Ubuntu MATE comes with packages installed by default that we will probably never use and it does not have others that we may use frequently.
I want you to keep in mind that what I will explain next it's what i usually do, so it is possible that you remove a package that interests you or install another that is not. For example, I install RedShift which is used to change the temperature of the screen at night and I remove Thunderbird. In any case, I hope to explain everything step by step so that everyone can choose what suits them best.
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What to do after installing Ubuntu MATE
Install and uninstall packages
As soon as I install Ubuntu MATE, I start installing and removing packages. I install the following:
- Synaptic. As much as different software centers launch, I always like to have it close at hand. From Synaptic we can install and uninstall packages as in other software centers, but with more options.
- Shutter. The MATE screen capture tool or any other Ubuntu-based version is fine, but Shutter has more options and one very important to me: it allows you to edit photos by easily adding arrows, squares, pixels, etc, all from one application. light.
- GIMP. I think there are plenty of presentations. The most used "Photoshop" in Linux.
- qbittorrent. Transmission is also very good, but qbittorrent also has a search engine, so I want to have it available for what may happen.
- Kodi. Formerly known as XBMC, it allows you to play practically any type of content, be it local video, streaming, audio ... the possibilities are endless, as long as you know what to do with it.
- UNetbootin. To create Live USBs.
- GParted. The tool to format, resize and ultimately manage partitions.
- RedShift. The aforementioned system that changes the temperature of the screen by eliminating blue tones.
- Kazam. To capture everything that happens on my desktop.
- PlayOnLinux. One more turn of the screw to Wine with which Photoshop can be installed, for example.
- Opportunity. A great video editor.
- Kdenlive. Another great video editor.
- Clementine. An audio player based on Amarok, but more simplified.
Variety. To change the wallpaper. It changes me every hour. Now I create them without installing anything.
- Software Center (gnome-software). I was surprised to see that Ubuntu MATE only has "Software Boutique". It has a good image, yes, but it does not allow searching for packages. It only focuses on offering software that works well on MATE.
I remove the following packages:
- Thunderbird. For many this will be heresy, but I have never liked Thunderbird, especially after trying other more modern mail managers. I prefer Nylas N1.
- Rhythmbox. Very limited for me and one of its shortcomings for me is unforgivable: it does not have an equalizer. I know it can be added, but I prefer to install Clementine.
- Hexchat. In short, I haven't chatted on IRC in a long time.
- Tilda. A Terminal emulator that I will never use.
- Pidgin. The same thing I said about Hexchat, I say about Pidgin.
- Orca (gnome-orca). Dictate what's on the desk with your voice. Neither do I need it.
If it turns out that you want to do everything exactly like me in this sense, you can copy and paste the following text (I do it) in a Terminal. In case you don't know, "&&" (without the quotes) makes us add more than one command and (thanks, Victor 😉) "-y" makes it not ask us for confirmation. The first on the list, to avoid possible errors, is to update the repositories, the penultimate is to update what I have not touched and the last is to eliminate the dependencies that I will no longer use:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y synaptic shutter gimp qbittorrent kodi unetbootin gparted redshift kazam playonlinux openshot kdenlive clementine gnome-software && sudo apt-get remove -y thunderbird rhythmbox hexchat tilda pidgin gnome-orca && sudo apt-get upgrade -y && sudo apt-get autoremove -y
NOTE: each of the changes must be accepted (with the "S" for "Yes" + Enter).
Add app launchers
Although Ubuntu MATE 16.04 includes Plank, which is a Dock for the lower part, the truth is that I do not like it, I do not know why. I prefer to put my own launchers on the top bar. To add a launcher, we just have to do the following:
- We go to the applications menu.
- We right or secondary click on the application that we want to add to the top bar.
- We choose the option «Add this launcher to the panel».
For example, in addition to the Firefox that is already set by default, I add the Terminal, the screenshot, Shutter, the System Monitor, Photoshop (I'll explain how to install it), GIMP, a shortcut to a folder with images, two personalized (the "xkill" and "redshift" command), the Franz application (which links WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype and many other messaging services) and, a little further away for security, the command to restart (reboot).
Customize some aspects
I like the MATE environment a lot, truth be told, but something can always be improved on. Since Matte Tweak, we can make some modifications such as deleting the personal folder from the desktop. On my desk I just leave the drives mounted. We can also:
- Move the buttons to the left.
- Change topic. There are several available, the most striking being Mutiny for resembling the standard version. I prefer the default Ubuntu MATE theme, but that's my personal preference.
- From System / Preferences / Hardware / Mouse / Touchpad I also switch to scroll through windows with two fingers, turning on natural scrolling and horizontal scrolling.
- From Applications / Accessories We can access Synapse, an application launcher, file browser, etc., which comes in handy. What I do is open it, so it will appear in the upper right part, I tell it not to show the icon (I don't need it) and to start with the system. To launch it, I use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + Slash.
I think that is all. I hope everything is clear. What do you do after installing Ubuntu MATE?