The new stable LTS version of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver, will be released on 26th of April 2018. Some of the new features of Ubuntu 18.04 include: new default desktop GNOME 3.28, better boot speed, new "minimal installation" option, new default applications, Linux Kernel 4.15 and others.

This guide will list for you some selected things to do after installing Ubuntu 18.04.

Some of the recommendations might not be suitable for everybody, hence use it as a guide only and decide what suits you best according to your user needs.

Here are our recommendations:

Set the Fastest Repository Mirror

Ubuntu 18.04 includes a range of software available through its software repositories via mirrors accessible around the world. After installing Ubuntu 18.04 you can also install a variety of tools available for Ubuntu 18.04 over the Internet. In order to do so you need to select the fastest Ubuntu repository mirror, which is the closest mirror to your current location.

To set the fastest Ubuntu repository mirror navigate to

Software & Updates --> Ubuntu Software -->
Download from --> Other --> Select Best Server

Ubuntu will automatically test all available package repository mirrors and let the user choose from the top responding servers.
Selecting the fastest mirror on Ubuntu 18.04
Selecting the fastest mirror on Ubuntu 18.04

Check for Updates

It is important to check for your system updates regularly. Keeping your system updated will help you protect your computer against vulnerabilities that may be exploited by hackers' malicious software.
Ubuntu 18.04 update support status
Ubuntu 18.04 update support status.
You can find details on how to update Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver in our article How to Update Ubuntu packages on 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux. In this article we consider two ways of updating your system. That is, the command line and the graphical user interface method of updating Ubuntu 18.04.

To follow our Ubuntu 18.04 update guide click on:

Enable Firewall

By default the UFW firewall is installed but disabled. To increase security of your desktop you may enable the UFW firewall from the command line or install gufw which is a graphical user interface for UFW.
Enabled firewall on Ubuntu 18.04
Enabled firewall on Ubuntu 18.04
Learn to enable/disable firewall on Ubuntu 18.04:



Install Email Clients

The default email client for Ubuntu 18.04 GNOME desktop is Mozilla Thunderbird, which should already be installed on your system. It is a free and open-source email client including news client, RSS and chat client.

Some alternatives to Thunderbird include Mailspring and Hiri. Mailspring offers such features as open tracking, link click tracking, contacts enrichment data and more. Hiri focuses on businesses and features sending and receiving e-mails as well as calendars, contacts, and tasks management.

Thunderbird email client on Ubuntu 18.04
Thunderbird email client on Ubuntu 18.04
To install an email client on Ubuntu 18.04 navigate to our instructions:

  

Install Graphics Drivers

Some of the Graphics Drivers you may wish to install on Ubuntu 18.04 is NVIDIA and AMD GPU. In the article How to install the NVIDIA drivers on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux we discuss various ways of installing this graphic driver. These include an automatic install using standard Ubuntu repository, an automatic install using PPA repository to install NVIDIA Beta drivers and a manual Install using the official Nvidia.com driver.

If you're planning on using an AMD graphics card with Ubuntu 18.04, we provide you with the install instructions in the article: How to Install The Latest AMD Radeon Drivers on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux.

Now navigate to Ubuntu 18.04 NVIDIA or AMD GPU install guides:

 

Experiment with Desktop Environments

Did you know you can install a different desktop environment with a single command? Ubuntu 18.04's default desktop environment is GNOME. However, this does not stop you to install and use some other desktop environments as there are many to choose from, see our article: The 8 Best Ubuntu Desktop Environments (18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux) . For example, Budgie and Mate desktop environments are shown in the screenshots below.

Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Mate Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Mate Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
But there is a lot more to choose from. Experiment with different desktop environments to find the one that suits you most. We have provided you with instructions how to install various desktop environments in a range of articles.
To follow our Ubuntu 18.04 desktop environment install guides click on:

        


Remove Amazon Launcher

You may wish to remove the Amazon launcher from you desktop.
Amazon Launcher icon on Ubuntu 18.04 GNOME desktop
Amazon Launcher icon on Ubuntu 18.04 GNOME desktop
Instructions on how to uninstall the Amazon package creating the left panel Amazon icon launcher icon can be found in our article How to remove the Gnome Amazon launcher package from Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Desktop.

