6. Enable GNOME Extensions
Over the years GNOME developers decided to remove functionality from their desktop environment with the aim of making things easier for newcomers. We largely agree with the approach taken. But for many Linux enthusiasts tinkering with the desktop is an addictive passion. Step forward GNOME Extensions.
GNOME Extensions allow you to customize of the default GNOME Shell interface and its parts, such as window management and application launching.
We need to install a Firefox browser add-on and a native host messaging application.
Navigate your Firefox browser to https://extensions.gnome.org/. Click the link near the top of the page. You’ll see the following. Click the Continue to Installation button.
This will add GNOME Shell integration. You’ll get a confirmation message saying that GNOME Shell integration was added.
Next, open a terminal and install the native host messaging application with the command:
$ sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell
We are now set to install our favorite GNOME extensions from the GNOME Extensions site.
There’s tons of GNOME Extensions. To save you time, we’ve compiled our favorite extensions. Most of the extensions are not officially supported by GNOME. But they all take the desktop to the next level, either by adding useful functionality, improving your workflow, or simply offering a touch of panache to the desktop.
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
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