Ubuntu installation notes

Some things I had to do when I first installed Ubuntu.

As I plan to install it again at home these notes will come in handy (maybe only for me).

First off; I installed it on a new partition, keeping my old Slackware install on another partition.

The first thing to do is to set it up so that I can still boot back into Slackware – just in case.

Dual boot

Mount the old Slackware partition, I normally mount it on /mnt/old as I often need to refer to old config files etc.

Copy the slackware kernel image from /mnt/old/boot to /boot on Ubuntu.

Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and add an entry for the old kernel.

Edit the entry so that it boots off the correct partition (note: grub partitions count from zero).

Nvidia

The next thing was to install the NVidia drivers so that I could run it at 1600X1200.

Luckily there’s a HOWTO for that – (I followed method 1).

http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/Latest_Nvidia_Dapper

After installation I edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf to add 1600X1200 as a resolution for the 24 bit colour depth line.

keyboard shortcuts

I’m very big on keyboard shortcuts and multiple workspaces so I then did the following:

Increase number of workspaces to 6

Right click panel; Preferences.

Map keyboard shortcut to each workspace (Alt-1, Alt-2 etc)

Run gconf-editor /apps/metacity

Edit Global keybindings.

Map keyboard shortcuts to arbitrary commands

Run gconf-editor /apps/metacity

Add command to “keybinding_commands”

Map key to “run_command_n” in “global_keybindings”

qmail

I then installed qmail by following http://www.lifewithqmail.org/lwq.html#installation.

Automatix

A friend (the one who gave me the Ubuntu CD) told me to look at Automatix.

It sets up lots of stuff for you with a nice installer tool.

http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=80295

Stuff I installed

I also installed a whole bunch of stuff using the Synaptic package manager.

I got this list from the history feature in Synaptic.

vim-gnome

zsh

mutt

apache2

eterm

openssh-server

elinks

fetchmail

procmail

smbfs

binutils

cpp

gcc

make

xmms

That’s about it.

I still have a few things to sort out – mutt is playing up – so I’m having a play with Evolution.

xmms is skipping when playing music streams from home – not sure yet why that is.

But so much other stuff works better than it did in Slackware so overall I’m happy.

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