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PDF printing under ubuntu

To install:

sudo apt-get install cups-pdf

There are a couple of pitfalls:


Problems upgrading to Ubuntu 15.10

  1. A bad swap file entry in /etc/fstab stopped systemd from booting
  2. systemd did’t like my ssd optimizations:
    • tmpfs /var/lock tmpfs defaults,noatime,mode=0755 0 0 # had to be commented out
    • had to do: mkdir /etc/tmpfiles.d/console-kit.conf to stop another error message



Kodi on Ubuntu 15.04

Installed basic Kodi 14 with:


Installing Foundation on a bare Ubuntu 14.04 system

Purpose of tools and their dependencies

  • Bower
    • Function: to keep web assets up to date
      • Updates local versions of CSS, JS and HTML (i.e. Foundation) from Git repo
    • Dependencies:
      • installed with npm
      • which depends on node.js
      • requires Git to operate
    • Drupal zurb_foundation usage

Installing OwnCloud on Ubuntu 14.04

apt-get install openssh-server

Follow instructions on…untu-14.04

making particularly sure to follow them on the first setup screen when the database is chosen.

vi /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini and uncomment the line default_charset = "UTF-8"

service apache2 restart
  • optionally add a line in fstab to put the data somewhere else:
/data/owncloud  /var/www        none    bind    0 0

My Kubuntu 15.04 setup

Basic setup

echo 'apt update; apt dist-upgrade' > /root/up && chmod 700 /root/up
apt -y install openssh-server vim subversion git mysql-server
apt -y install gedit mysql-workbench
apt -y install python-mysqldb python-pip python-yaml
pip install python-redmine
apt -y install vlc wkhtmltopdf rdiff-backup evince keepassx
ln -sfn /usr/bin/wkhtmltopdf /usr/bin/wkhtmltopdf2 # alias for when more than one version is in use

Installing Drupal on Ubuntu 16.04

  • Install LAMP stack
apt -y install openssh-server
apt -y install tasksel
tasksel install lamp-server
  • Some basic stuff

Compiling MLT (Melt)

The latest git version of the MLT framework can be downloaded and compiled as decribed here:…dScripts


SSDs with Linux

Here are some good recommendations:


ffmpeg installation in Ubuntu

It’s important to remove any traces of the fake ffmpeg that Ubuntu unfortunately packages. You know you have it because if you run ffmpeg you get a vindictive message from former developers who left the project.

The official installation guide seems to be maintained regularly:



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