Johan Kiviniemi’s series of tubes

My Ubuntu installation checklist


  1. Language packs

    Make sure the language packs are fully installed.

  2. Fonts

    Switch to sharp font rendering.

  3. Enable universe etc.

  4. Enable Medibuntu

    % sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list \
    % sudo apt-get update; \
        sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring; \
        sudo apt-get update
  5. Optionally install restricted stuff

    % sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs libdvdcss2

  6. Install smart-notifier

    • % sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends smart-notifier
    • Enable smartd in /etc/default/smartmontools
  7. Install ntp support

    • % sudo apt-get install ntp
    • /etc/ntp.conf: server iburst
    • /etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf: request ntp-servers
  8. Make sure the HDD isn’t doing constant load cycles

    Bug #59695

    To verify the load cycle rate, run sudo smartctl -A /dev/sda | grep Load_Cycle_Count twice with a delay of, say, an hour.

    On various Thinkpads the fix seems to be to enable laptop-mode in /etc/default/acpi-support, and to set the following in /etc/laptop-mode/laptop-mode.conf:

  9. Make the on-startup partition checks less frequent

    % sudo tune2fs -c 0 -i 180d /dev/...

    When the HDD breaks down, I’ll just consult the backups.

  10. Make the on-startup partition check repair errors without asking

    It’s not as if I’d choose “no” when it asks about it.

    /etc/default/rcS: FSCKFIX=yes

  11. Add Tampere, Finland to the Gnome clock/calendar/weather applet.

  12. Switch Totem to the xine backend

    % sudo apt-get install totem-xine totem-gstreamer- long as DVD menus are broken with the gstreamer backend

© 2011 Johan Kiviniemi

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