Ubuntu 18.04 how-to guide to removing the GNOME Amazon Launcher is available here:

Customize your Dock panel

There are variety of options for Dock customization on the Ubuntu 18.04 Gnome desktop. You may, for example, like to have a Unity like backlit Dock panel on your default Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Desktop such as the one below:
Unity backlit like Dock on default Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Desktop.
Unity like backlit Dock panel on default Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Desktop
Ubuntu 18.04 how-to guide to customizing Dock is available here:

Install GNOME Tweak Tool

GNOME Tweak Tool or GNOME Tweaks (new name) is a free settings manager for GNOME which you can use for configuration of your desktop environment in Ubuntu 18.04.
Gnome Ubuntu Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux
Gnome Ubuntu Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux
We provide a guide to installing and starting your GNOME Tweaks in our article How to install Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux.

Install GNOME Tweak Tool by following our instructions:

Experiment with Ubuntu 18.04 Themes

The 10 Best Ubuntu Themes

Most Linux users like to make their computer their own, and there are a ton of excellent options to customize Ubuntu, and every Linux distribution, including beautifully designed GTK themes. Since Ubuntu 18.04 uses GNOME as its default desktop, it's easier than ever to find great looking themes to spice up your desktop. Our article The 10 Best Ubuntu Themes (18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux) lists 10 themes among the best available right now.
Adapta Theme On Ubuntu 18.04
Adapta Theme On Ubuntu 18.04
Read the Ubuntu Themes article:

Try the new Communitheme

Communitheme is currently a work-in-progress and therefore not part of the Ubuntu 18.04 daily builds. You can, however, try it out and install it on your system. It might include bugs so be aware of this issue. Communitheme is a flat GTK theme and features bold colors chosen from Ubuntu's color palette.
Ubuntu Communitheme on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Ubuntu Communitheme on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Access our Communitheme install guide:

Retrieve Weather Information

Using the gnome-weather application, an Ubuntu user can retrieve weather information for any location specified. The gnome-weather application will be also incorporated into the default desktop calendar window.
Gnome Weather on Ubuntu 18.04
Gnome Weather on Ubuntu 18.04
Use our instructions to retrieve weather information:

Install Steam, PlayonLinux and Lutris

You may be interested in installing Steam, PlayonLinux and Lutris on Ubuntu 18.04. Steam is a digital distribution platform, which features digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming, video streaming and social networking services.

PlayOnLinux is a graphical front-end for the Wine software compatibility layer. It provides Linux users with a possibility to install Windows-based video games, as well as many other applications such as Apple iTunes and Safari on their operating system.

Lutris is a game manager for Linux-based operating systems. It features one-click installation for many games on its website and also integrates with the Steam website for easy install.
PlayOnLinux on Ubuntu 18.04
PlayOnLinux on Ubuntu 18.04
Instructions on how to install Steam on Ubuntu 18.04 using the standard Ubuntu repository as well as how to perform a manual installation using the official Steam package can be accessed through our article How to install Steam on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux.

Additionally, instructions on how to install PlayOnLinux wine front-end on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux can be found in How to install PlayOnLinux on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux.

Finally, the article Install Lutris On Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux features easy to follow Lutris install instructions.

Access our Steam, PlayonLinux or Lutris install guides:

  


Install your Favorite Web Browser

There is a rather wide selection of Internet browsers you can install on Ubuntu 18.04. You may already have a favorite Web browser or you may be still deciding which browser is right for you. Below we list our installation guides of some selected Web browsers. These guides may also help you to choose which Web browser suits you best.

Our Web Browser install guides are available here:

    

Install Messaging App

Some examples of popular messaging apps include Viber, Telegram and Slack. While Viber and Telegram are widely used, Slack focuses on messaging and file sharing for work teams.
Telegram on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux
Telegram on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux
You can follow our messaging apps install guides here:

  

Integrate Dropbox

Dropbox is a file hosting platform that features cloud storage, file sync, personal cloud as well as client software. Read How to install and integrate Dropbox with Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Desktop to guide you through this process.

Navigate to the article by clicking on the button below:

Install Gnome Shell Extensions

GNOME Shell extensions will let you customize the default GNOME Shell interface. Parts of the interface, such as window management and application launching can also be configured.
Gnome Shell Integrations in Firefox on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Gnome Shell Integrations in Firefox on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
For inspiration regarding the Gnome extensions visit our Top 10 Best Gnome desktop extensions for Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux page. To install Gnome Shell extensions follow instructions included in our guide on this topic How to install Gnome Shell Extensions on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux.
To install gnome shell extensions click on:

Add Start Menu to GNOME

If you miss the regular start menu on your gnome desktop you can install a GNOME extension to add GNOME menu start button.
Start menu in GNOME on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Start menu in GNOME on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
To add the start menu click on:



Install Third-party Codecs & Extras

Due to copyright issues Ubuntu 18.04 does not provide a default access to various media codecs. You can, however, easily install them by opening your terminal and executing:
$ sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras
With the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package installed you will be able to play MP3, MPEG4, AVI and some other media files.

