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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 \
    terminator

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,

ssh-keygen
cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

also provide the PPK format,

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

multi-boot

Reduce the boot-loader timeout,

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

GRUB_TIMEOUT=3

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

GRUB_DEFAULT=saved
GRUB_SAVEDEFAULT=true

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
search example.com

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] (https://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-linux/downloading-web/?type=weblinux-deb).

[alternate link for skype 1.5 alpha / linux] (https://community.skype.com/t5/Linux/Skype-for-Linux-Alpha-and-calling-on-Chrome-amp-Chromebooks/td-p/4434299)

OVH Hubic

fetch and install Hubic for Linux from the Hubic forum

actually use the shit,

mkdir hubic
hubic login user@example.com 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] (https://eclipse.org/downloads/), extract and install the IDE flavor you need (you can do that from the gui).