A Traditionalists Guide to Configure – Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

If your a traditionalist, you obviously want to get rid of the cumbersome left bar now configured by default in Ubuntu. Most likely you dont want it, dont need it, dont want to adjust to it, and had you wanted it you would have purchased an {insert shiver here} Apple (even then you would expect it to be customizable and not be bound to the left). Since Ubuntu 9.10 I, like many others, have spent their time systematically breaking, circumventing and cursing to the gods names like Shuttleworth. Well, since it has been made clear that no matter how many people do not like this new shit uhmm… functionality, it will proceed anyway, I have decided its time to move on.

Documented here is the simplest path (that I have found) to configuring Ubuntu the way that it should be out of the box. I have left the packages separate to make it easier to decide what a person wants or does not:

1) Ignoring Unity

From a terminal run the following commands
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
If you want to move the buttons to the right run this command from terminal
gconftool-2 –set “/apps/metacity/general/button_layout” –type string “:minimize,maximize,close”
Now, you have spent enough time with Unity, go ahead and logout.
Now login again, click the settings icon, and choose Gnome Classic

2)Fix Dependencies (NEEDED FOR X64 VERSIONS ONLY)

sudo apt-get -f install

3) Install Chrome

I personally prefer to use Chrome instead of Chromium
Go HERE (or browse to Google yourself to download Chrome)
Download the deb Package (either 32 or 64 bit)
Only 32 bit just open the package to install
On 64 bit run the following from terminal (assuming you downloaded to the default firefox path)
sudo dpkg -i ‘./Downloads/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb’
If you have some trouble with the install try the following command from terminal
sudo apt-get install libnspr4-0d libnss3-1d libxss1 libcurl3
then run dpkg again.
Install support for ffmpeg in Chrome (if your not using Chrome or Chromium skip this)
sudo apt-get install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra

4) Install support for DVD playback and ‘proprietary’ codecs

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

5) Install support for you webcam

sudo apt-get install cheese

6) Install VLC Media Player

sudo apt-get install vlc

7) Install Dropbox

sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

8) Install Pysdm (a lazy mans tool for automatically mounting windows or other partitions)

sudo apt-get install pysdm

9) Install audacious

sudo apt-get install audacious