Enable Automatic Login

You may wish to enable automatic login in Ubuntu 18.04. This will allow you as a user to enter your session without being prompted for your password. There could be only one user with automatic login even though automatic login option appears for every user.

Instructions on how to enable automatic login in Ubuntu 18.04:

Turn on Night Light

The emission of blue light from your screen is automatically adjusted by the Ubuntu 18.04 Night Light feature. Depending on your location and time of day there is a different amount of blue light emitted by your PC or laptop.

According to research it is important for you to turn on this feature to promote natural sleep pattern and reduce eye strain. In the morning your screen returns to normal settings.

Navigate to Settings --> Screen Display --> Night Light to switch this feature on as shown on the screenshot below.
Night Mode on Ubuntu 18.04
Night Mode on Ubuntu 18.04

Watch DRM content on Firefox

DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology allows you to watch video and listen to audio online services. At the same time it makes sure that the content provided by such online services is used in accordance with their requirements.

You can, for example, watch Netflix in Firefox on Ubuntu 18.04 by following just few simple instructions.
Watching Netflix on Ubuntu 18.04
Watching Netflix on Ubuntu 18.04
Instructions on how to watch Netflix on Ubuntu 18.04:



Text Editors for Programmers

If you are a programmer you may be interested in installing a code-centric text editor most suitable for you and your programming language. These editors offer syntax highlighting, have flexible interfaces and provide you with powerful search and navigation tools.

Whether your language preference is Java, Python or other, you can select a text editor from our list and install it with help of our install guides. Some text editors may work better with some specific programming languages so feel free to experiment with various text editors if you do not know yet which one is the most suitable for your needs.

One of the most popular text editors is Sublime Text visible in the screenshot below.
Sublime Text on Ubuntu 18.04
Sublime Text on Ubuntu 18.04
Instructions on how to install text editors on Ubuntu 18.04:

     

Install Virtualization Software

Virtualization software creates a virtual version of something. This can be, for example, a virtual computer hardware, storage device or a computer network resource. Two of the most known virtualization software are VirtualBox and VMware Workstation.
VirtualBox on Ubuntu 18.04
VirtualBox on Ubuntu 18.04
Instructions on how to install VirtualBox and VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 18.04:

  


Improve System Monitoring

Conky is one of the oldest and perhaps most useful system monitoring utilities available on Linux. It is highly configurable as it is able to monitor literally any aspect of your system from hard-drive temperature through number of users logged-in to currently played music song.
System Monitoring with Conky on Ubuntu 18.04 Linux
Feature rich and eye candy Conky configuration.
Another system monitoring tool that can be used on Ubuntu 18.04 is Stacer. Stacer allows Ubuntu 18.04 users to monitor and optimize multiple aspects of their operating system.

Stacer monitoring includes but is not limited to CPU load monitoring, disk performance and usage. Stacer also allows for number of system configurations as well as it is capable to perform disk clean up.

System monitoring on Ubuntu 18.04 with Stacer
System monitoring on Ubuntu 18.04 with Stacer
To navigate to our article System Monitoring on Ubuntu 18.04 Linux with Conky or System Monitoring on Ubuntu 18.04 Linux with Stacer click on:

 

File Sharing Setup

Ubuntu users can use Samba, NFS or FTP services to share their files with other users on the Local network or even over the Internet. If you need something simple to start with, try configuring NFS as it takes only few minutes to set it up.

In case you need to share your files over the Internet make sure to provide some sort of encryption like for example a simple VPN tunnel.
Setting up an FTP connection on Ubuntu 18.04
Setting up an FTP connection on Ubuntu 18.04
To navigate to our file sharing articles follow the links below:

  


Install Some Scientific Software

If you are a scientist, you may be interested in installing some software such as LateX or R with RStudio.

LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system. It is designed for scientists and used for writing technical and scientific documentations. It is a standard software used for publication of scientific documents.

There is a variety of editors available for LateX, which can be also installed on your system. For example, Gummi LateX editor is visualized below.
Gummi LaTeX editor on Ubuntu 18.04
Gummi LaTeX editor on Ubuntu 18.04
R is an environment for statistical computing, while RStudio makes R easier to use since it includes a code editor with debugging as well as various visualization tools.
RStudio on Ubuntu 18.04
RStudio on Ubuntu 18.04
To navigate to our install articles on LateX, R and RStudio follow the links: