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"


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Nice post, thanks!

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