30 Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 LTS

These 30 things to do after installing Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 will help you to make your Ubuntu faster and your user experience better.


  1. Configure the update manager and repositories
  2. Install Drivers
  3. Install Synaptic package manager
  4. Install codecs, MS fonts, Flash, Java.
  5. Install microcode
  6. Activate minimize to Dock
  7. Decrease Swap use
  8. Enable Drive Cache
  9. Reduce SSD Writes
  10. Set up Firewall
  11. Configure Ubuntu settings
  12. Move Applications menu in Dock
  13. Install GNOME Tweaks
  14. Install GNOME Extensions
  15. Install Arc Menu
  16. Install additional themes
  17. Change Firefox Settings
  18. Enable Netflix support in Firefox
  19. Tweak LibreOffice
  20. Enable Google Drive Integration
  21. Schedule Backups
  22. Remove unnecessary software
  23. Turn off startup applications
  24. Clean system (Bleachbit)
  25. Install VLC
  26. Install Google Chrome
  27. Install Dropbox
  28. Install Skype
  29. Install Spotify
  30. Laptop Tweaks

You can watch the video tutorial or continue reading below.

1. Configure the update manager and repositories

You can make the update process and program installation faster by configuring the software sources.

Open the Software & Updates manager form the main menu.

Launching Ubuntu's Software & Updates manager
Launching Software & Updates manager

Check if all repositories except the Source code are enabled.

Ubuntu's Software & Updates window
Software & Updates window

These official Ubuntu repositories should be selected in the Ubuntu Software tab:

  • main
  • universe
  • restricted
  • multiverse

Use the fastest download server

During the installation, Ubuntu selects the default server in your country to download updates. But this server is not necessarily the fastest.

To switch to the fastest repository server, click on Download from → Other → Select Best Server. This will initiate a test to locate the fastest server relative to your location.

Choosing the fastest Ubuntu server to download packages
Choosing the fastest Ubuntu server to download packages

After the test is done, select the recommended server and apply the change. Now, you will be downloading the updates from the fastest server.

Enable Canonical Partners repository

I recommend enabling the repository of Canonical Partners. This will expand the amount of available software you can install. This repository includes, for example, flash player.

Click on the Other Software tab and enable Canonical Partners.

Activate Canonical Partners repository in Software & Updates
Activate Canonical Partners repository

Configure frequency and type of Updates

In the Updates tab, you can configure what kind of updates to receive and how often to check for updates. I recommend to sign up for all update types.

Configure the frequency of checking for updates in Software & Updates
Configure the frequency of checking for updates

Sign up for LivePatch

Livepatch is a technology developed by Canonical to allow installing Kernel security patches without the need to reboot the system.

To sing up for Livepatch, click on the Sign in button in the same Updates tab. Then enter your Canonical account credentials. If you don’t have an account, you will be able to create one.

Update the system

After you have done all Software & Updates settings, you can launch the Software Updater program and install all the updates.

Ubuntu's Software Updater
Installing the Ubuntu Updates

When you have installed the updates, restart your Ubuntu.

2. Install Drivers

The next key thing to do after installing Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 is to install the essential drivers.

Ubuntu's Driver Manager
Installing Additional Drivers

You can install them from the Software & Updates application. Go to the Additional Drivers tab and wait for some time while the program will be analyzing your system. If you have any hardware that requires proprietary drivers, Ubuntu will show you options for installing them. Install the suggested drivers and restart your system.

3. Install Synaptic package manager

Synaptic is not the most user-friendly package manager, but it is extremely reliable. Unfortunately, Ubuntu Software Center doesn’t work well all the time. So, I recommend using Synaptic instead.

Search for Synaptic in the launcher and there should be an option to install it.

Installing the Synaptic package manager through Ubuntu Dash menu
Installing the Synaptic package manager

You can also install it from the Software Center. I show how to use Synaptic in the next thing to do after installing Ubuntu.

I also recommend you to install the apt-xapian-index package, which is a quick search engine for Synaptic.

