Here are my modifications to perform a perfect installation of Lubuntu version 14.04: Trusty Tahr.
Depending on how old the PC is, it could be interesting to use an alternate version.
In any cases, it is interesting to use a USB key rather that a CD to install Lubuntu: most of the PCs are recent enough to boot from a USB key, and that's quicker and more flexible than a CD.
Start with an update
$ sudo apt update $ sudo apt upgrade
Here's what I delete from the standard Lubuntu installation:
- Abiword and Gnumeric: I use Libreoffice, clearly more comprehensive and more compatible with WORD and ODT format as well as XLS and ODS. This is to avoid confusion to the user.
- Sylpheed: I replace it with Thunderbird that's more "user-friendly"
This is what I add after a standard Lubuntu installation:
- apturl is already installed, but it's not configured: you should follow the French doc instructions , the first time you will use it.
- lubuntu-restricted-extras: for the MP3s and a few proprietary but useful (flash ...) plugins
- LibreOffice and if necessary the French version: libreoffice-l10n-fr libreoffice-help-fr hyphen-fr ;
- htop: a nice process viewer (light on resources).
- vlc: to read all kind of media (videos, sounds, ...)
- Gimp: to modify photos and images (gimp, gimp-data, gimp-help-common, gimp-help-fr)
- parcellite: the clipboard I've chosen
And to get the numeric keyboard activated by default (what we want on PC workstations and on most laptops):
- numlockx must be added
- the file /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-unity-greeter.conf must be modified: on line must be added to the section [SeatDefaults]
For more information read the French Ubuntu documentation.
And here it is: a nice installation to use your computer fully and quickly, even with a quite old or low on RAM PC .