ElementaryOS (eOS) – Beauty in design!

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November 19, 2014 by aubreykloppers


Ok, this is quite awsome.  Running off a 16Gig USB key (memory-stick) and soooooo smove!  Have a look at these screenshots before I get to the technical stuff:

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  • Fast
  • Efficient
  • Beautiful Desktop and Widgets
  • Awesome environment…

To enable Youtube videos: “apt-get install gnash browser-plugin-gnash

To Enable Remote Desktop (MSTSC): Open “Software Center” and search for “Remmina” – Very nice 🙂

To Enable FLASH (I.E.: To play SuperSport Live Stream):

  • apt-get install flashplugin-installer nspluginwrapper
  • sudo nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so
  • nspluginwrapper -v -a -n -i

To backup your live USB system (I think…):

  • Install TimeShift:
    • apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
    • apt-get update
    • apt-get install timeshift
  • Remount “/cdrom” mount point as RW:
    • mount -n -o remount, rw /cdrom
  • vi /etc/timeshift.json and add the uuid of your cdrom:
    • ls -al /dev/disk/by-uuid/ (Use ../../sdb1 value)
    • “backup_device_uuid” : “<UUID>”,
  • Run TimeShift:
    • timeshift –backup-now

go check it out! http://elementaryos.org/

My config on a Lenovo B560 – Dual Booting Windows 7.:

Creating some free space to run eOS:

  • Open Windows disk Management (diskmgmt.msc)
  • Right-Click on the partition you want to shrink and click Shrink.
  • Choose a value you want to shrink by.  In my case 100GB of a 500GB disk.
TIP 1: Check and Defrag disk before shrinking.
TIP 2: Restart the PC 3 times before you use the partition to give windows time to check the partitions properly.
Tip 3: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowtoResizeWindowsPartitions

Installing eOS:

  • I had to hit “F12” to choose USB as my source.
  • Installation was easy-easy-peasy.  Just follow the prompts.


I had a problem with a Gestetner that has a ‘user id’ added to manage printing accounting.  This was (after some investigation) quite easy to fix.  Changed the code to one of the defaults (i.e. 1001), then edit the /etc/cups/ppd/<PRINTERname.ppd> and change all the 1001 values to your own “user id”.

Mounting my cifs (Samba) shares:

This was pretty standard.  I created share directories (i.e.: /media/aubrey) and added the mountpoint to my /etc/fstab file:

//<ip address>/aubrey /media/aubrey cifs guest,uid1000,iocharset=utf8 0 0

And on reboot the share was available…

 Installing Office:

Libra office was quite easy to install:

  • apt-get update
  • apt-get install libraoffice

and all the applications for office was made available.

Update Manager:

I started Update Manager once everything was right and ready.  I left it to run unattended and restarted once finished.

Installing Zimbra Desktop:

To get this going I had a bit of searching to do.  I got an errorafter installation:

/opt/zimbra/zdesktop/linux/prism/zdclient: not found

This lead me to do:

  • apt-get install libc6:i386 libgcc1:i386 gcc-4.6-base:i386 libstdc++5:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libasound2:i386 libgtk2.0-0:i386 libxtst6:i386
  • cp /opt/zimbra/zdesktop/linux/prism/xulrunner/libxul.so /usr/lib
  • apt-get install libxt6:i386

this seem to have worked.  I did see some errors when starting up, though…

Installation Steps:

  • Downloaded the Linux release of Zimbra Desktop.
  • Ran the 2+1 steps above.
  • Ran the pl installer with defaults, choosing /home/<user> to place the Zimbra Icon.
  • Dragged the icon the the Dock.

 Installing a GRUB editor:

I did this to make it easier to choose my default OS booting on the system.  To do this I did the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

I then had a nice to configure “grub” editor in my Applications menu.

Making your GRUB menu look good:


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