Setting Up a New (Linux) Laptop

This is just my little note on the steps to install a new laptop. I am reconfiguring my notebook now and I want my wife’s to be just like it.

  1. Randomize drive: dd if=/dev/urandon of=/dev/sda bs=10M 
    • bs (block size) — this seems to help it go a lot faster
  2. Load OS (Ubuntu 8.10 Alternative CD)
    • full disk encryption (with master password)
  3. Setup Accounts
  4. Add day-to-day password for full disk encryption
  5. cryptsetup luksAddKey /dev/sda
  6. Install Packages
    • Subversion
    • Thunderbird
    • KeePassX
  7. Install other software
    • F-Prot AV
    • Lightning
    • VMware Server
  8. Remove Unwanted Package
  9. Install some cool games:
  10. Setup key user accounts
    • Link key files to svn data
      • bookmarks
      • calendar
      • kee database
      • contacts
    • Setup Mail
  11. clean up

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