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This is a checklist for setting up a Ubuntu or Linux Mint installation the way I like.


  • nginx config


I always choose english as system language althought I'm from germany, because there less switches between english and german (coding in english, system in german, documentation in english, and so on, thats irritating).

Change sudoers file

sudo visudo

Change: Defaults env_reset to Defaults !env_reset

Extend apt sources

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-2
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:dockbar-main/ppa

Install aptitude (not under Mint)

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install aptitude

Install ubuntu packages (Pick out the groups you need)

sudo aptitude upgrade
alias install='sudo aptitude install'

Libs, compiler, header, tools, Java7 etc.

install libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libmysqlclient-dev build-essential g++ linux-headers-generic graphicsmagick-libmagick-dev-compat libsqlite0-dev oracle-java7-installer dkms libsqlite3-dev libv8-dev nodejs curl libreadline6-dev libssl-dev libyaml-dev libgdbm-dev ncurses-dev libffi-dev sysstat etherwake openvpn gir1.2-gtop-2.0 gconf-editor landscape-client landscape

Multimedia (Not for Mint with codecs)

install vlc gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 flashplugin-installer lame k3b


install chromium-browser account-plugin-tools 


For Ubuntu with Unity:

install conky-all compizconfig-settings-manager ubuntu-tweak docky

For Mint with Cinnamon

install conky-all

For OSX look of Mint and Cinnamon

install docky gnome-cupertino-gtk-theme


install zsh zsh-lovers htop


install quicksynergy


install darktable rawtherapee gimp

General development stuff

install vim git sublime-text-installer mysql-client mysql-server sqlite3 agave gimp virtualbox nginx shutter npm


install tomcat7 maven eclipse
sudo /etc/init.d/tomcat7 stop
sudo update-rc.d -f tomcat7 remove

If you're behind a proxy

install corkscrew

Install ruby

\curl -L | bash -s stable --ruby
echo '[[ -s "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" ]] && echo "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm"' >> ~/.localrc.zsh
source ~/.localrc.zsh

If rvm fails, run rvm requirements run and rvm reinstall ruby

gem install rake bundler

My dotfiles from github:

git clone .dotfiles
cd .dotfiles
rake install

OSX Look for Mint with Cinnamon


  • Move the cinnamon panel to the top (right click, pannel settings, set panel layout to "Flipped", log out and in)
  • Start a shell, mkdir ~/.themes && cd ~/.themes
  • wget
  • unzip
  • rm
  • Right click on the panel, settings, themes, choose "OSX - Cinnamon"
  • Under "Other settings" change window and gtk+ theme to gnome-cupertino


  • Start docky, rightclick on the first icon, settings
  • Theme: HUD
  • Close Settings
  • Drag the dock to the right
  • Open Settings again
  • Hide: Intellihide, enable "Fade on height"
  • Icon size: 38
  • Disable Zoom
  • Under "Docklets" add Mounter
  • Right click on the cinnamon panel, activate the panel edit mode and remove the window bar, the launcher icons and the desktop icon via right click
  • Add and remove widgets as you like and disable panel edit mode again
  • Right click on cinnamon menu, menu settings, remove menu text, close


  • Download .conkyrc from this repo and put it in your home dir
  • launch gnome-session-properties
  • Add conky
  • Launch conky from your shell via $ conky &!

(Your probably have to adjust the position in the .conkyrc!)

Change shell to zsh

sudo usermod -s /usr/bin/zsh benny

If the unity/gnome terminal still starts a dash, go to edit > profiles > edit > title" and command" and click "Run a custom command instead of my shell" and change "custom command" to "/usr/bin/zsh"

  • Restart the terminal after that


Monaco is a pretty monospace font, which I really like. It's a native OSX font.

  • Get the Monaco TTF from somewhere
  • Move it to the ~/.fonts dir

General stuff

  • Copy your ssh private keys etc. to the new machine
  • Setup your ICQ, IRC, whatever accounts in empathy

Clean up home directory

rm -rf Documents Music Pictures Public Templates Videos examples.desktop
mkdir -p workspaces/yaana
mkdir -p workspaces/htdocs

Tweaks (Just under Ubuntu with unity)

  • Launch "Ubuntu Tweaks"
  • Get to the "Tweaks" tab


  • Enable "Menus have icons"


  • Install and change theme if you want

Login Settings

  • Disable "Guest account"
  • Disable "Play login sound"
  • Change the login wallpaper if you want


  • Disable "HUD"
  • Disable "Webapps integration"
  • Set "Disable 'Show Desktop' in the switche" to on
  • Set "Panel opacity" to 0.30


  • Set "Window control button position" to your prefered position



  • Set a beautiful desktop wallpaper
  • Get a nice icon theme from here and set it via ubuntu-tweak
  • Create the Meta+Enter shortcut for gnome-shell
  • Create the Meta+Pos1 shortcut for sublime


  • Monospace 12
  • Disable terminal bell
  • Change color profile to gray on black
  • Increase the background transparency slightly
  • Set "Scrollbar is" to "Disabled"


  • Clone projects from github and YL git server
  • Setup up a common sublime project and add all projects from the workspace directory to that project


git config --global "Benny"
git config --global ""
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