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    Post-Install Configuration (Ubuntu MATE)

    NOTE: I am no longer updating this article. If you have some corrections or things to add/remove, feel free to contact me - I'll be more than happy to include them.

    Below is a collection of commands and snippets I have put together over the years. Pick out the parts you find useful, and create your own one-click system configuration shell script.

    Ubuntu MATE screenshot

    A Few GUI Shortcuts...

    While you're tweaking things in the Terminal, you might want to do some configuration through the graphical user interface.

    # Software settings
    software-properties-gtk
    
    # Set up monitors
    mate-display-properties
    
    # Change keyboard layouts
    mate-keyboard-properties
    
    # Audio settings
    mate-volume-control
    
    # Set the locales
    gnome-language-selector
    
    # Show the control centre
    mate-control-center
    

    Repositories

    This will enable some extra repositories

    # This will add the My Weather Indicator repo
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
    
    # This will add the repo for Monkey's Audio, Nero AAC, tsMuxeR, Odio, Unity Mail and some others
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:robert-tari/main
    

    Update the Package List

    You must do this if you have made changes to your repository lists.

    sudo apt-get update
    

    Update the Whole System

    This will pull all available updates, so be patient.

    sudo apt-get upgrade -y
    

    Install Additional Software

    This is what I usually add to a system, change the list to suit your needs.

    sudo apt-get install -y dconf-editor mplayer evolution smplayer desktop-webmail unity-mail aisleriot my-weather-indicator trash-cli ffmpeg inkscape gimp ubuntu-restricted-extras caja-rename odio mkvtoolnix-gui
    

    Remove Unwanted Software

    These are the ones I never use - you make your own list

    sudo apt-get remove --purge plank thunderbird rhythmbox vlc deja-dup
    

    Automagically delete old trash

    This checks the trash on reboot and removes anything older than 30 days.

    (crontab -l 2>/dev/null; echo "@reboot /usr/bin/trash-empty 30") | crontab -
    

    Favourites Menu

    This recreates the favourites list shown in Caja and File Dialogs. Below is just an example, change it to your liking.

    echo "file://$(xdg-user-dir DOCUMENTS) $(xdg-user-dir DOCUMENTS | cut -d "/" -f 4)" | tee "$HOME/.gtk-bookmarks"
    echo "file://$(xdg-user-dir DOWNLOAD) $(xdg-user-dir DOWNLOAD | cut -d "/" -f 4)" | tee -a "$HOME/.gtk-bookmarks"
    echo "file://$(xdg-user-dir MUSIC) $(xdg-user-dir MUSIC | cut -d "/" -f 4)" | tee -a "$HOME/.gtk-bookmarks"
    echo "file://$(xdg-user-dir PICTURES) $(xdg-user-dir PICTURES | cut -d "/" -f 4)" | tee -a "$HOME/.gtk-bookmarks"
    echo "file://$(xdg-user-dir VIDEOS) $(xdg-user-dir VIDEOS | cut -d "/" -f 4)" | tee -a "$HOME/.gtk-bookmarks"
    echo "file://$HOME/FOLDER1 FOLDER1" | tee -a "$HOME/.gtk-bookmarks"
    echo "file://$HOME/FOLDER2 FOLDER2" | tee -a "$HOME/.gtk-bookmarks"
    echo "file:///FOLDER3 FOLDER3" | tee -a "$HOME/.gtk-bookmarks"
    

    Handler for mailto: links

    If you're using a webmail host not listed in the Desktop Webmail application, add it like this:

    sudo echo -e "" | sudo tee -a /usr/share/desktop-webmail/webmailers.ini
    sudo echo -e "[PROVIDER_NAME]" | sudo tee -a /usr/share/desktop-webmail/webmailers.ini
    sudo echo -e "ID=1" | sudo tee -a /usr/share/desktop-webmail/webmailers.ini
    sudo echo -e "URL=https://PROVIDER_URL" | sudo tee -a /usr/share/desktop-webmail/webmailers.ini
    sudo echo -e "INBOX=https://PROVIDER_COMPOSE_URL%s" | sudo tee -a /usr/share/desktop-webmail/webmailers.ini
    sudo echo -e "ICON=http://PROVIDER_URL/favicon.ico" | sudo tee -a /usr/share/desktop-webmail/webmailers.ini
    echo -e "[Config]" > $HOME/.config/desktop-webmail/desktop-webmail.ini
    echo -e "remember=false" >> $HOME/.config/desktop-webmail/desktop-webmail.ini
    echo -e "default-provider=PROVIDER_NAME" >> $HOME/.config/desktop-webmail/desktop-webmail.ini
    echo -e "default-url=https://PROVIDER_COMPOSE_URL%s" >> $HOME/.config/desktop-webmail/desktop-webmail.ini
    echo -e "default-inbox=https://PROVIDER_URL" >> $HOME/.config/desktop-webmail/desktop-webmail.ini
    

    Configure MATE

    Here are some settings for the UI. Change them to whatever you see fit.

