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#1 2013-01-22 01:22:51

From: Galveston, TX
Registered: 2011-10-16
Posts: 27

First things you do after a fresh install?

I'm curious as to what things other users change first from the default installations.

For me it's install Zsh and the Grml config, because personally Zsh is completely superior to Bash while also being totally compatible with it (as opposed to for instance Fish, which is nice but is a big deviation from the standard shell).
I also replace Terminator with urxvt and tmux, as they are both more lightweight and functional.

What about you?


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#2 2013-01-22 01:50:41

The #! Guy
From: Felton, California, USA
Registered: 2011-07-21
Posts: 2,225

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

Right off the bat, the only thing I change is the menu -- moving things to where they're more convenient for me to access when I right-click the desktop. I don't usually do much after that, unless I have to add something (usually irssi).

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#3 2013-01-22 02:30:01

#! Ranger
From: V-Ger
Registered: 2011-04-26
Posts: 10,165

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

  1. Move to Sid

  2. Add Experimental

  3. Get Xfce 4.10

  4. Get latest Iceweasel

  5. Install GMusicBrowser

  6. Modify Tint2 with latest patches and code

  7. lm_sensors and sensor-detect

  8. listbugs, deborph, locales

  9. setup conky to my taste

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#4 2013-01-22 03:09:39

#! Member
Registered: 2012-08-08
Posts: 83

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

I usually do debian netinstalls, so:

install openbox, all apps on the list of needed stuff I keep updated (so everything from pcmanfm to feh to gimp, etc.)
compile and install DWM
backport the latest iceweasel and the latest libreoffice


#5 2013-01-22 03:25:17

#! CrunchBanger
From: The Vale of Si
Registered: 2012-05-05
Posts: 202

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

As I have found #! to be the perfect base for it I install Xfce, update it to 4.10 from the Siduction repos and configure it to my liking with my favorite theme and icons.

Install lightdm to replace slim as the login manager.

I used to make a point of installing gedit and making it my default editor but recently geany has started to grow on me so I don't think I will bother changing it in the future.

After that it's time to find a nice wallpaper and set my preferences for focus and compositing.

Last edited by CaptainIndifferent (2013-01-22 03:32:36)

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#6 2013-01-22 06:33:07

Internal Affairs
From: North Carolina
Registered: 2009-10-18
Posts: 13,956

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

change desktop background color to #000000
install gnome-mplayer (vls has some sound crumpling problems with certain media; this may be pulseaudio-related)
(EDIT:  MoC!!!  How the buck could I forget MoC??  That quirky console-based music player pwns all else IMHO.  Of course, it doesn't do visualizations, but I think I've outgrown that kind of bling.)
switch gtk & openbox themes to slightly tweaked dark versions of the Statler themes
possibly replace wallpaper with something a little more "me" (right now it's the cover art from Balloon Party roll )
install geda & pcb (fiddling with instrument amplifier schematics is a hobby)

Last edited by pvsage (2013-01-22 10:59:07)


#7 2013-01-22 06:45:13

#! Member
From: Germany
Registered: 2011-03-30
Posts: 69

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

What I do after an install changes with my changing habits and depends also on the distribution.
On my latest waldorf install I installed vim, emacs24, markdown, newsbeuter and icedove. After that I configured some small things like vimrc, screenrc ans bashrc.
I never just copy the configs, but look through the old ones I have, to make new ones based on them. That works like a personal review process and gives me some moments of "Why on hell did I do that?".


#8 2013-01-22 10:32:35

#! Die Hard
Registered: 2012-11-14
Posts: 1,948

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

As long as the audio & video players are to my liking, my usual installs are mc, (mplayer), (moc), sc, & screen.

I don't use office software much, so I could remove whatever the distro puts on, but I tend to use those distros that are lightweight & don't install any by default.

I've been a Debian user for some time now, sometimes I just start with the base & add X & iceweasel.

(Presently I am using #! on most of my machines, Debian based, of course.)

Last edited by fatmac (2013-01-22 10:34:29)

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#9 2013-01-23 02:55:55

#! Junkie
Registered: 2012-09-04
Posts: 365

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

1. update sources.list & preferences so I can use local (faster) mirrors and other debian repositories
2. update & dist-upgrade
3. install vim, icedove, pidgin, and maybe a few others
4. cb-welcome, install most of the stuff
5. set up rc.xml, menu.xml, autostart, hardran's, grub kernel parameters, .Xmodmap, icedove, pidgin, .tint2rc, .conkyrc, grab newest hplip from experimental and connect to printer. And so on! Edit: Can't forget vimfx and adblock for iceweasel- vimfx is the best and I need it!

