What You Need To Do After Installing Ubuntu 10.10

Every six months these articles become popular. I've been using Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) for a few months now and I thought I'd share what I thought.

For most users

Step 1:

Install Ubuntu 10.10

Step 2:

Install the little extras you might want, such as Thunderbird, Galeon, etc.

Step 3:


For cli users

Step 3:

apt-get install aptitude
aptitude purge vim-tiny
aptitude install vim

Step 4:


For psychotic users like me

Step 1:

Grab Alternate CD

Install "Command Line" system

Step 2:

Strip the crap out of it - bare essential packages only!

Step 3:

TOO MANY PACKAGES! Get them out.

No, you don't need that, prove to me you can't boot or network without it..

Step 4:

Get rid of vim-tiny; bring in vim and aptitude.

Step 5:

Tell aptitude not to bring in suggested/recommended packages.

Now just install the bare minimum system you need

Step 6:

Create a chroot; hop into it.

Install what you need for compiling things.

Step 7:

Grab the kernel source, trim down until there's almost nothing there.

Install that kernel to your system and remove all the other kernel stuff.

I like monolithic because now I have no need for copying modules.

I also trimmed it to the point where I don't need initramfs/initrd.

Step 8:

Looks good? Now trim it some more.

Step 9:

Tweak the crap out of openbox and anything else you need.

Step 10:


Just for the heck of it, I decided to post my .config. I usually get asked for it when I mention a stripped down kernel.


image0 kernel.config