I got myself a new Dell Inspiron n series today and thought it would be a good idea to outline for myself everything that I do to get it up to where I was happy with it so that I can remember what exactly I did.
It came with Ubuntu 9.10 installed on it, so the first thing that I did was to upgrade it up to 10.10. A simple update-manager -d will do the trick here.
sudo update-manager -d
I then enabled all the additional repos and set my download location to Canada via the Ubuntu Software Centre and ran a full update.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Firstly I installed the restricted extras to get all the codecs, flash, fonts, etc..
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Then I added the medibuntu repos.
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 update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 gxine libxine1-ffmpeg vlc mplayer mencoder
I connected my Ubuntu One account to synchronize my documents followed by opening up Tomboy and setting it’s synchronizations to use Ubuntu One as well.
Download and install dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/downloading
Here is a list of the initial default apps that I typically use:
sudo apt-get install gimp hamster-applet audacity avidemux devede easytag soundconverter meld epiphany-browser chromium-browser gcolor2 inkscape shutter
And some command line tools that I typically use:
sudo apt-get install vim exuberant-ctags ncftp mc lynx curl build-essential ec2-api-tools
Install the compiz settings manager
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
Download and install Google Chrome: http://google.com/chrome
I had to enter the bios and flip the function key settings as Dell defaults the F keys to be media keys and to use them as standard function keys you need to hit the function button, I more frequently use the regular function keys so I needed this changed.
I’m having trouble setting up the synaptics touchpad to allow for edge scrolling, I can’t seem to find any answer to solve this as of yet I’ll write an update when I track down the answer.