4. Install codecs, MS fonts, flash, and other useful packages

Ubuntu has all basic packages installed by default. But it doesn’t include some non-free and restricted packages that may be essential for many users. For example, if you want to play specific video formats and use such fonts as Arial, Times New Roman, you need to install the packages listed below.

Install Codecs

To be able to play all video and music formats, you need to install additional codecs. You can try to use Synaptic for that.

Open Synaptic, and in the Search field, type ubuntu-restricted-extra. Next, mark it for installation with the right mouse button and click Apply.

Installing ubuntu-restricted-extra in Synaptic
Installing ubuntu-restricted-extra in Synaptic

If you are going to play DVDs, then also install the libdvd-pkg DVD library.

Installing the DVD library
Installing the DVD library

During the installation, the libdvd-pkg package will request to run one terminal command to complete the configuration.

Installing libdvd-pkg requests to make additional configuration after the installation
Installing libdvd-pkg requests to make additiona configuration after the installation

Copy the command that appears during the installation process as in the image above. Once the whole installation process is over, open a terminal and execute it.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg
Configuring the libdvd-pkg package from the terminal
Configuring the libdvd-pkg package

You should now be able to play all media files in your Ubuntu 18.04/20.04.

Install Microsoft fonts

When you open documents created in Microsoft Office, they may not look correct because they use Microsoft fonts. So, to fix this problem, you need to install Microsoft fonts in Ubuntu. If you are a new Linux user, you probably will also use these fonts often because they are more familiar to you.

Installing Microsoft fonts in Ubuntu
Installing Microsoft fonts

To install these fonts, install ttf-mscorefonts-installer through Synaptic.

Install Flash player

Flash player is considered to be a security risk nowadays. But there are still cases when you need to access some websites that use this outdated technology.

To install the flash player for your browser, search for flashplugin-installer in Synaptic and select it for installation.

Install Java

Getting java 8 after installing ubuntu 18.04/20.04
Getting Java 8 after installing Ubuntu 18.04/20.04

If you need to run Java applications, search for openjdk-8-jre and openjdk-8-headless packages in Synaptic and install them.

5. Install microcode

Microcode is the firmware for your processor. It is recommended to install for better performance and to receive the processor firmware updates.

Open Synaptic, and search for microcode. You will see two options:

  • intel-microcode
  • amd64-microcode

Choose one of them according to the type of your processor.

I have an Intel processor, that’s why I install the intel-microcode package.

Installing intel-microcode with Synaptic in Ubuntu
Installing intel-microcode

6. Activate minimize to Dock

If you click on the icon of any application in the dock, it will not minimize. There are two ways to fix this issue:

  • through the command line
  • with a graphical program

With the command line way, you only have to open a terminal and run:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action 'minimize'

To do the same graphically, you must install the dconf-editor package through Synaptic.

Installing dconf-editor in Synaptic
Installing dconf-editor

Open Dconf-editor, go to org → gnome → shell → extensions → dash-to-dock. Scroll down until you find click-action and switch off the default value and select minimize.

Dash to dock click-action settings in Dconf-editor
Using Dconf-editor to modify Dash to Dock click-action

After you apply this setting, applications will minimize when you click on their icons in the dock. On the second click, they will maximize. This is way better than the default behavior.

7. Decrease Swap use

Swap is the space on your hard drive that is used to store the data when there is not enough RAM. RAM is faster than your hard drive, so it is better to use it at maximum and reduce swap use. By default, Ubuntu has a balance swappiness value of 60, but you can force the system to use as much RAM as possible and write to the disk only when most of the RAM is in use.

To check your current swappiness value, run in a terminal:

cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness
Checking the value of swappiness in terminal
Checking the value of swappiness

Next, decrease the default value. Open the configuration file:

gedit admin:///etc/sysctl.conf

Scroll down the file and add this line at the end:

vm.swappiness = 10
Editing sysctl.conf with the nano editor to decrease swappiness
Editing sysctl.conf to decrease the swappiness value

Save the changes and restart your computer. Now, your Ubuntu will start writing files from RAM to a hard drive only when the RAM use reaches a high level.

