Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 Netbook Remix on Dell mini HOWTO

This tutorial describes how to configure a Ubuntu (UNR) Desktop for daily use, using a Dell Mini 9.

Grab the ubuntu img file from ubuntu web site

Get to a Ubuntu desktop and install
sudo apt-get install usb-imagewriter

goto Applications-> Accessories -> ImageWritter

Write the image to the your USB drive (bigger than 1Gb).

Unplug the USB key, plug it in your Dell Mini 9, reboot, press 0 to select to boot from the USB drive.

Just follow instructions and perform regular installation. After install is done, install all updates.

Run this to fix a problematic bug on desktop-switcher,

# Run these commands:

wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/26020903/desktop-switcher_0.4.6_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i desktop-switcher_0.4.6_i386.deb

In case you already corrupted your desktop config, you can one of these commands to fix the problem, depending on what mode of desktop you are running:

If you are in Ubuntu Netbook Remix dekstop mode:
gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/session/required_components_list --type list --list-type=string ["windowmanager","panel"]

If you are in Ubuntu standart desktop mode:
gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/session/required_components_list --type list --list-type=string ["windowmanager","panel","filemanager"]

Dell Apps

On Ubuntu goto to System->Administration->Software Sources->Third Party Software and select "Add".

# Dell airplane mode from https://launchpad.net/~opensource-subakutty/+archive/ppa/
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/opensource-subakutty/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main # Dell aircraf-manager

For installation execute the following command:

sudo apt-get install aircraft-manager

This application is necessary to enable and disable the bluetooth and wifi networks, after installing make sure your bluetooh and wifi networks are enabled.

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":
  • Medibuntu
  • Opera
  • Google
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:
  • Audacity
  • Avant Window Navigator
  • Avidemux
  • Cairo-Dock
  • Googleearth
  • Gnome Partition Editor
  • gtk-recordMyDesktop
  • Inkscape
  • Kino
  • Lastfm
  • Miro Internet TV
  • Opera
  • Skype
  • Ubuntu restricted extras - multimedia codecs, java, flash
  • VLC media player
  • Wine
The first time you start Google Earth you need to disable atmosphere on the view menu, otherwise is to slow.

Pick any other application that you find interesting, and select apply.

Howto fix the jaunty sound config to work with Skype

Just copy the settings below to your machine


Volume Control, and Skype

Configure repositories for extra Applications

On Ubuntu goto to System->Administration->Software Sources->Third Party Software and select "Add".
# Canonical repository (Acrobat, Flash, VMWare and DB2 Express)
# enable this on the Software Sources Management tool (tab thir-party) from ubuntu/kubuntu menu

# Google Linux repository, add both to get picasa
deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable non-free
deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ testing non-free

# Virtual Box
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian jaunty non-free

# medibuntu repositories
# run this command to add this repository
sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/jaunty.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

To get the GPG key for Picasa and Virtual Box
# Google Key
wget -q -O - http://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -

# Virtual Box Key
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/sun_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

# medibuntu Key
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

Java, Skype, Acrobat, GoogleEarth, Proprietary and Others

For installation execute the following commands:

# Update the index of your repositories
sudo apt-get update

# multimedia codecs, flash, java, google earth, virtualbox, libdvdcss2, codecs, skype, ffmpeg, amarok, lastfm, picasa, wine, acrobatreader, gimp, krita, kget, ksnapshot
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras googleearth libdvdcss2 ffmpeg non-free-codecs skype miro amarok libtunepimp5-mp3 lastfm picasa wine acroread gizmo5 lastfm gimp krita kget ksnapshot

For other very usefull apps:

# Some cool games
sudo apt-get install frozen-bubble warzone2100 chromium nexuiz
# Amarok media player, Lastfm music client
sudo apt-get install amarok libtunepimp5-mp3 lastfm

# The ubuntu-restricted-extras (installs flash, java, multimedia codecs)
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

# The kubuntu-restricted-extras (install this one if you use kubuntu)
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras

# Mediatomb UPnP MediaServer with a nice web user interface. Share your media with PS3 and XBOX devices.
# cat /var/log/mediatomb.log to see what url is the server running point you browser to that url to configure
sudo apt-get install mediatomb

# Acrobat Reader
sudo apt-get install acroread

# Google Earth, Picasa
sudo apt-get install googleearth picasa

# Skype
sudo apt-get install skype

# Miro - The free open-source video platform.
sudo apt-get install miro

# KDE download manager
sudo apt-get install kget

# OSS voip, softphone, video conference tools
sudo apt-get install ekiga twinkle gizmo5

# image and publishing tools
sudo apt-get install krita scribus inkscape karbon gimp

# Kexi is considered as a long awaited Open Source competitor for Microsoft Access, Filemaker and Oracle Forms.
# Kivio is an easy to use diagramming and flowcharting application
# KPlato is a project management application.
sudo apt-get install kplato kivio kexi

### Advanced usage

# visual partition editor
sudo apt-get install gparted

# To change the default JVM run the command below and select the relevant version.
# If you only have one JVM this step should not be required.
sudo update-alternatives --config java

# remote login using ssh
sudo apt-get install sshfs openssh-server

Restart, enjoy