I don't play much with the theme or icons. Default wallpaper's fine as well. I keep my rice under the hood.

Last edited by rkwurth (2013-01-23 03:00:00)


#10 2013-01-25 21:57:30

#! Die Hard
From: not where I belong
Registered: 2012-03-02
Posts: 3,237

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

01) Make copies of tint2 and openbox menu settings files for default backup copies
02) Move tint2 panel to the bottom
03) Change tint2 settings
04) Change openbox menu
05) Create connections for my personal VPN service
06) Purge any apps that I don't want
07) Install preferred apps

Last edited by KrunchTime (2013-02-02 10:10:03)

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#11 2013-01-25 23:54:26

Bloated Gimp
From: interzone
Registered: 2012-09-15
Posts: 2,108

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

Not distro specific:

1) Use Firefox customize to put everything in one line: tabs, remove search bar, but back buttons, remove uneccessary buttons so only key commands.

2) Remove window decorations.

3) Add Redshift.

4) Add TLP, any other power savings scripts.

5) Set gb keyboard

6) Watch porn.

Last edited by dura (2013-01-25 23:55:15)


#12 2013-01-26 00:17:00

#! Junkie
From: the 919
Registered: 2009-03-04
Posts: 341

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

  1. Set up the network. This includes uninstalling and disabling avahi and NetworkManager.

  2. Open Iceweasel

  3. Go to Google Docs

  4. Cut and paste the list of debian packages to install into a terminal.

  5. Run it..

  6. (at work) Configure Kerberos

  7. (at work) Configure Open AFS

  8. Make sure I have the vpnc config file handy

  9. Set up Firefox Sync

  10. Write .xinitrc to run jwm

  11. Drop .jwmrc into homedir

  12. Restart

Last edited by bigbenaugust (2013-01-26 00:28:23)

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#13 2013-01-27 09:08:03

#! CrunchBanger
From: Riga, Latvia
Registered: 2010-07-20
Posts: 125

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

1. Install vim, skype, vlc, fbxkb, tilda, opera, blueman
2. Replace tint2 and conky configs
3. Add xkb options to autostart: "setxkbmap lv,ru -option grp:caps_toggle &"
4. Disable compositor
5. Install fglrx driver
6. Migrate to newest kernel
7. Change home folder hierarchy
8. Turn off automount in Thunar
9. Add maximize/minimize hotkey to openbox config
10. Add tilda to autostart and adjust its appearance
11. Add magnetic links support to xdg-open

Last edited by incogn1to (2013-01-27 12:40:44)

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#14 2013-01-27 10:46:27

Registered: 2013-01-17
Posts: 10

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

1. Install vim
2. Remove pulseaudio
3. Set up the numeric part of my keyboard for window tiling and multimedia short cuts. I never use it for anything else anyway. Now I get total control over my window placement, volume control, muting my speakers, play/pause music and next music with only one key press.
4. Change menus, tint2 and configure conkys

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#15 2013-01-27 12:07:07

#! Junkie
Registered: 2011-12-16
Posts: 251

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

1. change menus, tint2, conky, Iceweasel and configure gtk-theme
2. go to the Icebox
3. drink a cold Hefeweizen

Last edited by neuton (2013-01-27 12:16:14)


#16 2013-01-27 12:11:07

Registered: 2013-01-26
Posts: 38

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

1.nvidia legacy driver
3.dmz black mouse
4.system fonts URW Gothic L: Book  - Join and share how much money you spent.


#17 2013-02-01 17:37:03

New Member
From: Montevideo Uruguay
Registered: 2013-01-22
Posts: 6

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

Usually install:
           Everything needed to comfortably play with c/c++ (just a hobby),
           Apache, php, etc...,
Since all this was default in !# i went very sad and started playing with tint2 openbox and conky.
Ah! Thankyou swensken install vim, and 3 is a good idea too.

