Burning the 9.04 CD: Instead of installing Brasero or another burner, I used the command
wodim dev=$PATH-TO-DEVICE driveropts=burnfree -v -data $PATH-TO-ISO, so in my case
wodim dev=/dev/scd0 driveropts=burnfree -v -data /home/me/Ubuntu\ Images/xubuntu-9.04-desktop-i386.iso. Very easy and fast that way.
Using the 9.04 LiveCD installer: Very simple. One hiccup when automatic partitioning failed. I chose to reuse my existing partition *without* formatting it first, and (COOL!) my /home directory was untouched. All my preferences and saved fies were still there...as if they had been migrated. Networking and sound worked immediately from the default installation.
Enabling Medibuntu and debtorrent: Medibuntu is for non-free packages like skype. Debtorrent is a method of using torrents instead of mirrors to download. Both require changes to the /etc/apt/sources.list file. debtorrent instructions
sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list~ # Backup the sources.list file sudo mousepad /etc/apt/sources.list & # Open the sources.list file in an editing window ## In sources.list, append the following two lines at the bottom, then save (don't close it) ## Medibuntu deb debtorrent://localhost:9988/packages.medibuntu.org/ jaunty free non-free sudo apt-get update sudo sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring debtorrent apt-transport debtorrent ## In sources.list, substitute each occurrence of the string 'deb http://' prefix with 'deb debtorrent://localhost:9988/' ## Save and close the sources.list file. sudo apt-get update
Bringing back my favorite apps: Using this table, it's pretty easy to figure out what to install and remove. Downloading all this stuff took about 40 minutes.
The droid fonts are nice, but not special.
|Subject||Packages I Removed||Packages I Added||Install Notes|
|Evolution needed a couple restarts to start working properly|
|Download-at-first-need for audio also works well.|
|xtightvncviewer required manual config: |
|blues-gnome gets rid of bluetooth-applet|
pmount mounts usb drives as user instead of root
Several launcher icons were missing - the launchers were still in the right place and fully functional, but the application (like bluefish) was gone. After reinstallation, most images came back automatically. A couple needed to be reassociated with the image by right-clicking on 'properties'.
Two important shortcuts were missing.
- The Home folder icon on the desktop was gone - fixed by right clicking on the desktop, then Desktop Settings -> Icons.
- The shortcut to my imadison script was missing from /bin. Easy to replace with
sudo cp -l imadison.py /bin/imadison
The crontab was gone and had to be recreated.
The mail-notification icon couldn't find evolution (Bug 355209). The bug report has the simple workaround.