Setup Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on Dell Latitude E6510
After a kernel update I experienced cases where I had to reinstall the Nvidia graphics driver :-( -> see #Updating NVIDIA graphics driver
Additional packages via Synaptic Package Manager:
- gufw GUI for configuring the firewall
- Meld is tool for comparing and merging text files.
- Gnome Commander is a good clone of Norton Commander; install package gnome-commander (Gnome Commander uses Meld as default compare tool.)
- Open as Administrator in Nautilus
- nautilus gksu adds an 'Open as Administrator'-action in the context-sensitive menu. Therefore console is not anymore needed to edit a file as admin.
- Package smbfs for SMB mounting (see below)
- Packages for OpenOffice (among others)
- openoffice.org-filter-binfilterfor importing Star Office documents / spreadsheets (restart Open Office necessary)
- openoffice.org-base database module, needed for e.g. exporting to dbase-files
- hunspell-de-ch-frami (don't know if necessary...)
- For ripping CDs into MP3 with Sound Juicer (defaultly installed) you need following packages
- lame (multiverse)
- gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly (universe)
- gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse (multiverse)
- See Sound Juicer for more information. Alternative tool for CD ripping is grip.
- After changes any presets in Sound Juicer you have to restart it.
- delivers dos2unix and unix2dos tools to convert files (CR/LF)
- for converting movies (*.mov, *.gp3 etc.) to Flash. For good conversion quality: ffmpeg -i P3054383.MOV -ar 22050 -sameq P3054383_sameq.flv
- Alternative program to grip (used on old PC).
- Contains e.g. console program play to play wav-files.
- Tool for saving and restoring harddisk partitions.
- contains different restricted extras, e.g. Windows fonts, thus replacing msttcorefonts, which seems no longer available
- Boot-up manager, replacement for System, Administration, Services (which seems to be missing in 10.04)
- thunderbird Mozilla Thunderbird
- Thunderbird generally pleases me more than the Evolution mail program. Nevertheless it does not open files with wrong MIME-setting. To fix this you can install the add-on OPENATTACHMENTBYEXTENSION from page . See  as well. Installation: Do in Thunderbird: 'Tools', 'Add ons', 'Extensions', 'Install...', select *.xpi and install it. After program restart configure it ('Tools', 'Add ons', 'Extensions', 'Preferences'):
- *.doc /usr/bin/ooffice
- *.DOC /usr/bin/ooffice
- Install LookOut in Thunderbird so that you can decode winmail.dat attachements: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/lookout/eula/133484?src=search
- Gnome Partition Manager
- Simple Backup Manager. See  and .
- Do remember:
- supports full and incremental backup (do fullback after ..days)
- different backup configurations possible on the command line
- The program can be started by user (Applications, Accessories, Simple Backup Configuration; no shedule supported) or as Admin (Applications, System Tools, Simple Backup Configuration (This is the one currently used)
- Depending on user started the relevant files differ: ~/.config/sbackup/sbackup.conf vs. /etc/sbackup.conf, ~/.local/share/sbackup/log vs. /var/log/sbackup
- Tool for taking photos and capturing movies from plugged in cameras
- Tool for creating CD sleeves
- Sun Java applet plugin (original plugin instead of icedtea-plugin)
- Needed for virtual pdf printer: See 
- Tool for cleaning up old, unnecessary packages etc. See here. Install with:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
Installed via Ubuntu Software Center
- Eclipse Java Development Tools
- Installs Eclipse platform and Java tools. IF YOU NEED NEWER ECLIPSE VERSION: SEE BELOW!
- Installs the Groovy platform
- Vector graphics tool based on SVG
- GIMP Image Editor
- Editing pixel graphics
- Packet sniffer tool
- Tracker Search Tool
- Desktop Search
- WiFi Radar
- Tool to find wireless networks
Installed via Internet
- Virtual Box
- http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads The OSE (open source edition) can be downloaded via the Synaptic Package Manager. The non-OSE version has some advantages against the common version.
- Adobe Reader
- www.adobe.com With the Adobe Reader printing of larger pdfs is much faster and often the only solution.
- Installation: After downloading the bin-file, make it executable, then execute it as sudo.
- Install Eclipse IDE
Install libdvdcss instead of Medibuntu
Adding key (See ):
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver minsky.surfnet.nl --recv 1F41B907
Update to Java7
- sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
- sudo apt-get update
- udo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer (Can be easily done by Synaptic as well...)
- Update all Java tool alternatives, see Ubuntu_&_Java (sudo update-alternatives --config java ...)
Install Medibuntu Archive containing non-free packages (OUTDATED!!)
- Run in shell: sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update and
- sudo apt-get --yes install app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu
- (You have to do this again after upgrading Ubuntu.)
- Start Synaptic Package Manager and install following packages:
Assure to update to latest Firefox version
- Synaptic Package Manager, Settings, Repositories
- Other Software, Add: "ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa"
Printers installed via System, Administration, Printing, Add... Then looked up the network and installed them using the default settings.
Lexmark C530dn: - go to company HP and download ppd-files for Debian 3.1: Lexmark-HP, C530, Debian 3.1 - select: Lexmark PPD for CUPS & OpenOffice printing) - select ppd_files/UTF-8/en/Lexmark_C530_en.PPD
- open /usr/share/fonts/truetype as administrator
- create directory, e.g. corel-fonts
- copy files from Corel-CD (CD1: FONTS/TTF and FONTS/SYMBOLE/TTF to newly created directory
- Alt-F2, enter sudo fc-cache -f -v
- Restart Open Office from ground up
Or see Ubuntu Tips and Hints
Take over VirtualBox virtual machines
- copy *.vdi into <user-home>/.VirtualBox/VDI (VDI-directory made by myself)
- create new virtual machine and select the VDI (existing harddisk)
- setup exchange directory (Settings, Shared Folders)
- Setup NAS-shares: Update therefore /etc/fstab by adding lines like:
- //N3200/music /mnt/N3200Music cifs user=<user>%<password>,users,noperm 0 0
Updating NVIDIA graphics driver
- Download driver from NVIDIA, make file executable, my Latitude needs a driver for: NVIDIA Quadro, Quadro NVS Series (Notebooks), NVS 3100M, Quadro Grafiktreiber(?), Linux 32 Bit
- Press Ctrl-Alt-F2 to get to a console, stop the x server with sudo service lightdm stop (old (?): sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop)
- go to downloaded file and execute it (eg.: cd /home/pfu/Downloads, sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-256.44.run)
- Start X server again: sudo service lightdm start and switch to X11 (Ctrl-Alt-F7). Or restart computer or try to start X-server again with startx).
- DVD recorder
- Type is HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU10N and supports according here following features:
- Exact type: Hitachi/LG GU10N features an ultra slim 9.5 mm design
- can write to DVD±R media at up to 8x
- can also write to DVD±R DL media up to 6x
- and CD-R media up to 24x and CD-RW up to 16x!