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This is how I use Ubuntu… if you mind?

Switching to Crunchbang

Bépo (french Dvorak) is not an available keyboard layout in the Graphical installation. This is a pity. But, once installed,to switch to a Bépo keyboard layout:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

Firefox and Thunderbird are replaced by Iceweasel and Icedove. But it's the same piece of software. If you already have a firefox session saved in your home folder, it will find it and all your settings will be available in Iceweasel. For Thunderbird, you'll needd to rename the ~/.thunderbird folder to ~/.icedove before starting it for the first time.

To get the latest Firefox on your system, here's the way to go: http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=27526 The trick is to change the /etc/apt/preferences file.

Scanning software not installed by default: Choose Xsane or Simple-scan

Things to do after a fresh Ubuntu 12.04 install

Remove unwanted software

  • Ubuntu One + Ubuntu One music store
  • Rhythmbox


  • Install GPointing to get scrolling on the touchpad (on Dell 6400)
  • Indicators missing… Let the Notification area come back again (in french)

Useful resource for tweaking: http://www.webupd8.org/2012/04/things-to-tweak-after-installing-ubuntu.html

Some tweaking tools to try (haven't really found one that I'm happy with):


  • Gimp
  • Inkscape
  • Phatch
  • Agave
  • Hamster + Hamster-indicator (to add on startup)
  • Git
  • Filezilla
  • Revelation + revelation indicator (to add on startup)
  • Processing
  • Back in Time
  • Opera
  • Chromium
  • Vlc
  • Eclipse
  • Gnote
  • Shutter
  • Google calendar indicator (first start at /usr/share/calendar-indicator/ )
  • Tomahawk (remove phonon-backend-gstreamer and add phonon-backend-vlc)
  • checkinstall
  • soundconverter
  • sublime-text
  • Fontforge
  • Bitcoin

Preferences for previous versions

ubuntu/prefs.txt · Last modified: 2013/11/20 12:16 by Julien Deswaef