A fresh start with Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04

A fresh install for my laptop, with some Desktop tools and all the rails/ruby stuff I need.

  1. Choose a short name for your computer, it will later show in the prompt.
    Only enter your firstname/alias, it will always show in the toolbar.
    Keyboard layout: English (International AltGr dead keys)
  2. Copy over stuff from old system, decrypt using ecryptfs-recover-private if necessary.
    (Get places.sqlite from firefox folder to recover your history.)
  3. Install RVM + rvm install 1.9.3
    sudo apt-get install build-essential curl libcurl4-openssl-dev zlib1g-dev libssl-dev libreadline6-dev libncursesw5-dev libxml2 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libsqlite3-dev -y
    install rvm following instructions in the link...
  4. Git sudo apt-get install git
  5. Dropbox install + start syncing
  6. dotfiles
    cd ~ && git clone git://github.com/grosser/dotfiles.git
    ruby dotfiles/install.rb
  7. Rubymine to /opt/rubymine

    Command key
    If you like OSx like shortcuts e.g. Cmd+T, choose "meta is mapped to left win" in advanced keyboard layout options and you can use your windows key for them.

    /opt/rubymine/bin/rubymine.sh and setup mine as executable then

    alias m="mine . > /dev/null 2>&1 &"

    It is no longer in ubuntu repos.

    sudo apt-get purge openjdk*
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer
  8. Unity menu key
    Map unity menu from super to Super+z, so you can use it with shortcuts (see below) and with rubymine commands
    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager -y
    open compiz application and rebind unity laucher @ "ubuntu unity plugin", dont mess with anything else, I managed to make ubuntu no longer boot into a GUI with just a few clicks
  9. Shortcuts
    Super+D = desktop
    Super+E = open home
    Super+Up = maximize
    Super+Down = minimize
    Super+Q = quit application (Alt+F4)

  10. Chrome sudo apt-get install chromium-browser -y
  11. Ruco commandline editor gem install ruco (atm not working on ruby 1.9.3 / ubuntu 12)
  12. copy important dotfiles + firefox history/forms/... database from .mozilla
  13. dotfiles
  14. Multi-clipboard sudo apt-get install clipit -y
    (set history shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+V)
  15. Skype + add skype to startup
    (video fix in dotfiles --> add add /home/xxxx/dotfiles/bin/video-skype to "Startup Spplications" )

  16. Mysql:
    sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client libmysql-ruby libmysqlclient-dev -y
    I`d recommend no root password
  17. Redis sudo apt-get install redis-server -y
  18. Memcached sudo apt-get install memcached
  19. ImageMagic sudo apt-get install imagemagick -y
  20. Arial/Verdana etc fonts: sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts -y
  21. VirtualBox
  22. Nginx + Passenger
  23. Restrcited codes sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras -y
  24. Terminal
    Set Ctrl+Shift+L for clear+reset in terminal, so the history gets removed on keypress
    Set Ctrl+t for new tab
  25. Postgres
    sudo apt-get install postgresql libpq-dev
    gem install pg
    sudo su postgres

    use no username / no password in database.yml

  26. Reverse scrolling
    If you often work on macs this can reduce your confusion.
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zedtux/naturalscrolling
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install naturalscrolling -y

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