2. Install Core Internet Applications
Install some core internet applications; Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerux somes preinstalled with Firefox like every other Ubuntu distro before it however, it’s not the world’s most used browser and still lags behind Chromium – the open source version of Chrome — in terms of features and functionality.
You’ll find Chromium in the new Gnome application manager that ships with Ubuntu Xenial Xerux 16.04 LTS.
The other recommended applications to download include but not limited to:
- Skype – One if the world’s most popular VOIP service.
- Pidgin – Probably the best IM client.M
- Deluge – One of the best torrenting app.
- Mega – Free cloud backup with 50GB storage.
- CrashPlan – Always have your system backed up either locally or in the cloud for easy recovery later.
- Telegram – Privacy-centric multi-platform service.
- Uget – Easily one of the best download manager for Linux.
- Tor – Download the Tor browser for a complete anonymity online.
3. Install a Replacement Music App – Clementine
Clementine is by far the most superior multi-platform music playing app out there for Linux and it’s feature set is unmatched; it blows every other app out of the water be it VLC, Rthythmbox, Audacious etc.
Perhaps the most prominent feature of Clementine is its ability to connect you to online music streaming services without the need of firing up a web browser or a specific third party app for each service.
You can simply connect your (Premium) Spotify account, Last.fm, Sky.fm, Google Drive, Onedrive, just to name a few.
Clementine also has its own built-in equalizer and you can download it via the Software center of open up the terminal, input:
$ sudo apt-get install clementine
and should be done in no time.
Other noteworthy media applications that we almost always recommend you download include:
- VLC – the universal media player that has an extensive list of supported formats.
- Audacity – a simple minimalistic audio editing tool for both beginners and pro alike; comes with quite the list of features that will allow you maximize the extent at which you can modify an audio file or even create.
- Kodi (formerly XBMC) – the open source home theater submerges you in an entire media-centric universe that will has an extensive support for media files; ranging from your standard .MP3 files to the most obscure formats you can think of, be it under the music, video or photos category; Kodi will most likely have support for it.