This is part two of my Ubuntu 20.04 Install Notes. In this post, I walk through restoring my files from another laptop, networking tweaks, cloud drive syncing, and productivity apps.
Here’s my list of files that I restored:
- ~/.ssh: for remote connections through ssh
- ~/Documents: main location for personal
- ~/DigitalEagleServices: work-related files
- ~/.config/google-chrome: The settings for Chrome (extensions, bookmarks, etc) (or, ~/.config/google-chrome-beta)
- ~/.local/share/keyrings: I don’t think I worried about this one this time, but I probably will in the future
- ~/.remmina: The settings for my remote connections
- ~/.sword: The downloaded Bible files for Xiphos (and the underlying Sword library)
- ~/.vim: stores the plugins installed in Gvim
- ~/.vimrc: preferences for Gvim
- ~/.local/share/fonts for custom-installed fonts (see this post)
- /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections: this saves all of my wireless connections and VPN connections
- .local/share/applications (not the whole directory) for application shortcuts
Beyond just copying the files. There’s a few more things to do …
For the network manager connections, I have to make sure that their permissions are correct for them to work.
sudo chmod 600 /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/* sudo service network-manager restart
For the SSH keys and such, here’s what I set:
sudo chmod 600 ~/.ssh/* chmod 644 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys2 chmod 644 ~/.ssh/known_hosts chmod 644 ~/.ssh/config chmod 644 ~/.ssh/*.pub
I like to be prepared with all of the VPN clients. So, here’s a quick install of all of them:
sudo apt install vpnc \ network-manager-vpnc \ network-manager-openconnect \ network-manager-openconnect-gnome \ openconnect \ network-manager-iodine \ network-manager-openvpn \ network-manager-strongswan \ network-manager-openvpn-gnome \ network-manager-iodine-gnome \ network-manager-vpnc-gnome
Remmina is already installed. I just tweaked two different settings:
- Appearance tab: changed “Tabbed Interface” to “Tab all connections”
- Applet tab: checked “Start in tray upon user login”
I used both Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive to sync files to my computer. The dropbox client is just an easy install from their website. Before installing, I installed the python-gpg package:
sudo apt install python3-gpg sudo apt install ~/Downloads/dropbox_2020.03.04_amd64.deb
A moment after installing the package, it pops up a window that offers to start Dropbox. Dropbox starts by saying it needs to download the daemon. I did that and then, it asks to login. Finally it tells me to restart Nautilus.
Next, I installed InSync for Microsoft OneDrive. I downloaded the client from the InSync website. I installed with this command:
sudo apt install ~/Downloads/insync_126.96.36.199797-bionic_amd64.deb
Then, I started it and clicked OneDrive to connect my account. It started syncing right away.
To make AppImages work better, I installed the daemon:
cd ~/Downloads/ wget "https://github.com/AppImage/appimaged/releases/download/continuous/appimaged-x86_64.AppImage" chmod a+x appimaged-x86_64.AppImage ./appimaged-x86_64.AppImage --install
First things first, I like Xiphos for the Bible app. Unfortunately, I didn’t find Xiphos in the repositories like it used to be. Apparently, there’s an issue with the GtkHtml dependency. I had to build it myself. The instructions made it to its own post.
For LibreOffice, I like to install the repository so that I get the latest updates.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
To make my Dell E525W printer work, I downloaded the driver from the Dell website.
I installed the driver itself with:
sudo apt install ./dell-color-mfp-e525w_1.0-28_all.deb
It had already installed the printer in my Printer Settings. But, I had to change the driver to the one that I downloaded. I went to printer details. Then, I went to Install PPD File. I picked the file from: /usr/share/cups/model/Dell/Dell_Color_MFP_E525w.ppd.gz