Here comes Elementary OS 5 Juno which is built with ultimate care for better user experience. This time it comes with Linux 4.15 (based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS) which brings improved hardware support and performance. Read the official release announcement and know about the added features in details.
If you already downloaded & installed elementary Juno then I will show things to do after installing elementary OS Juno for better user experience.
Things to do after installing elementary OS Juno
1) System Update
Open the command line by clicking Applications in upper left portion of the screen, and click Terminal.
To permanently become root user, type
sudo su - and enter user password you specified during installation.
$ sudo su - [sudo] password for linoxide: [email protected]:~#
To get a list of all packages that should be updated, enter the following command
# apt-get update Now to do the actual update, enter # apt-get upgrade
After you accept (‘y’) the installation, it will take a while, depending on how many packages are there to be updated.
2) Gnome Tweak
Gnome tweak is a software that you can use to customize your Gnome Desktop environment such as the icons, theme, cursor theme and many other things.
# apt-get install gnome-tweaks
3) Enable tap to click for laptop users
Some Linux systems disable the tap to click so you will need to enable it in order to use it. You can enable it by going to
Applications -> system settings -> Mouse & Touchpad.
4) Enable Night light
The night light feature adapts the display settings based on your location and the time of the day which reduces the amount of blue light emitted in the evenings. You can enable it by going to
Applications -> system settings -> Displays. The schedule is automatic but you can set it manually
5) Configure Networking
You can need to manually edit your network configuration. This is possible via the setting by clicking
Applications -> System Setting -> Network
You can add a proxy or vpn. You can need to configure a static ip address or change the dns of your network connection. Go to the advanced setting
Now go to the IPv4 tab and choose the manual configuration. Now add the address to configure and validate
Now you will need to switch off and switch on the ethernet connection
you can see the changes took effects
6) Remote Access via SSH
To remotely connect to your server via SSH, you need to install an SSH server on your Elementary OS virtual machine.
# apt-get install openssh-server
For a free Office alternative, install libreOffice.
# apt-get install libreoffice
After a quite lengthy installation, you will get new icons in Applications for LibreOffice Base, Cals, Draw and its other application.
8) VLC Player
The fabulous VLC player is easy to install with:
# apt-get install vlc
Some people prefer to play music with Amarok music player, and it can be installed with
# apt-get install amarok
One of the best audio recording and editing software on Linux is Audacity.
# apt-get install audacity
My personal preference for mail clients on Linux as well as on Windows, Mozilla Thunderbird is available for install as well.
# apt-get install thunderbird
For those of you who like Firefox web browser:
# apt-get install firefox
Not really a Photoshop, but this is a fabulous graphic editing tool
# apt-get install gimp
If you need to access remote FTP connections, most of the people would recommend Filezilla.
# apt-get install filezilla
Skype is not available from default repositories, you need to download the installation package (.deb file) from the official download page.
# wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
# dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb
If you get errors about dependencies, and you probably will execute the following command:
# apt install -f
16) Submission Client
For great torrent client called Submission, execute:
# apt-get install transmission
For this great shared storage, go to the dropbox download page
Copy the link and download the .deb package using wget
# wget https://www.dropbox.com/download?dl=packages/ubuntu/dropbox_2015.10.28_amd64.deb
After you most likely encountered errors, execute the following:
# apt install -f
Gdebi is a tool for installation of .deb files with automatic installation of dependencies.
# apt-get install gdebi
We will use gdebi to install Google Chrome. I assume you have already installed gdebi as mentioned in the above steps.
Go to Google chrome download page and download .deb file. By default, file will go to the "Downloads" folder.
# gdebi google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
20) Archive/Compression Tools
The following command will install all major archive and compression tools.
# apt-get install rar unrar cabextract lzip lunzip arj unace p7zip-rar p7zip
21) Install Java
Java can be installed via OpenJDK or the official Oracle JDK.
The OpenJDK package is already present by default in the repositories. You will need to choose the version of java to install. Type the command
# java -version Command 'java' not found, but can be installed with: apt install default-jre apt install openjdk-11-jre-headless apt install openjdk-8-jre-headless
The default-jre package installs actually the version 10 of java. To install both the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and Java Development Kit (JDK), we will use the command
# apt install default-jre default-jdk
You can install OpenJDK 11
# apt install openjdk-11-jre openjdk-11-jdk
via Oracle JDK
You can choose to install it from the official Oracle JDK via the official PPA. For the latest version, Java 11 is the official version available because the version 10 reached the end of public updates and is no longer available for download in the official PPA
Add the official repository for Java 11
# add-apt-repository ppa:linuxuprising/java
Install Java 11
# apt install oracle-java11-installer
and set it by default.
# apt install oracle-java11-set-default
# add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java # apt install oracle-java8-set-default
The second command will install and set java8 as default
22) Video Processing Codecs
If you are going to process videos, you need codecs:
# apt-get install libavcodec-extra ffmpeg
You can install Blender, used for animation and 3D modeling as well
# apt-get install blender
Kdenlive is used for video editing.
# apt-get install kdenlive
You can also install computer-aided design (CAD) application for 2D design, similar to AutoCAD, called LibreCAD.
# apt-get install librecad
With Ardour, you can record,edit and mix audio.
# apt-get install ardour
You will need to accept to grant permissions to jackd daemon.
You can install LMSS, multiplatform digital audio workstation.
# apt-get install lmms
28) Snap Package
From ubuntu 16.04, Canonical introduced a new packaging system called Snap packaging for better user experience. As a user, it would be now more easy to install packages and no more hazard troubleshooting dependency issues. Its worth installing snap as many applications are now available on snap package store.
Run below commands to install snap
# sudo apt update
# sudo apt install snapd
Installing Spotify is just a bit more complicated
# apt install software-properties-common # apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 931FF8E79F0876134EDDBDCCA87FF9DF48BF1C90 # echo deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list # apt-get update # apt-get install spotify-client
If you already installed snap, then you can try installing spotify using snap
# snap install spotify
If all these programs do not satisfy your needs, and you still need a Windows version of some program, you can install Wine, which lets you run native Windows programs under Elementary OS.
Luckily, Wine is already installed on Elementary OS.
31) Install Atom
Atom is an advanced open source text and source code editor useful for programmers. It is built on Electron and developed by GitHub You can install the latest stable release
# wget https://github.com/atom/atom/releases/download/v1.30.0/atom-amd64.deb # dpkg -i atom-amd64.deb
Using snap package
# snap install atom --classic
For first time installing a snap app, you may need to restart and then launch the editor from Start menu.
When a new release is out, install updates via command line
# snap refresh atom
Now you can run your tool
32) Install PPA
It's interesting to install the software-properties-common package which provides the
add-apt-repository command for adding and removing PPAs. Without it, you would need to manually add and remove PPA by editing the
/etc/apt/sources.list file or any files content in
# apt install software-properties-common
33) Install flash plugin
It's important to install the flash plugin for the web browsers which are not present by default
# apt install flashplugin-installer pepperflashplugin-nonfree
Enjoy your Elementary OS 5 Juno! Please advise if any above programs installation fails in the below comments.