Ubuntu 7.10 'Gutsy' Desktop Addendum
Everything I'd do to an out-of-the-box installation to make it what I'd consider more complete.
Don't accept the default partitioning method because there isn't a separate /home partition. With /home separate you can re-install Ubuntu without wiping out your own files. Use this partitioning scheme:
/ 6GB primary ext3 bootable home primary ext3 swap primary swap area
Get rid of the custom brown theme - choose the Clearlooks theme: Desktop → Preferences → Theme →
Subscribe to Various Ubuntu Repositories
Maybe turn off the CD-ROM install media so that you aren't bugged to insert a CD when you don't have it inserted: use Desktop → Administration → Software Sources
Add Medibuntu Repository
This provides libdvdcss2 which enables you to watch commercial DVD movies.
Add Medibuntu repository:
sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/gutsy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
Add the Medibuntu GPG Key:
wget -q http://packages.medibuntu.org/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update
If you want to exclude getting packages from the non-free component of the Medibuntu repository:
sudo sed -e 's/ non-free//' -i /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
Install updates using Update Manager.
Install Additional Software from Ubuntu repositories for all types of computer
- flashplugin-nonfree or gnash
- arc arj cabextract lha lzop nomarch p7zip-full pax tnef unrar unshield ytnef zoo
(additional packages to those installed by default)
Install Additional Software From Other Locations for all Types of Computers
- install adblock plus from within Firefox
Install Additional Software for Laptop Computers
- (Previosuly I'd reccomended ubuntu-laptop-mode but this shouldn't be installed, as it's been replaced by laptop-mode-tools