Things to do after installing Ubuntu 18.04

Today i installed Ubuntu 18.04. Ubuntu 18.04 use GNOME desktop instead of Unity Desktop. I like some of the new features, but missed some feeatured i am used to in Ubuntu 16.04. First thing i notice was i can’t easy change sound output device like in Ubuntu 16.04, i expected Ubuntu 18.04 made it easier. But after spending some time, i found out i can customize Gnome to make it work like i need.

Show date in top bar

I want to show date along with time in top bar. To enable this, you need to install gnome-tweek-tool.

Now start gnome tweak tool, this is available as Tweaks

Gnome Tweaks

Go to Tweaks > Top Bar. Under clock, set “Date” to On.

Gnome Tweaks Enable Date

Now you will see full date along with time.

Set time 12 Hour format

By default Ubuntu 18.04 show time in 24 hour format. I prefer 12 hour format with AM/PM.

Click on Power button, select Settings.

Go to Details > Date & Time

Gnome Shell Extensions

You can customise how GNOME work by installing extensions. This is just like google chrome/firefox extensions. Installing is easy.

First run

Now open your web browser, visit

https://extensions.gnome.org

This will ask you to install a browser plugin, so you can install Gnome Extensions easily from the browser itself.

For Firefox, install plugin

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/gnome-shell-integration/

Create an account in Gnome.org, so you can manage your extensions.

Here is some of the Gnome Extensions i installed.

Unite

Unite make your Gnome Top bar like Unity. Date get moved to right side. Also application close buttons merge with top bar like in Ubunty. This save from top space. This is highly recommended if you are a Unity user switching to Gnome.

You can install it from

https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1287/unite/

Sound Input & Output Device Chooser

This Gnome Extension allow you to easily switch sound devices.

You can get it from

https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/906/sound-output-device-chooser/

Remove Totem

Ubuntu come with Torem video player. I perfer VLC. Remove Totem and install VLC with