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setting up Ubuntu Desktop

common things with Ubuntu Server

take a few hints from the Ubuntu Server post-installation guide. You may simply add a few packages specific to workstation/desktop usage,

sudo apt install \
    chromium-browser \
    deluge deluged \
    filezilla \

you might also want to install & setup Conky.

you might also want to remove that one (it was spamming my logs),

apt remove ureadahead
#apt purge ureadahead

Tweak your environment

Setup GNU/Screen

Desktop environment

enable ctrl-alt-backspace to kill X,

dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

either tune Unity or eventually install e.g. Cinnamon.

SSH key pair

generate your workstation key pair and copy/paste it to where ever you need,

cat ~/.ssh/

also provide the PPK format,

cd ~/.ssh
puttygen id_rsa -o id_rsa.$USER@$HOSTNAME.ppk


Reduce the boot-loader timeout,

cp -pi /etc/default/grub /etc/default/grub.dist
vi /etc/default/grub


You can ask GRUB2 to boot the same OS that was booted last time by default,


network settings

DNS search

while keeping the NetworkManager up and default DHCP, I need my domain searches,

cd /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d
cp -pi base base.dist
vi base

install nfs client to mount nfs shares,

apt install nfs-common

setup your default workgroup when mounting windows file shares,

#apt install samba
apt install smbclient smbfs
vi /etc/samba/smb.conf

Skype Alpha (not the freaking old v4.3)

fetch and install the [alpha .deb] (

[alternate link for skype 1.5 alpha / linux] (

OVH Hubic

fetch and install Hubic for Linux from the Hubic forum

actually use the shit,

mkdir hubic
hubic login hubic
(enter your password)

check the sync status,

hubic status

Java & Eclipse

install Oracle Java,

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

fetch [Eclipse] (, extract and install the IDE flavor you need (you can do that from the gui).