Last edited by mucioscevola (2013-02-01 17:39:46)

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#18 2013-02-12 14:59:27

#! Member
From: Somewhere
Registered: 2011-12-04
Posts: 60

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

i usually execute cb-welcome and customize tint2, gtk theme, openbox theme, icon theme, wallpaper.

I install applicactions as I need it. So I only install pidgin and Microsoft Office (Yeah, Microsoft yikes) and the time will tell me what application install next XD


#19 2013-02-12 15:10:51

#! Windbag
From: Cary, NC
Registered: 2010-12-08
Posts: 1,484

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

1) Breathe a sigh of relief
2) Install no machine
3) Install vmplayer
4) Install the samba server (open wide links)
5) Make ssh to other in house linux machines passwordless (store the magic cookie)

(optionally install XFCE... I eventually break down and install it)

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#20 2013-02-14 04:21:30

From: Willow, Alaska
Registered: 2009-02-22
Posts: 37

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

1) Install all of cb-welcome
2) Add deb-multimedia repo (becoming less relevant to me nowadays as I'm more busy lately, less video watching & "ahem" backing up)
3) Add and make executable scripts like photo resize, gpg encryption, and pdftohtml conversion. Add to Thunar custom actions.
4) Add favorite terminal apps: moc, mplayer, elinks, vim, bsdgames, and rtorrent (remove vlc and transmission.)
5) Done! Turnkey and purring nicely under the hood.

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#21 2013-02-19 18:21:36

From: Düsseldorf
Registered: 2012-10-16
Posts: 47

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

1.) Install nVidia drivers, build-essential and dkms
2.) install VirtualBox
3.) fetch latest kernel from, enable preemptive kernel mode and set kernel timer resolution to 1000Hz in the new kernel config, then  do the usual fakeroot build stuff to compile the kernel
4.) install custom kernel packages (built in the step before)
5.) install rosegarden, jackd, qjackctl
6.) enjoy correct kernel timer resolution and preemption mode for working with jackd and rosegarden (the latter will otherwise complain about the two settings being too low / missing).

also, as for waldorf, I now also do:

7.) fetch debain squeeze backports of Warzone 2100 off the web and install them.

Last edited by Agnus (2013-02-19 18:25:05)

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#22 2013-02-19 18:51:15

UK #! Guy
From: Luxembourg
Registered: 2009-01-13
Posts: 718

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

Just did a fresh install this pm...first things I do;

1.Install the following;

2.Install liquorix kernel via smxi.

Pretty much it for starters...

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#23 2013-02-19 22:08:03

Registered: 2012-12-03
Posts: 16

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

1) Add liquorix kernel
2) Add unstable and experimental sources and pin them to -1
3) Install latest iceweasel and icedove
4) Install xfce 4.10 from siduction/experimental
5) Install bumblebee and nvidia drivers
6) Configure Xfce (or whatever DE/WM I'm running)
7) Add a theme and desktop background
Eight) Install geany, skype, synapse and gimp

Last edited by cwwgateway (2013-02-19 22:08:27)


#24 2013-02-27 23:23:48

#! Member
From: Victoria, Canada
Registered: 2011-08-12
Posts: 92

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

As done this morning:

1) Run through CB-Welcome. Install updates, printing support. Leave the rest.
2) Change Tint2 settings so that taskbar is on bottom. Change Conky colour to #DDDDDD (slightly off white, brighter than default)
3) Download and install LibreOffice 4.0 debs. Adjust Openbox menu to suit.
4) Download and install Firefox and Thunderbird to /opt, set them up as defaults. Remove Iceweasel.
5) Install Clementine for music management, Deluge for torrent management. Adjust Openbox menu to suit.
6) While I'm at it, aphabetize entries in Openbox menus (OCD begins to kick in around this point).
7) Install Nvidia drivers. Then go back and modify GRUB and boot sequence resolutions to native values.
8) Install Dropbox.

9) Have a cup of tea.

This doesn't take longer than an hour, generally. Then of course there's migration of my stuff, etc. But that's not distro specific. Also, as of today I've switched to keeping my Home directory on a separate partition from the system, so that if I feel the itch to break things, I can easily get them back without migrating (which takes a couple of hours).

Last edited by drewdle (2013-02-27 23:24:08)

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#25 2013-02-28 10:41:15

The Good Doctor
From: Planet of the @s
Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,602

Re: First things you do after a fresh install?

Install emacs.


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