I thought this may be a good way to start a list of standard things we do after installation to make the system our own - mostly I think it could help new users but also give ideas of future tweaks if enough people do the same thing?
Anyway, here’s my list:
- Switch nouveau to nvidia non-free (if I couldn’t use this during installation) look in tutorials for ‘drivers free non free’.
- Change KDE to breeze dark (both desktop and workspace).
- Disable power management screen off.
- Enable position, size and desktop for all main programs so they stay same size etc. Right click on application top bar and choose special window settings. Once these are done (and the same for no. 5) you can export the settings for each window in Settings>Window Management>Window Rules and import them next time on a fresh install.
- Enable focus stealing prevention for steam (I use the controller like a remote control for my desktop and steam is on a different desktop from chrome etc - this requires steam full-screen mode to be set to windowed - this is in steam settings).
- Change menu to application dashboard - this requires widgets to be unlocked then right-click on menu and choose alternatives.
- Start octopi-notifier so it appears in the system tray.
- Install Dropbox and disable auto-updates (to avoid the ugly system tray icon) see https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/dropbox at the bottom.
- Auto-start chrome and steam (neither start from a saved session) in Settings>Startup and Shutdown.
- Switch my mouse forward and back buttons using xbindkeys - see https://askubuntu.com/questions/236529/binding-back-forward-to-mouse-buttons - I’ve saved my own .xbindkeysrc and .bashrc on Dropbox so I can copy them over. And I have to install xbindkeys and xautomation.
- Add KDEconnect widget to system tray.
- Set shutdown and session options in Startup & Shutdown>Desktop Session - I disable confirm logout but leave offer options, default leave is shutdown, and on login restore manually saved session. This last setting requires the save session icon found in Power/Session in the main menu.
- Set numlock to on at startup - in Input Devices.
- Set mouse focus in Window Management to Focus Follows Mouse - Mouse Precedence - this auto focuses windows without the need to click.
- Create a Linux info text file in Home to store unusual commands that I don’t use very often to avoid hours of re-googling!