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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Ubuntu Linux 18.10

Ubuntu 18.10

Ubuntu 18.10

Ubuntu 18.10 is the newest launch of the favored Linux distribution and from my private expertise it’s considerably a step again to its roots.

The set up wizard has been improved, the desktop has switched to Gnome and the expertise is definitely a lot better than it has been for fairly a while, particularly with the improved software program supervisor.

Ubuntu 18.10 (codenamed Cosmic Cuttlefish) has acquired the next updates:

The kernel has been upgraded to four.18 and consists of help for AMD Radeon RX Vega M Graphics processors and full help for the Raspberry PI 3B.

From a desktop perspective, Ubuntu 18.10 makes use of Gnome three.30, the newest model of Firefox (63) and LibreOffice (6.1.2).

Click on right here for the complete launch notes.

Ubuntu first boot

The very first time you boot into Ubuntu a wizard seems with the choice to signal into cloud providers. Earlier than you are able to do this you’ll need to hook up with the web.

Clicking within the prime proper nook of the display exhibits the WIFI choice. Click on on the WIFI connection to deliver up the record of networks after which select the community you want to hook up with.

At this level you may be requested for the safety key.

Ubuntu connect to internet

In concept connecting to the accounts allows you to entry the info from these accounts natively inside the purposes inside Ubuntu.

The truth is considerably totally different as I’ll come to afterward.

Connect to Google

To hook up with Google as an example you possibly can click on on the Google hyperlink after which you’ll be requested to check in and permit Ubuntu to have entry to your Google account.

Connect to Google


In line with this web page on the Ubuntu web site the next purposes are built-in to make use of the web accounts settings:

  • Calendar – utilized by Calendar, Evolution and California (solely Calendar is put in with Ubuntu by default)
  • Chat – utilized by Empathy (not put in by default)
  • Contacts – utilized by contacts and Evolution (not put in by default)
  • Paperwork – not put in by default
  • Information – File supervisor – put in and dealing. You’ll be able to entry information in your Google drive
  • Mail – utilized by Evolution (not put in by default)
  • Photographs – utilized by the Photographs software (not put in by default)

So connecting to the web providers might be a good suggestion however then you definitely would need to ditch Thunderbird and set up Evolution and the opposite purposes not put in by default.

It’s a considerably unusual state of affairs whereby you’re requested to hook up with on-line providers however not one of the purposes that may use these accounts are put in.

After shifting on from the web account setup you’re then requested whether or not you need to ship system info to Canonical to assist them “improve” their providers. I answered an enormous NO to that one.

Ubuntu Setup

Lastly you’re advised you’re able to go and there’s a hyperlink to open the software program supervisor.

We’ll depart that till later within the evaluate

Ubuntu Desktop

The Ubuntu desktop appears a lot the identical because it has for the previous 6 years however Unity is now lengthy gone and it has been changed by Gnome.

That is truly a really welcome change. Gnome is straight ahead to make use of and might be one of the best desktop surroundings for Linux.

For Ubuntu there’s a listing of generally used purposes within the panel on the left consisting of the Firefox net browser, Thunderbird e-mail shopper, the file supervisor, Rhythmbox audio participant, Libreoffice Author, The software program supervisor, assist and a hyperlink to Amazon.

You possibly can take away gadgets from the panel by proper clicking and selecting “remove from favourites”.

To launch an software not within the record click on on the grid within the backside left nook or press the tremendous key (Home windows key) and “a” key on the similar time. You possibly can add an software to the left panel by proper clicking and selecting “add to favourites” (or you possibly can merely drag it with the mouse).

Within the prime proper nook you possibly can modify audio settings, energy settings and amend consumer settings in addition to sign off and shut down your system.

The default e mail shopper is Thunderbird which is straightforward sufficient to familiarize yourself with.

To hook up with a standard mail service akin to GMail merely enter your identify, e mail handle and password.

But once more you’ll be requested to authorise, this time for Thunderbird to have entry to your emails. I don’t perceive why Evolution isn’t the default mail shopper.

Thunderbird is respectable sufficient although. You are able to do all of the belongings you would need to do with an e-mail shopper (specifically ship and obtain emails).

I fail to get overly excited by e mail shoppers however I can’t stay with no respectable audio participant and Rhythmbox is nearly as good because it will get. (Higher than something you get with Home windows).

To import music copy all the information into the Music folder and Rhythmbox will mechanically decide them up and they are going to be out there to play.

Rhythmbox offers an excellent search facility for locating songs and artists and it’s straightforward to navigate via the varied classes.

There’s an automated playlist facility which helps you to create a playlist based mostly on standards reminiscent of a title containing a sure phrase. You’ll be able to restrict the playlist to a sure variety of songs or a time interval.

Rhythmbox can be used to handle podcasts which suggests you’ll all the time have updated variations of the newest podcasts out there to take heed to.

