Although Ubuntu 12.10 had already came out, since 12.04 is a LTS release and I didn’t post my installation guide at the time, I decided to document my take on it.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Also, I had bought a new computer at the time (Asus M5A99X board) and had to consider EFI and my new SSD drive.

Hardware considerations

Comparing this install with my previous ones, I had two new things to consider: a EFI motherboard and a SSD drive.

After my first attempt at installing Ubuntu in my new system, I was having the following problem when booting:

GRUB: “invalid arch independent ELF magic” after install on SSD

After much research and new install attempts (including a Linux Mint) I found two solutions:

  • Re-install GRUB (from a live cd)
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda
  • Create a /boot partition for EFI

I decided to go with the second option. More on this later.

Preparing for installation

  • Backup your data!
  • Download Ubuntu. In my case was the 64bit version (ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64.iso).
  • Check the hash of the downloaded file:
md5sum ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64.iso
  • Compare the output with the Ubuntu hash list:
128f0c16f4734c420b0185a492d92e52 ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64.iso
  • Create a CD or a bootable USB stick. I used the “Startup Disk Creator” in Ubuntu. More information here.
  • Reboot into your CD or bootable USB stick.
  • Start the installation!

Installing Ubuntu it’s pretty straightforward this days, so I’ll focus only on the most important parts, given my system.

Partitions

As I have a EFI motherboard a created the following partition in my SSD and HDD drives.

/dev/sda
  /dev/sda1    fat16    /boot/efi        500 MB      -- primary, flags: boot
  /dev/sda2    ext4    /             55,41 GB      -- primary
/dev/sdb
  /dev/sdb1    swap                 3,81 GB      -- primary
  /dev/sda5    ext4    /home       927,70 GB      -- extended

Performance boosts

After installing Ubuntu, and given the characteristics of a SSD drive I did the following tweaks in /etc/fstab:

  • Open /etc/fstab as root
gksu gedit /etc/fstab
  • Change the / mounting options to noatime
UUID=caf2c98d-5796-4187-992d-ae0f1e48d678   /   ext4   noatime,discard,data=ordered,errors=remount-ro 0    1
  • Mount the /tmp partition in RAM
tmpfs /tmp tmpfs nodev,nosuid,noatime,mode=1777 0 0

I also changed the IO scheduler to noop:

  • Open /etc/rc.local as root
gksu gedit /etc/rc.local
  • Add the following to change the IO scheduler
echo noop > /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler

And changed he swap priority:

$ gksu gedit /etc/sysctl.conf
	vm.swappiness=10

Some links with more information:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/perlow/geek-sheet-a-tweakers-guide-to-solid-state-drives-ssds-and-linux/9190

http://askubuntu.com/questions/86433/ubuntu-11-10-on-modern-ssd

http://www.howtogeek.com/62761/how-to-tweak-your-ssd-in-ubuntu-for-better-performance/

http://askubuntu.com/questions/19376/installing-ubuntu-on-a-ssd

http://askubuntu.com/questions/1400/optimizing-the-os-for-ssds

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MagicFab/SSDchecklist

http://askubuntu.com/questions/18903/how-to-enable-trim

http://ubuntued.info/diminua-a-prioridade-da-swap-do-ubuntu-para-ter-melhor-performance

Extra software installed and other changes**

  • Tomboy (always the first thing I install to get my notes)
sudo apt-get install tomboy
  • Add Tomboy to the Startup Applications (Command: tomboy)

  • Terminator (my favorite terminal)

sudo apt-get install terminator
  • Change DHCP for manual so I can use my B3 Server as a DNS server

  • Disable “Require my password when waking from suspend” option (System Settings > Brightness and Lock)

  • Install NVIDIA drivers (System Settings > Additional Drivers)

  • Select the Canonical Partners PPA and Independent PPA in Software Sources

  • Update the system to the latest releases

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
  • SSH and SSH File System for my B3 Server mounts
sudo apt-get install sshfs openssh-server
  • Samba
sudo apt-get install samba
  • Gigolo
sudo apt-get install gigolo
  • Chrome

Download:

http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/eula_beta.html?dl=beta_amd64_deb

Install:

sudo dpkg -i Downloads/google-chrome/google-chrome-beta_current_amd64.deb

I had this errors:

dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of google-chrome-beta:

google-chrome-beta depends on libxss1; however:

Package libxss1 is not installed.

google-chrome-beta depends on libcurl3; however:

Package libcurl3 is not installed.

dpkg: error processing google-chrome-beta (–install):

dependency problems - leaving unconfigured

Resolving dependencies:

sudo apt-get -f install 

Google Talk Plugin:

sudo dpkg -i Downloads/google-chrome/google-talkplugin_current_amd64.deb

Removing Firefox:

sudo apt-get remove --purge firefox
  • Multimedia
sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder mpeg2dec  vorbis-tools id3v2 mpg321 mpg123 libflac++6 ffmpeg totem-mozilla icedax  tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0  libjpeg-progs flac faac faad sox ffmpeg2theora libmpeg2-4 uudeview flac  libmpeg3-1 mpeg3-utils mpegdemux liba52-0.7.4-dev libquicktime2
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3  gstreamer0.10-gnonlin gstreamer0.10-sdl  gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-schroedinger  gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly totem-plugins-extra
sudo apt-get install gstreamer-dbus-media-service gstreamer-tools ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 libdvdnav4
sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/./install-css.sh
sudo apt-get install regionset
sudo regionset
  • VLC
sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse vlc-plugin-notify
  • Banshee
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:banshee-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install banshee banshee-extension-lyrics
  • CompizConfig Settings Manager
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  • MyUnity
sudo apt-get install myunity
  • Ubuntu Tweak
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/next
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
  • Java (no more Sun Java…)
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre
  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing GUI
sudo apt-get install hplip-gui
  • Dropbox
rm -r ~/.dropbox-dist
sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox
dropbox start -i
  • GParted
sudo apt-get install gparted ntfs-3g
  • GCStar
sudo apt-get install gcstar
  • Gaupol
sudo apt-get install gaupol
  • Portuguese Aspell
sudo apt-get install aspell-pt-pt
  • GParted
sudo apt-get install gparted
  • Compression tools support
sudo apt-get install unace rar unrar p7zip zip unzip sharutils uudeview mpack lha arj cabextract file-roller
  • Libre Office
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • Gimp
sudo apt-get install gimp gimp-data gimp-plugin-registry gimp-data-extras
  • Gconf Editor
sudo apt-get install gconf-editor
  • XChat
sudo apt-get install xchat xchat-indicator
  • Menu Editor
sudo apt-get install lo-menubar
  • Everpad
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nvbn-rm/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install everpad

Mounting Chrome cache in memory

I created the following script to keep the Chrome cache in RAM:

  • Create the script:
vi ~/bin/chrome_tmp_cache.sh
  • Add the following:
#!/bin/bash
if test -d /tmp/chrome; then
  exit 0
else
  rm -r ~/.cache/google-chrome
  mkdir /tmp/chrome
  ln -s /tmp/chrome ~/.cache/google-chrome
fi
  • Change the script permissions:
chmod +x bin/chrome_tmp_cache.sh
  • Add the script to the Startup Applications:
Name: Chrome Cache
Command: /home/<user>/bin/chrome_tmp_cache.sh
Comment: Move Chrome cache to /tmp

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