Here is how I installed Ubuntu 8.10 on a Dell Latitude E5400.
- First install Ubuntu from CD
- Next update the software
- Then issue the command
sudo apt-get install network-manager-pptp
- Now reboot the machine and set up VPN as described at this blog
- Set up Printer as described on this blog.
- Install latex, emacs and friends
sudo apt-get install auctex texlive-latex-extra texlive-fonts-extra texlive-latex-recommended texlive-fonts-recommended
- Install mew, an email handler for emacs
sudo apt-get install mew stunnel4
Now some essential components are installed. Next you need to decide how you want to access files on the central university server. One way is to create a directory called let’s say alf, install the sshfs program
sudo apt-get install sshfs
and then to mount your files in the alf folder via the command
sshfs firstname.lastname@example.org: alf
(Students might have to access another server. I will investigate this.)
Another possibility is to download everything you want to work with to the local machine and work locally. The drawback is that you have to keep track of versions of files. This can be automatized using the rsync command via batch scripts. Please take contact with us if you want more details and/or script files.