Top X+1 things to do after installing Zorin OS 16

  1. Install An automatic wallpaper changer, downloader and manager.
    Variety changes the wallpaper on a regular interval using user-specified or automatically downloaded images. Install from the Software Manager.

  2. Install Pop OS Shell - Pop Shell is a keyboard-driven layer for GNOME Shell which allows for quick and sensible navigation and management of windows. The core feature of Pop Shell is the addition of advanced tiling window management — a feature that has been highly-sought within our community. For many — ourselves included — i3wm has become the leading competitor to the GNOME desktop. Read the full How-To install it.

  3. Install Timeshift. Timeshift for Linux is an application that provides functionality similar to the System Restore feature in Windows and the Time Machine tool in Mac OS. Timeshift protects your system by taking incremental snapshots of the file system at regular intervals. ... It is designed to protect only system files and settings. Available in Software Manager.

  4. Install Preload: To Speed Up Your Linux Application Loading Time.
    Preload is an adaptive readahead daemon. It monitors applications that users run, and by analyzing this data, predicts what applications users might run, and fetches those binaries and their dependencies into memory for faster startup times.

Install Instructions:
Step 1

Run update command to update package repositories and get latest package information.

sudo apt-get update -y

Step 2

Run the install command with -y flag to quickly install the packages and dependencies.

sudo apt-get install -y preload

Preload - manual

  1. Install Gnome Tweaks - Gnome Tweak Tool is used to customize Gnome's looks and behavior. Install from Software Manager.

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  1. Install TLP and gui -
sudo apt install tlp tlp-rdw tlpui

The default configuration will improve battery efficiency, but if you choose you can go through and change things. Please read up on what you want to change if you don't know, it can be problematic if you modify some of the settings.


  1. Installation of Microsoft’s core TTF fonts. The Microsoft fonts are not a part of the repository, however we can install the Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts which will fetch and install the fonts for us. Execute the following command:

$ sudo apt install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

After the installation, scan the font directories on the system to build fresh font information cache files. To do so execute the bellow command from the terminal window:

$ sudo fc-cache -vr

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  1. Fix Windows and Linux Showing Different Times When Dual Booting

To make this change, first open a Terminal window on your Linux system. Run the following command to put the real time clock on the motherboard into local time. Linux will store the time in local time, just like Windows does.

timedatectl set-local-rtc 1 --adjust-system-clock

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I always seem to have a problem with dual-boot Windows showing the wrong time, wheras ZorinOs is spot on. But that is WinXP SP3, so it may just be tired :sleeping:

  1. Install Mac OSX fonts - Fonts available for Mac OSX work just as well on Linux. They are easy to install as well.
    Follow this guide.

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This only happens to me when in BST, when we move back to GMT I don't get any time issues in Windows.

Looking forward to trying this later.



First thing first, that people seems to forget and can give a headache. Update your system before anything else.

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  1. Install Individual Free Fonts

There are many fonts you can get individually to extend your font collection. You can install them, as with any other package, using:

sudo apt install PACKAGE_NAME

Replace PACKAGE_NAME with any of the following:

  • fonts-cantarell
  • lmodern
  • ttf-aenigma
  • ttf-georgewilliams
  • ttf-bitstream-vera
  • ttf-sjfonts
  • ttf-unifont
  • fonts-entypo
  • fonts-isabella
  • fonts-mplus
  • fonts-prociono
  • ttf-anonymous-pro
  • ttf-engadget
  • ttf-staypuft
  • ttf-summersby

Install All at Once:

If you don’t only need one or two more fonts but have decided to drastically expand your collection with everything we mentioned up until now, don’t install each package individually. You can bring them all on board at once by combining their installation in a single apt command, like:

sudo apt install ttf-mscorefonts-installer fonts-cantarell lmodern ttf-aenigma ttf-georgewilliams ttf-bitstream-vera ttf-sjfonts ttf-unifont fonts-entypo fonts-isabella fonts-mplus fonts-prociono ttf-anonymous-pro ttf-engadget ttf-staypuft ttf-summersby

Copy the line above, paste it in your terminal, press Enter, and soon you’ll be playing with a ton of new fonts.

source: How to Install Fonts in Ubuntu 20.04 - Make Tech Easier

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  1. Install Clipboard Manager extension for Gnome-Shell - Adds a clipboard indicator to the panel, and caches clipboard history.

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  1. Install Neofetch

Neofetch is a command line system information tool which supports almost all operating systems. It displays the system information in the terminal along side the operating system’s logo.

Neofetch displays which Linux distribution you are using, Host and Kernel details, desktop environment. On the hardware side, it displays information about the CPU and GPU, total memory available by current usage and the uptime for your machine.

It also displays number of dpkg and snap packages installed.

Installation in the Terminal

copy and paste this code:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install neofetch

source: How to install Neofetch in Ubuntu / Linux - The Linux User

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Like this one.. my fav

  1. If you have NVIDIA video card and also Intel integrated video on your laptop you may want to switch between them and you can use Prime Indicator - Intel/NVIDIA GPU Switch to do that.

You can also use terminal commands to switch graphics card. For example, this command will switch to Intel graphics card.

sudo prime-select intel

To switch to Nvidia card:

sudo prime-select nvidia

To check which card is being used right now, run this command:

prime-select query

source: How To Switch Between Intel and Nvidia Graphics Card on Ubuntu

:warning: If you have any problems with an external monitor:
Open this file in your favorite editor (vim, nano, gedit, etc.).

sudo nano /lib/modprobe.d/nvidia-kms.conf

And comment out the the nvidia-drm modeset option.

# This file was generated by nvidia-prime
# Set value to 0 to disable modesetting
# options nvidia-drm modeset=1


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Change swappiness value, cause default is too high for modern systems.
sudo gedit /etc/sysctl.conf
Add line in the bottom of that text file:
Press save and then reboot pc.
Also if you're having SSD, then u need to edit one file for it's longer lifespan:
sudo gedit /etc/fstab
And find a line where your system/root/home (usually it's on SDA2) partition has been installed, and after line errors=remount-ro add line after adding,noatime. It should look something like this:
ext 4 errors=remount-ro,noatime
But don't edit efi and swap partitions. Save and reboot.

  1. Install CPU Power Manager.
    A way to reduce energy consumption. It is about limiting the frequency of the CPU, lowering its performance. While this is something that has always been doable, it generally requires complicated terminal commands. Fortunately, there is an extension for GNOME that can help you more easily configure and manage CPU frequency. CPU Power Manager uses the frequency scaling controller intel_pstate (compatible with almost all Intel CPUs) to control and manage CPU frequency from your GNOME desktop.

General characteristics of CPU Power Manager

  • We will be able to see the current CPU frequency. Obviously, we can use this window to see how often the CPU is running.
  • Set the maximum and minimum frequency. We will be able to establish maximum and minimum frequency limits in terms of percentage. Once these limits are set, the CPU will operate only in these ranges.
  • Activate and deactivate Turbo Boost. Most Intel CPUs have the 'Turbo Boost' feature. Through this, the CPU cores are increased beyond the normal maximum frequency seeking additional performance. While this can make the system more efficient, it also greatly increases energy consumption. Therefore, if we need to do anything intensively, it is good to be able to deactivate Turbo Boost and save energy.
  • We will be able create profiles with a maximum and minimum frequency. These can be easily activated or deactivated, instead of touching the values.

Read more at CPU Power Manager, controls and manages the CPU frequency | Ubunlog

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