LM 13 LTS Clean Install Checklist

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LM 13 LTS Clean Install Checklist

Post by Zertonshfits » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:23 am

Im just wondering what you think would be the very first things you would do after a clean install of the current LTS.

Not looking for specific instructions here, just general "obvious" things you would do as an experianced Linux user after loading up LM13 for the first time on a new machine.

What I know to do after a few weeks of Googling:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

make sure medibuntu repository is deselected in Update Manager preferences

configure hardware (luckily my wifi, bluetooth and sounds/media all worked out fo the box so I skipped this)

Anything else? I know this is a very broad question but Im just looking for a direction to start researching on my own.

Cheers!

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Re: LM 13 LTS Clean Install Checklist

Post by nomko » Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:36 am

Zertonshfits wrote: Im just wondering what you think would be the very first things you would do after a clean install of the current LTS.
First thing to do: update the system!
And yes you can do that with this terminal command:

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sudo sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Zertonshfits wrote: make sure medibuntu repository is deselected in Update Manager preferences
The Medibuntu PPA is obsolete. And leaving it in the software source list is just plain useless. It's like dragging a dead horse around. Best is to remove the PPA completely.
Zertonshfits wrote: configure hardware (luckily my wifi, bluetooth and sounds/media all worked out fo the box so I skipped this)
If you can run this terminal command and paste the output here:

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inxi -Fxz
Then we can help you further with your hardware configuration.
Zertonshfits wrote: Anything else? I know this is a very broad question but Im just looking for a direction to start researching on my own.
Normally after upgrading and hardware configuration I remove the programs I don't need or use and install programs I do use.

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Re: LM 13 LTS Clean Install Checklist

Post by DataMan » Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:44 am

This is my standard build sequence ( do it about 2-4x per year).

0-1 Boot the media (CD / DVD)
0 Turn off the screensaver, activate your wireless connection (if you're using one)
1. Basic install from media
2. Partition level backup.
3. The massive update
4. Partition level backup.
5. Build in all optional apps (I have a standing list) 1 at a time through synaptic.
6. Partition level backup
7. Mount my production ops in /media
8. Establish my optional mounts (I use /mnt as I don't want my desktop cluttered). Set the mount point permissions.
9. Update the new build fstab with the contents of my production fstab (on the optional mounts only).
10 Copy the preference folders in /home for my app specfics over to the new /home (especially Mozilla and Thunderbird).
11. Partition level backup
12. Build the LAMP server, phpMyAdmin and set the /var/www permissions.
13. Remount my production partition and populate /var/www in the new with the contents of my production.
13. Copy the production /etc/php5/Apache2/phpini.php to the new equivalent.
14 You guessed it - another partition level backup.
15. Customize the new install (add a top panel and populate it with the apps I need launchers on), set the power management, update the video driver, set the screen saver and desktop background.
16. Final build partition level backup
17. Enjoy your new build (required step) :D

Additional Notes.
For the partition level backup I'm using fsarchiver as part of the RescueCD boot utilities. I increment the partition level backups. This gives me a fall back if something goes amiss in any of the build sequences. I have 23 separate mount points in /mnt covering approx 7TB of storage space.

Again this is my somewhat over-the-top sequence but it yields fairly consistent results. Hope this is of some help.

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Re: LM 13 LTS Clean Install Checklist

Post by Zertonshfits » Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:51 am

Thank you for the walkthrough! Maybe a bit overkill for me considering I only have about 2TB at my disposal out of my 3 devices.

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Re: LM 13 LTS Clean Install Checklist

Post by usbtux » Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:36 pm

Install
update
remove progs not needed
add progs required (I use booster)
Customise as req
run Bleachbit
backup - / and /home separately Use grsync or redobackup or clonezilla to different disk/externaldisk
http://goo.gl/DXKgM LinuxMint tutorials.
Running LinuxMint 17.3 Mate. Pepermint 6 & Manjaro 15.12 Capella XFCE
http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
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Re: LM 13 LTS Clean Install Checklist

Post by kromaz » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:42 pm

nomko wrote:
Zertonshfits wrote: Im just wondering what you think would be the very first things you would do after a clean install of the current LTS.
First thing to do: update the system!
And yes you can do that with this terminal command:

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sudo sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Does the mint update manager handle this task? I've used sudo apt-get update before new program installs but never used the sudo apt-get upgrade command, thought the update manager handled this.
Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa (amd64) Xfce 4.12.3

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Re: LM 13 LTS Clean Install Checklist

Post by Previous1 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:52 pm

11 common steps:

1. squash bugs
2. squash more bugs
3. add additional sources if needed
4. rearrange packages
5. clean and upgrade (with upgrade-system)
6. edit fstab
7. compile dnscrypt
8. create symbolic links in $HOME to my data
9. disable ipv6
10. check running services (with sudo netstat -tulpn)
11. clonezilla

I tend to use bash scripts for most of these; I no longer have one for Maya, but for those interested:

Xubuntu 14.04: http://pastebin.com/RXTShKft
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