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Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 07:59

Below is list of useful tips and tricks for new Ubuntu 20.10. If you have purchased a new Ubuntu laptop or installed it by yourself to computer, this article is for you. This list has apps recommendation, fonts and wallpapers stuffs, amusement and also things for your health. Enjoy latest computing technology comfortably on Ubuntu!

(Ubuntu 20.10 with wide screen resolution & dark theme over its Yellow wallpaper)

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For Desktop

  • Fonts: there’s Libertine fonts you can obtain with free license. Not recognizing it? It is the font of Wikipedia logo. For Arabic, I recommend Amiri Quran font. Find more fonts at

  • Wallpapers: go to they serve thousands of free public domains photos.

  • Health: enable Night Light feature on System Settings to combat sleeplessness and eyestrain.

  • Battery: prolong your battery duration by adjusting things on Power section under Settings. For example, reduce the Blank Screen time and enable Automatic Suspend.

  • Automount: make all disk partitions active every time just like Windows. Learn here.

  • Touchpad: enable Tap To Click and disable Natural Scrolling on System Settings.

  • Put icons on desktop: here’s how to do it on Ubuntu.

  • Tweaks: several mostly demanded changes are Autohide, Icon Size, Panel Position, and Dark Theme (System Settings > Appearance).

For Apps and Games

  • Password manager: get KeePassXC. It helps store all your difficult-to-remember credentials so you can securely peek at them at any time.

  • Android phone pairing: get GSConnect.

  • YouTube desktop: run FreeTube. A convenient YouTube client.

  • Chatting: Telegram is available for you.

  • School: there are StarDict desktop dictionary with handy features, Zotero references & bibliography manager, and also EtherCalc to make simple online attendances.

  • Video games: you can find strategy games 0.A.D. (like Age of Empires), OpenRA (like Command & Conquer: Red Alert), or Warzone 2100 (like Starcraft); and also shooting games OpenArena (like Quake) and Red Eclipse (multiplayer FPS) or simply the 2D ones MARS.


  • Login with password: enable it on Users section under Settings. 

  • Save internet bandwidth: perhaps you use limited or expensive internet access, so you can turn on Metered Connection under System Settings to disable automatic upgrades including Snap updates. You can use apt-get to update or install applications instead.

  • Explore AppImages: there are portable apps for Ubuntu! See for example FreeTube above, and see beyond Inkscape, Krita, Kdenlive available as click and run applications.



That's all. I hope you find computing fun with Ubuntu Groovy. See you next time!

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