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#System Setup and Configuration

#Ubuntu MATE 18.04 / Linux Mint DE4(ish)

This is the process for Ubuntu MATE, but the Cinnamon desktop is close enough to MATE that the process for LMDE4 is almost the same.

#Setup Environment

$ ./setup-apt-packages.sh
$ ./setup-bin.sh
$ ./setup-dotfiles.sh

#Update Mouse and Trackpad Settings

  • Goto Menu -> Mouse -> Touchpad
    • Uncheck 'Enable mouse clicks with touchpad'
    • Set 'Two-finger click emulation:' to 'Right button'
    • Check 'Enable natural scrolling'

#Update Terminal Settings

  • Open mate-terminal
  • Goto Edit -> Profile Preferences -> General
    • Uncheck 'Terminal bell'
    • Uncheck 'Show menubar by default in new terminals'
    • Set font to 'Ubuntu Mono Regular' size 16
  • Goto Edit -> Profile Preferences -> Scrolling
    • Set 'Scrollbar is:' to 'Disabled'
    • Set 'Scrollback:' to 'Unlimited' by checking the 'Unlimited' box
  • Goto Edit -> Keyboard Shortcuts and disable everything except:
    • Copy = Shift+Ctrl+C
    • Paste = Shift+Ctrl+V
    • Full Screen = Shift+Ctrl+F11
    • Hide and Show menubar = Shift+Ctrl+F12
    • Zoom In = Ctrl++
    • Zoom Out = Ctrl+_

#Update Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Goto Menu -> Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • Disable pretty much everything from 'Desktop' down by clicking an item and then entering when asked to rebind the shortcut.
  • Set the following predefined shorcuts:
    • Lock Screen = Ctrl+Alt+L
    • Take a screenshot = Print
    • Run a terminal Ctrl+Alt+T
    • Move between windows, using a popup window = Alt+Tab
    • Switch to workspace left of the current workspace = Ctrl+Alt+Left
    • Switch to workspace right of the current workspace = Ctrl+Alt+Right
    • Maximize window = Mod4+Up
    • Tile window to east (right) side of screen = Mod4+Right
    • .................... (left) side of screen = Mod4+Left
    • ................ (top left) side of screen = Ctrl+Mod4+Up
    • ............... (top right) side of screen = Alt+Mod4+Up
    • ............. (bottom left) side of screen = Ctrl+Mod4+Down
    • ............ (bottom right) side of screen = Alt+Mod4+Down
    • Move window one workspace to the left = Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Left
    • Move window one workspace to the right = Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Right

#Change Caps Lock to Escape (MATE DE)

  • Goto Menu -> Keyboard -> Layouts.
  • Select 'English (US)' and click 'Options...'.
  • From the popup menu goto 'Caps Lock Behavior' and select 'Make Caps Lock an additional Esc'.

#Uninstall Default Bloat

$ apt-get -y purge plank