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.

Install Synaptic Package Manager

Install Synaptic Package Manager

Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 16.04

Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 16.04

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
Install Appgrid in Ubuntu 16.04

Install Appgrid in Ubuntu 16.04

Appgrid in Ubuntu 16.04

Appgrid in Ubuntu 16.04

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 settings -> security and privacy -> select the search tab and turn off include online search results.

Ubuntu Settings Privacy Change

Ubuntu Settings Privacy Change

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.

Install Unity Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Unity Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 16.04

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.

Install Graphics Driver in Ubuntu

Install Graphics Driver in Ubuntu 16.04

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.

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13 Responses

  1. Hari krishna says:

    Hi, I am having windows 10(v1703) but while installing the Ubuntu it is not showing install Ubuntu alongside windows. can you help me?

  2. Naresh says:


    I am trying to install ia32-libs package on Ubuntu 16.04, but i can’t do, how can i install what are the required dependencies?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      I think package ia32-libs has been deprecated. I think you’re trying to install a application that might depends on ia32-libs package. If you exactly tell us what you trying to do, we could help you out with better solution..

  3. hrx says:

    synaptics and synaptic are not the same

  4. Marcos Nakamine says:

    Correct is:
    sudo apt-get install synaptic

  5. Enwelum says:

    I recently installed ubuntu along side my pre-installed windows 8. But during startup my windows8 boots first. If I want to boot ubuntu I have to press esc key, F9 before I will see grub. Please someone should please help me

  6. techarcher says:

    Are you using 16.04 in the screen shots, it looks exactly the same as 15.10 what are the improvements in new version, why should i care to upgrade./

  7. kcdtv says:

    It sounds a bit like a joke when you affirm that firefox
    “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.”
    firefox is globally consuming less resources than chromium, it still has more extensions and plug-in than chormium (and much betters if you lok for adavnced feature) and the argument that chrome is more popular is not relevant for a GNU-Linux user (or he will use windows)
    I am not convinced at all by your top7 stuffs to do straight after installing ubuntu… I don’t really see anything very important apart of “sudo update &&. sudo upgrade”
    What about being able to see flash video? Isn’t that more important to many users than to have various packet manager – that do the same thing- installed?
    Spotify, skype… That’s realy what you “advice” to install and what you use as a GNU-Linux fan?
    Come on! We are expecting a bit more from you.
    It is certainly not recommended to install skype from microsoft in a GNU-Linux distibution, hell no!

    • Jesse says:

      point well made. thanks. i’ll update the article in nearer future. As for skype, it multi-platform and still remians one of the most used VoIP services around the world so it’s oly fair that i added it as one of the recommended apps to for those who may need it..

  8. Bj says:

    “5. Turn Off Online Search Results”
    No need to. That will be disabled by default.

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