My Perfect Kubuntu Install

The following is my setup procedure when I install kubuntu 32 bit, I also included ubuntu commands for those of you who prefer ubuntu.

  1. Install All Ubuntu/Kubuntu Updates
    • Once the update is done reboot.
  2. Enable Hardware restricted drivers
    • Kubuntu Users:
      • Open the Menu and go to Applications -> System -> Hardware drivers
      • install any available drivers you might need. (video, wireless)
    • Ubuntu Users:
      • Go to System -> Administration -> Hardware drivers
      • install any available drivers you might need.(video, wireless)
    • Reboot your system.
  3. In some versions of ubuntu the Nvidia settings manager doesn’t install you may need to do this, if so run the following command
    • sudo apt-get install nvidia-settings
    • You’ll need run the nvidia settings as sudo so that you can save the settings your x file
      • sudo nvidia-settings
      • Go to “X Server Display Configuration”, select your resolution of choice, click on “Apply”, and then click on “Save to X Configuration File”.
  4. In Ubuntu you can Install KDE desktop if desired
    • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
      • To access kde log out and from options select kde then log in.
  5. In Kubuntu you can install the gnome desktop if desired
    • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
      • to access gnome log out and from options select gnome then log in.
  6. Install Non-Free Codecs repository(medibuntu)
    • The following is all one line and should be copied and pasted in it’s entirety
      • sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list
        --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list &&
        sudo apt-get -q update &&
        sudo apt-get --yes -q --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring &&
        sudo apt-get -q update
  7. Run the following command to install restricted extras such as, java, midi & dvd support, as well as mplayer and mozplugger utility for firefox.
    • Kubuntu Users:
      • sudo apt-get install kdenetwork-filesharing samba smb4k smbfs winbind ubuntu-restricted-extras kubuntu-restricted-extras sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin w32codecs libdvdcss2 libdvdread4 mplayer gecko-mediaplayer timidity mozplugger pavumeter pavucontrol
    • Ubuntu Users:
      • sudo apt-get install samba smbfs winbind ubuntu-restricted-extras sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin w32codecs libdvdcss2 libdvdread4 mplayer gecko-mediaplayer timidity mozplugger pavumeter pavucontrol
  8. You’ll need to run the following to insure that DVD’s can be played on the system:
    • sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
  9. Reboot your system
  10. Permanently mount networked windows drives
    • Backup your fstab:
    • sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab_old
    • fstab can be restored by running: sudo mv /etc/fstab_old /etc/fstab
    • Create a credintials file to login to your windows networked computer with the following command:
      • sudo nano /root/.smbcredentials
      • Add the following lines (change winusername and winpassword to the correct username and password for the samba/windows server you want to connect to):
      • username=winusername
        password=winpassword
      • Save the file by hitting ctrl+x, type “y” to save the buffer, andto exit
      • use the following command to change the permissions of the file so only root can read and edit it
      • sudo chmod 700 /root/.smbcredentials
      • Edit your fstab file so that the drive is mounted on boot.
        • Kubuntu Users:
          • sudo kate /etc/fstab
        • Ubuntu Users:
          • sudo gedit /etc/fstab
        • Add a line similar to the following editing it according to your own system setup(ip address and folders ect..)
        • the ip address reflects the ip address of the computer on the network you are trying to access plus the folder you are trying to access
        • /home/angel/music
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