Configure Linux!

After a fresh install of Linux (in my case LinuxMint) I always follow some steps to get my hardware working.

Here’s what I do!

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Install process:

Boot to live
sort out home directory names
install - reboot
copy over files in ~/

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Update to nvidia-378 driver

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa

Enable the driver(s) in the Additional Driver dialogue in the Control Centre

Test WebGL:

http://www.khronos.org/webgl/wiki/Demo_Repository

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Mad Catz RAT 3 Mouse:

add to

/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-vmmouse.conf
Section "InputClass"
 Identifier "Mouse Remap"
 MatchProduct "Madcatz Mad Catz R.A.T.3 Mouse"
 MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
 Option "ButtonMapping" "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 0 0 0 0"
EndSection

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Set up fstrim for SSD Hard Drives – both the root and /home partitions

sudo gedit /etc/cron.daily/trim
#!/bin/sh
LOG=/var/log/trim.log
echo "*** $(date -R) ***" >> $LOG
fstrim -v / >> $LOG
fstrim -v /home >> $LOG
sudo chmod +x /etc/cron.daily/trim

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Install Oracle Java – needed for Minecraft and other websites.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

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Google Drive

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alessandro-strada/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install google-drive-ocamlfuse

google-drive-ocamlfuse

In your .profile file in ~/ add:

mount | grep '/home/[username]/GDrive' >/dev/null || /usr/bin/google-drive-ocamlfuse '/home/[username]/GDrive'

to mount your Google drive in ~/GDrive

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Chrome Unstable – to get the latest features

https://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/eula_dev.html?dl=unstable_amd64_deb

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Google Talk Plugin so I can talk to back home

https://www.google.com/tools/dlpage/hangoutplugin/download.html

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Google Music Manager for all my music needs

https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-musicmanager-beta_current_amd64.deb
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Geary

In the Software Store

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Virtualbox

https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.3.2/virtualbox-4.3_4.3.2-90405~Ubuntu~raring_amd64.deb

Add on

http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.3.2/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.3.2-90405.vbox-extpack

add user to group

vboxusers

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VMWare

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free#desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/6_0
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
sudo bash ./VMware-Player-3.1.4-385536.x86_64.bundle

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Steam

In the Software Store

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DropBox

In the Software Store

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Minecraft

In the Mint Software Store

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Lightworks

http://www.lwks.com/index.php?option=com_docman&gid=19&task=cat_view&Itemid=199

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Wireless Hotspot

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ap-hotspot
sudo ap-hotspot start
sudo ap-hotspot configure

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and that’s it really! That gets me to a fully working desktop with the most often used applications and drivers.

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