8. Enable Drive Cache

Usually, the program waits until the data is written to the disk and it proceeds to the next step only after the write event. However, you can force your programs to cache the data and write it to the disk with some delay. This can considerably improve the performance of your system. But there is a small risk of losing data if your computer experience power outage. I think this option is safe for laptops, but if you use a desktop and experience a frequent power outage, maybe you better skip this step.

To enable the hard drive cache, open the Disks application from the menu.

Opening Disks applicatio from Ubuntu menu
Opening Disks application

Select the disk where Ubuntu is installed, go to the Drive settings menu and enable Write cache:

Enabling Drive Cache in Disks
Enabling Drive Cache

This should slightly improve the performance of your hard drive.

9. Reduce SSD Writes

Two things are necessary for good performance and a longer lifespan of an SSD drive. The first thing is Trim and the second is to reduce write cycles.

Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 already has trim enabled, so there’s no need to do anything.

However, the write to SSD cycles is not reduced by default. But, there is an option to enable it.

Run in your terminal:

gedit admin:///etc/fstab

Find your SSD partitions, likely it is the partition that has sda in its name. Find the right partitions based on their size. And add noatime before the word errors. But DON’T do it for the Swap partition.

Adding noattime option in the fstab file
Adding a noattime option in the fstab file

Save and close the file. Write to SSD cycles will be reduced.

10. Set up Firewall

Ubuntu is already secure and activating a firewall is not an essential security measure. However, it is better to be extra safe. Besides, a firewall uses little resources of your system.

Open Synaptic and install the gufw package.

Installing Gufw with Synaptic
Installing Gufw

Once installed, open it. During its launch, you will be prompted for your password.

>Opening Gufw firewall from the Ubuntu dash
Opening Gufw firewall from the Ubuntu menu

The settings are simple. You just need to enable it. This should be fine for most of the users.

Gufw settings
Gufw is enabled

Although if you needed to make a new rule, you can add them in the Rules tab. For example, you may want to use KDE Connect, select it among the applications, mark it with Allow and Both Directions.

Adding a firewall rule for KDE Connect
Adding a firewall rule for KDE Connect

The process is the same for other applications.

11. Configure Ubuntu settings

This section shows how to configure a few things after installing Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 to improve the desktop experience.

Ubuntu Dock

If you do not like the default look of Dock, you can configure it in the Ubuntu Settings:

Dock settings in Ubuntu
Modifying the Dock settings

You can move the dock panel to the bottom and also decrease or increase its size.


If you need any additional input languages, go to the Region & Languages tab and add it:

Adding additional input languages in Ubuntu
Adding additional input languages

In the options, I recommend setting different inputs for each window.

Also, click on manage installed Languages and install the necessary packages.

Installing full language support in Ubuntu
Installing full language support

Night mode

Night mode will reduce the amount of blue light at night time. In other words, it is great for your eyes and sleep. To enable it, go to Devices → Display and activate the Night mode option.

Enabling night mode in Ubuntu Settings.
Enabling Night mode

Change the name of your Ubuntu computer

If you do not like the name of the computer you assigned during Ubuntu installation, you can change it. Go to the About tab in Settings and type the new name of your computer.

Changing the name of your computer in Ubuntu
Changing the name of your computer

Set your profile picture

It is also nice to have a profile picture. To add, go to the Users section in the Details tab and add a picture:

User profile image settings
Changing the user profile image

12. Move Applications menu in Dock

If you moved the Ubuntu Dock to the bottom, the location of the application menu is not the most convenient (on the right). I suggest to move it to the left.

The application menu is on the right in the bottom panel of Ubuntu
The application menu is on the right if you moved the panel to the bottom

To move it to the left or up, depending on where your panel is, open Dconf-editor.

Opening Dconf-editor from menu
Opening Dconf-editor from the menu

Go to Org > Gnome > Shell > Extension > Dash-to-dock. Search for Show-apps-at-top and turn it on.

