Monday, May 10, 2010

Setup Guide for Lucid Lynx (10.04) LTS

Updating the entire system
sudo apt-get update

Adding Multimedia into Ubuntu
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Setting up VLC movie player
sudo apt-get install vlc
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

Installing Sun Java Support and Firefox Java Plugin
sudo add-apt-repository "deb lucid partner"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin

Nvidia Video Drivers
Note: There seems to be a bug where as a standard user you cannot use System, Administration, Hardware drivers to install your video drivers and it doesn't prompt for elevated credentials

Thus, open a terminal window and run
sudo su

Chose: NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version current) [Recommended]
Highlight that and click on Activate

After the reboot, you can then access System, Administration, Nvidia X Server Settings and modify your configuration

Turning on basic eyecandy
This is most likely already on, check from
System, Preferences, Appearance, Visual Effects
The setting should be on can advance it to Advanced if you want more eyecandy like wobbly windows

Installing compiz
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
Make adjustments from System, Preferences, CompizConfig Settings Manager

Installing the Emerald Theme Manager
sudo apt-get install emerald libemeraldengine0

now we need to make Emerald start once you boot into Ubuntu. To do so, go to System > Preferences > CompizConfig Settings Manager
check "Window Decoration" and click it, then in the "Command" field enter this:
emerald --replace

Go here:
Get a theme

Creating an installer disk (ISO) at the end with all of my changes
sudo remastersys backup filename.iso

Ensuring accurate time
System, Administration, Time and Date
Click shield at bottom to make changes
Under Configuration, change from Manual to "Keep Synchronized with Internet Time Servers"
Choose "Install NTP Support" when asked
Once completed, click on "Select Servers"
add at the bottom, "" click on Add.

Changing Grub bootloader (to modify default boot entry)

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
modify GRUB_DEFAULT=# (counting starts at 0)

sudo update-grub