- Get rid of that top panel! never been happy with two panels (but just watch me contradict myself later! :))
- Install the nvidia display driver for my Geoforce 6200 using the hardware drivers popup.
- Install xubuntu-restricted-extras for all the media stuff.
- 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.
- 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.
- Install portmap and nfs-common for nfs client operability.
- Edit /etc/fstab to include all my local and network shares. I only use nfs on my LAN servers.
- Install rdesktop to access my ever-running Headless VBox XP on my server.
- Try out Vinagre. It actually works! I can easily vnc to my two servers.
- 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 🙂
- Install totem-xine to get the deinterlacing control for watching dvb tv.
- Edit the desktop configuration file for “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
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
Aim: to install a command line system, using the 7.04 server edition, and then to install Virtualbox on it, so that I can run VMs using VRDP and access them remotely using rdesktop on client machines. Continue reading