Parental Units Setup

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My parents somehow agreed to try Linux. Here the steps I performed after the default install of Ubuntu 7.10.
My parents somehow agreed to try Linux. Here the steps I performed after the default install of Ubuntu 7.10.
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=== Remove the ''metacity'' minimize animation ===
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== Configure user auto-login ==
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From ''/etc/gdm/gdm.conf'':
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# Automatic login, if true the first attached screen will automatically logged
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# in as user as set with AutomaticLogin key.
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$ '''sudo sed --in-place -e 's/AutomaticLoginEnable=false/AutomaticLoginEnable=true/' \'''
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> '''-e 's/AutomaticLogin=/AutomaticLogin=user/' /etc/gdm/gdm.conf'''
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== Enable playback of "restricted formats" ==
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"Restricted formats" comprise non-free media formats, including DVD, MP3, Quicktime, and Windows Media.
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$ '''sudo apt-get -y install ubuntu-restricted-extras'''
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Of the installed packages installed by the ''ubuntu-restricted-extras'' metapackage, I remove ''msttcorefonts'' as they make my Web browsing experience look worse in my opinion.
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$ '''sudo apt-get -y remove msttcorefonts'''
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== Remove the ''metacity'' minimize animation ==
* Disable the animation.
* Disable the animation.
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* Display contents of windows when moving (i.e., disable the awful wireframe effect).
* Display contents of windows when moving (i.e., disable the awful wireframe effect).
$ '''gconftool-2 --set --type=boolean /desktop/gnome/interface/accessibility true'''
$ '''gconftool-2 --set --type=boolean /desktop/gnome/interface/accessibility true'''
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== Install Opera ==
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* Add the Opera ''.deb'' repository.
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$ '''sudo sh -c 'echo "# The Opera browser (packages)\ndeb http://deb.opera.com/opera etch non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list''''
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* Add the ''deb.opera.com'' GPG key.
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$ '''sudo sh -c 'wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | apt-key add -''''
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* Install Opera.
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$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install opera
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== Install Frostwire ==
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$ '''wget http://www.frostwire.com/download/?os=ubuntu'''
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$ '''sudo dpkg -i frostwire-*.deb'''
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== Install Internet Explorer 6 ==
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Install IE6 just-in-case a site is unusable with Firefox or Opera. Instructions on installing IE6 on Ubuntu are here[http://brandonhutchinson.com/Installing_Internet_Explorer_on_Linux.html].
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== Links ==
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* [http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-12777.html GDM logging on locally without entering password?]
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* [https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats RestrictedFormats]

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My parents somehow agreed to try Linux. Here the steps I performed after the default install of Ubuntu 7.10.

Contents

Configure user auto-login

From /etc/gdm/gdm.conf:

# Automatic login, if true the first attached screen will automatically logged
# in as user as set with AutomaticLogin key.
$ sudo sed --in-place -e 's/AutomaticLoginEnable=false/AutomaticLoginEnable=true/' \
> -e 's/AutomaticLogin=/AutomaticLogin=user/' /etc/gdm/gdm.conf

Enable playback of "restricted formats"

"Restricted formats" comprise non-free media formats, including DVD, MP3, Quicktime, and Windows Media.

$ sudo apt-get -y install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Of the installed packages installed by the ubuntu-restricted-extras metapackage, I remove msttcorefonts as they make my Web browsing experience look worse in my opinion.

$ sudo apt-get -y remove msttcorefonts

Remove the metacity minimize animation

  • Disable the animation.
$ gconftool-2 --set --type=boolean /apps/metacity/general/reduced_resources true
  • Display contents of windows when moving (i.e., disable the awful wireframe effect).
$ gconftool-2 --set --type=boolean /desktop/gnome/interface/accessibility true

Install Opera

  • Add the Opera .deb repository.
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "# The Opera browser (packages)\ndeb http://deb.opera.com/opera etch non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
  • Add the deb.opera.com GPG key.
$ sudo sh -c 'wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | apt-key add -'
  • Install Opera.
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install opera

Install Frostwire

$ wget http://www.frostwire.com/download/?os=ubuntu
$ sudo dpkg -i frostwire-*.deb

Install Internet Explorer 6

Install IE6 just-in-case a site is unusable with Firefox or Opera. Instructions on installing IE6 on Ubuntu are here[1].

Links

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