There aren’t a tonne of system tweakers for Linux, but we have to give a shout out to the very useful Ubuntu Tweak. It can change many extra settings in Ubuntu, make applications easy to install for beginners and clean up unnecessary files on your system.
- View basic system information about your distribution, kernel, CPU, memory and more
- Tweak the session menu and the way Ubuntu handles logout, restart and shutdown
- Choose programs to auto-start at boot
- Quick install popular applications, including those not in the Ubuntu Software centre (and easily add new repositories)
- Clean up unneeded packages or cache to free disk space
- Edit the splash screen, desktop icons, mounted volumes and other visual tweaks
- Tweak certain window manager settings
- Much, much more
The command line is truly the best system tweaker on Ubuntu (though picking that for our App Directory entry would somewhat defeat the purpose). It can tweak anything on your system, as long as you look up how to do it, and the fact of the matter is that with Linux — unlike with Windows and its complicated registry — it’s almost impossible to use without learning the more advanced ins and outs. So, while something like Ubuntu Tweak might get you by at the beginning, don’t be afraid of turning to the command line when Ubuntu Tweak falls short.
Know of any Linux tweaking apps we missed? Let us know about them in the comments.
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