Ubuntu First Impressions

These are notes based on Image 0.99 (May 12/2006). This is a list of tasks Lawrence needed to do early on. Maybe we can get some of these into the latest image.

Shortcuts on Panel

  • Added the Terminal Icon to my Panel:
    • Applications -> Accessories
    • right-click on Terminal
    • Choose "Add this launcher to panel"
  • Did the same thing for Thunderbird
    • configured Thunderbird to read my mail from mail.cs

Install Printer

Firefox extensions

  • Firefox needed flash extension installed - and it seems to be a pain to do so. - should be fixed in 1.0 image
  • haven't checked Java yet - see Flash

Setting up BookIt (Oracle Calendar)

  • Go to the IST BookIt Downloads page
  • Click on the Oracle Calendar x.y.z for Linux link
  • Save to Disk (it will go to the Desktop)
  • open a Terminal session
  • cd Desktop
  • tar -xzf cal_linux_*
  • cd OracleCalendar_inst
  • ./text_install.sh
  • I just accpeted the defaults from there, which put the software in my $HOME/OracleCalendar and a link in $HOME/bin
  • to run OracleCalendar, enter: ~/bin/ocal&
  • for notes on first-time configuration, see: IST's setup notes

Change my default path to include $HOME/bin

  • after installing OracleCalendar, I needed $HOME/bin in my path
  • in .bashrc added to the end: PATH=$HOME/bin:$PATH

Fix ssh to connect to Solaris machines quickly

  • I added the following to the aliases section in my .bashrc
    • alias ssh='ssh -X'

Auto Lock Screen

  • System -> Preferences - Screensaver (2nd one!)
  • check "Lock screen when Screen saver is active"
  • Screen saver was set to "Random" after 10 minutes (which is fine for me)
    • except I've noticed that most of the items listed don't work - so it's usually blank
    • set it to "Cosmos" instead

Add keyboard shortcuts

  • I like to have something like Ctrl-Alt-C to pull up the Calculator or Ctrl-Alt-T to bring up a Terminal window

Access to NetApp filespace

So, how do I map my NetApp file space?
  • probably need to use smbclient somehow

Recovery from KVM failure

I noticed that it recovers nicely from a KVM failure. In the earlier Debian image, my mouse would not come back.

-- LawrenceFolland - 15 May 2006

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