xubuntu installation

Notes on the installation of xubuntu 13.10, Saucy Salamander, on my work desktop.

  • Long story short: problems with openSUSE (suddenly not booting…), sick and tired of the new KDE and stuff I never use anyway but slow down my system (nepomuk, akonandi, virtuoso, plasma thingies). Tried debian, and was pretty happy; unfortunately, openFOAM was a bit of a pain to install, due to issues with the libc libraries (that I sort of worked out by compiling from scratch). On top of that, the graphic driver did not suppor dual monitors, with which I can live, but paraview would not work (missing GLX, that stuff). Propietary ATI drivers also did not work.
  • On the upside, I fell in love with the light-weight Xfce windows manager, so I tried xubuntu next. It is just a port to Xfce of a standard ubuntu distribution.
  • Dowloaded iso image from site. I just took the suggested version, perhaps should have tried the LTS version instead 😛
  • Burned onto DVD drive. The iso image is just too big for a CD.
  • Booted with no problem onto live system, installed carefully, respecting existing /home. Network was impossible to configure manually at this stage.
  • Installed onto hard-drive, booted from hard drive, everything was fine, with all my files and previous settings running. Now the network can be manually set.
  • Tons of updates are now suggested. Some are related to graphic drivers (let’s keep our fingers crossed). Yep, X11 still works after restarting.
  • Ubuntu software center (USC). First thing: paraview. It works!
  • Next: openFOAM. Not included in USC, only the freefoam fork (I’ll try it some day). From the official download page, everything works as explained for ubuntu 13.10, codename saucy. No need to compile, which is such a pain (at least for the poor computer… it takes hours!). It is convenient to start this way, since tons of other stuff I’ll need later (g++, boost, the works) is also installed. In order for paraFoam to work, cmake should be installed.
  • CGAL libs. Some helpful comments here. I didn’t need any special libs after having installed all the other stuff. Only cmake-gui, because for some reason the working directory was set to “4.2” in the latest 4.3 release (I don’t know if this is my fault or theirs). Ah, had to install liblapack-dev.
  • octave and gnuplot. These come in USC
  • ipython, scipy. Also in USC
  • LaTeX. Just install beamer from USC, and a whole set of LaTeX things gets installed (latex, pdflatex, bibtex,…). texlive-latex-extra for the exam class. texlive-publishers for a bunch of interesting classes. texlive-lang-spanish also.
  • Cloud stuff: spideroak, dropbox (in USC)
  • Internet: chromium (in USC)
  • vim and emacs (in USC)
  • The classic xfig. Don’t forget gsfonts-x11 in order fonts work, and restarting the X system.

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