Fresh Ubuntu Install

This document assumes that a minimal install of Ubuntu has already been performed and lists the steps to be followed now.

Installing and Removing packages

Remove Snapd:

I prefer using apt and like its model of sharing dependencies instead of sandboxing everything. Works well for me :)

sudo rm -rf /var/cache/snapd
sudo apt purge snapd gnome-software-plugin-snap
sudo apt autoremove
rm -rf ~/snap
sudo rm -rfv /var/lib/apt/lists/*
sudo apt update

Remove GUI Update Manager:

I update my packages when I need to, don't need the constant stream of update notifications.

sudo apt remove update-manager

Install Packages:

I like to install these packages first and start tinkering with my system while the other packages install in the background.

sudo apt install gnome-tweaks ubuntu-restricted-extras

Other packages:

sudo apt install build-essential python3 curl git ssh keepassx vlc transmission thunderbird libreoffice inxi acpi rename usb-creator-gtk software-properties-gtk chrome-gnome-shell


Enable Minimize:

gsettings set click-action 'minimize'

Disable Notifications Popups:

Create a startup application with this command.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.notifications show-banners false

Optimization for reducing SSD writes

Check current sappiness:

cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness

Change it to 10:

Doing this causes the swap storage to be used when RAM is 90% in use.

sudo nano /etc/sysctl.conf

At the end of this file add: vm.swappiness=10

Disable file time-stamp update:

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Add noatime after errors=remount-ro followed by a comma.

Like This: errors=remount-ro,noatime

(Save and Reboot)

Some other things

These programs need to be installed from the web. Go can be installed using the 'getgo' function added in .bashrc.

Customise terminal, text editor and add new fonts like JetBrains Mono and Roboto.

Backup Restoration

My Backup drive is formatted in NTFS the mod bits of files are altered on restoring. I like to run these commands to mass change file mod bits back.

find . -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
find . -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

That's all folks.