Things to do after installing Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur

Things to do after installing Ubuntu 23.10

Seven days ago today, Canonical launched a new version of its operating system, and the rest of the projects under its umbrella did the same. This blog is called «Ubunlog», which is the combination of «Ubuntu» and «blog», and, although we are not limited to it, the central theme is Ubuntu. After each new release we usually write an article about things we can touch or examine, and here is the article about things to do after installing Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur.

In the next list we will add for the first time (I think) a point about something not to do. It's not because of something dangerous or anything like that, but we will take the opportunity to mention something that happened, a problem that has already been solved. The rest of the list will contain more general points and others about new features. Let's go there.

What not to do

As we don't have to do is look for malicious translations. If we pay attention to the headline and we already have Ubuntu 23.10 installed, the operating system is "clean." The problem was that a third-party developer included malicious, hate crime, and politically motivated translations in some languages, but only in the newest installer for Ubuntu Desktop, Daily, and Budgie. The installer that is marked “Legacy” was always fine. The new ISOs, the ones that have been available for two days, are already good.

And if you have one of the first ISOs and you haven't seen anything strange in your language, don't look for the translations, it's not worth it. Also, the characters in those languages ​​are probably unreadable for you, so don't waste your time.

Adjust the software we need in Ubuntu 23.10

Update the packages

Ubuntu 23.10 has been available for a few days, so there will be little to to update. But since this article may be of interest for the next 9 months, it is the first step we have to take. To update the packages, we open a terminal and write:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

We can also go to the application drawer, search Software updates, launch the app and, if there is something new, install it.

Eliminate what we are not going to use

In Ubuntu 23.10, the default option in the new (non-Legacy) installer is the minimum. If we install this, el bloatware will be non-existent, since it installs the operating system and a few applications to function; It doesn't even have LibreOffice. If we install the other option, the one that contains more, more packages will be installed, such as several games.

Later we will talk about the new software store, a new, more fluid Snap Store written in Flutter, which at least right now does not show installed packages. Therefore, it is worth installing GNOMEsoftware, something that we will also explain later, go to the installed tab, look for what we don't want and delete it from there.

Install what we are going to use

This can be done from App Center (Application Center in Spanish), which is the new store. We will search for what we want, such as VLC, Visual Studio Code or LibreOffice if we have used the minimum version.

If something does not appear in the official repositories, we can download a DEB package, as is the case with Visual Studio Code or the Chrome browser. By downloading and installing it (related tutorial), it will probably add a repository so that it is updated along with the rest of the operating system.

Install additional drivers in Ubuntu 23.10

If nothing special is going to be done, the Controllers By default they usually work very well. If we are going to play and we want to take advantage of all the power of our NVIDIA graphics card, for example, we have to install its drivers. It will be done from Software and Updates, in the "More drivers" tab. If something appears, we ask you to install it, we reboot and we can take better advantage of our hardware.

Install GNOME Software and add support for flatpaks

Although App Center has greatly improved the previous Snap Store, it is still a snap store with support for Debian packages. Does not support flatpack which are widely used in the GNOME community, and it does not show the installed packages either.

The solution is to go to the official GNOME store and add support for flatpak packages in it. Snaps are supported out of the box. In this tutorial file explains how to do it.

Recommended: activate some options in Ubuntu 23.10

It is worth activating Night light, which changes the tones of the screen so that the body "understands" that it is getting dark and begins to relax. This option is in Configuration/Monitors/Night light, and you can indicate the time and warmth. We can also choose the energy profile from Settings / Energy, as long as we are on a laptop. You can choose between consuming less, a middle ground or prioritizing performance. In the energy section we can also make it show the percentage of battery that we have left.

Customize your Ubuntu 23.10

Something we always have to do is work comfortable. Ubuntu has several options available by default in the Appearance section, and you can also install extensions to modify it further. I am not in favor of changing too much, but I do usually put the dock at the bottom and leave it as a "dock", that is, it does not reach from one side to the other. We can also change the accent color, choose the light or dark theme... and if the wallpaper changes according to the theme, we can choose one or the other by searching for a new image in / usr / share / backgrounds.

Change Firefox to its DEB version

… or not. This is everyone's decision. The snap version is the official one and the one that has been installed by default for several versions of Ubuntu, and in Ubuntu 23.10 it already uses the Wayland version. If someone prefers the DEB version, in this article We teach how to use it.

Enjoy GNOME 45, the backlit keyboard and stack windows

Many news are related to GNOME 45. For example, you can verify that Ubuntu 23.10 has been fired from the text Activities to show points, one of them, the one that is selected, elongated. When we move from one activity to another, the drawing changes dynamically.

Furthermore, there is now an option in the control center to activate or deactivate the keyboard backlight if we are on a laptop that supports it. Unrelated to GNOME 45, but installed by default as an extension for this version, we can now stack windows so that enlarging one shrinks the other. If we have one on the left and one on the right, if we drag from the middle to the left, the left one will shrink and the right one will stretch. The same if they are stacked vertically.

These are just a few tips on things to do after installing Ubuntu 23.10. If you have any suggestions that you want to share, they will be welcome and probably added to this article.


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  1.   Octavio said

    and why not install Brave (which respects your privacy) which works very well instead of Chrome (collector of all kinds of information for the Big Brother who watches everything)?