15 Things to do after installing Kubuntu 23.04

By | June 5, 2023
Kubuntu 23.04 Fresh Install

Kubuntu 23.04 Fresh Install

Switch to better DNS servers

Switch to better dns servers like google dns or open dns. I personally use google dns servers: ,

Right click on the network management icon on the system tray and "Configure Network Connections". Go to IPv4 tab and enter the dns servers as shown below.

Kubuntu 23.04 Configure DNS Servers

Kubuntu 23.04 Configure DNS Servers

You can also configure IPv6 dns servers from google if you want to use it.

Update all packages

Update all packages to make your system up-to-date with the latest versions

sudo apt update
sudo apt dist-upgrade


sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Switch to main mirror

By default Kubuntu/Ubuntu is configured to use local mirrors of package repositories to download package installers. This can often be problematic, because the local mirrors might be slow or just down. A better solution is to switch to the main mirrors that undergo far less downtime and offer better speed often.

launch the software-properties-kde program with lxqt-sudo

lxqt-sudo software-properties-kde

On the very first page of the dialog select Download from: Main Server. Click Close and you shall be asked to reload the package repository information. Proceed as usual.

Kubuntu 23.04 Software Repository Mirror

Kubuntu 23.04 Software Repository Mirror

Also enable all the repositories (the first 4 checkboxes), main, universe, restricted, multiverse. This will allow you to install software from all repositories.

Install Additional Proprietary Drivers

Some hardware components will need extra proprietary drivers that are not installed by default. The most common one is Nvidia graphics card for which you need to install the nvidia proprietary drivers and replace the open source nouveau driver for max performance.

We have already written an indepth article on how to install the nvidia drivers on ubuntu here:

How to Install Nvidia Drivers on Kubuntu / Ubuntu 23.04 / Linux Mint

You could just run the commands

silver@ubuntussd:~$ ubuntu-drivers devices
== /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.1/0000:01:00.0 ==
modalias : pci:v000010DEd00002520sv00001043sd0000126Cbc03sc00i00
vendor   : NVIDIA Corporation
model    : GA106M [GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile / Max-Q]
driver   : nvidia-driver-470 - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-510 - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-525-server - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-515 - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-515-server - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-470-server - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-525-open - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-515-open - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-driver-525 - distro non-free recommended
driver   : xserver-xorg-video-nouveau - distro free builtin

ubuntu-drivers autoinstall

Restart the system to make sure everything is working fine.

Other hardware peripherals that might need extra drivers include wifi cards, touchpad etc.

Install ifconfig

This is our old favorite command line tool to check network interfaces and connection configuration. It has been superseded by the ip command, but still if you like to use it then install it like this:

$ ifconfig
Command 'ifconfig' not found, but can be installed with:
sudo apt install net-tools
silver@ubuntussd:~$ sudo apt install net-tools

Install Extra Browsers

Mozilla Firefox is already installed and is a great browser, however if you are want a chrome like experience then install chromium browser, which is an exact replica of chrome without the privacy risking features.

In recent versions of Ubuntu Chromium is no longer available as a deb package and can be installed only through snap. Here is the command

sudo snap install chromium
Chromium Browser Kubuntu 23.04

Chromium Browser Kubuntu 23.04

Opera: Besides chromium you can also install Opera, another free browser for Linux. It is also available in snap.

sudo snap install opera

Besides these you can also install Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browser. Both are available for free on linux.

Install Restricted Codes

This will install proprietary media codecs allowing you to play more media formats.

sudo apt install kubuntu-restricted-extras ubuntu-restricted-extras

Install Partition Manager

A partition manager will allow you to view and manage partitions easily, incase you need to modify anything later on to better manage your dual boot environment or install even more distros just for fun.

Gparted is the most common free partition manager for Linux and is available in the ubuntu repositories.

sudo apt install gparted

Hardware Information Tool

Hardware information tools will allow you to check hardware information about your machine and see if Ubuntu has been able to detect every piece of hardware properly or not. There are both gui and command line tools that do an excellent job. Hardinfo is a gui tool and Inxi is a command line tool. You can try both.

sudo apt install hardinfo
Kubuntu 23.04 HardInfo

Kubuntu 23.04 HardInfo

Another useful command-line tool to check hardware information is inxi.

sudo apt install inxi
inxi -F

With the "-F" option it will show full details about the system. Running with the "-b" option it shows brief amount of information