Show-apps-at-top option for Dash to Dock in Dconf-editor
Enable Show-apps-at-top in Dconf-editor

And your Applications button will move to the left side which is a more traditional place.

13. Install GNOME Tweaks

If you want to modify your GNOME desktop, you need to install GNOME Tweaks. It may greatly improve your Ubuntu experience.

Search for gnome-tweak-tool in Synaptic.

Installing gnome-tweak-tool in synaptic
Installing GNOME Tweaks

If you open Tweaks, you will find many useful settings for the GNOME desktop. For example, you can change themes, modify system fonts, or configure the energy management. You are welcome to explore these settings. You will also see some of these settings later in this list of things to do after installing Ubuntu 18.04/20.04.

GNOME Tweaks Settings
GNOME Tweaks

14. Install GNOME Extensions

You can search and install GNOME Extensions trough the Ubuntu Software Center. But if you enable the installation from the Gnome Extension website, you will have access to more extensions.

To enable the installation from the extensions website, install the chrome-gnome-shell package in Synaptic.

Installing chome-gnome-shell package in Synaptic
Installing chrome-gnome-shell

Next, go to the Gnome Extension website and search for extensions you like.

For example, you can try installing Dash to Panel. You will be requested to install the browser extension extensions.gnome.org. Click Allow, next Add and finally Ok.

Installing GNOME extension add-on in Firefox<
Installing GNOME extension add-on in Firefox

Now, enable Dash to Panel extension:

Enabling Dash to Panel Extension from the web
Enabling Dash to Panel Extension from the web

Once the new extension is enabled, you will see it in action automatically.

If you don’t like an extension, you can disable it from GNOME Tweaks.

Disabling Dash to Dock Extension in Tweaks
Disabling a GNOME Shell Extension

To uninstall any extension, you open Software Center → Installed → Scroll to the end and remove extensions you don’t like.

Uninstalling Dash to Panel extension using Ubuntu Software Center
Uninstalling an extension using Software Center

15. Install Arc Menu

Arc Menu is another GNOME Shell extension, and it’s a more traditional menu. You may like it much more than the default Ubuntu Dash.

First step. Installing Arc menu GNOME extension
Installing the Arc menu

This is how it looks like:

Arc Menu
Arc Menu

You can go to GNOME Tweaks and change its settings.

Arc Menu Settings
Arc Menu Settings

For example, you can change its appearance.

Modifying Arc menu appearance in Tweaks
Modifying Arc menu appearance

If you still have the Dashboard application menu in the bottom panel. To remove it, open Dconf-editor. Go to Org → Gnome → Shell → Extension → Dash-to-dock → disable Show-apps-button.

Hiding the default Ubuntu Dash menu from the panel using Dconf-editor
Hiding the default Ubuntu Dash menu from the panel

You can also integrate this Arc menu with Dash to Panel. To that end, open GNOME Tweaks, and enable Dash to Panel extension. In the setting of Dash to Panel, go to Behavior tab and disable the Application icon.

Hiding the Dash to Panel menu using Tweaks
Hiding the Dash to Panel menu to keep only Arch menu.

Your desktop will look like this with Arc menu and Dash to Panel extensions:

Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 with Arc menu and Dash to Panel
Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 with Arc menu and Dash to Panel

16. Install additional themes

Ubuntu is a very customizable operating system, that is, you can install many themes and change Ubuntu’s appearance.

First, you have to install User Themes GNOME Shell extension from the web and you will be able to install other themes.

Installing User Themes extension from the GNOME extensions website
Installing User Themes extension from the web

Add theme repository

For example, you can try Flat Remix theme. Open Synaptic, go to the settings of the repositories. Then, other software tab and here click add and paste this repository address.

Adding a repository in Synaptic
Adding a repository in Synaptic

When you will be asked to reload packages cache, do so.

After that, search for flat-remix package in Synaptic and install flat, flat-remix-gnome and flat-remix-gtk.

Installing Flat Remix theme packages from Synaptic
Installing Flat Remix theme packages

Close Synaptic and open Tweaks. Now, you should be able to select Flat remix theme among the available themes.

