5 Things You Need To Do After Installing elementary OS 5 Juno!

You might have seen elementary OS heralded as the Linux distro that can bridge the gap; potentially bringing Mac/Windows users. Instead of typing paragraphs of text I am going to get to some things I have changed since initially installing elementary OS to make the experience smoother.

All commands are ran in Terminal with Sudo. To access Terminal Super key + T .

  1. Update elementary OS System
  2. Enable Minimize buttons
  3. Installl GDebi for handling .deb files
  4. Install Snap
  5. Install Elementary Tweaks

Update elementary OS System

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Enable Minimize buttons

I have no idea why the removed the minimize buttons, but it was extremely annoying to deal with early on. Luckily we can fix this in a few seconds.

# For a Windows styled format

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout :minimize,maximize,close

# For a Mac styled format

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout close,minimize,maximize

# Revert back to original format

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout close:maximize

Install GDebi to handle .deb files

This is becoming a more common practice among distro’s in that they are disabling installing .deb files. Which in turn limits you to installing from their App Store instead. We are going to install GDebi so that once you download a .deb file you can right-click on it and select open in GDebi Package Installer.

sudo apt install gdebi

Install Snap

ElementaryOS App Centre leaves A LOT to be desired. There are a lot of common apps that are simply not available. Snap is my preferred way to install Linux app’s and after you install you can browse https://snapcraft.io/store for apps after you run the command below.

sudo apt install snapd

Install Elementary Tweaks

This will also give you access to adding the minimize button, as well as various other features.

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip.scott/elementary-tweaks
sudo apt update
sudo apt install elementary-tweaks

All in all, I do not think elementaryOS will be a daily driver due to the amount of limitations they have placed on the OS. Maybe in a few iterations it will be more to my liking. If you have any recommended tweaks or comments leave them below.

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