Things To Do After Installing elementary OS Hera (5.1)

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Enable PPA ๐Ÿ”—

sudo apt update
sudo apt install software-properties-common

Install apt-fast ๐Ÿ”—

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:apt-fast/stable
sudo apt -y install apt-fast
echo "alias apt='apt-fast'" >> ~/.bashrc 
source ~/.bashrc

Update OS ๐Ÿ”—

apt update && apt upgrade

Install git ๐Ÿ”—

apt install git

Uninstall Apps ๐Ÿ”—

If you do not like epiphany browser - like me, just run this command.

apt purge epiphany-browser epiphany-browser-data

If you don’t use the pantheon mail app - like me, just run this command to uninstall it.

apt purge pantheon-mail

Again, if you don’t use the music app shipped with elementary OS which is called noise, just uninstall it like that.

apt purge noise

Again and again, if you don’t like the Audience app (video player) in elementary OS, just uninstall it like me.

apt purge audience

Clean Up OS ๐Ÿ”—

apt autoremove -y
apt autoclean -y

Tweaking the UI ๐Ÿ”—

Add minimize button ๐Ÿ”—

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip.scott/elementary-tweaks
apt install elementary-tweaks

then go to System Settings > Tweaks > Layout > Windows.

Bring back Tray icons ๐Ÿ”—

apt install gobject-introspection libglib2.0-dev libgranite-dev libindicator3-dev libwingpanel-2.0-dev valac
git clone https://github.com/donadigo/wingpanel-indicator-namarupa
cd wingpanel-indicator-namarupa
meson build --prefix=/usr && cd build
ninja
sudo ninja install
apt install -f
wget https://github.com/mdh34/elementary-indicators/releases/download/0.1/indicator-application-patched.deb
sudo dpkg -i indicator-application-patched.deb
sudo apt-mark hold indicator-application
sudo reboot

Icon Pack La Capitaine by @keeferrourke ๐Ÿ”—

cd $HOME/.icons
git clone https://github.com/keeferrourke/la-capitaine-icon-theme.git
cd la-capitaine-icon-theme && ./configure

Cursors La Capitaine by [https://github.com/keeferrourke/capitaine-cursors] ๐Ÿ”—

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dyatlov-igor/la-capitaine
apt install la-capitaine-cursor-theme

Smaller titlebar height for non-GTK apps by @sprite-1 ๐Ÿ”—

Here: [https://github.com/sprite-1/elementary-patches/tree/master/design/smaller_titlebar_for_non-gtk_applications]

Proper Plank (Dock) ๐Ÿ”—

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/docky
apt update
apt install --reinstall plank
killall plank
plank --preferences

Plank Themes by @KenHarkey ๐Ÿ”—

Clone and copy the contents of the Plank Themes repo to ~/.local/share/plank/themes or to /usr/share/plank/themes for system-wide use.

APPS TO DOWNLOAD & INSTALL ๐Ÿ”—

APPS TO INSTALL & CONFIGURE VIA TERMINAL ๐Ÿ”—

Restricted extras and MM Codec ๐Ÿ”—

apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras
apt install libavcodec-extra
apt install libdvd-pkg
sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg

archive formats ๐Ÿ”—

apt install unace rar unrar p7zip-rar p7zip sharutils uudeview mpack arj cabextract lzip lunzip

Preload ๐Ÿ”—

apt install preload

ancient fonts ๐Ÿ”—

apt install ttf-ancient-fonts

Other tweaks and fixes ๐Ÿ”—

Oh My ZSH ๐Ÿ”—

Reduce Overheating & Improve Battery Life ๐Ÿ”—

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
apt install tlp tlp-rdw
tlp start

WPS Fonts Fix by @IamDH4 ๐Ÿ”—

cd /tmp
git clone https://github.com/iamdh4/ttf-wps-fonts.git
cd ttf-wps-fonts
bash install.sh
rm -rf /tmp/ttf-wps-fonts

Fix Lag on Login/Restart by @Jason Waddington ๐Ÿ”—

sudo mv /etc/xdg/autostart/at-spi-dbus-bus.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/at-spi-dbus-bus.disabled
sudo mv /usr/share/upstart/xdg/autostart/at-spi-dbus-bus.desktop /usr/share/upstart/xdg/autostart/at-spi-dbus-bus.disabled

Display Hidden Startup Applications ๐Ÿ”—

sudo sed -i 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop

Fix Desktop entries not executing by @user170 ๐Ÿ”—

I hope you felt good about these options. Linux is great and its glory is customization and optimizing to the individual taste.

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