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Upgrade your new Jaunty Jackalope with Perfectbuntu…

Robbie Ferguson of has written a great script that automatically upgrades your new installation of Ubuntu 9.04 (or older versions) with multimedia codecs, flashplayer, Skype, fonts, and other things to make Ubuntu play nicer with the wide world out there. You can find it here.

1) Download the script to your desktop.
2) Right-click on the desktop icon, select “properties”, then select the “permissions” tab, and check the box to allow executing the file as a program.
3) Open up a terminal (Konsole, or whatever your favorite is), and type cd /home/[yourusername]/Desktop/
and press enter.
4) Type ./perfectbuntu

Now you will be asked for your password, and then for your preferences as to which things you would like to have installed. Type y for yes, or n for no, and press enter.

This is where Ubuntu’s apt-get takes over, and fetches and installs the requested software, and bingo! You should be all set for YouTube, mp3’s or whatever.

Thanks Robbie!

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Posted by on May 5, 2009 in Uncategorized


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The Jackalope has arrived… and it’s no myth.

The Jaunty Jackalope has now taken up residence in my computer… and has evicted all other tenants (including Windows Vista)


I received my brand new 640 gig Western Digital black Caviar hard drive by UPS on April 23, the very same day that Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” became available for download. What else could I do but download and burn the new operating system to a live-CD, back up my data to an external hard drive, pull out the old 120 gig hard drive, install the new 640, and install the newest Ubuntu?

After retrieving my data from the external hard drive and downloading some of my favorite apps from Ubuntu’s repositories, I’m up and running with little or no hiccups along the way.

One thing that smoothed the transition (for me) was that I got a little bit smarter about what to retrieve from the external hard drive. My pictures, documents, music, of course. But instead of copying the entire /home/les/ directory, which would pull in every last “.this and .that” folder I just pulled in .kde, .kde4, and the .<applicationname> directories of the applications for which I have made significant configuration changes, such as Gimp and Blender. Pulling in the .kde and .kde4 directories brought in all of my mail, calendar, and contacts, so I had ZERO configuration work to do for Kmail, Korganizer, and Kontact!

Compiz Fusion is working nicely. Songbird is working nicely. I’m liking the Jackalope!

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Posted by on May 2, 2009 in Uncategorized


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