Lubuntu 12.10 post-install configuration


After Lubuntu 12.10 was successfully installed, there were still some tweaks I needed to make to be fully satisfied.  Feel free to use or ignore as you see fit:

1. Run system update via Start > System Tools > Software Updater

2. Remove unneeded programs:
sudo apt-get remove pidgin sylpheed xpad abiword gnumeric ace-of-penguins gpicview gnome-mplayer scrot mtpaint chromium-browser

3. Remove the orphaned Gnumeric menu option
sudo mv /usr/share/applications/gnumeric.desktop /tmp

4. Install additional desired programs:

sudo apt-get install thunderbird libreoffice libreoffice-gnome filezilla keepassx icedtea-7-plugin audacity virtualbox build-essential git meld xscreensaver-gl-extra scite shutter sound-juicer gpick eog parcellite gnome-themes-standard lubuntu-restricted-extras vlc easymp3gain-gtk libav-tools exfat-utils exfat-fuse p7zip-full
sudo apt-get autoremove 

5. Setup DVD playback

6. Change the clock appearance from military to a.m./p.m. format
Right-click time in bottom-right corner > Select Digital Clock Settings > Change clock format from %R to %l:%M %p

7. Change the screen saver:
Start > Preferences > Screensaver > Indicate only one screensaver to be shown and choose Flurry (or another screensaver of your choice).
In the screen saver settings, Blank After 9 minutes, Cycle After 0 minutes, check the box for Lock Screen After and set to 1 minute.

8. Change the default view:
Open file manager > Edit > Preferences > General tab > set Default View to Detailed List View

9. Change the launch bar:
Right-click the File Manager icon in bottom left corner > Select Application Launch Bar settings > add Google Chrome, Thunderbird, Leafpad, and LXTerminal (and remove Chromium Web Browser, if present)

10. Change the desktop wallpaper:
Search for a desired wallpaper and save it to your hard drive.  Right-click desktop and select Desktop Preferences > Appearance tab > Click button next to current Wallpaper image and browse for your new wallpaper.

11. Set Thunderbird to reply to messages above quoted text:
Open Thunderbird > Edit > Preferences > Advanced tab > General tab > Config Editor... button > search for default.reply_on_top and set the value to 1

12. Add printer via Start > System Tools > Printers

13. Open Chromium browser and install desired extensions:
In your browser toolbar, click the Stylish "S" logo and choose "Manage installed styles".  Then click Edit on "startpage clean & minimal" and do a search and replace of the code:
#254B6A !important   -->   #609
#3B7AB0!important   -->   #1a0dab
#00B121!important   -->  #006621
and add this code to the bottom of the file:
div.result h3 a {
  font-size: 18px !important
.normaltext2 {
  display: none;
14. Edit keyboard shortcuts:  sudo leafpad ~/.config/openbox/lubuntu-rc.xml 

  • after the <!-- Keybindings for desktop switching -->  line add:

<keybind key="C-l">
     <action name="Execute">
           <command>xscreensaver-command -lock</command>

  • then, replace:

   <!-- Take a screenshot of the current window with scrot when Alt+Print are pressed -->
    <keybind key="A-Print">
      <action name="Execute">
        <command>scrot -u -b</command>

  • with:

  <!-- Take a screenshot of the current window with shutter when Alt+Print are pressed -->
    <keybind key="A-Print">
      <action name="Execute">
        <command>shutter -a -e</command>

  • then, replace:

  <!-- Launch scrot when Print is pressed -->
    <keybind key="Print">
      <action name="Execute">

  • with:

  <!-- Launch shutter when Print is pressed -->
    <keybind key="Print">
      <action name="Execute">
        <command>shutter -f -e</command>

  • ...then save and close the XML file

15. Configure shutter:
  • create a folder called screenshots in your home directory
  • open Start > Accessories > Shutter
  • from the menu, select Edit > Preferences
    • Main side-tab:
      • Filename: %Y%m%d-%NN
      • Directory: screenshots
    • Actions side-tab:
      • Open with: place checkmark next to Built-in Editor
    • Behavior side-tab:
      • uncheck Display pop-up notification after taking a screenshot
  • click the Close button and main shutter window to save the changes
16. Logout and log back in to test your changes (Window+L will lock your screen, Print Screen will bring up the entire screen in shutter, and <Alt>+Print Screen will bring up the active window in shutter)

note: due to a shutter bug, you can't save an edited screenshot to the clipboard so you'll need to save or export first.

17. Set up terminal auto-copy

18. Start > Preferences > Default applications for LXSession -->  set default Webbrowser to "Google Chrome" and default Email to "Thunderbird Mail"

Dual-boot Lubuntu 12.10 and Windows XP with RAID 1


I recently purchased the GA-78LMT-S2P motherboard with (FakeRAID) AMD SB710 software RAID support.  Here are my notes for getting it to dual-boot Windows XP and Lubuntu with RAID 1 (mirror):

1. Install two hard drives of same size on SATA2 connectors 0 and 1 (DVD-ROM drives installed on SATA2 connectors 4 and 5)

2. In BIOS, set "OnChip SATA Type" to "RAID" and follow the motherboard manual instructions in "Chapter 4 Appendix"

3. Create slipstreamed XP Pro 32-bit install disc with RAID drivers using nLite

4. Install Windows XP (create a partition with half the available disk space for install)

5. Install drivers (chipset, video, lan, etc)

6. Verify Internet connection works and download files mentioned here to a usb key or burn to a cd (note: for convenience, I've bundled all the files into a single archive).  You'll use these files later for the Linux setup.

7. Restart and boot from Lubuntu 64-bit PC alternate install disc (make sure it's the alternate version and not the LiveCD Desktop version)

8. Select "Install Lubuntu"

9. Select your language > location > no to detect keyboard > English (US) keyboard > English (US)

10. It will warn you that no network interface is detected.  This is expected since the Atheros GbE (AR8161) LAN chip drivers are not yet included by default with Ubuntu 12.10.  We'll fix this in a later step.  For now, select Continue.

11. Set hostname > full name > username > password > choose whether to encrypt home directory > set time zone

12. Lubuntu will detect the RAID configuration.  Select Yes to activate the RAID devices

13. Select "Guided - use the largest continuous free space"

14. Review the settings and then select Yes to write the changes to disk

15. Leave proxy blank and select Continue

16. When prompted, remove CD and reboot

17. The grub bootloader should now show Lubuntu and Windows XP.  Select Lubuntu and login.

18. Copy all *.deb files from step #6 above to /tmp

19. Open a commandline terminal and run: cd /tmp && sudo dpkg -i *.deb

20. After installations complete, reboot and verify Lubuntu can now connect to the Internet

21. If necessary, update the GRUB boot order and timeout:

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