Are you a new Ubuntu user who has just installed version 22.04? Congratulations! You are now part of the growing family of Linux users. Ubuntu is one of the most preferred choices when it comes to Linux distributions because of its ease of usage and tons of tutorials, guides, and official & unofficial support. Further, its stability makes it an excellent choice for all kinds of uses – from personal desktops to running mission-critical servers in the enterprise. However, if you are new to Linux then what should you do after installing your new Ubuntu operating system? Here are some tips on what to do next:
1. Update Your System
The first thing that should always be done after installing a fresh operating is to perform the system update. Ubuntu updating the system will make sure it has the latest software packages. To perform this we can either use the command terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) or GUI “Software Updater” of the system’s Dash Search. Due to the large community, you will have timely bug fixes, security updates, and new features. It is a good practice to update your system regularly so that you can benefit from these fixes and enhancements.
The command is:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
2. Install Drivers for Graphics or Network Cards
If you used the LiveCD installation media to install Ubuntu, then all of your hardware drivers were probably included automatically. But if not, it is necessary to now install drivers for any graphics cards such as Nvidia / Radeon or network cards, printers, etc. that are necessary for your machine. These drivers can be found on manufacturer websites or in Ubuntu’s source repositories by typing “drivers” into the Dash search bar.
To install the Missing Ubuntu 22.04 Drivers:
- Click on the Dash’s Show Applications dots icon or click on Activities given in the Taskbar.
- Type Drivers in the search box.
- Select the Additional Drivers option.
- Software & Updates with Additional Drivers tab.
- All the hardware devices that need drivers to be installed will show there.
3. Install Additional Software Packages and Applications
Ubuntu comes with many basic software packages and applications preinstalled, such as LibreOffice, GIMP (a photo editor), VLC Media Player (to watch movies), etc., but you may want to install additional software packages depending on what type of activities you like to do on your computer.
To install the applications on Ubuntu 22.04 using GUI:
- Click on the Ubuntu software icon given on the Dash (Dock).
- On the GUI Software installer click the Search icon.
- Type the application name that you want to install.
- Select the app when it appears and click the Install button.
Using it we can also install popular applications like Skype, Chromium, Firefox, and Dropbox can all be easily installed from the official Ubuntu repository or through third-party repositories such as Launchpad PPAs or PPAs provided by software developers themselves. You can also install popular browsers such as Opera, Brave, or Google Chrome. You can see- Steps to Install the Chrome browser on Ubuntu 22.04.
4. Configure System Settings such as Themes, Wallpaper
Once all of your hardware components have been detected and configured correctly, it is time to start customizing Ubuntu according to your preferences by changing
- Fonts sizes
- Themes, and wallpaper backgrounds
- Setting up screen resolution
- Configuring mouse settings
- Enabling touchpad gestures
- Setting up keyboard shortcuts
- Enabling user accounts
- Accessing remote computers using SSH; etc…
Most of the above-mentioned things can be configured from the Settings option of Ubuntu.
5. Learn Anything New with Training Courses/Blogs/Online Video Tutorials
Finally, if you want to get more proficient working with Ubuntu you should definitely visit websites publishing specifically Linux tutorials like ours. Where a new user can get plenty of online tutorials and videos that provide step-by-step instructions on how anything from basic commands to more advanced management tasks can be done via the command line interface (CLI) or graphical user interface (GUI) in Ubuntu.
Further, there are also several blogs dedicated solely towards providing news about Ubuntu releases — these blogs keep readers up-to-date regarding any development changes within this operating system environment so reading them occasionally is highly recommended too if one wants to stay in tune about recent happenings concerning one’s favorite distro!