Top 5 Absolute Must DOs After installing Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo”

Ubuntu 19.04 codenamed “Disco Dingo” has just been released. And the incredibly popular Ubuntu juggernaut keeps rolling on. The latest and greatest from Ubuntu comes with a ton of improvements.

I’ve been running Ubuntu 19.04 from its early beta,  and I know for fact that a lot can be done to improve the Ubuntu 19.04 experience further. Here’s my quicklist. 5 things to do after installing Ubuntu 19.04.

Install Available Updates

This is most important. Before you start tinkering, make sure you have installed all the updated and improvements. And don’t worry, running update manager in Ubuntu is not a messy affair like In Windows. Run Software Updater (Hit Super key and search for ‘Software Updater’).

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And let it do its thing.

Install Media Codecs

You must have noticed that Ubuntu 19.04 by default cannot play file-formats like MP3, MP4, AVI etc. Ubuntu can get into all sorts of legal trouble if they bundle restricted media codecs with default Ubuntu.  No worries though, ubuntu-restricted-extras has got you covered.

Open Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command below.

sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Enter password when asked, and let it download and install all that is required. Apart from media codecs, the package also consists of restricted fonts and such.

You can’t go wrong with GNOME Tweaks

When you are on GNOME. GNOME Tweaks is a must have. There is a ton of features hidden underneath the default settings of Ubuntu 19.04. Tweaks makes it easy to fiddle with Ubuntu themes, fonts, startup applications etc.

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Install GNOME Tweaks from Ubuntu Software Center. OR

sudo apt install gnome-tweaks

Copy-paste command above in Terminal.

Bring GNOME Shell Extensions to Life

This is  important. GNOME Shell extensions are disabled by default on Ubuntu 19.04. You have to install  respective extensions for Firefox and Chrome, and install the  host connector on Ubuntu desktop to enable full GNOME Shell Extensions support. Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through.

Now, let’s install the host connector.

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

Don’t let the package name confuse you. Chrome-gnome-shell works flawlessly with both Firefox and Chrome.

Now visit GNOME Extensions page on the web and have fun playing around Shell extensions.

Remove Trash/Home Icons from Desktop

Who else here prefer a good, clean desktop without any clutter? Now that you have enabled GNOME Shell extensions support, you can now download and install the following extension to easily toggle the presence of apps and icons on the Ubuntu desktop. This is also a good way to get a hang of GNOME Extensions.

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Notice the ON/OFF toggle in GNOME Extensions page. And beside that, you will find a ‘settings’ icon which will pop open the above window. This is how GNOME extensions work universally. That’s it, your Ubuntu 19.04 “disco dingo” is fully set up and ready to serve.

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