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Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Desktop HOWTO

This tutorial describes how to configure a Ubuntu/Kubuntu Desktop for daily use.


Ubuntu Tweak
Ubuntu Tweak is a GUI tool that allows you to add software sources and applications very easily.
# add key
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com FE85409EEAB40ECCB65740816AF0E1940624A220
# add this software source
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/tualatrix/ubuntu jaunty main
# install
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak



You can use Ubuntu Tweak to install the following software sources, on the "Third Party Sources":
MedibuntuOperaGoogle
Don't install other "Third Party sources" from the ubuntu tweak list, since all of them are already included in medibuntu or ubuntu jaunty sofware sources.
You can now move to the "Add/Remove" section and select:
AudacityAvant Window NavigatorAvidemuxCairo-DockGoogleearthGnome Partition Editor
gtk-recordMyDesktopInkscape
KinoLastfmMiro Internet TV
Opera
SkypeUbuntu restricted extras - multimedia codecs, java…

Ubuntu 9.04 3D Desktop

Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 alpha6 with the latest updates as of 21 March 2009.
Compiz and cairo-dock are enabled.
The demo was recorded with gtk-recordmydesktop and upload to youtube without changes.

I used a Thinkpad T61p with a nvidia card.

The video was recorded at 1920x1200 15fps at the same time as all those apps where running, sometimes it looks a bit sloppy, but on the screen of the t61p it looked very fluid and smooth.

I think gtk-recordmydesktop was probably not able to grab all the video glory from the video card.


How to flash the Bios using a DOS USB Flash drive

This tutorial might delete your hard-drive or usb-drive data, in case you do not understand how partitions work, avoid this tutorial


Install gparted and run:
sudo apt-get install gparted
sudo gparted

- Select the the USB drive, delete all partitions and click apply.

- Create a new FAT16 partition, apply


- Format FAT16 partition, apply



- Set boot flag, set label to DOS




After all this is done, you should have a pen with a DOS partition. The drive I'm using is assigned to sdf1 partition.

sudo apt-get install dosemu

# some usb drives mount on the same drive as the cdrom, so we are changing it to be safe
sudo gedit /etc/dosemu/freedos/autoexec.bat



Create this file /home/youruser/dosemurc
Put the correct partition used in gparted section:

$_hdimage = "drives/* /dev/sdf1"

Save the file and execute

sudo dosemu -f /home/youruser/dosemurc

# as you can see the flash drive was assign to drive E under DOS

Type
> Z:
to change to the drive that contains the OS binaries and then type
> sys E:
to copy a…