Top 7 Things You’ll Mostly Need to Do After Installing Ubuntu 16.10/16.04
4. Install Synaptics and AppGrid
It is always nice to have alternative sources when it comes to application installation; particularly if you’re not a big fan of the new Software center or maybe you just want something minimalistic without all the bells and whistles? …. Or you just care for something more aesthetically pleasing.
Synaptics has always been there for as long as I can remember and it gives you a similar experience to that of Pamac and Octopi which are frontends for Arch Linux’s package manager.
You still get a GUI that is pretty stripped of all the usuals you’ll normally find on other app sources like comments, ratings and the likes.
CTRL+ALT+T to open up the terminal and type in:
$ sudo apt-get install synaptic
Alternatively, you can download it from the Software center.
AppGrid on the other hand, can be installed via the terminal by typing in the following commands consecutively.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:appgrid/stable $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install appgrid
So depending on what you really want, you can have as many as four options to install your apps from – Terminal, Gnome software center, AppGrid, and Synaptics (which is mostly used by power users).
5. Turn Off Online Search Results
The unity dash search results still include options from sources like Wikipedia and Amazon by default which can pose some security threats to the user of the system.
Thankfully though, Canonical has included an option to turn it off since 15.10. Just go to
security and privacy -> select the search tab and turn off include online search results.
6. Install Unity Tweak Tool to Customize Ubuntu
Ubuntu’s stock Unity interface has always been barebone and hardly does anything change regards the general look and feel of it with every iteration – I really like to think of it as boring – (especially as an Android fanboy) hence, the need for some cool customization.
Which is where Unity’s tweak tool comes in; it’s available in the Gnome Software center. Download it and make your desktop your OWN.
7. Install Graphics Driver in Ubuntu
Lastly, you want to install the proper graphics driver of your system to enable smooth rendering of the GUI; this would mostly be required too if you’re looking to game with your PC via Steam, Video editing and so on.
Type in “software and updates” in the dash and go to the “additional drivers tab”; select as needed and apply changes.
We recommend that you go through with the list and you’ll just be ready to enjoy the rest of the Ubuntu Xenial Xerus experience as long as you need to.
From this point, you can now tailor the system to some other specific needs you might have; thereafter, it’s silky smooth sailing with this LTS release. If you do encounter any problems installing, or configuring the system as guided above, kindly let us know in the comments below.