This past weekend, I had fun trying out new GNU/Linux distros that I hadn’t played around with in awhile. One of them was lubuntu, which reminded me an awful lot of Peppermint Two. For fun, I’ve loaded it onto a netbook to see how I like it, especially since it’s based on Ubuntu 11.10 (of course, Peppermint Three isn’t out yet).

lubuntu is a faster, more lightweight and energy saving variant of Ubuntu using LXDE, the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. 

I don’t know about all that, but I do like LXDE. I’d experimented with Unity and after 20 minutes of playing around with it, decided I didn’t want to fight the OS to do what I wanted…and it seemed like regular Ubuntu came loaded with everything but the kitchen sink!
After making a bootable USB flash drive with Lubuntu on it, installing it on a dual boot netbook, it was time to move on to customization (which took less than an 30 minutes following these instructions):
Removing Unwanted/Unneeded apps
sudo apt-get remove audacious xpad mtpaint* sylpheed osmo gnome-mplayer xfburn ace-of-penguins

sudo apt-get purge openjdk*

Add Repositories Needed

Add Medibuntu Repository
sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(lsb_release -cs).list && 
sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update
 sudo apt-get install app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu

Add Firefox Repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable

Add LibreOffice and Audacity Repositories

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libreoffice
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-java-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:audacity-team/daily

After adding repositories, be sure to do the following:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Add Favorite Apps
The following apps include a variety of text editor, video/audio editors, multimedia/DVD players, codecs, truetype fonts needed.

sudo apt-get install  unetbootin secure-delete audacity lame libmp3lame0 openshot acidrip winff vlc  filezilla keepassx libgoo-canvas-perl shutter p7zip ghostscript pdftk pdfchain terminator w32codecs libdvdcss2 libdvdnav4 libdvdread4 mplayer gxine mencoder mpeg2dec vorbis-tools id3v2 mpg321 mpg123 libflac++6 ffmpeg totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 libjpeg-progs flac faac faad sox ffmpeg2theora libmpeg2-4 uudeview flac libmpeg3-1 mpeg3-utils mpegdemux liba52-0.7.4-dev libquicktime2 gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 gstreamer0.10-gnonlin gstreamer0.10-sdl gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly totem-plugins-extra gstreamer-dbus-media-service gstreamer-tools ubuntu-restricted-extras ttf-mscorefonts-installer flashplugin-installer

Install LibreOffice, PDF Import, Scribus Desktop Publishing, Image Editing, eBook Conversion
sudo apt-get install libreoffice libreoffice-pdfimport scribus gimp inkscape calibre

Install Compression/Uncompression Apps
sudo apt-get install unace rar unrar p7zip p7zip-rar zip unzip sharutils uudeview mpack lha arj cabextract file-roller

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/./

Install Java

cd ~/

sudo wget -O

sudo chmod +x

sudo ./

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-plugin

Want to run Windows in virtual mode?
Follow these instructions for VMWare Player.

Compiling from Source Code? Install these….
sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall cdbs devscripts dh-make fakeroot libxml-parser-perl check avahi-daemon

Enable Firewall Protection
sudo apt-get install ufw gufw

sudo ufw deny 5353/udp
sudo ufw deny 5900/tcp
sudo ufw deny 22
sudo ufw deny 25/tcp
sudo ufw deny 135,139,445/tcp
sudo ufw deny 137,138/udp
sudo ufw deny 110
sudo ufw deny 2049
sudo ufw deny 143
sudo ufw deny 21/tcp

Other Installed/Downloaded Apps

  3. (untar/zip and then sudo make and sudo make install)
  4. Record My Desktop
  5. RSSOwl

Adjust the Time/Date Settings
Right-click on time/date in the bottom right-hand corner, then adjust the CLOCK FORMAT to change: %a %d-%b-%Y %I:%M %p

This will give you  a day – day-month-year – time AM/PM type format.

Follow these steps…

    1. sudo apt-get install hplip cups system-config-printer-gnome
    2. Create a script:
      sudo gedit /etc/network/if-up.d/cups
      Then, paste in this code:
      service  cups restart
      Then make that script executable:
      sudo chmod +x /etc/network/if-up.d/cups
      Then restart your computer.
    3. Run the following configuration:
      sudo hp-setup -i
Adjust TouchPad

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator
By the way, the touchpad-indicator solution stopped working after upgrade to 11.04. I ended up using this command line solution:

xinput set-prop 12 “Device Enabled” 0

where 0=OFF and 1=ON

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