The great thing about Ubuntu and Linux, in general, is how customizable it can be. For new users and vets alike, the below tips could vastly improve your experience, especially if desire a more cloud-centric desktop environment
Disable Amazon Search Results
Whenever you search for an app or file on your computer in the dash, your search is sent to Ubuntu’s servers. They forward your request to Amazon and show you Amazon search results. Not only is this a bit of a privacy concern, if you use the dash to launch applications, the results make launching those apps more cumbersome.
Thankfully you can disable the Amazon search integration, the easiest way is to use the System Settings, click the gear menu in the top-right corner and select System Settings, then click the Security & Privacy icon, click the Search tab, and toggle the “Include online search results” option to Off.
Ubuntu like its windows and Mac OSX competitors has become more “cloud-centric” in the last few years, attempting to integrate sites like Gmail and YouTube into the OS itself as web-apps. This has been clunky at best since the web-apps are opened in a non-standard browser that doesn’t have access to Flash Player.
If you want for your favorite web apps to be started from the Launcher, you should probably skip Ubuntu’s built-in integration. Instead, you should install Chromium, which is an open-source version of Chrome or Chrome itself and use the Tools > Create application shortcuts menu option to create the icons and have them open in stand-alone windows.
Add a Cloud Drive
Mac OSX has iCloud, windows has One Drive, Ubuntu has, well, nothing. Ubuntu used to have a service called Ubuntu One, but the service was so underutilized that Canonical shuttered it. Fear not, one of the original cloud drive applications, Dropbox, officially supports Linux. And if you feel queasy when you think about typing commands in the terminal Dropbox can be installed from Ubuntu’s Software Center without typing a command of any kind.
Install JavaJava has become ubiquitous in today’s internet, many web services and applications need the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to be installed in the system to run. if you would like to get the JRE packages for your PC, you caninstall them directly from Java’s website.
Keep in mind, these are only a few tricks, there are hundreds of different tweaks you can find that will customize Ubuntu to your liking, whether performance, functionality, or visual.