Should you wish to take heed to on-line radio stations you possibly can add them into Rhythmbox making it a one cease store for all of your audio necessities.


Ubuntu has the absolutely LibreOffice suite inbuilt supplying you with entry to a phrase processor, spreadsheet software, presentation supervisor, database software and drawing program.

Once you first run the inbuilt media participant you’ll get an error if you attempt to play proprietary video information resembling MP4s.

To get round this you’ll be able to set up the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package deal.

Merely open a terminal and run the next command:

sudo apt-get set up ubuntu-restricted-extras

Occasionally a display will seem asking you to simply accept agreements, to decide on an choice press the tab key to pick the choice and press return to simply accept it.

Shotwell is the default photograph software.

So long as your photographs are saved within the footage folder underneath your house listing, Shotwell will have the ability to import them.

To examine for updates press the tremendous key and seek for software program updater.

Once you run the updater if there’s something to replace a display will seem just like the one above and you may set up the updates by urgent the set up now button.

You’ll be able to configure the updates you obtain by operating the software program and updates device.

By clicking on the updates tab you possibly can configure which updates you obtain and the way typically they’re checked. Additionally, you will be notified when there’s a new model of Ubuntu obtainable so you possibly can keep updated.

The remainder of the software program and updates device permits you to select which repositories are used if you select to put in software program both from the software program supervisor or by way of apt-get.

The extra drivers tab is essential in addition to it should spotlight any proprietary drivers which might be out there for graphics or different hardware units.

It was the case that one of the simplest ways of operating Netflix was to exchange Firefox with the Chrome browser however now you possibly can simply run Netflix in Firefox.

If you first go to the Netflix website you will notice a banner on the prime asking you to allow DRM. As quickly as you allow the DRM, Netflix will work with out difficulty.

Flash isn’t enabled by default with Firefox on Ubuntu. If you actually need to make use of it I might avoid hitting the obtain button on the Flash web site and use the next technique to put in it.

Open a terminal window (both press the tremendous key and seek for time period or press CTRL, ALT and T on the similar time).

Now sort the next

sudo apt-get set up adobe-flashplugin

The software program supervisor is best than it has been for a while albeit not good.

Ensure you run the software program updater first to tug within the newest packages to the repository earlier than operating the software as this offers you the perfect probability of getting good outcomes when looking for software program.

The software program supervisor consists of regular packages within the deb format and it additionally consists of snap packages.

If you wish to set up Chrome as an example you’ll be able to search and you will notice the snap package deal for MyChrome.

I put in Chrome on this means and the outcomes weren’t good. There’s now an icon however once I click on on it nothing occurs. If I run it from the terminal I obtain an error “illegal instruction (core dumped)”.

The simplest method to set up Chrome continues to be to go to and to click on the obtain button.

After the obtain completes open the file and select “Software install” as the appliance to open with.

All you must do subsequent is click on “Install” and Chrome will probably be put in and can truly work.

One software that’s out there from the software program supervisor is Steam. In reality it’s there twice. The primary choice chooses Steam for Home windows however should you scroll down you’ll be able to set up Steam for Linux.

I like to recommend select the Steam for Linux.

The Linux model of Steam can run video games which were created for Linux and you should use Steam Play to play Home windows video games.

After you put in Steam it’ll want an replace earlier than you’ll be able to log in.

To put in Home windows video games you will want to go to the settings and set Home windows video games to run utilizing Steam Play.

Steam Play is admittedly excellent and works for lots of the video games within the Steam library. As an example my favourites are the Grand Theft Auto video games. These appear to work nicely sufficient.

Ubuntu has a settings software which helps you to handle the whole lot from WIFI settings to show settings, audio settings to privateness settings, community, energy, display sharing, on-line accounts, common entry and hardware.

For example if you wish to change the background in your desktop you’ll be able to go to the background settings choice the place you possibly can select to amend both the lock display or house display wallpapers.

There are a selection of respectable inventory pictures to make use of as a background picture or you’ll be able to in fact use one in every of your personal.

You may as well customise the launch bar in order that it seems the place you need it to and you may regulate the icon measurement and whether or not the bar is all the time seen.

You need to use the settings software so as to add hardware reminiscent of printers. Merely click on the add a printer button.


All obtainable printers will now be displayed in an inventory and all you need to do is click on on the printer you need to set up.

Ubuntu is best now than it has been in a very long time. It actually has gone again to fundamentals and doesn’t attempt to be something greater than it must be.

It’s straightforward to put in, straightforward to make use of and has nice hardware help.

There are a number of oddities similar to the web accounts arrange display loading on the primary run of Ubuntu with no actual purposes obtainable by default to make use of them.

The software program supervisor is best however not good, I nonetheless needed to set up the restricted extras package deal by way of the command line, this regardless of selecting the third celebration software program choice throughout set up.

I nonetheless assume Linux Mint edges it when it comes to ease of use however this can be a good various.




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