After installing Ubuntu, I started making my way down Mark Pilgrim's Essentials list. I got:
- Mozilla Firefox + Adblock Plus + Adblock Filterset.G.Updater + FireBug + Greasemonkey + Web Developer
Then I became sick and tired of the ugliness. It seemed the font was off... or something. So I installed Automatix and used that to download every font under the sun (and a bunch of other stuff that happened in the background). I switched all fonts to Arial, 8pt; but things still look ugly. I jumped through this font hoop. Then I became convinced it was my graphics card driver, so I jumped through some of those hoops. It's looking better (or I'm just getting used to the ugliness), but it's still not good.
Next, I tried:
sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig
And chose "Autohinter" and enabled "subpixel rendering" (which has something to do with me using an LCD monitor).
And that made it way worse. Not sure how to get back to where I had it before. Wish I could. Tried backtracking through the
dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig options selecting different ones each time. No luck.
At this point, I returned back to Mark's Essentials list. This is an office desktop, so I don't need stuff like MPlayer or VLC (though, I'm pretty sure a Gig of all that got installed when Automatix did its stuff... *shrug*).
Installing java was relatively straightforward, though, I found a lot of conflicting reports on how to do so. What worked for me was:
sudo apt-get install sun-java5-jdk
That installed the "JRE." Now you need to install the "J2SE" (no, I've never really understood why these two don't just come together):
% sudo apt-get install gcc % sudo apt-get install java-package # download j2sdk-1_x_x_x-linux-i586.bin from http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html % apt-get install gcc % fakeroot make-jpkg j2sdk-1_4_2_12-linux-i586.bin % sudo dpkg -i sun-j2sdk1.4_1.4.2+12_i386.deb % sudo update-alternatives --config java # choose the one that's like "/usr/lib/j2sdk1.4-sun/bin/java" % export JAVA_HOME=/usr
That pretty much covers round #1 with Ubuntu. I'm now converting from GNOME/Nautilus flavor of Ubuntu to KDE. Hopefully, the desktop won't be so ugly.