The first thing I do after updating a new install is get the applications I really 'need' to complete the install.
Unless already installed by default, I make sure to install the following...
Cairo Dock (If AWN is not available)
Docky (If AWN and Cairo Dock are not available)
PiTiVi (If Openshot is not available)
Abiword (If LibreOffice is not available)