What To Do After Pop OS Installation on Chromebook or Mac - digressingme.cool

What To Do After Pop OS Installation on Chromebook or Mac

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This is My list of what to do after Pop OS installation:

First Setup

After a fast installation (versus other Linux distro installation) and restarting, you will be greeted by the Welcome screen. If nothing happens after the restart, make sure that you have unplugged the Live USB drive.  Hit Next.

On the Welcome screen, you'll have to choose your keyboard layout. The most common is English (US). If you're not sure, click the preview and compare the layout on the screen to your physical keyboard. Hit Next again.

Select your Wifi connection and insert the password. If you are not in any Wifi area, you can skip this. But, I recommend that you connect to the internet for the sake of completing the first installation.

Choose whether you want to turn the Location Services on or off. This will help Pop to determine which server you're going to get everything Pop needs among other common location related.

Choose your Time Zone then hit Next.

This is the best part of Pop OS.It offers what elementary OS (my first favorite), which is Gnome Online Accounts. Connect your Online Accounts by selecting the services and then complete your activation. You can have multiple accounts at the same time.

The services are:

  • Google
  • Next cloud
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft
  • Flickr
  • Pocket
  • Foursquare
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Media Server
  • Todoist
  • IMAP and SMTP
  • Enterprise Login (Kerberos)

Hit Next to bring you to your personal profile. Fill the form and choose whether you want to encrypt your home folder or not. Be careful, encrypting home folder means more security. No one can access your data, and that's including you if you forget how to access your hard drive when shut happens. Hit Next to bring you to the last setup page and start using Pop!_OS. You will then have to log in with the password you set before.

What Next?

Click Files on the dock. The dock is where your icons sit waiting for you. The dock is by default auto-hide itself. So you might need to move your cursor to the far left of the screen.

In Files, you can see your Google Drive sit there just like your hard drive. Cool, huh!?! It really helps someone with storage space issue like me. Remember that it only works online. The good thing is, you don't have to bring your laptop home from the office or vice versa because everything is stored in the Cloud.

Also read Cloudbacko, Mega and Deego, and Blaze, cloud storage solution.

Turn on Tap to Click

I do this because Acer C720P doesn't feel really nice clicking.

Go to your setting by pressing super (search) button on your keyboard and type "tap" without the semicolon. It will call the Mouse & Touchpad setting.

You can also do other tasks from this search bar. For example, typing "vol" will call volume related items such as Hard drive and Sound. Typing "pic" will take you to Pictures, and so on… experiment with it. It's fun.

You can change what will be included in the search later. In short, it's like pressing cmd + space on a Mac.

Update Your Software

If you have the active internet connection, you can type "up" then select Software & Updates. Click "Download from" then choose "Other" for the server selection. Click "Select Best Server". A series of tests will be executed to find the best server for you. most likely it will point to somewhere near your location. Click on "Choose Server" and then enter your password.

Close and then reload. It will then updating cache and begin downloading.

You can also try the harmless way by opening the terminal and then type: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade. This will tell Pop to… well, update and upgrade.

Set Keyboard Shortcuts

Chromebook has limited buttons, hence the keyboard shortcuts.

Press power then types "key" then chose the keyboard. You will then see the default keyboard shortcuts. Don't memorize it, change them to your likes  (unless you're sharing your laptop).

You can press ESC to cancel or go back to your previous screen/menu.

Install The Software You Need

Open Pop!_Shop and then install your software from there. Pop! can also do the most task using the command line, but I think, using a Terminal is not the reason why you use Pop! in the first place, right?

This Is My List of Top Priority Software:

  1. Google ChromeThis might sound contra-productive if you're running Pop on your Chromebook, but having Chrome installed means reducing the need to re-install the same application you already installed and/or purchased on Chrome Web Store.And Since Google killed the apps and games section on another platform, the only way for you to get Chrome Apps is by installing on your Chromebook using Chrome OS and then it will be automatically available on all Chrome you're using. All you have to do is open the Chrome and let it finish the installation. One more thing that makes this step is necessary is your Chrome apps will be working like a native application. So simple, right? It's like unzipping a compilation of apps altogether. Read: How to Install Google Chrome on Linux.
  2. GIMPGIMP is a photo editor that supports image layering and blending just like Photoshop. Sadly, it's not available in the Pop!_Shop. Pop is quite strict about what's in and what's not. But I personally think that GIMP should be in the Shop.You can install GIMP by Terminal with sudo apt-get install gimp Read about GIMP here.
  3. PitiviPitivi is a video editing software. It's simple and zero learning hour needed. Not as powerful as other video editing software, but it has everything a casual user needs.

    You can install GIMP by Terminal with sudo apt-get install pitivi

    Read about Pitivi here.

  4. You can continue using the same step I did with elementary OS here.

No Tweaking

Pop is my second favorite after elementary OS. Both look just great out of the box. I always have difficulties when I have to choose one of them. So, I currently have both installed. >;p

Just my 2 cents. Wanna show me yours?