This is part of my Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla install. In the last post, I installed my essential applications. In this one, I’ll run through the tweaks and system setup that I did on my install.
To make AppImages work better, I installed the daemon:
cd ~/Downloads/ wget "https://github.com/AppImage/appimaged/releases/download/continuous/appimaged-x86_64.AppImage" chmod a+x appimaged-x86_64.AppImage ./appimaged-x86_64.AppImage --install
Than, I also installed Flatpak to support those apps.
sudo apt install flatpak
Normally, I put the flatpak files in my ~/bin directory. It just picks them up from there and adds them to the menu.
Here are some of the utilities that I use to manage or tweak the system:
- menulibre: I like to use this to add application launchers to my menu for programs that didn’t get added automatically
- 7zip: for compressing and uncompressing files
- synaptic: makes working with deb packages easier since I don’t have to remember the command-line syntax
- Gnome Tweak Tool: has some additional settings to tweak in Gnome
sudo apt install menulibre \ p7zip-full p7zip-rar \ synaptic \ gnome-tweak-tool
On the regular settings App, I made the following changes:
- Date & Time, changed the Time Format to AM/PM
- Power, turned on Show Battery Percentage
- Users, added a profile picture to my user
Then, I launched the Gnome Tweaks tool (just called “Tweaks” in the menu). I made the following changes there:
- Top Bar: checked Weekday under Clock
- Windows: unchecked Attach Modal Dialogs
You can view Gnome Extensions from the Tweaks tool, but you can’t install them from there. Instead, you have to have a Chrome extension to install and manage from the browser. You can install the extension from the Chrome Store.
Then, you need the following package to make it work:
sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell
Then, these are the extentions I installed:
- Caffeine: tool for locking the machine from going to sleep (I used Keep Awake before, but for some reason, it isn’t working in 20.10)
- Bing Wallpaper: automatically sets the desktop background to the Bing image of the day
- Clipboard Indicator: clipboard manager allowing you to access copy/paste history
- Do Not Disturb Button: allows you to stop notifications from popping up during meetings
- GSConnect: connects my android phone to my laptop with the KDE Connect app on the phone
- Notification Alert: helps me not miss notifications
- Sound and Input Device Chooser: allows me to change which speaker/microphone the laptop uses from the system menu rather than going all the way into the settings.
- Compiz alike Windows Affect: Wobbly Windows!