Canonical released Ubuntu 16.04 LTS as you know and how we reported from LxA, and now many of you have surely installed it on your machines to see the news it brings. Although there have certainly been some complaints about certain issues that this distro has started, the updates to correct them have not taken long. As we already explained, the changes are not too showy or radical (obvious since it is an LTS), but they are important evolutions.
After installing our favorite Linux distro, We must do a series of things to get it ready, at least from my point of view, since others may have other tastes. Well, the first thing you should do after installing, obviously, is to analyze and see the news that is presented in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS after Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. For example Unity Dash that does not include default search features and other technical and visual changes.
Another thing that you should, and it is highly recommended after installing, is update the system. See if there are any updates available, as this will improve the system, fix some bugs, and strengthen security. To do this you must go to the Software Updater (Update Software) that you can search for it from the Dash. If you want to have a better performance for your video games or graphics in general, it will surely come for you to install the proprietary drivers of your graphics card. Especially if you have Steam to play ...
You can also enhance multimedia with the installation of the media codec to play audio and video in formats like mp3 and mp4 respectively. Other things you can do is enable the Minimized by one click from the Unity Tweak Tool (install it if you don't already have it), and from it you can also move the Unity launcher to the bottom, in the purest OS X style. you don't want to install Unity Tweak Tool to move the launcher bar, type:
gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher launcher-position Bottom
Another good option is to install some new GTK and Icon theme to change the look of the interface if you wish. For example, you can make it look more like Apple Mac OS X (now that you've moved the launcher to the bottom of the screen) with themes for this purpose. There are also themes for Microsoft's Windows 10-like view and other themes. If it bothers you where the app menus appear in Ubuntu and they disappear after a few seconds, you can also modify this from System Settings -> Appearance.
As you may already know, the Ubuntu Software Center it was very neglected, with little updated programs and therefore Canonical has decided to get rid of it. Now you can see the new GNOME Software Center, with quite up-to-date and similar-looking software. Therefore, you will have no major inconvenience in using it, only now the programs will be the order of the day. For me one of the most anticipated changes. Of course, as you enter to see it, install your favorite applications.
You can also sync your cloud account if you have it, to upload or download content from Dropbox, OneDrive, OwnCloud, Insync or Google Drive, among others, since as you know, Canonical abandoned its cloud a long time ago. And I do not know whether to recommend it or not, due to the tremendous and recurring security problems, but you can install Adobe Flash so that all the content of the webs is visible. Of course, be sure to update this software to cover the vulnerabilities that are emerging ...
In System Settings, scroll to Privacy & Security, there you can do certain things to improve these themes. For example, enable or disable the online search options of Unity Dash, change how the directories and files appear in the Dash, change the error reporting settings to Canonical, etc. Of course making backup copies is very important, especially with the ransomware that we are seeing lately and that are reaching users through an email from the Post Office.
More things you can do is put a desktop background and a nice appearance, in addition to modifying the screen brightness to a suitable value so that it does not bother your view. If you wish, you can use the f.lux software for this. To keep the system always on point, you can install some system cleaner like BleachBit, which will make your system go more agile and by the way free up some space on the hard disk, and even clear browser caches, histories, temps, memory dumps, logs, etc., which is also good for your safety.