Linux - After install work

It’s distro-hopping season again and I chose debian this time. I might explain my reasons for that somewhere else. Here’s a list of stuff I need to do on every install in order to get comfy with my new distro. (There’s a sort of meme floating around).
I use gnome!

  • Get 6 virtual desktops.
  • Set some basic can’t-live-without-keybindings Ctrl+_number_ for switching between desktops and Alt+T for launching a gnome-terminal.
  • Clean up my desktop. I really hate every kind of clutter on my desktop, so I delete everything. Almost everything can just be deleted, except for the Home, Trash and Computer icons. Fire up gconf-editor and go to apps>nautilus>desktop to uncheck everything. While we’re at it, let’s also enabling deleting in nautilus (it normally only lets you send stuff to Trash), by checking enable_delete in nautilus>preferences. Nautilus>Edit>Preferences>Behaviour – always open in browser windows – so it doesn’t spam me with 1000 windows to the world.
  • Next is <package manager=""> install bash-completion and adding this to my .bashrc: . /etc/bash_completion.
  • Time to get my .vimrc from wherever i happen to be keeping it at the time. you can check it out now here.
  • Nowadays, as I’ve got really lazy, I also set up automatic login (you can do that from System>Administration>Login Window. That basically bypasses gdm.
  • Get myself into some better groups like: wheel/admin/sudo, storage/disk(so nautilus can mount disks), by editing /etc/group.
  • You might also want to take a look at http://art.gnome.org if you’re the type. I know it’s a bit outdated, but the interface is a whole lot better than *-look.org
  • Here’s a list of apps I use regularly: Firefox, gnome-terminal, vim, ipython, git, xchat, evolution, pidgin, deluge, banshee/amarok, gnome-mplayer.

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