- Battery Power
- Icons on desktop
- Don’t group apps!
- Ad blocker + security + privacy
- App Hunting
- Find Friends & Learn More
Special for laptop users! To prolong your battery power duration, Kubuntu has excellent configuration under System Settings. You can do many things to reduce power consumption (hence comes power saving) and also decide what to do when the laptop experiences low battery (to avoid disk drive failure). To do so, go to System Settings > Power Management > On Battery > reduce screen brightness > reduce dim screen time delay > reduce suspend session wait time > Apply. To enhance it, still on the same dialog, go to Advanced Settings under Energy Saving > set low level a little bit higher e.g. 20% > set critical level also a little bit higher e.g. 10% and set action At critical level: Shutdown instead > OK.
You can switch Kubuntu’s clock to show all details up to weekday and second. Personally I like it as it helps making my screenshots clear about when exactly I took them. To do so, select Configure Digital Clock by right-clicking it > Appearance > give check marks to Show date – Show seconds – Show local time zone > select Date format: Long Date > OK.
Classic style menu
Icons on desktop
I like Kubuntu as it allows icons on desktop. You can put apps, documents, videos, ebooks on the wallpaper area like any professional OS can (even Android can!). To do so, open your start menu > drag one app > drop it on the desktop > select Link Here > voila! To do files or documents, the procedures are just the same unless you do it from Dolphin File Manager instead of start menu.
Have password manager
Don’t group apps
Kubuntu groups running apps on its panel. This default behavior is not comfortable, as it makes the user works more just to switch to a window they want. You can switch back to no grouping. To do so, select Configure Task Manager by right-clicking a running app > More Actions and then on the appearing dialog select Behavior > switch to Do not group under Group: option > OK.
Ad blocker and Security plus privacy
Reload your repository
Unlike Windows, Kubuntu works with repository – users get apps from a central place in the internet. So that you can grab more apps and get notified of new updates, reload your repository. Open Discover (the blue bag logo) and keep your internet access up for a while it will automatically do it for you. When you see yellow sign on bottom-left, it means your repository has been reloaded and you are ready. If you prefer doing it by terminal, it’s fine, invoke the command line sudo apt-get update and let it go.
The purpose of operating system is for user to have apps. So is Kubuntu. Discover is there for you to discover tens of thousands of Free Software application for any purpose you can think and imagine. Video games, multimedia editors, programming tools, everything is prepared beforehand you can access easily here.
I wish you like it!