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First steps with Ubuntu Gutsy

I recently installed Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibson on my Dell E1405 laptop dual booting with Windows Vista. Here are my first steps at configuration. Note, I tried Kubuntu (KDE) for a while, but ended up going with the Gnome version because it seemed stabler, a little faster, is more popular (i.e. more support articles aimed at regular Ubuntu), and also the Compbiz Fusion / Beryl stuff looked cool. I'll probably add some KDE apps as I discover them in the future.
  1. Get internet working with Verizon wireless EVDO express card (Novatel V640)
    This actually works with no problems. And it seems to be faster under Ubuntu than under Vista.

  2. Select package manager repositories
    • From the Gnome desktop's System menu, Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
    • Settings -> Repositories
    • in the Ubuntu Software tab, check:
      main, universe, and restricted
    • in the Updates tab, check:
    • After closing the dialog, be sure to click the "Reload" button.

  3. Run Update Manager
    System -> Administration -> Update Manager
    • press the Check button
    • press the Install Updates button

  4. Configure Firefox
    • set home page to
    • remove bookmarks toolbar
    • save downloads to /home/sofeng/incoming
    • install Bookmarks Firefox Add-on
    • install IE Tab Firefox Add-on (oh, not available for linux)
    • install flash plugin (free version)
      sudo apt-get install mozilla-plugin-gnash
    • youtube doesn't work
    • remove free flash plugin
      sudo apt-get autoremove mozilla-plugin-gnash
    • install flash plugin (non-free version)
      sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
      got an error message:
      sofeng@tortoise:~$ sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree 
      Reading package lists... Done
      Building dependency tree       
      Reading state information... Done
      Package flashplugin-nonfree is not available, but is referred to by another package.
      This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
      is only available from another source
      E: Package flashplugin-nonfree has no installation candidate
      It appears as if I didn't add the multiverse repository. But I did. It turns out I didn't press the "Reload" button after adding the new repositories. hmmph. went back and did that and everything worked good.
  5. Install and configure emacs
    sofeng@tortoise:~$ sudo apt-get install emacs22
    copy in my .emacs file

  6. Install and configure my shell and terminal
    • copy in my .bashrc
    • copy in my .Xdefaults
    • copy in my .screenrc
    • install urxvt:
      sofeng@tortoise:~$ sudo apt-get install rxvt-unicode
    • To my suprise, I actually like gnome-terminal better than urxvt. The gnome-terminal font was better than urxvt and I couldn't figure out how to use that one with urxvt. While I was evaluating gnome-terminal, I found out it actually has areal transparent background!This is sweet. Google "ubuntu transparent background" to find out more. I will still use screen inside of gnome-terminal in lieu of gnome-terminal's tabs. There's no replacement for screen yet.

  7. Turn off PC speaker to get rid of annoying beeps
    sofeng@tortoise:~/$ sudo sh -c 'echo "blacklist pcspkr" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist'

  8. Do not dim display when on battery power
    From the Gnome System menu, Preferences -> Power Management
    On Battery Power tab:
    Dim display brightness by: 0%