Some things I like to be my way...
I might have repeated some, just because this was not edited all at once.
- Edit grub
- Remove unwanted lines, for example, remove the lines for the same distro, older kernels
- Reduce timeout to just enough to enter when alert. 5 Seconds is sufficient when you are alert to press any key
- If there is no "quiet" or "splash" add them
- Update the distro
- Most of the distro's have the default auto-update enabled. I try to make sure I wait for this to popup and execute it.
- Make sure wireless works, make sure sound works (I still have some distros with problems with one of these two.)
- Install vlc
- It may be as simple as
sudo aptitude install vlcor using "add/remove software" type application.
- Install latest firefox (curently 3.5)
- Install Ubiquity Addon
- Change the keystroke to CTRL+SPACE (go to settings tab on ubiquitiy's help page)
- Remove the Bookmark Toolbar (I can just type CTRL-B to see th e bookmark toolbar)
- Use small icons for toolbars (View->Toolbars->Customize->Use Small Icons)
- Remove Thunderbird (if exists)
- Fine tune the desktop
- Date format, add date to time display
- Lock all the panels, after I am happy with the setup
- Reduce the icon size to 66%, set list view as default, etc
- Workspace switcher increase to 4, two rows and two columns
- Remove one of the panels either top or bottom and include all the stuff on the only one left out
- Create shortcuts to terminal (konsole/gnome-terminal), firefox etc
- Remove any unwanted shortcuts (mail, trash, show desktop)
- Try to set the font on the terminal to a convenient size.
- Adjust the default terminal size (use
gnome-terminal --geometry 100x25for example)
- Install flash - Each distro has its way to install the flash, mostly have to follow instructions when prompted for.
- Install vim/gvim
- On Ubuntu
sudo aptitude install gnome-vimworks
- Other ways include looking for vim in the package manager (add/remove software)
- Make sure user ids and groups ids match the existing distros to access the common stuff
- I have a
/dumppartition which is common to all the distros. Here is where I store all my music, pictures, etc.
- Depending on the box I am on, configure compiz (Its System->Preference->Appearance->Visual Effects->Extra On Ubuntu based distros
- Try to get the terminal (gnome-terminal or konsole) to have transparent background (40%), Color->White on Black.