Top 7 Things You’ll Mostly Need to Do After Installing Ubuntu 16.10/16.04

It is that time of the year where we are earnestly anticipating the release of the next LTS version of what is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular free operating system and if you’re a keen reader of Tecmint, you’ll know by now that we already covered the installation of the next iteration of Ubuntu’s desktop operating system in great detail – if you missed it, we have the link right down below.

Here, I have compiled the things that you will most likely need to do after you might have completed the installation of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) and installation of Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus so you might have a stable and safe system to play with.

I’ll try to keep this as concise as possible and not bore you with a terribly long list and you can be sure that this article comprises just about everything you’ll need to have to system humming as you’d like it.

Like I mentioned in the previous install article, the best practice for any Linux user or any PC user for that matter, is to have their PC updated once it’s installed so it may have all the latest security updates, patches and features.

You can either choose to update your system via the GUI-enabled inbuilt system update tool (image below) or if you’d rather do it the terminal way of things, below are self-descriptive images on how to but for the sake of newbies reading through with this, we’ll add a few notes with the images just to makes things a little.

Now let’s get on with this already.

1. Update Ubuntu 16.10/16.04 Xenial Xerus

1. First and foremost, we must update our sources; head on to the Unity dash on the top left corner and type in “software and updates”; open the app, and select the “other software” tab, tick both options, close the app (you’ll be prompted to enter you root PW) and go back to the same dash; this time around, type in “software updater” open the app and it should auto-update sources and show the available update size.

Ubuntu Software Updater

Ubuntu Software Updater

Ubuntu 16.04 Other Software Sources

Ubuntu 16.04 Other Software Sources

Ubuntu 16.04 Updating Cache

Ubuntu 16.04 Updating Cache

Using the preinstalled “software updater”.

Ubuntu Software Updater

Ubuntu Software Updater

Checking for Ubuntu Updates

Checking for Ubuntu Updates

Install Ubuntu Software Updates

Install Ubuntu Software Updates

Enter Root Password to Update Ubuntu

Enter Root Password to Update Ubuntu

Installing Ubuntu Updates

Installing Ubuntu Updates

Using the terminal; you’ll need to enter these commands consecutively.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
Ubuntu 16.04 Update

Ubuntu 16.04 Update

Ubuntu 16.04 Upgrade

Ubuntu 16.04 Upgrade

If you are still feeling a little lost, you may watch the video below that shows how to update Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus.

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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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