Ubuntu 101 on how to get UNR 9.04 working like it should with a few changes

Disclaimer: I am not a Ubuntu GURU the below was a list of fixes I did to fix various problems with my MSI Wind and Ubuntu UNR 9.04. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

When I first installed UNR 9.04 I was impressed, then I started running into problems and I was un-impressed so I decided to see what I could fix as the OS is very fast and screams on my Wind...

Some of the below fixes were discovered in forums with users that had the same problems I was having.

Currently Ubuntu on my Wind runs flawlessly and moves at hyper space speeds.

Ubuntu 101 on how to get UNR 9.04 working like it should with a few changes:

After the install of the Netbook Remix Version 9.04 do the following...

1.Remove Netbook Remix launcher via Synaptic manager it is too buggy at this point, the regular desktop is just fine for my (MSI Wind) faster and less buggy.
2.Remove desktop switcher it is very buggy and will cause gpanel to fail
a. If gpanel fails run at the console (the below will repair gpanel and it will show up again)
sudo gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/session/required_components_list --type list --list-type=string ["windowmanager","panel","filemanager"]
3.Get the header files for the kernel that way DKMS will work very important! Virtual Box will not install with out DKMS support working for example.
4.Remove the xserver-org-video-all package via Synaptic this is just a meta file and will not remove any drivers, doing this allows you to upgrade the video drivers.
5.Add the following repository (Points to updated xserver video drivers)
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates/ubuntu jaunty main
Use the following Public Key
Version: SKS 1.0.10


6.If you have Intel video upgrade to the lastest version via Synaptic.
7.Use the Synaptic manager and remove swfdec this is a free flash renderer that is very slow.. After you remove it...
a. Go to www.adobe.com and get the deb package for flash works much better...
8.Use Synaptic and download the Compiz Manager then run it go to general / display settings
Choose General options -> General -> remove the flag on Unredirect Fullscreen Windows
Choose General options -> Display Settings -> remove the flag Sync To VBlank
9.Log out and login
10.Install the netmanager plugins for openvnp, vpnc and pptp that way vpn will function via Synaptic
11.Also install ubuntu-restricted-extras and linux-restricted-modules
12.Apply all updates using Synaptic Manager
13.Run via terminal apt-get autoremove
14.Run at the command prompt (this will sometimes magically fix all bugs / problems with the Display manager concerning incorrect monitor resolutions, settings not sticking or applying and things not working IE multi-monitor stuff, it will also fix things if you are running in software mode and hardware acceleration will start magically working. (remember to backup your xconf file if it is customized)
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
15.If you want to launch a terminal session via the desktop as root use the following for the command line of the icon.
gnome-terminal -e "sudo -i"
16.If you want to add a lot of software sources and increase the amount of available software that shows up in Synaptic one thousand fold download ultamatix at http://ultamatix.com and install it... It will update the repository list that Synaptic and Add remove programs uses... I do not use Ultamatix as it appears to be an older program but the update of repositories is worth it...

*Note: APT does a better job than Synaptic at finding problems for some reason

To use APT open up a terminal and enter in the below commands:

To keep things clean package wise after you remove a package use
sudo apt-get autoremove

To keep your packages in check to make sure there are no broken dependences and to fix them use
sudo apt-get check

To keep your packages up to date use
sudo apt-get update (updates list of packages)
sudo apt-get install (Install new packages)

To delete old downloaded packages deb files to save space use
sudo apt-get autoclean

Another program to consider is text based aptitude once you learn how to use it, it will come in very handy as it does a better job than the GUI programs at organizing and finding dependency problems...
sudo aptitude

Sometimes libraries / files get orphaned sort of lost and not associated with any package and they sit around and take up space... Use Synaptic and download gtkorphan it has a very easy to use GUI.

Enjoy Ubuntu!



This is good and all, but to us newbies, please explain how to do these things. Thanks.

Wanted to add something else to fix the terrible flash play back

Added comments to first posting


If I get sometime I will put something together with more how to info and screen shots..

Its sad really, some of these problems could have been avoided if they would have not rushed a few things out the door. Every distro of Linux I have encountered over the years had problems I had to resolve.. But once you get them solved or they get solved you have a very nice OS.

Ubuntu / Debian / gnome / etc has so much going for it and it is so much better than Windows in the Security and Speed department, but this release UNR 9.04 with its problems can ruin the experience for new users..

I really like Mac OSX as it is a highly polished and improved version of BSD...

Now after a lot of messing around with UNR I have my Netbook Wind running faster than my XP desktop, Vista desktop (latest hardware and upgraded) and I am sorry to say even faster than my MAC...

As I run into problems and fix problems I will post them here...

So stay tuned!


? Remove UNR's window manager config then add Jaunty to my sources.list to get updated kernel mod frameworks?? Why the hell wouldn't I just do a clean install of 9.04 fr a boot CD/USB stick rather than bastardize UNR & have cruft left over?

What's sad is that you're passing this info along like it's some sort of tut, but it really confuses the hell out of people when the solution is just to do a traditional LiveCD/USB install.

You fail.

I agree with your points

My intent was to help those that had already installed UNR 9.04...

I agree they would be better off installing the full blown version to start with...

Perhaps for a future Tut

As we both have netbooks, check out UNetbootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/). You may want to consider writing a tut based on installing UNR or 9.04 via USB stick. I'm sure a little HOW-TO on using it, installing w/ setting up partitions (like a dedicated /~), then getting into the nitty-gritty details like locking/pinning packages, Adobe Flash, etc, would be of great benefit.

But please consider:

  • this site attracts the newest of the new to Ubuntu, using terms like PGP keys, kernel headers, terminals, etc, do nothing but confuse
  • list the exact steps in using Synaptic, the Gnome APT front-end, for adding repos, PGP keys, pinning (left-click, scroll, etc.)
  • when advising backing up a config file, give the command & explain it (I'm guilty of not doing this)
  • recommend using nano (a lot of advice neglects that not everyone knows vi)
  • test your links! (ultramatrix.org seems to be invalid)

Finally, formatting really helps determine between explanations/instructions & what to paste/type into a terminal. Take a look @ http://www.ubuntux.org/node/9000 , where I've attempted to make my advice a little cleaner (note I've skipped some of this advice as it was intended for a systems admin).