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1. Software Updates & Application
First thing to do on OS 7 is to update all our software. Please beware that this may cost you a fair amount of time, internet access and disk space. Once you finished this, you are ready to go. To do so, run AppCenter -> Updates -> Update All -> wait for the process -> Reboot when asked. If you prefer doing this faster, run Terminal and invoke command lines below.
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade
$ sudo apt dist-upgrade
$ flatpak update
Add Synaptic & enable PPA: We value AppCenter and its importance for most users. However, we need to install many programs not listed in it. We prefer Synaptic Package Manager,
an old way to do things, but it works for tens of thousands of software
packages actually available but hidden if you only use AppCenter. Do this command line: $ sudo apt install synaptic apt-xapian-index software-properties-common.
To this point, now you have access to all tens of thousands of software packages available on elementary OS plus Ubuntu.
2. Daily Life & Productivity
Get Firefox: we acknowledge Web, the default browser, is a user-friendly one. But we do prefer Firefox for daily work and we believe many will also do. The easiest way to get Firefox on OS 7 is to download it from its official website.
(Left: Impress with a Harvard presentation
Right: Firefox showing elementary OS website)
Go to mozilla.orgClick Download Firefox.Firefox downloaded as .tar.gz archive file. Extract the archive file.This creates a new folder named ‘firefox’. Double-click ‘firefox’ file inside firefox folder.
Get an office suite: elementary is the only major
GNU/Linux desktop OS which does not ship with any office suite. We use
and recommend LibreOffice. The easiest way to do so:
$ sudo apt install libreoffice
3. Amusement and Games
We found that OS 7 cannot play many of our videos well, unfortunately. But we use VLC Media Player anyway and it works.
We have plenty of games on OS 7 thanks to the support from Ubuntu software repository. For example, here we want to play a simple game Swell Foop. It’s fun to play this especially with your kids. You can find more games via Synaptic such as Warzone and Nexuiz for you both rts and fps lovers.
$ sudo apt install vlc
$ sudo apt install swell-foop
$ sudo apt install warzone nexuiz # just example in case you want it
4. Recommended Applications
We believe most of people who use elementary OS coming from prior Microsoft or Apple background and many work in either education, multimedia or software development field. For that reason, we pick six apps for you below. All of these can be installed using Synaptic.
5. Parental Control
Finally, we also believe many users of elementary OS are parents who have children. Do you know that OS 7 has parental control features? You can limit how long the computer can be used by your son and daughter, or which website they may not visit, or which apps/games they cannot access. Open up Settings -> Parental Control and try to follow example below.
Upper right: he may not access a few websites including Facebook and Tiktok
Lower right: he may not access a few programs like AppCenter and Terminal)
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