Linux for Starters

Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – 8 Things to do after installing Ubuntu – Part 5

2. Install Drivers

What you need to do here is dependent on your hardware.

The first thing to do is to interrogate your system. It’ll give you an understanding of your hardware. You can then investigate whether there are proprietary drivers you might benefit from instead of using the open source Ubuntu drivers.

If you’re not sure the hardware you are running, we recommend installing inxi. It’s a command-line program which is launched from a terminal. You can start the Terminal program clicking the Grid (bottom left hand corner of the screen). Start typing the word terminal in the search box, and you’ll see the Terminal icon. Click the icon to launch the program.

Install inxi with the command:

$ sudo apt install inxi

Linux for Starters - inxi

To interrogate the hardware on your system, type the command:

$ inxi -Fazy

This information will give you specific model information for your hardware which will be helpful when determining what drivers you need.

Proprietary graphics card drivers are provided by graphics card manufacturers and can provide improved performance and additional features when compared with open source Ubuntu drivers. To enable proprietary drivers for your machine, do the following:

  1. Open Additional Drivers from the grid (Show Applications) found at the bottom of the Dash.
  2. Let the system analyse your hardware.
  3. Enable the recommended proprietary drivers.
  4. Click the Apply Changes button.

Next Page: Page 3 – Enable Backups

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Initial Update
Page 2 – Install Drivers
Page 3 – Enable Backups
Page 4 – Video/Audio Codecs and TrueType Fonts
Page 5 – GNOME Tweaks
Page 6 – GNOME Extensions
Page 7 – Install BleachBit
Page 8 – Night Light and Summary

All articles in this series:

Linux For Starters: Your Guide to Linux
Part 1What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?
Part 2Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.
Part 3Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.
Part 4We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.
Part 5Things to do after installing Ubuntu.
Part 6Navigating your way around the Desktop.
Part 7Updating the system, install new software.
Part 8Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.
Part 9Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.
Part 10We cover the basics of files and permissions.
Part 11Getting help from your system.
Part 12Learn all about the file system.
Part 13Manipulating files from the shell.
Part 14Maintain your system with these simple tips.
Part 15Managing users on your system.
Part 16Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.
Part 17Gaming on Linux.
Part 18Protect your privacy with this guide.
Part 19Access the Windows desktop from Linux using a remote desktop client.
Part 20Set up a virtual machine running Ubuntu as the host and openSUSE as the guest.
Part 21Wine lets you run Windows programs on Linux without emulation.
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    1. From independent surveys Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distro. Ignore the charts you see on some web sites that often have fairly obscure distros top. Their fanboys just vote them up using bots, partly because they are very passionate about them.

      Interestingly, Linus Torvalds (the creator of the Linux kernel) has never even tried Ubuntu.

  1. How about as a Linux user you whine, cry and criticize ever tutorial and article ever printed? It really gets old. I use Linux, I use Ubuntu, I use other OS’s. I appreciate people with the skill and knowledge to write tutorials and articles that can help others. No article can cover ‘everything Linux”. Thank you Steve.

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