Now that you have installed Ubuntu, it’s time to tweak and customize the operating system to your liking. That is the beauty of Linux based operating systems, that you may add features that did not originally come packaged into it. Let’s explore the things to do with a fresh Manjaro 20.2 installation.

1. Check for Updates & Upgrades

manjaro terminal upgrade

The most important thing to do is to check for updates and upgrade the system if available. The easiest way to do so would be through the terminal with a single line of code.

sudo pamac upgrade -a

2. Install Nvidia Drivers

Be sure to install the Nvidia proprietary drivers to speed up your system and to ensure that it runs as optimally as possible. You can do so using the Manjaro Hardware Detection utility. Enter the following command into your terminal.

sudo mhwd -a pci nonfree 0300

Once completed, be sure to reboot your system then check if the driver has been installed and is working correctly.

mhwd -li

3. Install Media Codecs

Media codecs help you play videos and audios, most of them come install by its better to install all available codecs to avoid any potential headaches later on. Enter the code below in your terminal.

sudo pamac install a52dec faac faad2 flac jasper lame libdca libdv libmad libmpeg2 libtheora libvorbis libxv opus wavpack x264 xvidcore

4. Upgrade your Bluetooth Codec

There are many Bluetooth codecs that give you improved wireless audio quality over Bluetooth’s default SBC codec such as APTx or Sony’s LDAC which offer CD-like audio quality. The commands below will do that for you.

sudo pamac install pulseaudio-modules-bt libldac

Note: Please do remember to reboot your system for changes to take effect.

5. Install Usefull Apps

If you are new to Linux and need some recommendations as to which apps are amazing and you should install them. I have compiled a list of some of the apps you may want to install which I recommend are;

sudo pamac install VLC

sudo pamac install onlyoffice-desktopeditors

sudo snap install moonlight

sudo pamac install steam

sudo snap install mailspring

Download the Franz package from their official website by clicking here, then double-click and install it.

sudo pamac install gnome-weather

sudo pamac install gnome-contacts

sudo snap install skype --classic

sudo snap install atom --classic

6. Gnome Shell Extensions

If you are going to use the Gnome Desktop environment, you absolutely have to look into and use GNOME EXTENSIONS as they will enhance your overall experience using Manjaro or any other gnome based desktop. You can tweak and enhance the capabilities of your desktop environment easily and quickly. Gnome Shell extensions are definitely one of the top things to do with a fresh Manjaro 20.2 installation.

Check out how to install Gnome Shell Extensions here and get a list of our recommended extensions to install.


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