Xubuntu 9.04 – post installation setup

  1. Get rid of that top panel! never been happy with two panels (but just watch me contradict myself later! :))
  2. Install the nvidia display driver for my Geoforce 6200 using the hardware drivers popup.
  3. Install xubuntu-restricted-extras for all the media stuff.
  4. Open up thunar and selected detailed view, and change the Location selector to toolbar style.  The Sidepane is set at shortcuts by default so that’s OK.
  5. Remove all the desktop icons, just like a clear desktop. That’s a right click on the desktop, choose Desktop Settings > icons, and untick the boxes.
  6. Install portmap and nfs-common for nfs client operability.
  7. Edit /etc/fstab to include all my local and network shares. I only use nfs on my LAN servers.
  8. Install rdesktop to access my ever-running Headless VBox XP on my server.
  9. Try out Vinagre. It actually works! I can easily vnc to my two servers.
  10. Try out totem. Wow! For the first time since I have used linux, totem actually played back everything i threw at it – avi,mpg,flv,wmv,ts – and it does dvb tv. More on that later. This won’t tear me away from mplayer though 🙂
  11. Install totem-xine to get the deinterlacing control for watching dvb tv.
  12. Edit the desktop configuration file for “Movie Player” Movie Player in /usr/share/applications so that totem runs the xine backend instead of the gstreamer one. Just add “-xine” after totem on line 3. This will change the action on the main menu icon. Continue reading

NASLite-NFS revisited

I am a great fan of NFS, and having moved most of my PCs over to linux, use NFS exclusively on my ubuntu based servers. Found my open source floppy of NASLite-NFS yesterday and threw it at a virtual machine just for fun. The installation and setup reminded me just how easy it is to get going, and to end up with a fully fledged NFS file server on your LAN.

Security isn’t great, you’ll have to run behind a LAN and firewall to prevent unauthorised access, but I have found nothing much better for turning a cruddy old PC into something useful. Continue reading