Crunchbang Linux

Even as I type this I am adding a gnome desktop and my 686-pae kernel headers.

(Of course I cheated and added the software center first but whatever)

I’m using my trusty old HP-DV6000 series laptop with the burned out screen just because variety can be fun.

My first order of business was of course installing and updating the operating system via USB and Netbootin, I installed a 486 system image and remembered that it wouldn’t recognize the second cpu unless I changed the kernel.

Changing the kernal wasn’t tricky, and it won’t be hard to get the other cpu noticed once the headers are installed.

(Skype fixes were as follows)

Begin by removing the old skype, skype bin, and installing sni-qt:i386

$ sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin:i386 skype:i386
$ sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386

For 32 bit:

$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
$ wget download.skype.com/linux/skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb
$ sudo gdebi skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb

For 64 bit:

$ sudo dpkg –add-architecture i386
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
$ wget download.skype.com/linux/skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb
$ sudo gdebi skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb

Optional window display changes:

$ sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine:i386
$ sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386

Ubuntu users can avoid these steps by enabling the Canonical Partners Repository via software center.

$ sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://archive.canonical.com/ trusty partner”
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install skype

While in theory this would work for Mint users as well, we would get tons of Ubuntu Software instead of our own so don’t do it.

I will add some things to this article to list all of the changes and tweaks that I implemented in the first day of use.

In the first hour it was:

  • Update
  • Dist-Upgrade
  • Libre-Office (via cb-welcome)
  • Skype 4.3
  • Jde-Java tools
  • Smxi (which I used to run sanity on iceweasel to make it act like firefox, also for graphics)
  • Software-Center (Mostly to browse)

In the next few hours I’ll be customizing conky for the open-box manager and after gnome is installed I’ll tinker with it and see if I can get Mate installed correctly. (It wouldn’t install on the 486 side.)

I’ll let you know how it goes of course. #Cheers

Second Hour

  • Mate was a no-go (Grrr)
  • Conky was a no brainer
  • Gnome is configured nicely
  • Sound for Skype fixed using Gstreamer-Properties
  • Added “Blue Tiling Manager” to use more windows on desktop
  • Drank 2 cups of Starbucks Espresso Roast
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