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  1. I was bored to install again and again my preferred softwares each time I reinstalled Ubuntu. So, next step, I created a post-installation script infondlinux https://code.google.com/p/infondlinux/

    It gives a model to personnalize user's own script. It is opensource and is security oriented.

    Enjoy!

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    • Linerd

      Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check that out. I did a fresh install of 10.04 recently and haven't gotten around to installing all of the Medibuntu goodies. Maybe I'll try the infondlinux script for that.

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  2. The help offered on this site is secon-to-none. REAL step-by-step instructions that actually work! The install and set-up LAMP was simply invaluable (and so was the un-install - for fresh re-installs). Thank you so! much again - you know your stuff.

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    • Linerd

      Thanks for the kind comment. I does take a good bit of work to document a comprehensive tutorial, so it's nice to be recognized.

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  3. Ryan

    What should I be looking at doing before I install ubuntu9.10 over my last distribution. I cant help but think that things like my firefox bookmarks and passwords into everyday ordinary sites will be lost. what folders are best to backup, what else?

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    • Linerd

      Ryan - If you are doing an upgrade from 9.04, I've never had a problem: you shouldn't need to backup anything. That being said, the easiest thing would be to backup your entire /home/userid folder. That would make sure you have a backup of everything in case something goes wrong during the upgrade.

      Of course, if you're doing a fresh install the same backup would be useful.

      For Firefox bookmarks, you can use the backup feature that you find under Organize Bookmarks to export a backup file.

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  4. Thanks for the tips. installing multimedia codecs and flash player are the most important things to me to do first. My graphic card is intel,so desktop-effect will work without any effort.

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  5. Veovis Muad'dib

    My apologies for the double whammy.

    I also make sure to run
    $sudo passwd
    as soon as it's installed. I like su and don't like people being able to go into recovery mode, backup my shadow files, run
    #passwd veovis
    do some malicious thing, and then restore my shadow files so I never know they were there. I find that to be a huge security hole, and I'm not sure why, even if we can't easily get into the root account, it isn't passworded by default. But I digress.

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    • Linerd

      Veovis - Thanks for the tips. I especially like the one for setting the root password. I've always thought it strange that one could reboot into a recovery console and completely destroy the system as root without having to input a password.

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  6. Veovis Muad'dib

    I always run the following, whenever I install for other people:

    #apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

    Personally, since I can figure out dependencies myself, I install one by one. But it is helpful for new users.

    #apt-get install vlc ifuse singularity
    is about all I run immediately on a fresh install. A repo has to be added for ifuse, but still.

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