Kubuntu 14.04 Post Installation Tuning

These are my notes and observations taken from a full, bare-metal installation of Kubuntu 14.04-LTS.

First, apply recent updates:

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade 

Install restricted packages “kubuntu-restricted-addons” and “kubuntu-restricted-extras”. kubuntu-restricted-addons includes GStreamer, GStreamer plugins and libdvdread4 (library for reading DVD’s) kubuntu-restricted-extras includes the Adobe Flash plugin, ffmpeg, lame (MP3 encoding library), and Microsoft TrueType fonts.

$ sudo apt-get -y install kubuntu-restricted-addons kubuntu-restricted-extras

Enable DVD playback

$ sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

Install Chromium. Firefox is the default browser, however I like to keep Chromium handy.

$ sudo apt-get -y install chromium-browser

Install some multi-media apps VLC, WinFF, and Devede and Handbrake:

$ sudo apt-get -y install vlc vlc-plugin* winff devede handbrake

[Changed from 12.04]
Install K9Copy. Sadly K9Copy is no longer in the repos, so this app has to be installed manually. https://www.kubuntuforums.net/showthread.php?64493-k9copy-fans

Install utilities for file sharing. My workstation sometimes serves files over the LAN so additional Samba/CIFS utilities are helpful

$ sudo apt-get install samba cifs-utils fusesmb

Install other favorite utilities

$ sudo apt-get install p7zip pyrenamer gimp agave filezilla putty zim

[Changed from 12.04] Install Kompozer – Basic WSIWIG for html editing I had Kompozer on my 12.04 system, however it’s been dropped from the repos, however you can install it using the 12.04 packages: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallKompozer Use packages from 12.04 Precise. First, install dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get install libatk1.0-0 libc6 libcairo2 libfontconfig1 libfreetype6 libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 libglib2.0-0 libgtk2.0-0 libidl0 libnspr4 libnss3 libpango1.0-0 libpng12-0 libstdc++6 libx11-6 libxft2 libxinerama1 libxrender1 libxt6 zlib1g for 64bit systems:
$ wget https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/kompozer-data_0.8%7Eb3.dfsg.1-0.1ubuntu2_all.deb  
$ wget https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/kompozer_0.8%7Eb3.dfsg.1-0.1ubuntu2_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i kompozer-data_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1ubuntu2_all.deb  
$ sudo dpkg -i kompozer_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1ubuntu2_amd64.deb

Install utilities needed for compiling apps and plasmoids.

$ sudo apt-get install cmake build-essential debhelper fakeroot checkinstall kdelibs5-dev kdebase-workspace-dev

Install Skype – Skype can be installed by including the “partner” repo.

$ sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Uncomment “deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu trusty partner” Save and quit, then:

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y install skype

Tweaking Dolphin – Generate thumbnail icons for avi/mpeg files. By default Dolphin does not generate icons for avi/mpeg files in Dolphin. Solve this by installing ffmpegthumbs

$ sudo apt-get install ffmpegthumbs  

To adjust Desktop Folder so that thumbnail images are generated for avi/mpeg files: Unlock widgets Edit Folder View Settings | Display Check “Previews” Go to: “More Preview Options…” Scroll down to the bottom –> Check “Video Files (ffmpegthumbs)”

[Changed from 12.04]
** Install Bittorrent Sync (Desktop GUI version)** http://forum.bittorrent.com/topic/28106-linux-desktop-gui-unofficial-packages-for-bittorrent-sync/

The desktop version of Bittorrent Sync (btsync-gui) now comes with a GUI similar to the Windows and Mac versions. This replaces the “btsyncindicator” app. Note that the web interface is disabled by default.

$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys 6BF18B15
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tuxpoldo/btsync 
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y install btsync-gui  

Log out (and then in), the Btsync App indicator will show up the the System Tray.

Disable mouse-scroll switching between Virtual Desktops By default, the mouse wheel cycles/switches through the Desktops. I find this irritating so I disable it.

To deactivate this behavior: With the cursor on the Desktop, right-click, select Desktop Settings Mouse Actions Remove scroll button behavior (middle selection).

Install VirtualBox

$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox virtualbox-guest-additions-iso vde2

**Install (Oracle) Java **The easiest way to get Java (7) and to keep it updated is via ppa.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer

If you have more than one version of Java, configure which one your system uses:

$ sudo update-alternatives --config java

And make sure to select the Java version you just installed.  

Done. Cheers.