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UBUNTU Mini-Workhorse May 9, 2009

Posted by ModelR in Everything LINUX.
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We are now going to make an Ubuntu Mini installation, just for random use. This is a minimal customized Ubuntu

Install Ubuntu Jeos as detailed here

Check for updates after the install is complete

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Install VMware tools and such as described here

Install gnome customized and minimal
$ sudo aptitude install x-window-system-core gnome-core gdm firefox synaptic xubuntu-system-tools gnome-app-install

Then install a nice desktop theme

Use the Synaptic Package Manager to install wine so you can run windows programs

Use the Synaptic Package Manager to install Deluge – It’s a torrent program that looks similar to uTorrent

Now we need the ability to mount NTFS partitions

For the guide to do this check here

install NTFS-3G

$ sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g

Find out where the NTFS disk that you have attached is located

$ sudo fdisk -l

ex. /dev/sda1 1 1044 8385898+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

make a backup of fstab file in the /etc directory

$ sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak

check where the NTFS volume is currently mounted

$ cat /etc/fstab

the output might look like this:

/dev/sda1 /media/sda1 ntfs defaults,nls=utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 1

Edit the fstab file to use NTFS-3G

/dev/sda1 /media/sda1 ntfs-3g defaults,nls=utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 1

If the fstab file did not contain the /dev/sda1 line

Create a directory under /media call it what you like ex. windows

$ sudo mkdir /media/windows

Edit the fstab file and add this

/dev/sda1 /media/windows ntfs-3g defaults,nls=utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 1

Restart the computer. When it restarts you should have the drive mounted and linked on the desktop
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install samba

$ sudo apt-get install samba

navigate to the samba folder and make a backup copy of the samba config file

$ cd /etc/samba
$ sudo cp smb.conf smb.conf.template

edit the samba config file to look like the one found here

To share the Windows NTFS Disk add this to the the samba config file:

[Windows Disk]
path = /media/windows
comment = NTFS Windows Disk
browseable = yes
read only = no
create mask = 0700
valid users = %U

add your user as a samba user and enable it

$ sudo smbpasswd -L -a your_username
$ sudo smbpasswd -L -e your_username

restart samba

$ /etc/init.d/samba restart

You can also install conky as described in Ubuntu 9.04 Maxxed Out

Screenshot:
Ubuntu Mini Workhorse

Screenshot with conky:
Ubuntu Mini-Workhorse with conky on the desktop

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