Ubuntu is perhaps the most popular distribution of GNU/LINUX, combining aesthetics, stability and above all ease of use. Not for nothing, many more experienced users recommend the use of Ubuntu to beginners. Compatible with much of today’s hardware, it has positioned itself as a great alternative to the Windows and Mac OS giants.
Canonical is the company behind the development, maintenance and dissemination of Ubuntu. But it is not limited to that, they also develop other technologies focused on providing business solutions and in the field of virtualization, so we are in the presence of a serious company with clear goals.
In this site, we like Ubuntu very much, so much so that we present you its latest version as the best to date and also teach you how to install it, but today we will tell you 5 things you can do after installing it.
0.- Unity is gone. Gnome Shell is here
Okay, well, this section is not something you should do, but if you should be warned that Unity is no longer the default desktop in this new version of Ubuntu 18.04 and is f you are used to Unity you should familiarize yourself with the “new” desktop environment.
Gnome has once again become the king of desktop environments at Ubuntu, and its experience of use has been adapted to make the change as smooth as possible.
1.- Upgrade the system
Ubuntu is a great system, but it’s not perfect, so from the moment the version was released to date, numerous updates have been released to improve the quality of the distribution, increase its security and fix some packages, so before we can fully use your distribution, we need to update the system.
sudo apt update && sudo apt -y upgrade
In this case, I don’t have any updates to make.
We also have the option to use the graphical tool to update the systems. Press the SUPER key and type update.
2.- Complete the language support
In an Ubuntu installation, there is no complete language support, which not only changes the language of the interface but also includes the different help files that the applications have.
Press the SUPER key and type Language and press Enter.
Next we will notice how the system warns us that the language support is not complete and invites us to complete it via internet. After entering our super user password, you will proceed to download and install the missing packages.
3.-Install Codecs for full multimedia support
For licensing and other legal reasons, Ubuntu’s multimedia support is not complete so to ensure a smooth user experience we will install them. For this we use the ubuntu-restricted-extras package that will also install the proprietary fonts of microsoft (Arial, Verdana).
sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Running that command will make you ask us if we agree with some licenses. We say yes and he’ll go ahead with the installation.
4.- Necessary packages to decompress files
If we are very frequent on the Internet, we will run into a lot of compressed files. There are several compression formats, with .ZIP,.RAR and.7Z being the most popular and used.
sudo apt-get install p7zip-full p7zip-rar rar unrar
5.-Installing files necessary to compile and build packages
Sometimes on the internet we can see the need to compile programs from the source code. To this end, we write:
sudo apt-get install build-essential
Ubuntu is a great GNU/LINUX distribution but we can always customize it and do things to it after installation to complete the user experience. Here we have explained the most basic and common things we must do but you can always continue to install programs and adjust it to your taste.
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