January 15th 2007 | Tags: linux

I'm running Ubuntu 6.10 on my laptop, and a few weeks back the sound decided that it would just stop working. I finally got fed up enough with it to do a reinstall. I thought I'd try out the new beta for Feisty, but the installer repeatedly froze on me at 63% on the install, so I gave up and put 6.10 back on. I try to keep tabs on what software I install as extras to ease reinstalls, and tweaked my reinstall scripts from last time to the final forms shown below.

After all this, I did manage to get sound up and running, and it even properly mixes now between Quod Libet, Gaim, and Firefox/flash. So, total win. Also I got to remove some cruft from my install, and I should be able to get up and running quick when I upgrade to 7.04. No in-place upgrade this time.

This first script takes a custom sources.list (just edited to enable universe/multiverse from all sources, and add a few extras for jedit and some others) and copies it into place, and then installs a new kernel, shell, network manager, and graphics driver. It sets up the networking for WPA (which I use at home). Lastly, it installs a special driver for my video hardware, with an init-script to let my LCD run at native resolution. Fun times I had figuring that one out.


#sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.old
#sudo cp sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list
#sudo apt-get update

# Environment
sudo apt-get install \
  build-essential zsh zsh-doc deborphan \
  linux-image-686 linux-restricted-modules-686 \
  nvidia-glx network-manager network-manager-gnome yakuake

# Get WPA networking set up
sudo echo auto lo > /etc/network/interfaces
sudo echo iface lo inet loopback >> /etc/network/interfaces
sudo echo ENABLED=0 > /etc/default/wpasupplicant
sudo /etc/init.d/dbus restart

# Fix screen res
cd 855resolution
make clean
sudo cp 855resolution /usr/sbin/855resolution
sudo cp 855res /etc/init.d/855res
sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/855res
sudo update-rc.d 855res defaults 19
cd ..

# Set shell
echo Enter your password to set zsh as your default shell
chsh -s /usr/bin/zsh

echo "\n\n\n\n\n\n"
echo Please reboot your system now to load the new kernel
echo and get X running at the correct resolution.

After rebooting for a real X (and most of my working environment set up), I run the second script, which is essentially just one big batch-install. Version control, database, Java, Ruby, RubyGems (manually), a bunch of a/v codecs for gstreamer, and then a handful of actual applications.


# Development
sudo apt-get install \
  subversion svk darcs mercurial \
  mysql-client mysql-server sqlite3 sqlite3-doc sun-java5-jre \
    sun-java5-plugin ia32-sun-java5-plugin sun-java5-fonts \
    ttf-sazanami-gothic ttf-sazanami-mincho \
  ruby1.8 ruby1.8-dev rdoc1.8 ri1.8 irb1.8 libyaml-ruby \
  libzlib-ruby libmysql-ruby librmagick-ruby libgd-ruby1.8

# Rubygems
tar xzvf rubygems-0.8.11.tgz
cd rubygems-0.8.11
sudo ruby setup.rb
cd ..
rm -rf rubygems-0.8.11
rm rubygems-0.8.11.tgz
sudo gem update --system
sudo gem install rails camping nitro

# Multimedia/Entertainment
#  lame libdvdcss2
sudo apt-get install \
  alsa-oss vorbis-tools gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg \
  gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse \
  gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse \
  flashplayer-mozilla unrar unace p7zip \
  msttcorefonts gsfonts-x11 xfonts-intl-european
sudo fc-cache -f -v # reload font cache

# Apps
sudo apt-get install \
  quodlibet quodlibet-plugins quodlibet-ext \
  gnugo quarry wine jedit gnucash gnucash-docs

echo "\n\n\n\n\n\n"
echo Please edit /etc/firefox/firefoxrc and change \"none\" to \"aoss\"


Wow, way more complicated than my installation process:

The most annoying part for me is grabbing all those firefox extensions since it's not easy to script. I've got fiesty herd 3 on my laptop, and it's working fine–better suspend than I got with edgy. But it's always hit-or-miss with these prereleases.

  • Phil Hagelberg, at 10:51, Feb 20 2007

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