“Minimal” Install – Xubuntu 10.04 LTS – Openbox

As per a previous post, here is a breakdown of the installation carried out on a Dell Dimension 4100 with an PIII 833mhz processor and 256mb ram:

#XUBUNTU 10.04 LTS ALT CD
#On Install screen press F4 and select Command Line Install
#then Install Xubuntu

#UPDATE – RUN THIS AGAIN AFTER CONFIGRATION
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

#APPS
sudo apt-get install openbox openbox-themes tango-icon-theme-extras xorg obmenu obconf thunar firefox xfce4-terminal –no-install-recommends

sudo apt-get install arandr build-essential feh gdebi hicolor-icon-theme htop libxmu-dev libpng-dev libjpeg-dev g++ libxft-dev mousepad openssh-server portmap nfs-common mplayer-nogui mencoder audacious devilspie zenity htop ffmpeg rar cups-pdf python-software-properties synaptic tango-icon-theme thunar-volman thunar-archive-plugin unrar update-manager vlc wbar xubuntu-restricted-extras wicd gksudo

#APP ALTERNATIVES
#Music players: potamus, moc, cmus, alsaplayer
#File Managers: pcmanfm, mc
#Browsers: chromium, midori, elinks
#Useful tools: winff (video/audio conversion), clicompanion, xfburn, aria2 (downloader), fireftp/filezilla (ftp), geany (development), mirage/gthumb (image mgt), remmina (vnc client), I could go on, but this IS meant to be a minimal install!

#SCREEN RESOLUTION CHANGER
arandr

#PANEL
sudo add-apt repository ppa:killeroid/ppa && sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install tint2
#follow this guide and example conf file for tint2
nano ~/.config/tint2/tint2rc

#DOCK
wget http://www.ihku.biz/wbarconf/wbarconf_0.7.2-1_i386.deb
#this following command may refuse, in need of dependencies
sudo dpkg -i ~/wbarconf_0.7.2-1_i386.deb
#so run this
sudo apt-get install -f
#then the install command again
sudo dpkg -i ~/wbarconf_0.7.2-1_i386.deb
#run wbarconf and add your preferred apps to the dock
wbarconf
#to prevent windows from crashing the dock, set the top margin of the screen to @ 40 pixels

#LOGIN MANAGER
wget http://download.berlios.de/slim/slim-1.3.2.tar.gz
#follow instructions here:
#if you swap out the background image for slim with the same one for your desktop, you get a seamless flow from login to desktop

#ICON THEME
#the default icon theme is grey and bland so change it to Tango
nano ~/gtkrc-2.0
#add this to the file you have created to get the Tango icon theme:
gtk-icon-theme-name = “Tango”
#for the Tango icon theme

#GRUB
#adjust settings for grub menu such a countdown timer
sudo nano /etc/default/grub
sudo update-grub2

#DESKTOP BACKGROUND
#Find yourself a background
#open it with feh
#use the feh right click menu to set it as background
#do the startup routine to set background on startup
#see login manager about matching backgrounds

#STARTUP ROUTINE
nano ~/config/openbox/autostart.sh
#add the following
eval `cat $HOME/.fehbg` &
tint2 &
wicd &
sleep 6 &
wbar &

#RIGHT CLICK MENU
obmenu
#for apps that run in terminal use “xfce4-terminal -x nameofapp”
#to maximise app use “xfce4-terminal –maximize -x nameofapp”
for synaptic use “gksudo synaptic”

#WINDOW THEME
obconf

#CREATE NEW USER WITH SAME CONFIGURATION
#a new user created normally would have the basic configuration that you started with.
see here:

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