Ubuntu 15.04 — Internet

This is a continuation of my series of notes on my install of Ubuntu 15.04 on my laptop. The full list of posts is on this page. Previously, in the last post, I installed utilities and tweaked the configuration.  In this post, I setup various networking and Internet-related programs.

Chrome

I went with the regular version of Chrome this time. I just downloaded the deb file from the Chrome website:
Regular Chrome Download Page
Chrome Beta Download Page

Also, FYI, I restored my Chrome profile in the $HOME/.config/google-chrome directory. And, I connected the ChromeIPass plugin to KeePass2/KeePassHttp.

Network Manager: VPNs

I had to install the packages for the VPNs. I just usually install them all so that I am ready if a client uses any one of them.

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sudo apt-get install vpnc \<br />
network-manager-vpnc \<br />
network-manager-openconnect \<br />
openconnect \<br />
network-manager-openconnect-gnome \<br />
network-manager-iodine \<br />
network-manager-openvpn \<br />
network-manager-strongswan<br />

To keep my configured connections from before, I restored the directory: /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections. This is the directory that you have to watch out for backing up because it is not in your home directory.

Skype

I am quickly developing a hatred for Skype. It is missing some key features from Windows: ability to share/view desktops when more than 2 people are in the call, ability to read fonts from other’s computers, etc. Still, I have to use it because that is what others at work use.

I installed it from the Software Center. Then, I used Startup Applications to set it to run automatically:
Starting Skype Automatically on Ubuntu 15.04

Zoom

I downloaded the Zoom client from the “Download Center”. Then, I installed the Deb file. It’s become a promising alternative to Skype.

Dropbox

I simply downloaded the Deb package from the Dropbox Download page.

FileZilla

FTP access is a common need for anyone with a website. Entering an “ftp://” url into the File Manager is a quick easy way to get to FTP sites for simple tasks. For doing large downloads, you may want a complete FTP client. FileZilla works great for me.

I installed FileZilla from the Software Center. Then, I restored the ~/.filezilla directory to keep my settings.

Remmina

I switched from Gnome RDP to Remmina a while back, and I’ve been disappointed in the lack of progress. It seems like it’s been stuck at version 0.9. The 1.1 version came installed in Ubuntu 15.04!
Remmina Ubuntu 15.4 Version

I went to the Remina options and enabled the Auto Start option so it is always ready to go:
Autostarting Remmina

I ran into a problem with the clipboard syncing, and in my searches, I found that there is a latest Remmina PPA. I decided to give that a try to see if it would fix my clipboard issues:

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sudo apt-add-repository ppa:remmina-ppa-team/remmina-next<br />
sudo apt-get update<br />
sudo apt-get upgrade remmina remmina-plugin-rdp remmina-plugin-vnc<br />

This installed version 1.2.0.

Another thing that I found interesting was that there are more plugins out there that are not installed by default. I didn’t need any of them, but it was interesting to see.

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$ apt-cache search remmina-plugin<br />
remmina-plugin-rdp - RDP plugin for remmina remote desktop client<br />
remmina-plugin-vnc - VNC plugin for remmina remote desktop client<br />
remmina-plugin-gnome - GNOME plugin for remmina remote desktop client<br />
remmina-plugin-nx - NX plugin for remmina remote desktop client<br />
remmina-plugin-telepathy - Telepathy plugin for remmina remote desktop client<br />
remmina-plugin-xdmcp - XDMCP plugin for remmina remote desktop client

I didn’t worry about installing any of these extra, but I will keep them in mind.

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