Until today I’ve been using a WUBI based installation of Kubuntu on my resurrected laptop. WUBI was very promising when I first encountered it, but now I believe it is not a reliable solution. For some reason (I suspect it’s a hardware issue) my computer sometimes freezes – and all I can do is brutally shut it off. Sometimes it reboots just fine, numerous time it has stopped at a GRUB error and other times nothing could be done to rescue it. From what I’ve been able to gather this is a vulnerability that is unique to WUBI (which is actually one huge file in the Windows operating system). So this time I decided to do away with the Windows and create a clean Kubuntu Installation.
I would have preferred to install Ubuntu (which I have installed on a desktop computer) but I found that the Ubuntu graphic engine doesn’t perform well on the old display adapter in my notebook. Kubuntu is much faster and more responsive.
This time I documented my installation process for future reference and I wrote it up in the hope others may find it useful too. Where possible I’ve added the terminal commands I used:
Core Operating System
- Install from CD (Ubuntu, Kubuntu)
- Check for updates over the internet (Ubuntu, Kubuntu)
- Add hebrew keyboard layout and set time zone.
- Install Dropbox
- Instal KeepNote
- Install the Ubuntuzilla repository (instructions) – required for Thunderbird and Firefox
sudo echo -e “\ndeb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/ubuntuzilla/mozilla/apt all main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list > /dev/null
sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com C1289A29
sudo apt-get update
- Install Firefox
sudo apt-get install firefox-mozilla-build
- Install Firefox Add-ons (using the Firefox addo-n manager):
- Weave: brilliant & private & secure plugin/service by Mozilla for syncronizing bookmarks, open tabs, browsing history & passwords between computers.
- Charamel – a theme I like to for Firefox.
- Firebug – helps me take apart and play around with HTML/CSS
- ColorZilla – helps me select colors
- MeasureIt – an on screen ruler
- Install Thunderbird
sudo apt-get install thunderbird-mozilla-build
- Install Thunderbird Add-ons (using the Thunderbird add-on manager):
- Charamel – same theme I like to use in Firefox works great for Thunderbird too.
- Foxclocks – international clocks
- Bidi – support for bi-directional texts, makes it possible for me to write hebrew emails from right to left.
- Install the GetDeb repository which makes it easy to install other useful programs.
- Install Adobe Reader (instructions)
sudo apt-get install acroread
- Install Adobe AIR (instructions)
- Install Skype (which isn’t offered in the spirit of open source freedom and I hope to replace in the near future).
- Install VLC Media Player
sudo apt-get install vlc
- Install Songbird (music management – an open source alternative to iTunes)
sudo apt-get install libgstreamer0.10-0 gstreamer0.10-x gstreamer0.10-gnomevfs gstreamer0.10-plugins-base gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev libgstreamer0.10-dev
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-good gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3
sudo apt-get install songbird
- Install Ruby Ripper (for copying music CD’s) – requires additional packages:
sudo apt-get install cd-discid cdparanoia flac lame mp3gain normalize-audio ruby-gnome2 ruby vorbisgain
- Install Audacity (for sound editing)
sudo apt-get install audacity
- Install GIMP (an open source alternative to Photoshop)
sudo apt-get install gimp
- Install Vuze (my favorite torrent client so far)
sudo apt-get install vuze
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