What to do after installing Ubuntu 19.04

This guide serves as a reminder for me when I go to install Ubuntu again. I am not going to show how to install Ubuntu, that is available all over the net. What I will describe is what I did after install to get my workstation back up and running with what I need to do Python development.

For me, a sub-average long-time software developer, Ubuntu is a great operating system. Canonical, the company who releases Ubuntu, does so every six months, in April and October; therefore, version 19.04 was released in April 2019.

My system
Lenovo Yogo 2 Pro x86_64 Grub GNU Debian Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo

Normally I like to install every new Ubuntu release for the following reasons:

  1. I remove all the cruft I have gathered, notice I said “install”, not “upgrade”,

  2. new features available.

Table of Contents


Partition information is important when using a custom install.

sda              238.5G
├─sda1  vfat       477M                 WINY
├─sda2  swap       8.4G
├─sda3  ext4        28G /
├─sda4  ext4        51G
├─sda5  ext4      81.7G                 Meadow
├─sda6  ntfs         4G                 LENOVO
├─sda7  vfat       250M /boot/efi       BOOT
└─sda10 ext4      61.8G                 Distroer


Note: You are going to have to backup your current files to another partition like I did or you could use an external drive or USB stick. I keep my Bash files in a GitHub repo, see Bash below.

The main things I backed up were:

  • ~/bin/
  • ~/.bash_links/
  • ~/.config/sublime-text-3/Packages/User/
  • ~/.ssh/config
  • ~/.gitconfig
  • ~/.hgrc
  • ~/.s3cfg
  • ~/.scrapinghub.yml
  • Gramps
  • dconf dump /org/gnome/terminal/ > gnome_terminal_settings_backup # https://askubuntu.com/questions/967517#967535
  • cp ~/.bash_links/* -L * /media/stav/Meadow/xenix


Here is my list of things I had to do to after the install to get up and running with a fresh Ubuntu.


First update Ubuntu with any recent security fixes

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade


Reload backup settings.


$ cp ~/.config/dconf/user /tmp # backup
$ dconf reset -f /org/gnome/terminal/
$ dconf load /org/gnome/terminal/ < gnome_terminal_settings_backup


$ sudo apt install curl htop vim gnome-tweak-tool

Restore ~/bin/

System Monitor

I love to have system info in the Top Panel so that I can alway have a quick glance at cpu usage and network traffic; but, my beloved indicator-multiload applet no longer works on recent version of Ubuntu.

So now I switched to an extension/applet called [Gnome Shell System Monitor] (https://github.com/paradoxxxzero/gnome-shell-system-monitor-applet):

$ gnome-shell --version
GNOME Shell 3.32.0

$ sudo apt install gir1.2-gtop-2.0 gir1.2-networkmanager-1.0  gir1.2-clutter-1.0
$ sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

Then go to the Extension page and click the “ON” switch


Use dark theme

about:addons -> Themes

Update search engine to Duck Duck Go:

about:preferences#search -> Default Search Engine

Do not warn when closing multiple tabs:


Search: "browser.tabs.warn"

    browser.tabs.warnOnClose `false`
    browser.tabs.warnOnCloseOtherTabs `false`

Sublime Text

Sublime Text is an excellent editor.


$ sudo snap install sublime-text


Add under help menu.

----- BEGIN LICENSE -----
Steven Almeroth
Single User License
EA7E-... 104B
------ END LICENSE ------

Package Control

You want Package Control from wbond.

Install Package Control

Command Pallate (shft-ctrl-p) -> Install Package Control

Install packages

Restore the following file from your backup and Package Control will automatically install all missing packages:

  • ~/.config/sublime-text-3/Packages/User/Package Control.sublime-settings

          "Package Control",
          "Pretty JSON",
          "Python Pretty Print",
          "Theme - SoDaReloaded",
          "Vue Syntax Highlight"

Copy Files

Copy remaining backup files to ~/.config/sublime-text-3/Packages/User/

Do not copy these files:

  • User/Package Control.last-run
  • User/Package Control.merged-ca-bundle
  • User/Package Control.user-ca-bundle

Sublime Merge

I also now use Sublime Merge from the same people.




