[Ubuntu-SG] Starting a collection of tips for newbs for after they install jaunty...

Ho Yi Hao hounited1 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 02:38:11 BST 2009


What i would suggest it that we compile a list of things for newbie to linux
to transfer from windows.
We could also tell them the software alternatives on windows. This not only
promote linux but also become an attraction point for windows user to
migrate the linux without any major problem.

We could also offer people who have just transfer to linux some
configuration guide to make sure that linux is working fine on their pc.

cheers,
with regards,
Yi hao


On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 1:24 AM, Daniel , Dao Quang Minh <dqminh89 at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Hi guys,
>
> linuxNUS is thinking of having something like X number of tips for Ubuntu
> beginner ( i.e what do you do after installing Ubuntu , tips to migrate from
> Windows to Linux/ Ubuntu ) printed and distributed as fliers to new students
> during our upcoming matric fair.
>
> We can also advertise for the upcoming Software Freedom Day too.
>
> What do you think about it ? Sorry but the fair is next week so it's quite
> urgent ;(
>
> Cheers,
> Daniel, Dao Quang Minh.
>
>
> On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 12:17 PM, David Widder <daveco-inc at hotmail.com>wrote:
>
>>  This is the first Draft, tell me what you think: and add to it if you
>> want.
>>
>> Things to prefect Ubuntu after installing Jaunty Jackalope
>>
>>
>>
>> Install the package ubuntu-restricted-extras to play flash, like youtube,
>> as well as being able to play mp3 and wma files.
>>
>>
>>
>>             sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
>>
>>
>>
>> Install Gnome-Do, a great time saving program that allows you to launch
>> programs with specific parameters, for example, you might select a word,
>> launch it with the key combination <super> (windows logo) and space, and
>> type “define” and it will guess that you want to define the text that you
>> selected. If it got it wrong, then you press the down arrow, and it will
>> give you more things to do with the thing that you selected. It can also be
>> used as a simple program launcher. Follow this link, and click on “Download”
>> in the top right. Once it downloads, install it and try it out by pressing
>> <super> space. After you install, you should enable all of the add-ons by
>> typing preferences in to Gnome-Do, and in the tab “Add-ons” enable all of
>> the add ones in the dropdown box, and then tick all of the boxes, or just
>> enable the ones you are likely to use.
>>
>>
>>
>>             http://do.davebsd.com/
>>
>>
>>
>> Make Firefox obey jaunty's new notification's system by installing the
>> ad-on from the below link. You must make sure that you tick the box “let me
>> install this experimental add-on” then click “add to Firefox”, restart
>> firefox, and watch as that pesky and ugly “all downloads are complete”
>> notification slides nicely in to Jaunty's awesome new click-through
>> notification system.
>>
>>
>>
>>             https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9622
>>
>>
>>
>> If you are using Ubuntu on a small screen, you might want to use a more
>> compact theme. Download one of the two files on the screen, one uses
>> standard icons and compacts the rest of the interface, the other uses
>> smaller icons.
>>
>>
>>
>> Get it here
>> http://martin.ankerl.com/2008/11/04/human-compact-themes-for-ubuntu-810/
>>
>>
>>
>> After you install, you must run this to make the theme apply for
>> applications that run as root also.
>>
>>
>>
>>   sudo cp /home/username/.themes/Human\ Compact/gtk-2.0/gtkrc /root/.gtkrc-2.0
>>
>>
>>
>> If you live in Singapore, the default Bit-Torrent Client will not work by
>> default. Go to add/remove in the Applications menu, uncheck “Transmission”,
>> and tick “Deluge” and click apply, and you will have uninstalled
>> Transmission, and replaced it with Deluge, a great Bit-Torrent that works
>> well in Singapore.
>>
>>
>>
>> Even though Jaunty vastly improves the boot speed, there are ways to make
>> it go faster. When you start up your computer, you should see something that
>> says “press ESC to enter grub”. What the hell is grub and why would I want
>> to enter it? Well, it is the boot loader that can help you boot into
>> recovery mode, and if you have other operating systems installed, then this
>> is where you chose which one to boot. Back to the point, you can make your
>> boot faster by pressing “e” in the grub menu while you have the default
>> selection highlighted, and then after you press “e” press it again in the
>> new menu. You should have a cursor, and you need to type the word “profile”,
>> and that will help the computer realize what is needed to boot to make the
>> boot go more efficiently.
>>
>>
>>
>> By David Widder
>>
>> © DaveCo Inc
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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