silver@ubuntussd:~$ inxi -b
  Host: ubuntussd Kernel: 6.2.0-20-generic arch: x86_64 bits: 64
    Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.27.4 Distro: Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster)
  Type: Laptop System: ASUSTeK product: ASUS TUF Gaming A17 FA706QM_FA706QM
    v: 1.0 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: ASUSTeK model: FA706QM v: 1.0 serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: FA706QM.314 date: 01/07/2023
  ID-1: BAT1 charge: 82.8 Wh (100.0%) condition: 82.8/90.2 Wh (91.8%)
  Info: 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800H with Radeon Graphics [MT MCP] speed (MHz):
    avg: 1587 min/max: 1200/4462
  Device-1: NVIDIA GA106M [GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile / Max-Q] driver: nvidia
    v: 525.105.17
  Device-2: AMD Cezanne [Radeon Vega Series / Radeon Mobile Series]
    driver: amdgpu v: kernel
  Device-3: Sonix USB2.0 HD UVC WebCam type: USB driver: uvcvideo
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: with: Xwayland v: 22.1.8 driver: X:
    loaded: amdgpu,nvidia unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa dri: radeonsi
    gpu: amdgpu,nvidia,nvidia-nvswitch resolution: 1: 1920x1080~144Hz
    2: 1920x1080~144Hz
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 525.105.17 renderer: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Laptop GPU/PCIe/SSE2
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    driver: r8169
  Device-2: MEDIATEK MT7921 802.11ax PCI Express Wireless Network Adapter
    driver: mt7921e
  Local Storage: total: 2.06 TiB used: 58.42 GiB (2.8%)
  Processes: 372 Uptime: 11m Memory: 15.01 GiB used: 3.27 GiB (21.8%)
  Shell: Bash inxi: 3.3.25

Dropdown terminal

Dropdown terminals are great productivity tools that get you terminal access at the press of a keyboard hotkey, right on your desktop and then disappear in the background, when you don't want to see them actively.

Yakuake is an excellent dropdown terminal that lets you access the command line quickly with a keyboard shortcut.

sudo apt install yakuake
Kubuntu 23.04 Yakuake Drop Down Terminal

Kubuntu 23.04 Yakuake Drop Down Terminal

Configure it to appear on pressing F12 (default).

Shutter - Screenshot tool

Shutter is a screenshot tool that can be used to take screenshots on desktop easily with various flexible options to choose active window or area marked by pointer.

Its available both as a deb package from repositories and as a snap package. I chose to install the deb package.

sudo apt install shutter

Gimp graphics editor

sudo apt install gimp

Install more fonts

Here are some useful fonts to install: Open Sans, Roboto, Oxygen, Lato. Get them from repositories:

sudo apt install fonts-open-sans fonts-roboto fonts-oxygen fonts-lato

VLC Media Player

Vlc player is available both as deb and snap package. Use any one of the following commands:

sudo apt install vlc


sudo snap install vlc
VLC Player Kubuntu 23.04

VLC Player Kubuntu 23.04

Integrate google drive with Dolphin

sudo apt install kio-gdrive

Now open Dolphin, click Remote > Network on the left panel and click Google Drive icon on the right area. Now add your account credentials to add the google drive as a navigable folder.

An alternative is rclone.

sudo apt install rclone rclone-browser

Then run rclone-browser


Install package management tools

Aptitude, Gdebi are some package management tools. Gdebi can be used to install .deb installation files from 3rd party sources.

sudo apt install gdebi-core

Now you can install deb packages using the gdebi command like this:

$ gdebi phoronix-test-suite_10.8.4_all.deb

Aptitude is a package management command similar to apt / apt-get but has few more useful features like the ability to search packages. Check this post:

Aptitude command examples to manage packages - Ubuntu / Linux Mint

To install:

sudo apt install aptitude

Install Pidgin (IRC Client)

If you are a developer who frequently talks to experts on irc channels then pidgin is an excellent irc client to use. I have been using it for years without any issues.

sudo apt install pidgin


If you use skype for messaging then you need it and you can get it from snap

sudo snap install skype

Htop - System Monitor

Htop is a curses based interactive command line tool to monitor system resources like cpu, ram, running processes etc. It has many more features.

sudo apt install htop
HTop - Kubuntu 23.04

HTop - Kubuntu 23.04

Install some Games

There are games available in the ubuntu repositories like SuperTuxKart, SuperTux etc.

sudo apt install supertuxkart

For more games install Steam and play games like Counter Strike Global Offensive, Dota 2.

More applications

Besides the above mentioned basic apps, there are many more free software applications that you can install on your ubuntu system.

Video Editing / Converting:

Shotcut: Video editing and conversion tool

sudo apt install shotcut


sudo snap install shotcut

OpenShot: Free video editing tool

sudo apt install openshot-qt

Kdenlive: Free video editing tool

sudo apt install kdenlive

Handbrake: Video converter/transcoder tool

sudo apt install handbrake

Media Players


sudo apt install smplayer

Graphics Editing

Inkscape: Vector Graphics editing tool

sudo apt install inkscape


Netbeans IDE

sudo snap install netbeans



sudo apt install virtualbox



sudo apt install cheese


sudo apt install webcamoid


sudo apt install kamoso


sudo apt install guvcview

OBS Studio: Desktop/Webcam recording and streaming. Cross platform.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio -y
sudo apt install obs-studio

Screen Casting/Recording


sudo apt install kazam

Web Servers


sudo apt install apache2


sudo apt install nginx

Development Languages


sudo apt install php

Java runtime

sudo apt install default-jre



sudo apt install mysql-client mysql-server

Hardware information

Gsmartcontrol: HDD and SSD information tool

sudo apt install gsmartcontrol


That was a bunch of tweaks to make your Kubuntu installation better. If you think we missed out something, let us know in the comments below.

About Silver Moon

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