xubuntu 12.04

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Way too many issues with a first attempt drove me to the decission to reinstall. I had a look around and made eye contact with fedora, arch and debian but in the end thought I’d give a clean xubuntu installation a second chance – and I did not regret it. Here goes:

1. Installation from LiveUSB

First surprise:No issues. Only: apparently all of a sudden my computer needs a /boot partition, so my partition map looks like this:

1. primary   ext2    254MB   /boot
2. logical   swap   4000MB
3. logical   ext4   <rest>   /

2. Dual Screen under xubuntu

sudo apt-get install arandr

It does the trick.

3. Picasa

Followed webupd8 again. Again no IE6 for me.

4. Configuring Menu

»Add Seperator« in Alacarte still crashes Alacarte. Alacarte is a piece of junk.

Wine still sits at the very top of the main menu and still does not show under alacarte. I do not like alacarte.

5. LaTeX

This time I went straight for texlive 2012 and texlive-full and had no problems. The only warning I get is

LaTeX Warning: You have requested, on input line 149, version `2007/10/02′ of package kvoptions, but only version `2006/08/22 v2.4 Connects package keyval with LaTeX options (HO) ‘ is available.

I’ll deal with that later. Maybe.

Also, locations changed slightly it seems. If I am not mistaken, stuff now sits in

/usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/

6. Getting rid of the lake

Xubuntu’s standard theme wallpaper is, humahem, not my cup of tea. So I try to replace it wherever it shows:

1. Boot-splash
Apparently it is possible to change the boot splash by picking another plymouth-theme. There are several in the reositories. After downloading you have to

sudo update-alternatives –config default.plymouth

follow the instructions and when done

sudo update-initramfs -u

Pretty straightforward, I picked kubuntu-logo.plymouth.

In case you only want to change the image, Joes3029 knows the location

2. login background
It is set in

/etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf

so change it there.

3. post login

Ever so briefly the lake flashes over the screen after login. No idea where to change it yet – yet after fixing the boot splash it seems gone, too.

4. Desktop Background

The easiest: right-click on desktop –> desktop settings –> pick your desired one, done.

 

That’s it. All in all it took me a long afternoon to install and customise – and that’s how I expect a Linux installation to go down in 2012!

 

A little postscript:

7. Shut up KDE-Apps

sudo apt-get install systemsettings

Open it up (type »systemsettings« in a terminal) and go to Application and System Notifications -> Player Settings -> No audio output. Thanks skfd.

8. Hibernate Fail

After years of pretty good hibernation and ok suspend functionality on my T60, hibernation finally does not work anymore. I see

»Shutdown failed. Failed to hibernate session. Not authorized.« when I try.

Turns out it is now turned off by default and one must follow the official »How do I hibernate my computer«-guide to turn it on. Pity.

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