Top 7 Things to do After Install Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)

Top 7 Things to do After Install Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)

Hello, penguins, This is your penguin today we are talking about what to do after installing Ubuntu. Trying out a new operating system can be overwhelming let alone. The one that’s based on Linux keeps reading to find out. What your step should be Top 7 Things to do After Install Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)

Check for updates.

Be sure you’re up to date. The first thing you really want to do after installing Ubuntu is to update your software and operating system. But you say hey I just install the most recent version of Ubuntu what gives. I know but you need to make sure you have the most recent updates of everything packaged within Ubuntu. This is fast painless and can be done from the update manager or even more quickly from the Command line.
Just open the terminal by pressing ctrl+alt+t and type sudo apt-get update and hit enter. Now it will ask your password type your password and hit enter. That’s it, It is this easy.

Ubuntu update command
Update command output

Installing Multimedia codecs for Ubuntu.

Gotta get your codex. During installation, ubuntu defaults to free and open-source software. Only many of the multimedia codecs needed to play media are proprietary. You can actually get most of them by choosing a checkmark during installation. But if you didn’t do that to a slow or nonexistent internet connection. You can either install the Ubuntu restricted extras from the software center. By entering the command in terminal sudo apt-get install Ubuntu-restricted-extras-GStreamer-FFmpeg in a terminal window.

Installing flash player.

Like the codex adobe’s flash player doesn’t come and solve. Because it’s proprietary. While you can’t watch all the cat videos on YouTube or visit many websites without it. There’s really no good open-source alternative available today. Searching for flash in the software center will allow you to add a flash player to your computer. The pretty simple but easily forgotten trust me. I’ve gone to 30 steps to see what’s wrong with my flash when all I had to do was install it.

Install the Gnome tweak tool for tweaking Ubuntu.

While Ubuntu is quite customizable. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the various tweaks available to you. The gnome tweak tool application gives. You a single easy place to go configurable Ubuntu in a variety of different ways. Most importantly those shrinking. The size of the Dock and lunchers buttons. You can change font and its size also with the help of the gnome tweak tool.

Decrease Swap Use.

Swap is the space on your hard drive. That is used to store the data when there is no enough RAM. Ram is random access Memory it is faster than your hard drive. So it is better to use it at maximum. You can see the size of your RAM in the terminal. To check ram size open your terminal and type command “free -h” without quote and hit enter. The output will show your ram size.
Swappiness defines how aggressively your kernel will write data to swap. By default, Ubuntu has a balance value of 60. Which will work on all low and high memory computer? We can check by the open terminal and type cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness and hit enter. You will see the value of 60. We can force the system to use as much RAM as possible. And write to disk only when more then 90% of the ram is in use.

How to do that.

To do that open terminal and type gedit admin:///etc/sysctl.conf and hit enter. This will ask your administrative password. give password and press enter. Now scroll down the file and in the end type, a line vm.swappiness=10 save and close the file. After reboot, The system checks your swappiness value again it will show you 10. So, the system will access your hard drive less frequently and will more responsive.

Enable Drive Cache.

Another option you can enable is to use the hard drive cache. what does it do? Usually, the program waits until the data is written to the disk and it proceeds to the next step only after the write event. But we can force the program to cache the data and write it o the disk with some delay. Thus the program will proceed to the next step without waiting for the write event to finish. It gives a huge performance boost.

7 Things to do After Install Ubuntu 20.04
Enable write cache option

To enable this option Go to the menu and search for disk application and open it. Make sure that the hard drive with your Ubuntu system is selected. Usually, It is one on the top. Click on the upper right side 2 bar menu and select drive setting.
It will open a window click on the write cache tab and enable it. It will give you performance gain.

Install Vlc player.

Ubuntu has a decent video player, But it still may not play some video or plays them incorrectly. I recommend in addition to that player install Vlc. You can install it through synaptic. But I want to show you another graphical way to install programs in Ubuntu. You probably didn’t know about it.

Install vlc with browser
Install vlc

Open your browser and type apt://vlc press enter. select apt URL, then click the open link and then click install. it will ask your administrative password and authenticate. whoa, Vlc is installed.

One thing I really dig about Ubuntu is you don’t have to go through all these unnecessary steps to get your OS looking feeling and running how you like it what do you do with your first few hours of being on a new operating system let me know in the comments below.

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