Ubuntu 18.04 - First Things First31 Mar 2018
Ubuntu 18.04 is not out yet, but that shouldn’t stop you. I installed an pre release in my secondary laptop and as far as I can every thing is cool except some apps (so far Nodejs) not having official repos for it. I only stick with LTS versions. As a result, I am jumping from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04.
I have been a huge Unity fan. My heart sank when Ubuntu officially notified that Unity will be discontinued. Now Ubuntu comes with the Gnome shell. Been a power user what irritates me is the difference in keyboard short cuts. I bet they can be customized but I don’t. I need to feel the pain.
This are the first few steps I followed setting up my laptop and what I think is important. I will update this article in time.
Once you install a Linux distribution, it is always a good idea to install any upgrades. I run this every few days at night.
~# sudo apt update ~# sudo apt dist-upgrade
Ubuntu looks great out of the box, but we can make it personalized. Gnome Tweak Tool is a great tool that can help you customize the shell to your desire.
~# sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool
I lost apatite for the aging Ambiance GTK theme long time ago. Thankfully Ubuntu guys are developing a new theme named Communitheme which is a flat GTK theme with dark headers. Lets install that first.
~# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:communitheme/pp ~# sudo apt update ~# sudo apt install ubuntu-communitheme-session
Using the Unity Tweak Tool set the Applications to Communitheme. For a long time I have used the Numix Circle Icon Theme but since Saru comes with Comminitheme I am going to give it a chance. Here are a list of icon themes I find interesting.
Install 3rd Party Codecs
I normally do this when installing the OS because there is no point keeping it for later. We are going to at some point play media. These packages come in the
~# sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Blue light in the night can interrupt with your sleep. Ubuntu 18.04 comes inbuilt with a night light plugin. You can setup a schedule for it to automatically turn on. I have done it from 10 PM to 6 AM.
Go to Settings > Devices > Night Light and configure it to your interest.
WIP: TODO: Some cool gnome plugins and Ubuntu Software