Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Although Ubuntu 12.10 had already came out, since 12.04 is a LTS release and I didn't post my installation guide at the time, I decided to document my take on it.
Also, I had bought a new computer at the time (Asus M5A99X board) and had to consider EFI and my new SSD drive.

Hardware considerations

Comparing this install with my previous ones, I had two new things to consider: a EFI motherboard and a SSD drive.

After my first attempt at installing Ubuntu in my new system, I was having the following problem when booting:
GRUB: “invalid arch independent ELF magic” after install on SSD
After much research and new install attempts (including a Linux Mint) I found two solutions:
  • Re-install GRUB (from a live cd)
$ sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
$ sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda
  • Create a /boot partition for EFI
I decided to go with the second option. More on this later.

Preparing for installation

  • Backup your data!
  • Download Ubuntu. In my case was the 64bit version (ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64.iso).
  • Check the hash of the downloaded file:
$ md5sum ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64.iso
  • Compare the output with the Ubuntu hash list:
128f0c16f4734c420b0185a492d92e52 ubuntu-12.04-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.
  • Start the installation!
Installing Ubuntu it's pretty straightforward this days, so I'll focus only on the most important parts, given my system.


As I have a EFI motherboard a created the following partition in my SSD and HDD drives.
    /dev/sda1      fat16      /boot/efi              500 MB          -- primary, flags: boot
    /dev/sda2      ext4       /                        55,41 GB          -- primary
    /dev/sdb1      swap                                3,81 GB          -- primary
    /dev/sda5      ext4       /home             927,70 GB          -- extended

Performance boosts

After installing Ubuntu, and given the characteristics of a SSD drive I did the following tweaks in /etc/fstab:
  • Open /etc/fstab as root
$ gksu gedit /etc/fstab
  • Change the / mounting options to noatime
UUID=caf2c98d-5796-4187-992d-ae0f1e48d678 / ext4 noatime,discard,data=ordered,errors=remount-ro 0 1
  • Mount the /tmp partition in RAM
tmpfs /tmp tmpfs nodev,nosuid,noatime,mode=1777 0 0
I also changed the IO scheduler to noop:
  • Open /etc/rc.local as root
$ gksu gedit /etc/rc.local
  • Add the following to change the IO scheduler
echo noop > /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler
And changed he swap priority:
$ gksu gedit /etc/sysctl.conf
Some links with more information:

Extra software installed and other changes
  • Tomboy (always the first thing I install to get my notes)
$ sudo apt-get install tomboy
  • Add Tomboy to the Startup Applications (Command: tomboy)
  • Terminator (my favorite terminal)
$ sudo apt-get install terminator
  • Change DHCP for manual so I can use my B3 Server as a DNS server
  • Disable "Require my password when waking from suspend" option (System Settings > Brightness and Lock)
  • Install NVIDIA drivers (System Settings > Additional Drivers)
  • Select the Canonical Partners PPA and Independent PPA in Software Sources
  • Update the system to the latest releases
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
  • SSH and SSH File System for my B3 Server mounts
$ sudo apt-get install sshfs openssh-server
  • Samba
$ sudo apt-get install samba
  • Gigolo
$ sudo apt-get install gigolo
  • Chrome
$ sudo dpkg -i Downloads/google-chrome/google-chrome-beta_current_amd64.deb
I had this errors:
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of google-chrome-beta:
 google-chrome-beta depends on libxss1; however:
  Package libxss1 is not installed.
 google-chrome-beta depends on libcurl3; however:
  Package libcurl3 is not installed.
dpkg: error processing google-chrome-beta (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured 
Resolving dependencies:
$ sudo apt-get -f install 
Google Talk Plugin:
$ sudo dpkg -i Downloads/google-chrome/google-talkplugin_current_amd64.deb
Removing Firefox:
sudo apt-get remove --purge firefox
  • Multimedia
$ sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg 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
$ sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 gstreamer0.10-gnonlin gstreamer0.10-sdl gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-schroedinger gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly totem-plugins-extra
$ sudo apt-get install gstreamer-dbus-media-service gstreamer-tools ubuntu-restricted-extras
$ sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
$ sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 libdvdnav4
$ sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
$ sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/./
$ sudo apt-get install regionset
$ sudo regionset
  • VLC
$ sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse vlc-plugin-notify
  • Banshee
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:banshee-team/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install banshee banshee-extension-lyrics
  • CompizConfig Settings Manager
$ sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  • MyUnity
$ sudo apt-get install myunity
  • Ubuntu Tweak
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/next
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
  • 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
  • GParted
$ sudo apt-get install gparted ntfs-3g
  • GCStar
$ sudo apt-get install gcstar
  • Gaupol
$ sudo apt-get install gaupol
  • Portuguese Aspell
$ sudo apt-get install aspell-pt-pt
  • GParted
$ sudo apt-get install gparted
  • Compression tools support
$ sudo apt-get install unace rar unrar p7zip zip unzip sharutils uudeview mpack lha arj cabextract file-roller
  • Libre Office
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • Gimp
$ sudo apt-get install gimp gimp-data gimp-plugin-registry gimp-data-extras
  • Gconf Editor
$ sudo apt-get install gconf-editor
  • XChat
$ sudo apt-get install xchat xchat-indicator
  • Menu Editor
$ sudo apt-get install lo-menubar
  • Everpad
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nvbn-rm/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install everpad
Mounting Chrome cache in memory

I created the following script to keep the Chrome cache in RAM:
  • Create the script:
$ vi ~/bin/
  • Add the following:
if test -d /tmp/chrome; then
  exit 0
  rm -r ~/.cache/google-chrome
  mkdir /tmp/chrome
  ln -s /tmp/chrome ~/.cache/google-chrome
  • Change the script permissions:
$ chmod +x bin/
  • Add the script to the Startup Applications:
Name: Chrome Cache
Command: /home/<user>/bin/
Comment: Move Chrome cache to /tmp
Useful Links

Ubuntu Forums
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