>My Mepis tweaks

8:41 PM

>This is just a run down of some of the things I do to a fresh install of Mepis. They just might prove helpful to someone. ;)

First I add these to my /etc/apt/sources.list:

    deb http://www.getautomatix.com/apt mepis main
    deb http://archive.czessi.net/ubuntu/ dapper main universe

Next, I get the gpg keys for these repositories with these two commands:
    $ wget http://www.getautomatix.com/apt/key.gpg.asc
    gpg --import key.gpg.asc
    gpg --export --armor 521A9C7C | sudo apt-key add -

    $ wget http://www.czessi.net/kczessi.gpg
    apt-key add kczessi.gpg && rm kczessi.gpg

Then I run apt-get update and install these packages:
    $ apt-get install zenity automatix libtunepimp2c2a libtunepimp2-dev aspell aspell-en zlib1g-dev libjasper-runtime

Zenity is needed by Automatix, the libtunepimp packages replaces Ubuntu's neutered ones that keep you from using MusicBrainz to tag MP3s, Aspell and its corresponding english dictionary are MUCH better than the default spell checker, and the last two packages allow you to use the wizard in Klamav to update Clamav.

Some other packages that may prove useful to know about:

  • Firestarter *easier rule configuration than Guarddog*

  • Mozplugger *for Opera plugin compatability*

  • Gqview *some may like this better than Showfoto*

  • Katapult *desktop search that quite simply rocks*


I then apt-get upgrade and go on to tweak my /etc/mplayerplug-in.conf to match these lines:
    enable-smil=1
    enable-helix=1
    enable-rm=1
    enable-mpeg=1
    enable-ogg=1
    enable-wmp=1
    enable-qt=1
    enable-gmp=1

This enables those media files to be played in Firefox *I have no idea why they're disabled by default*.

Next is /etc/samba/smb.conf. My LAN IP range is never listed in there so I have to add it in or else I won't be able to see the other computers in the network while using Smb4k.

As a small note, your home folder is shared by default in Samba so if you don't want this make sure to disable it. :)

Then it's on to /etc/ssh/sshd_config, where I check these lines and make sure they match the below:
    PermitRootLogin no
    PermitEmptyPasswords no
    Protocol 2

Of course, don't do the above if you're actually planning on remotely logging in to your computer as admin with no password on protocol 1. ;)

Next it's to /home/*my username*/.mozilla/firefox/pluginreg.dat, where I change every instance of Shockwave Flash 7.0 to Shockwave Flash 9.0. This stops sites from telling you to upgrade your version of Flash.

By this time Automatix will be in K menu > System. You can use this to install packages that are most often wanted *multimedia codecs, Microsoft True Type fonts, etc.*.

If you want proprietary video card drivers - go to System Configuration, System Administration, Mepis Utilities, Mouse and Display, and I think you can take it from there. ;)

If you want to remove OpenOffice.org in favor of Koffice, you need to remove openoffice.org|10n-en-us as opposed to the meta package. Everything else depends on this so they will be removed with it, and it is virtually impossible to remove half of them without removing this first.

I also change KDE & Kaffeine's default sound to ALSA instead of Auto (System Configuration > Sound & Multimedia > Sound System), and uncheck scan for plugins at startup in Konqeror (Settings > Configure Konqueror > Plugins). And since I find them rather annoying, I disable system startup and shutdown sounds (System Configuration > Sound & Multimedia > System Notifications). Also, since I don't use it, I disable Keep's daemon from starting with KDE (System Configuration > KDE Components > Service Manager).

I would have never learned a lot of these if it wasn't for the Mepislovers community. So give these guys a round of applause! :)

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