Sunday, October 16, 2011

Installing Ubuntu 11.10

Since upgrading didn't work on my machine, I went ahead and did a fresh install.

As I keep my /home partition separated from my / partition (they're in fact in different drives), I can install without much worries. I have to reinstall a bunch of things, but I was in need of a clean up anyway.

  • Backup your data!
  • Be sure you have the latest updates prior to this new release:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Download Ubuntu. In my case was the 64bit version (ubuntu-11.10-desktop-amd64.iso).
  • Check the hash of the downloaded file:
$ md5sum ubuntu-11.10-alternate-amd64.iso
  • Compare the output with the Ubuntu hash list:
62fb5d750c30a27a26d01c5f3d8df459 ubuntu-11.10-desktop-amd64.iso
  •  Create a CD or a bootable USB stick. I used the "Startup Disk Creator" in Ubuntu. More information here.
  • Reboot into your CD or bootable USB stick.
  • Install!

Installing Ubuntu it's pretty straightforward this days, so there's nothing much to say.

I selected the option to install the multimedia codecs and unchecked the option to download available updates (I will do that later).

If you have your /home partition separated from your / partition, be sure to select the mount point, but leave the format option unchecked.

Post install

After the install I was having troubles with Unity. I couldn't get to the desktop.

I logged out (Ctrl+Alt+Delete and Log Out), chose Unity 2D and logged in again.

Then I reset Unity to start with the default experience.
$ unity --reset
Finally I installed the NVIDIA drivers (System Settings > Additional Drivers), rebooted and log in in Unity without any problems.

Extra software installed

  • SSH and SSH File System for my B3 server mounts
$ sudo apt-get install sshfs openssh-server
  • Chromium
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily/ppa
$ sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
  • Ubuntu Restricted Extras
$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
  •  Java (no more Sun Java...)
$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre
  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing GUI
$ sudo apt-get install hplip-gui
  • Dropbox
$ rm -r ~/.dropbox-dist
$ sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox
$ dropbox start -i
  •  CompizConfig Settings Manager
$ sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  • Gnome Sushi (file previews)
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-sushi
$ sudo apt-get install gcstar
  • VLC
$ sudo apt-get install vlc
  • Gaupol
$ sudo apt-get install gaupol
  • Portuguese Aspell
$ sudo apt-get install aspell-pt-pt
  • GParted
$ sudo apt-get install gparted
  • RAR Support
$ sudo apt-get install rar unrar
  • Banshee daily PPA and lyrics extension
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:banshee-team/banshee-daily
$ sudo apt-get install banshee-extension-lyrics

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