    # Set the wallpaper
    gsettings set org.mate.background picture-filename "/SOME/PATH/IMAGE.jpg"
    
    # Set the visibility of some icons on your Desktop
    gsettings set org.mate.caja.desktop home-icon-visible false
    gsettings set org.mate.caja.desktop volumes-visible false
    
    # Set the date format of files in Caja to yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss
    gsettings set org.mate.caja.preferences date-format "iso"
    
    # Tell Caja to use detailed lists by default
    gsettings set org.mate.caja.preferences default-folder-viewer 'list-view'
    
    # Enable the Delete command in Caja
    gsettings set org.mate.caja.preferences enable-delete true
    
    # Disable sound preview
    gsettings set org.mate.caja.preferences preview-sound 'never'
    
    # Show hidden files in Caja
    gsettings set org.mate.caja.preferences show-hidden-files true
    
    # Disable window animation effects
    gsettings set org.mate.interface enable-animations false
    
    # Set the order and position of window controls
    gsettings set org.mate.interface gtk-decoration-layout "menu:minimize,maximize,close"
    
    # Hide input-related menus
    gsettings set org.mate.interface show-input-method-menu false
    gsettings set org.mate.interface show-unicode-menu false
    
    # Set toolbars to display icons with text below
    gsettings set org.mate.interface toolbar-style both
    
    # Disable keyboard sounds
    gsettings set org.mate.Marco.general audible-bell false
    
    # Set the order and position of window controls
    gsettings set org.mate.Marco.general button-layout "menu:minimize,maximize,close"
    
    # Center new windows on screen
    gsettings set org.mate.Marco.general center-new-windows true
    
    # Maximise new windows (except the ones listed below)
    gsettings set org.mate.maximus exclude-class "['mate-terminal', 'galculator']"
    gsettings set org.mate.maximus no-maximize false
    
    # Keep maximised windows decorated
    gsettings set org.mate.maximus undecorate false
    
    # Disallow autorun on media insertion
    gsettings set org.mate.media-handling autorun-never true
    gsettings set org.mate.media-handling automount-open false
    
    # Show this number of items in the places menu
    gsettings set org.mate.panel.menubar max-items-or-submenu 10
    
    # Always show notifications on the specified monitor
    gsettings set org.mate.NotificationDaemon theme "coco"
    gsettings set org.mate.NotificationDaemon monitor-number 1
    gsettings set org.mate.NotificationDaemon use-active-monitor false
    
    # Set Pluma's colours to classic
    gsettings set org.mate.pluma color-scheme "classic"
    
    # Disable right margin in Pluma
    gsettings set org.mate.pluma display-right-margin false
    
    # Tell Pluma to convert tabs to spaces
    gsettings set org.mate.pluma insert-spaces true
    
    # Disable wrapping in Pluma
    gsettings set org.mate.pluma wrap-mode GTK_WRAP_NONE
    
    # Some power management
    gsettings set org.mate.power-manager action-critical-battery "suspend"
    
    # Disable the suspend button
    gsettings set org.mate.power-manager button-suspend "nothing"
    
    # Always show power icon
    gsettings set org.mate.power-manager icon-policy "always"
    
    # Turn off monitors after specified number of seconds
    gsettings set org.mate.power-manager sleep-display-ac 3600
    
    # Disable screensaver
    gsettings set org.mate.screensaver mode "blank-only"
    
    # Disallow user switching when screen is locked
    gsettings set org.mate.screensaver user-switch-enabled false
    
    # Activate power saving after a certain number of minutes
    gsettings set org.mate.session idle-delay 60
    
    # Disable keyboard sounds
    gsettings set org.mate.sound input-feedback-sounds false
    

    Install the Date/Time indicator

    sudo apt install indicator-datetime -y --no-install-recommends
    
    cat > "$HOME/.config/autostart/indicator-datetime-service.desktop" << EOL
    [Desktop Entry]
    Type=Application
    Exec=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/indicator-datetime/indicator-datetime-service
    Hidden=false
    X-MATE-Autostart-enabled=true
    Name=HACK: indicator-datetime-service
    EOL
    

    Fix the Indicator Applet padding

    sudo cat > "$HOME/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css" << EOL
    #fast-user-switch-menubar menuitem
    {
        padding-top: 3px;
        padding-bottom: 3px;
    }
    EOL
    

    Mono icon set tweaks

    This preserves a consistent "Ubuntu look" in the Notification/Indicator area.

    # Uncomment the one you need
    THEME="light"
    # THEME="dark"
    
    # Clementine
    mkdir -p "$HOME/.config/Clementine/customiconset/icons/22x22"
    mkdir -p "$HOME/.config/Clementine/customiconset/icons/32x32"
    mkdir -p "$HOME/.config/Clementine/customiconset/icons/48x48"
    ln -sf "/usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-$THEME/apps/24/clementine-panel-grey.png" "$HOME/.config/Clementine/customiconset/icons/22x22/clementine-panel-grey.png"
    ln -sf "/usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-$THEME/apps/24/clementine-panel.png" "$HOME/.config/Clementine/customiconset/icons/22x22/clementine-panel.png"
    ln -sf "/usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-$THEME/apps/24/clementine-panel-grey.png" "$HOME/.config/Clementine/customiconset/icons/32x32/clementine-panel-grey.png"
    ln -sf "/usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-$THEME/apps/24/clementine-panel.png" "$HOME/.config/Clementine/customiconset/icons/32x32/clementine-panel.png"
    ln -sf "/usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-$THEME/apps/24/clementine-panel-grey.png" "$HOME/.config/Clementine/customiconset/icons/48x48/clementine-panel-grey.png"
    ln -sf "/usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-$THEME/apps/24/clementine-panel.png" "$HOME/.config/Clementine/customiconset/icons/48x48/clementine-panel.png"
    
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