Building Ubuntu

My favorite operating system for computers is Linux. I've been using Ubuntu for many years, probably since Version 6, and for practical do-a-job installations I'll usually install version 10.04 LTS.

It is an old version but runs nicely on older machines and still installs and updates (although not much longer). I currently have several HP desktop P4 boxes crunching on Einstein@home running Ubuntu 10.04 server and they do a nice job.

One thing I hadn't tried was installing the Gnome Desktop on top of Ubuntu Server rather than just using my Ubuntu Desktop install disk. As it turned out, Ubuntu Server core installed takes very little space and dropping the Gnome Desktop on it was quite easy.

The Ubuntu forums contain heaps of useful information so I went looking for some suggested install scripts for Gnome Desktop. The easiest seemed to be:
'sudo apt-get install gnome-core gdm indicator-applet-session'
which installed the gnome core, gnome desktop manager and the indicator applet.

I also needed to install Firefox, Gimp and Gftp plus Network Manager (network-manager-gnome). I decided to also add Banshee for playing music and VLC for video. Firefox needed the FlashPlayer plugin as well (sudo cp /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins).

I wanted to try Gnome Desktop and use Epiphany Web Browser. I also needed to then install FlashPlayer through PluginWrapper.
I found this after a bit of googling.
Flash is GTK+2 and Epiphany is GTK+3...that's the problem.
install flash 'sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer'
install nspluginwrapper 'sudo apt-get install nspluginwrapper'
then 'sudo nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/'
Lastly 'nspluginwrapper -v -a -n -i'
The above worked nicely and I then had Flash running with Epiphany browser.

I went looking for a theme to use on the desktop and installed 'Ubuntu Sunrise'. It gives a pleasant orange look to the desktop.

So its not hard to install the server version of Ubuntu, put the Gnome Desktop on it and give it a nice look. Job done.

23.05.2014. 09:55