Ubuntu renewed

I play hard and rough with my home computer, so about twice a year I need to reinstall my documents and software. I did this last week and decided to keep my system a bit leaner than usual.

This is half a note-to-self and half note-to-others. In addition to the default Ubuntu Linux 7.10 (“Gutsy Gibbon”) software — which includes the OpenOffice.org, the GIMP image program and a bunch of games, I added

  1. Liferea (feed reader)
  2. Inkscape (vector graphics)
  3. gFTP (file transfer)
  4. Google Earth (mapping) *
  5. Bluefish (code editor)
  6. Miro (video player)
  7. msttcorefonts (Microsoft font installer)
  8. Acrobat Reader (PDF reader) *

I also added the Google Notebook and Firebug (code manipulation) plugins to Firefox.

I added the software with asterisks using the Medibuntu repository, which can be added by following the “recipes” here.

A big change: I am not using an email client — perhaps for the first time. All my email is routed through my Gmail account now. I also don’t bother with the “prettified” Compiz windows manager. Metacity, the default windows manager, is really good.

Now lightened, my computer runs much better. That’s all.

Categorized as Ubuntu Linux

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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