Install ssh keys



$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "stav@maximillion"
$ eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa
$ sudo apt-get install xclip
$ xclip -sel clip < ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub




$ cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub | ssh stav@cowboy 'cat >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys'


$ sudo apt-get install git git-extras gitg meld tree
$ sublime merge https://www.sublimemerge.com/docs/linux_repositories#apt


$ git clone git@github.com:stav/dotbash.git ~/.bash

Install bash_it

$ git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/Bash-it/bash-it.git ~/.bash_it
$ ~/.bash_it/install.sh  # keep existing `.bashrc` and append templates
Install Powerline theme


$ mkdir ~/Public/powerline
$ cd ~/Public/powerline
$ git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/powerline/fonts.git
$ ./fonts/install.sh
$ wget https://github.com/powerline/powerline/raw/develop/font/PowerlineSymbols.otf
$ wget https://github.com/powerline/powerline/raw/develop/font/10-powerline-symbols.conf
$ mv PowerlineSymbols.otf ~/.local/share/fonts/
$ fc-cache -vf ~/.local/share/fonts/
$ mkdir -p ~/.config/fontconfig/conf.d/
$ mv 10-powerline-symbols.conf ~/.config/fontconfig/conf.d/

Close all Terminal instances

Copy files

stav@thelatae:~$ ll .bash_links/
.bash-it.bash -> /home/stav/.bash-it.bash
.bash_projects -> /home/stav/.bash_projects
.bashrc -> /home/stav/.bashrc


It’s good to update this document as I’m installing.

Install Hugo

The default installation did not work:

$ sudo snap install hugo

Running the command got an error:

$ hugo
Building sites ERROR 2019/05/07 18:29:45 error: failed to transform resource:
TOCSS: failed to transform "main_parsed.scss" (text/x-scss): this feature is
not available in your current Hugo version, see https://goo.gl/YMrWcn

So I installed the [extended version] (https://github.com/gohugoio/hugo/releases/download/v0.55.5/hugo_extended_0.55.5_Linux-64bit.deb).

Clone Repository

$ mkdir -p ~/Work/stav/Hugo
$ git clone git@github.com:stav/steven.michael.git ~/Work/stav/Hugo/steven.michael
$ git submodule update --init --recursive


$ sudo snap install slack --classic


Add settings in Thunderbird setup


$ sudo apt install build-essential libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 bzip2 libbz2-dev zlib1g-dev libssl-dev openssl libgdbm-dev libgdbm-compat-dev liblzma-dev libreadline-dev libncursesw5-dev libffi-dev uuid-dev
$ sudo apt install python3-pip python3-venv virtualenvwrapper
$ sudo apt install git git-extras meld tree

$ python3
Python 3.7.3 (default, Apr  3 2019, 05:39:12)


Based on an article I read about what Nathaniel Smith posted in his blog, I had a bad taste in my mouth when I thought about using Pipenv as the package management system for a new project; so; I went to look for something else and that is when I read what Sébastien Eustace said about Pipenv:

“I do not like the CLI it provides, or some of the decisions made”

Since Poetry makes use of pyproject.toml files I thought I’d give it a go.

“Poetry is a tool for dependency management and packaging in Python”


$ curl -sSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sdispater/poetry/master/get-poetry.py | python


Install nvm


This will update your .bashrc

$ wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nvm-sh/nvm/v0.34.0/install.sh | bash

Open a new terminal, or else you can setup the environment variable manually which the installer will explain how to do.

$ nvm --version
Install node
$ nvm ls-remote |tail


$ nvm install 12 --latest-npm

Downloading and installing node v12.3.1...
Downloading https://nodejs.org/dist/v12.3.1/node-v12.3.1-linux-x64.tar.xz...
Computing checksum with sha256sum Checksums matched!
Now using node v12.3.1 (npm v6.9.0)
Creating default alias: default -> 12 (-> v12.3.1)
$ node -v

$ npm -v
Install yarn


$ curl -sS https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/pubkey.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
$ echo "deb https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends yarn
$ yarn -v


$ sudo apt install chromium-browser gimp mpv

System config

See Lenovo Yoga Ultrabook SSD Tweaks

Previous Installs

I previously installed some other stuff:

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