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Post-Install Configuration (MATE)

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


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, The 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 dist-upgrade

Popularity Contest

Help developers by allowing your system to report anonymous statistics.

sed -e 's/PARTICIPATE="no"/PARTICIPATE="yes"/' /etc/popularity-contest.conf > /tmp/popularity-contest.conf && sudo mv /tmp/popularity-contest.conf /etc/popularity-contest.conf

Install Additional Software

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

sudo apt-get install -y smplayer unity-mail aisleriot my-weather-indicator trash-cli ffmpeg gnome-gmail cryptsetup inkscape samba gimp ubuntu-restricted-extras chromium-browser default-jre keyfault cajarename clementine 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

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"

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 "close,minimize,maximize:" # 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 "close,minimize,maximize:" # Center new windows on screen gsettings set org.mate.Marco.general center-new-windows true # Disable software compositing manager gsettings set org.mate.Marco.general compositing-manager false # Get green titlebar buttons gsettings set org.mate.Marco.general theme "Ambiant-MATE" # 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 # 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 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 # 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 # Set window manager gsettings set org.mate.session.required-components windowmanager "marco-compton" # Disable keyboard sounds gsettings set org.mate.sound input-feedback-sounds false

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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