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20160603 A Blog About Setting Up Xubuntu


I have decided to write a blog about how I set up my new Linux installation. On the one hand because I want to have a document where I can look up the details when I do it next time, on the other hand because I want to share my decisions and experiences about this installation with you.

I think everybody does it different, you first have to decide which distribution to use. This decision depends on how much you want to reuse, e.g. you could compile all binaries of your Linux on your own machine or choose a distribution by criteria like LTS (Long Term Service) where you get stable, secure binaries over the next years.

The next decision is, which desktop to choose. If your PC is up-to-date you can choose every desktop you want, you can choose any desktop you want. If your machine is old, your choice will most likely depend on how much RAM you have available and how fast your CPU is.

The last days I have finished the hardware update of my net book Samsung N150 I am currently using for writing this blog. It now has 2GB RAM and a 240GB SSD. Now the bottleneck is the ATOM CPU, but that's OK since I spend more time on implementation than on compilation. Yes, true, I am a nerd and no, it is not like I really need this machine, I have better notebooks, but it makes fun changing hardware and installing new software.

Second, I really like its keyboard and I have started implementing a software project in Java with it and it is sufficient for this and the net book is neat handle and not heavy at all, even compared to my Mac Book Air I usually use, so why not.

I use Xubuntu, because the hardware is simply too old and the RAM is too small to run KDE (Kubuntu) or Gnome (was the default many years) or the current Ubuntu desktop, which is called Unity.

So, I thought when I now setup Xubuntu from scratch, let's write down what is necessary to be able to implement software and feel comfortable with doing it.

You can see from my blog that it is important for me to reuse things which are already there. If somebody had a good idea (please, don't repeat the stupid things, 100 wrong don't make it right) and if it works, then I usually give it a try.

For this reason I use Xubuntu as OS, because it is meant to to work for the common cases and that you don't need to be a Linux professional to make it work for you. When I was attending university I have learned a lot about setting up Linux in general, but I also made two experiences :

  1. it takes time to learn it
  2. the way it is done will change soon, there will always be new software to Configure

To focus on my software project, I don't want to spend my time on Linux configuration, that's why I have chosen Xubuntu.

This blog only explains how to setup the tools I need for my software project, which do not come with the Xubuntu installation or which cannot be installed using the Xubuntus graphical application installer. The graphical application manager changes from time to time and I don't want to look at it at the moment. Further I often need different tool versions in parallel, so a single installation is not helpful for me. At the end I am spending a lot of time using this machine, so I spend time on tweaking it and I also want to write about these aspects.

If you are only interested in how to install the Xubuntu image, here is a rough walk through :

  1. download the Xubuntu image
  2. download the Universal USB Installer
  3. use the Universal USB installer to write the Xubuntu image on a USB stick
  4. start you computer booting from the stick and then choose to install Xubuntu

Please read my technical blog about this topic here :

Andre's Technical Blog About How To Setup Xubuntu

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