How to finish setting up Ubuntu 10.04

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Ubuntu 10.04

This document assumes you have just installed Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) from the cd, and then are dismayed to find that emacs, tex, R, etc. are missing. This describes how to add the missing packages.
log in to the user account you created during the install
You can set up wireless networking from the top-bar menu that looks like two plugs connecting. After you enable the wireless interface in Ubuntu, start a Firefox browser and log in with your Gatorlink to enable the wireless connection.
sudo -i		# give your personal login password
Now add updates made since the cd. Download this script, make it executable with "chmod +x", and run it in the Terminal window you did sudo in with "./". If you have flaky wireless access at home that interrupts this script in the middle, it is safe to rerun this script, which will pick up where it left off.
There may be a popup asking for a reboot, or the menu bar in the upper-right may show a blue circle formed by two arrow heads. If so, do the reboot with the menu at the upper rightmost:
[Upper right menu] -> Restart...
If you rebooted:
log in to the user account you created during the install
sudo -i		# give your personal login password
Now add applications most everyone will want:
Populate /usr/local/share/texmf with letterhead.

Environment variables that you want to be set under the window system, so that programs started from the window manager menus get them, should be set with "export TEXMF=blah" in ~/.profile. This works even if you use tcsh. Use LC_COLLATE=POSIX to switch back to the old sort order of capital letters first. Some R packages may be installed as "apt-get install r-cran-PACKAGE_NAME", but not enough of them are available. Instead, install R packages using the native R install feature:
Here are some more packages which appeal to me:
Also adjust:
System -> Preferences -> Windows -> Window Selection ->
	Select windows when the mouse moves over them
	Titlebar Action -> Roll up
System -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Fonts -> Subpixel smoothing (LCDs)
	then Details -> Hinting -> Full
System -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Visual Effects -> None
System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> Window Management ->
	Raise obscured window, otherwise lower -> Left Windows Key (Super L)

$ gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_key_theme Emacs --type string

firefox URL "about:config"
	search middlemouse
	middlemouse.contentLoadURL toggle to true

System -> Administration -> Printing
	add local printer 
	set as default per user
Thunderbird config for eelpout, see:

The new system administrator of a personally maintained system should skim through this document for everything that seems relevant:

Ubuntu questions may be asked of more experienced users on this forum:

To add other software, start the gui package manager and add other things that seem attractive. Note: Synaptic locks the package system, and you can't use apt-get when Synaptic is running, even if you haven't asked for any operations to be performed.

System-> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager

	upper right panel gives list of packages,
		check square on left side of line, do 'mark for installation'
		do Apply from top menu bar

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