- Edit /etc/apt/sources.list. Make a second copy of all the default sources installed, and change on all the copies 'http://archive....' to 'http://us.archive....', to give some quick and easy extra depth to the available Ubuntu .deb package archives.
- Immediately 'sudo aptitude update' to ensure access to the latest packages.
- edit ~/.bashrc, including lines with:
- set -o vi
- export IRCSERVER='irc.freenode.net'
- export IRCNICK='mr_dallas'
- alias realias='vi ~/.bashrc ; source ~/.bashrc ' ;
- sudo aptitude install screen lynx-cur tinyirc ckermit gkermit
- edit /etc/lynx-cur/lynx.cfg, adding 'TEXTFIELDS_NEED_ACTIVATION:TRUE' (this and the below changes to lynx options move lynx from klutz to 'thought control' mode for rapid googling of answers.)
- edit /etc/screenrc, adding
- 'escape ^Oo' # this avoids a lot of conflicts of screen with other programs
- 'startup_message off' # for less noise when starting screen
- perhaps beefing up 'defscrollback' to maybe 4096.
- startup Lynx, go into options ('o')
- change it to advanced user mode
- turn on 'vi' keymode
- For the number pad set 'Links and form fields are numbered'
- check the box to 'save options to disk' before accepting changes
- Go to and bookmark my private portal page, where I have many usefull links and forms.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Ubuntu Battle Prep
I've ended up doing several Ubuntu installs lately, and find I have to go through a preceedure to get some favorite tools installed while trying to dig out information and solve problems.