Selecting Flat Remix theme in GNOME Tweaks
Flat Remix theme in GNOME Tweaks

Install theme from DEB package

There are many more themes on the website gnome-look.org. Some of these themes are available as DEB packages. For example, Masalla icon theme.

Downloading Masalla icon theme from Gnome-look.org
Downloading Masalla icon theme from Gnome-look.org

Download masalla-colors_1.1_all and masalla_1.1_all packages. You can install such DEB packages simply by double-clicking on them and installing through the Software Center.

Installing the deb package of Masalla icon theme from Software Center
Installing the deb package of Masalla icon theme from Software Center

Install theme from tar.gz

You can also find some themes in a tar.gz archive. For example, Gnome-OSC theme. Download it.

Downloading Gnome-OSC theme from Gnome-look.org
Downloading Gnome-OSC theme from Gnome-look.org

Extract the archive with the right click on the archive and select Extract here. Then, copy the content of the extracted archive. Go to your home folder and show hidden files through the menu.

Enabling showe hidden files in the  Ubuntu file manager
Showing hidden files in the file manager

And place them into the .themes folder. If you don’t have such a folder, create it.

Theme folders pasted in the .themes directory
Theme folders in the .themes directory

This newly installed theme should become available in Tweaks.

Enabling Gnome-OSC theme in Tweaks
Gnome-OSC theme in Ubuntu

Similarly, you can install Shell themes. Just place it in the .themes folder and then activate from GNOME Tweaks.

To install icons, and cursor themes, you extract them into the .icons folder, then apply the change in GNOME Tweaks.

You can read a more detailed post about how to customize themes, icons, and layouts of Ubuntu 18.04/20.04.

17. Change Firefox Settings

There are two things I always do to improve the Firefox browser experience.

First, Open Preferences, in the section, When Firefox starts, enable Show windows and tabs from last time. With this option every time Firefox starts, it will show the tabs you had open before closing it.

Enabling Show windows and tabs from last time in Firefox preferences
Show windows and tabs from last time in Firefox

Next, modify the Firefox panels. Click on the Firefox main panel and select Customize and add the Search field.

Adding the search field in Firefox
Adding the search field in Firefox

This search field works better than the URL/Search bar. For example, if you type an email address in the URL bar, it will open the email application instead of searching for this email address online. Whereas the search field will perform the search.

18. Enable Netflix support in Firefox

By default, Firefox does not support video playback from Netflix. Luckily, this can be easily fixed.

Navigate to Firefox Preferences and search for DRM. Activate the Play DRM-controlled content checkbox.

Enabling DRM support in Firefox Preferences
Enabling DRM support in Firefox

Close Firefox, and go to Synaptic. Search for libavcodec-extra package, and install it.

Installing the requires packages for enabling Netflix support in Firefox
Installing the packages for Netflix support in Firefox

With this, you can enjoy Netflix in Firefox without any problems.

19. Tweak LibreOffice

Speed up LibreOffice

You can speed up the open process for LibreOffice by disabling Java. Go to Tools → Options and disable Use Java run-time environment in the Advanced tab.

Disabling Java support in LibreOffice
Disabling Java support in LibreOffice

Change LibreOffice look

You can also change the panel view of LibreOffice. Go to View → Toolbar Layout, you will see three options Default, Single Toolbar, and Sidebar. Of the three, I prefer Single Toolbar. Try them and choose the one you like.

Changing the panel view of LibreOffice
Changing the panel view of LibreOffice

Some users may prefer the Ribbon layout of LibreOffice, i.e. Microsoft Office-like look. You can activate it by going to the menu Tools → Options → Advanced → check Enable experimental features.

Enabling Experimental Features for LibreOffice
Enabling Experimental Features for LibreOffice

Restart LibreOffice. Go to View → Toolbar layout and select Notebook.

Selecting Notebookbar Toolbar Layout in LibreOffice.
Selecting Notebookbar Layout

Finally, you can also change the icons of LibreOffice. Open Synaptic and install libreoffice-style-sifr package.

