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Things to do after installing elementary OS

18 Jan , 2015  

There is no denying that elementary OS is currently one of the most (if not the most) beautiful Linux distro around. The amount of efforts its developers have put on it is incredible and they deserve a huge appreciation. Kudos to them!

Here is my list of things to do after installing elementary OS to make it even much more beautiful:

System updates and configurations

  1. Software updates.

    Run these commands in the terminal:
    sudo apt-get updates
    sudo apt-get upgrades
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrades
    Or if you prefer to do it from GUI, go to System Settings, check under System section, click on About.
    Opening Elementary OS About Menu
    Then click on Check for upgrades and install all of the upgrades it found.
    Elementary OS About interface

  2. Install Graphic Drivers.

    You can see the type of Graphic Card you are currently using from the About interface before. If you are using Intel Graphic card like I do, you can add repository for Intel’s driver.
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:glasen/intel-driver
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel
    And if you are using ATI or Nvidia card, please refer to this article for installation tutorial.

  3. Install elementary tweaks.

    Elementary tweaks is a 3rd party application that allows a you to modify many components on your desktop, much like Ubuntu tweak for Ubuntu. You will need this for further customization of elementary OS. To install it, run the following commands:
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:versable/elementary-update
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks
    Once the installation is finished, go to System Settings and find Tweaks under Personal section.
    Accessing elementary tweaks

Design customizations

  1. Install Themes and Icons

    Some of my favorite themes and icons are from Numix, Moka and transparent elementary theme.
    Add their ppa repository so you can install their themes and icons.
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moka/stable
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yunnxx/elementary
    sudo apt-get update
    Then install all community themes and those themes we’ve just added from ppa.
    sudo apt-get install elementary-dark-theme elementary-plastico-theme elementary-whit-e-theme
    sudo apt-get install elementary-harvey-theme elementary-blue-theme elementary-colors-theme
    sudo apt-get install elementary-lion-theme elementary-champagne-theme elementary-milk-theme
    sudo apt-get install elementary-emod-icons elementary-elfaenza-icons elementary-nitrux-icons
    sudo apt-get install elementary-enumix-utouch-icons elementary-plank-themes numix-icon-theme-circle
    sudo apt-get install faba-icon-theme moka-icon-theme faba-colors faba-mono-icons elementary-transparent-theme
    Finally use elementary tweaks to apply those themes and icons which you prefer.

  2. Install conky manager

    Conky is a system monitor software for the X Window System. Conky is able to monitor many system variables including CPU, memory, swap, disk space, temperature, system messages, calendar, date time, weather and much more. It is extremely configurable, however, the configuration can be a little hard to understand. To make your life easier, there is a conky manager. To install it, run the following commands:
    sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install conky-manager
    With conky manager you can just download the conky themes you want to use and import it to the manager.

Satrio G. Nugraha

Satrio is a self-proclaimed technology geek. He is currently employed by IBM Indonesia as an IT Specialist which handles IBM xSeries servers, IBM zSeries mainframes and multi vendor network devices. He listens to various kinds of musics (he personally believes that music should not be put into boxes such as genres and everybody is free to listen to whatever kind of music whenever they feel like it).

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