Friday, July 24, 2009

Some Things I Do After Each Installation

Things differ from distro to distro..
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 vlc or 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

    • KDE

      • Date format, add date to time display

      • Lock all the panels, after I am happy with the setup

    • Gnome

      • 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

    • Common

      • 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 100x25 for 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-vim works

    • 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 /dump partition 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.

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