Installing libreoffice-style-sifr package
Installing libreoffice-style-sifr package

After the installation, open LibreOffice, go to Options → View and select Sifr in the Icon style dropdown menu.

Enabling Sifr Icon style in LibreOffice
Enabling Sifr Icon style

LibreOffice with Sifr icons will look like this:

LibreOffice with Sifr icon style
LibreOffice with Sifr icon style

20. Enable Google Drive Integration

Ubuntu has built-in Google Drive integration. To enable it, you need to go to Settings → Online accounts → click on Google.

Adding a Google Account in Ubuntu
Adding a Google Account in Ubuntu

Type your username and password. Next, give it permission to access your data.

Ubuntu File manager with Google Drive on the left panel
Google Drive is on the left panel of the file manager

Now, your Google Drive is available from the left panel of your file manager. If not, try to reboot your system

21. Schedule Backups

It is essential to make regular backups of your system. Ubuntu already has a simple backup program. Open Backups from the menu.

Launching Ubuntu Backups Tool from the menu
Launching Ubuntu Backups Tool

In the Folders to Save section, you can define what folders to back up.

Ubuntu Backup tool
Ubuntu Backup tool

The application also lets you set which folders to exclude from the backup in the Folders to ignore section.

Folders to ignore in Ubuntu Backup tool
Choosing to exclude Downloads from the backup

In Storage Location you can choose where you want to back up. You can use Google Drive, Nextcloud, Network Server, or a local folder.

Choosing where to save the backup in Ubuntu Backups
Choosing where to save the backup

If you configured online account or your local storage is permanently connected to your computer, it makes sense to configure the backup schedule.

Configuring the backup schedule in Ubuntu Backups
Configuring the backup schedule

If the program asks you to install additional packages, install them. You can also encrypt your backup with a password.

After these few steps, automatic backup is configured. If you want to be little more advanced, you can also make backups with rsync.

22. Remove unnecessary software

Removing unnecessary programs will make your system lighter. Open the Software Center and go to installed applications and uninstall all programs you don’t need. For example, I uninstall all the games.

List of installed programs in Software Center
Uninstall the unnecessary software from Software Center

If you are an experienced Linux user, you can remove even more packages through the Synaptic package manager. For example, you can remove Bluetooth packages if you don’t have Bluetooth.

Removing packages using Synaptic
Removing unnecessary packages using Synaptic

But be very careful. You may uninstall some crucial packages as dependencies. So, if you are unsure, do not remove anything from Synaptic.

23. Turn off startup applications

I recommend reducing the number of programs your system runs at startup. It will speed up your boot time and make your system lighter.

Search for Startup Applications in the menu and open it. As you can see there aren’t many applications. This is because most of them are hidden.

The default list of Startup Applications in Ubuntu 18.04/20.04
The default list of Startup Applications in Ubuntu 18.04/20.04

To show all startup applications in Ubuntu, run this command in the terminal:

sudo sed -i 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop

After that, you will see the Startup Applications menu loaded with programs.

Extended list of startup applications in Ubuntu
Extended list of startup applications.

You can disable some of them if you don’t need them. For example, I disable the Orca screen reader.

Remember, the fewer applications are running at startup, the faster your system boots. However, if you are not sure which applications to disable, leave them that way to avoid creating instabilities.

24. Clean system (Bleachbit)

Any operating system gets filled useless files over time. To keep your system clean, you can install Bleachbit.

Installing Bleachbit from Synaptic
Installing Bleachbit from Synaptic

You can tweak its setting. For example, the whitelist will be very useful if you don’t want to remove files from a specific location ever.

Bleachbit white list
Bleachbit whitelist

In the panel located on the left side, you choose what you want to clean. It is a good idea to select all APT options. APT is a software manager backend.

You can also delete cookies from your browser as well as the cache of installed applications.

Bleachbit cleaning options
Selecting what to clean with Bleachbit

Next, perform this cleaning.

Bleachbit cleaning report
Bleachbit cleaning report

You can see how much space has been cleaned.

