Tuning and fixing Ubuntu 17.10

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Just after recovering my Ubuntu 17.10 installation I have found that Ubuntu looks and feels something different. Turns out it was because of Ubuntu 17.10 now uses gnome desktop environment instead of Ubuntu's Unity. In this post I'll share what I had tried to do to improve my user experience.

Updating drivers

As me, you may want to install or upgrade drivers (processor microcode, for example) with following command:

sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall

Also you may need to check the Software and updates tool -> Additional drivers tab. It cat contain additional drivers to install.

Tuning GNOME environment and appearance

You may tweak GNOME with gnome tweak tool:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
gnome-tweak-tool

I'm customized following values in tabs:

  • Appearance:
    • Turn off animations (just for speed)
  • Windows:
    • Close buttons to the left with Placement: Left
  • Keyboard&Mouse -> Additional Layout Options, I've checked:

Lower power consumption

Some link I've found in google advices to install tlp family of packages:

sudo apt install tlp tlp-rdw
sudo tlp start

It's power management tool for reduce overheating. Side effect of using this tool is prolonged battery life.

Remmina RDP doesn't grab all keys.

Github issue discussion is led me to the semi-solution. The Gnome Desktop Manager in the Ubuntu 17.10 uses new Wayland display server protocol and it seems like remmina doesn't detect it correctly. We can give hint to use Wayland specifying GDK_BACKEND environment variable. Note that you may need freerdp2-wayland package to be installed:

sudo apt install freerdp2-wayland
GDK_BACKEND=wayland remmina

Specifying wayland backend works better. Unfortunately, some important keys, like Alt+Shift, are still not working or have an issues.

Conclusion

Upgrading to Ubuntu 17.10 was not so pleasant and smooth. But now I have working system.

Happy upgrading!

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