If you see Permission denied errors when running Bleachbit, it is because it needs root privileges to perform these cleaning tasks. To fix this error, open Bleachbit (as root) from the Menu.

Launching Bleachbit as a root user
Launching Bleachbit as a root user

And perform APT cleaning again. It should work.

25. Install VLC

VLC is probably the best video player not only in Linux but even in Windows and Mac. It plays all formats and it has a simple interface. Moreover, you can even extract images from a video with VLC and then make a GIF from them.

You can install VLC through Synaptic, but I want to show you another graphical way to install programs in Ubuntu. You probably didn’t know about it.

Type in your web browser: apt://vlc. Press enter. Select AptUrl.

Installing VLC from web browser using AptURL
Installing VLC from the web browser using AptURL

You can see in the description of what is going to be installed. Install VLC.

With VLC you can get the incredible flexibility to play multimedia files. If you want, you can modify its appearance. It also has an equalizer that you can adjust as you like. VLC even has some less known features.

26. Install Google Chrome

I know that some users prefer Chrome over Firefox. There are some valid reasons for this. To install it go to the Google Chrome website and download the deb file.

Downloading Google Chrome from its website
Downloading Google Chrome from its website

You can install this deb file by double-clicking on it. The Software Center will open automatically and offer you to install Google Chrome:

Installing the downloaded Google Chrome deb package in Ubuntu Software Center
Installing the downloaded Google Chrome deb package

27. Install Dropbox

Dropbox is a very popular cloud syncing application. Many people around the world use it. If you still don’t have a Dropbox account, you can sign up here.

To install Dropbox in Ubuntu, open Synaptic and search for Dropbox. And install nautilus-dropbox package.

Installing natulis-dropbox package from Synaptic
Installing Dropbox in Ubuntu

After the installation, you can start Dropbox from the menu. It will ask you to *install proprietary packages. Agree to Install them.

Installing dropbox propietary package
Installing additional Dropbox proprietary packages

When the installation is completed, a sign in web-page will open. You can also see the Dropbox icon in your system tray. It is already running, you only need to sign in with your account to start syncing.

After you have signed in, you should see the message8 that your computer is linked with your account. The Dropbox icon should change to a syncing icon after that.

28. Install Skype

Skype is getting less popular but it is still widely used especially by new Linux users. Fortunately, Skype for Linus has improved lately. So, you can install it from the Software Center.

Installing Skype from Software Center
Installing Skype from Software Center

Your Skype should be available on the menu. Open it.

Running Skype for first time
Running Skype for the first time

When it opens, you need to sign in and you can start using it.

If you rarely use Skype, I recommend giving a try to Skype for Web.

29. Install Spotify

Spotify is also available in the Software Center. Install it from there.

Installing Spotify client from Software Center
Installing Spotify client from Software Center

Log in and enjoy it.

30. Laptop Tweaks

If you are a user of a laptop, you may want to optimize your system for better battery use. You can do that by installing tlp and tlp-rdw packages.

Installing the tlp package from Synaptic to Improve laptops battery duration
Installing the tlp package from Synaptic to Improve laptops battery duration

After the installation, open the terminal and start the program:

sudo tlp start
Starting tlp from terminal
Starting tlp from terminal

Now, tlp will improve the battery life of your laptop.

Your ideas

And that’s it. I do all these tweaks after installing Ubuntu 18.04/20.04. What about you? Do you find anything of these 30 things to do after installing Ubuntu useful? Would you add anything to this list? Let me know in the comments below.

Average Linux User
Average Linux User I am the founder of the Average Linux User project, which is a hobby I work on at night. During the day I am a scientist who uses computers to analyze genetic data.


Browny Ponvelil

Browny Ponvelil

Thank you so much for the video and the text version of your tutorial. Helped made me do the installation as well as custom/manual settings easily with your help. Thank you so much… God bless!!


1.EXCELLENT !!! I am an Ubuntu beginner (20.04 installed) and for the first time I understood all because the content of the post is very exactly. 2.I not manage at all the grub customizer: it is about colours, backround colour, fonts colours, resolution ! Please, make a post !

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